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How Plenty of Fish Sparked My Love Life

Dating & Relationships / Slider / Slides / July 18, 2017

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.

As you all know, I’ve been trying to figure out how to jump back into the dating pool after the tragedy with the bodyguard. It’s been a long time coming and I’m finally ready to get my feet wet. But I had no idea where to start. Being a single mom and working full-time, I just don’t have the time or energy to hang out in bars pretending like I want to be there in the hopes of meeting someone. So what’s a girl to do?

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Online dating seemed like the only logical answer but with so many dating apps out there, how do you choose the right one? Of course I had to survey my girls and the consensus was Plenty of Fish. One of my friends met her husband on the app and two others are currently dating guys they met on POF as well, so why not give it a try?

I have to admit, I was nervous as hell, so I invited my girls over for “Cocktails and Conversation,” to help me set up my profile and get the ball rolling since they were all pros at this. As we gathered around my laptop, sipping wine and trying to figure out what to say, my nerves subsided and I was eager to get going. Upon heading to Plenty of Fish to sign up, I noticed the caption, “150 million registered users,” so the odds have got to be in my favor, right?

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My friends suggested that I be as honest as possible and be very direct about what I was looking for in my profile. I had to agree because to me, it’s literally like fishing. I’m baiting my rod and throwing it out there and hopefully I don’t catch any guppies. LOL! … not kidding. So we created this awesome profile (glimpse of part of my profile above) and started the search.

One thing that all of friends noticed right away was “Spark,” which obviously is a new feature that wasn’t around when they were on the site, that allows you to initiate conversations with people easily.

The cool thing about the app is that you can get the app on Windows, iOS and Android, so that you can check your messages and communicate with your matches anytime.

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My first conversations went pretty smoothly. I initially thought conversations on a dating app would be pretty awkward but they weren’t. The “Spark” feature made it pretty easy to initiate.  All you have to do is pick up and drag a conversation icon over any part of someone’s profile; from there you can instantly quote and comment on something on their profile that you find of interest. I started conversations with men who were looking for relationships, loved music and who added a little humor to their profiles. By commenting on something that we were both interested in and complimenting them on their humor, seemed to spark the conversation and get the ball rolling. That first night, I had conversations with four guys and by the end of our conversations, I felt comfortable enough to give 2 of them my phone number.

Fast forward to two weeks later and I have met both guys in person and I have to say, I am very happy. First of all, they were both who they portrayed themselves to be in their profile (no catfishing here), and they are really good guys. I have spent several hours talking to them both on the phone and I am pretty excited to see how things develop. I’m glad Plenty of Fish worked out for me and I’m sure it can for you, if you are willing to give it a try.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plenty of Fish.


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Ty Knighten
Ty Knighten knows a thing or two about relationships and dating. A single mom from Calif., Ty decided to turn her experiences in love and relationships into a blog. Written with plenty of sass, her mission is to help women empower themselves to realize love, success and confidence through her articles. She writes about dating and relationships from the perspective of a single mom but adds insights that will help women and men as they maneuver through the confusing world of dating and relationships. You can reach her on Twitter @UHeardMeRight, on Facebook at The Sexy Single Mommy or connect with her on Google+ and Instagram at chocoty.




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32 Comments

on July 20, 2017

Wooooowwwww! Online dating has changed so much since the days of Blackplanet. Like, that’s how long ago I was dating. They really seem to take a lot of the awkwardness out of dating on the app and in person! You come in with something to talk about. Very cool.

    on July 27, 2017

    LMAO! I remember that site! Yes, we are WORLDS away from that!

on July 20, 2017

Awww Ty is taking the plunge 😀 It’s good to see you getting out there again. It sounds like you’ve been having a good time with it. I really hope the guys you connected with turn out great so they’ll have to fight for your affection. This is fascinating to me. Although I haven’t been in the dating game for years, it’s so cool to see all the new online apps and dating services that are out there.

    on July 27, 2017

    Yes, I’m trying and it’s been tough but stay tuned to see what happens…

on July 21, 2017

My bestie found her Boo on POF as well. She did run into a few idiots but she has had some good ones too. The one she has now is a keeper.

    on July 27, 2017

    That’s cool. Sometimes we have to kiss a couple of frogs….

on July 21, 2017

My last serious relationship was from a guy from POF. I loved that man we were on and off dating for a few years before we made it official. Im back single and honestly I am staying away from the app but I can say there are some success stories from POF including me.

    on July 27, 2017

    Awww…I’m sorry that it didn’t work out but I see you out there traveling the world. You are bound to met someone.

on July 21, 2017

I love the idea of involving your girlfriends in the process. I feel like they can help guide you in ways. Glad the app led to some great conversations.

    on July 27, 2017

    Thank you. Yes, sometimes you need to get your tribe together to help you out, especially if they have experience in what it is that you are trying to do.

on July 21, 2017

I am so glad o hear that this site worked out for you! There are so many people who I hear go through this site and have so many issues with the quality of people they meet. I’m glad you had a better experience.

    on July 27, 2017

    Thanks. I heard a lot of horror stories, too but I was very particular and lucked out.

on July 21, 2017

That’s great you got your girls involved in the process! Glad you have been successful using it so far!

on July 21, 2017

I am still on the single scene. I tried to date and nope, I don’t have time. Good luck on your journey. You deserve happiness.

    on July 27, 2017

    Dating really takes a lot of time and effort and you have to be up for it for sure.

on July 21, 2017

Glad things are going well and hoping great things come from it. Dating these days is hard. Technology opened up the dating pool but also took away some of the best parts of it in my opinion. But we have to keep up with the times!

    on July 27, 2017

    Yes, and I guess it makes it a little easier, especially if you don’t get at much.

on July 21, 2017

I’ve only been in one serious relationship. My husband and I have been with each other since we were 17 years old so I don’t have any words of wisdom. I just wish you all the best.

on July 23, 2017

Great review of your experience using POF. I guess by ext year we will read about an engagement?

on July 27, 2017

I’ve always wondered about the process of dating apps and if it’s really worth it, in the past I hadn’t heard really good things about POF but I’m so glad you share your experience and now I have a different outlook about it. I will be passing this info along to my single friends.

    on July 30, 2017

    Trust me, online dating is hard and you have to have a lot of patience. I think that is where people fall of because of the drama you sometimes have to go through to get what you want.

on July 27, 2017

I’m glad you decided to try that! I’ve heard so many awesome stories about online dating! If I hadn’t of found my husband so soon I probably would’ve gave it a shot.

    on July 30, 2017

    You are so lucky that you don;t have to go through all the drama. Online dating is not always fun.

on July 27, 2017

i cant get a hang of online dating at all. I guess i lack the talent and patience.

    on July 30, 2017

    The key word is patience for sure. There is so much drama out there, you have to have the patience to wade through it all.

on July 27, 2017

I actually met my ex bf on POF on and we dated for 3 years. It takes time, but there are quality men on the site !

    on July 30, 2017

    Yes, there is and patience is very much needed for sure.

on July 27, 2017

I’ve never even thought of online dating, but this looks pretty cool and interesting.



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