PILSEN — For just $5, online blogger Melinda McIntire can help land you the date of your dreams.
While she can't guarantee true love, the 31-year-old can help you redo your dating profile, a first step that McIntire — co-founder of the online dating blog Solo in the 2nd City — says is crucial to successful online dating.
"I’m a storyteller as well, and so I think I have a good idea of what makes a story. Your dating profile needs to tell the story of you. What makes you you, and what makes you interesting," she said.
Melinda McIntire says there are common pitfalls you want to avoid while presenting yourself online:
McIntire, who started Solo in the 2nd City with friend Carly Oishi in 2012, also writes for the Tequila Tales, a video blog about love and dating filmed in River North.
A self-described "seasoned online dater," McIntire — who lives in Pilsen — has been around the online dating block, including OkCupid, Match.com, Tinder and Hinge. While searching the online job board Fiverr, McIntire decided to offer dating advice via a $5 service for online dating profiles.
She said misspellings and grammar use are some of the biggest profile faux pas.
"Grammar and spelling are huge to me. If people have a typo or two, no big deal, but if it’s really bad grammar, I can’t even handle it," McIntire said. "I guess boring would also be a problem most people have. Like, we don't need to know every single thing that's ever happened to you in life."
Those interested in McIntire's mad dating skills can hop on Fiverr, where for $5 she'll read your profile and email it back with edits and suggestions.
"I’m not really doing this for the money," McIntire said. "I like to help people in general — whenever they feel satisfied, I'm satisfied."
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