Emily & Jon
I have been meaning to send you our story for aaaaages!
I was very tentative about trying online dating at first but I met a few non-weird people who had tried it and I thought, "Well if they think it's OK I'll give it a go." I was signed up to CC for about 2 years (on and off) before I met Jon. I didn't have loads of dates but a few. I had a couple of relatively terrible relationships in amongst all that as well. But I'm saying that to encourage people not to lose heart or give up when things go badly. You might need time away from it all to deal with heartbreak or just to take stock and reorganise your thoughts but I would encourage you not to give up.
When I first met Jon I honestly had very low expectations. He didn't really meet any of my "criteria" and wouldn't have even come up in my searches but he contacted me and we had a nice "conversation" and then we went on a date and basically just laughed all day. So we went on another date...and another. Fast forward 5 years and next week we will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary and our first baby (a little girl) is due to be born in October. I never could have imagined this would be possible - I had almost completely given up hope - but here we are!!
So the moral of my story is that internet dating is not just for weirdos. And it's not a numbers game. Don't be disheartened if you don't have loads of waves/dates etc. And don't give up even if you have a few bad experiences, maybe even some heartbreak. The hurt is rubbish and horrible to go through but it's worth the risk to find someone wonderful who will love and support you and team up with you in your walk with Jesus.