On mainstream sites, I often found people who were strange – one girl who organised her dating via a giant spreadsheet, for example, and another who started tearfully talking about her suicide attempts by the second drink.From the experiences of friends, I'd expected, as a bloke, to be doing all the chasing, but I found that wasn't the case.She'd met her husband through it and assured me I'd be an absolute stud online, as I'm charming and normal, as opposed to most of the men on mainstream dating sites."Online dating is great for people like you, Willard – it's like we've finally invented a pair of tight jeans for being funny, or a push-up bra for being intelligent," she said.
I recently interviewed Perry during his appearance on my podcast Story Worthy and his story, taken from a chapter of his book, was so funny, I couldn't wait to read the rest of the book. After being dumped by his live in girlfriend at age thirty, Perry decided it was time to change the way he dated.
I never really meant to start internet dating, but after a long-term relationship left me single aged 32, I didn't really feel like I had a choice.
My break-up was a bit nightmarish – the girl was due to be the bridesmaid at our friend's all-American, taffeta ballgowns-and-doves-style wedding – you know, the kind of weddings they have at the end of American romcoms – and she failed to show.
It's a big commitment – sort of like having a second job where you're paid in anecdotes. I met approximately one woman I really liked for every 10 dates I went on – and after 25, I met a woman I really, really liked.
I went on the last couple of dates for the blog, but I knew in my heart she was the one I wanted.