Before I say anything else I want to thank everyone for the nice compliments. Y'all are some sweethearts.
This will be long. Sorry. Not sorry.
I did this little experiment for just over 24 hours. It started with just changing the profile to something absurd. Over the next couple of hours I tweaked it. Changed my intent, changed my body size, changed the first date, changed the headline, did away with my 100 character requirement. You guys had some great ideas. I also hid/unhid my profile to bump it. That is supposed to bring you to the top of searches. Not sure if it still works that way but I did it anyway. I started receiving a slow trickle of views and messages. More than I would ever normally recieve. THEN I put that old photo up. I did caption it with full disclosure of how old it was. And HOLY SMOKES! The flood gates opened. All was revealed to me. I saw the light. And it is ugly.
I received messages from over 40 individuals. Still a very small number compared to what some of the women on here say that they receive. Some sent multiples messages. All but a very few of them were first contact. I have no idea how many views I received. Both numbers are more than I would ever receive normally. . I have had a profile on Match for almost a year and haven't even averaged a message a month. Here I probably usually get a message every other week or so.
I do want to make it clear that I did not receive any overtly vulgar or crass messages and none had... photos... accompanying the messages. Of course if I had responded to some of them I am sure their subsequent responses would have been amped up.
Obviously I have removed any identifying elements. I also truncated some of the messages.
Some of the men saw right through it or were friends (real life) or were men who had previously contacted me and wondered what was up.
hey U how ya doing
whay are you doing and what is with the crazy ad??????
He is a RL friend.
LOL, ....... I have seen every kind of profile but this one! ☺
Oops, didn't know that was you, but wow, that's some new profile picture. I think you're prettier now though, seriously! Your profile's hysterical too so I see you're fluent in sarcasm, lol. I know you're not interested, but I figured I'd chime in about that profile picture once I realized it was you. Then I read your new profile, and it's pretty damn funny!
You win the award for the most sarcastic profile of the year! Or at least I hope you are being sarcastic - otherwise I am going to wonder what of event hosting you do! :-)
How is your weekend going for you?
This a drastic change from your last profile. It sounds like you got hurt really bad. I know there are a lot of asses on here, Some people just don't care about others. If you feel like talking about it let me know.
The 25 years ago photograph? I think you've gotten better. Just sayin. Very dry sense of humor in what you're looking for. Who couldn't use a little more drama in their life lol. Let the first date begin😉 and maybe end!
Don't want to be too forward, ignore this message, I tried to send a note just now, but I think it failed.
Enjoyed your humor. Thanks.
k I tried sending you two messages and it says you want a longer one . geeeeze ok come on MY NAME those words are not really you :-) I hope you're doing well are you still doing the MY JOB thing? ok in going to typeva bunch of gibberish here it goes ? see if that makes ittoo you
Obviously he is a RL friend and it made me realize I needed to get rid of the character requirement.
Hi and how are you? Hope your weekend is going great! Nice profile. I had to read it twice! Are you serious or joking around? :) Not complaining! Your pic 25 hrs ago , WOW! !!! Your pics now looks awesome. Still got it,I must say. Nice pics. I like.
I like the way this guy kind of hedged his bet.
Lol ... Yes most men just think with a different brain
There were a lot of just hello and you look good messages along with hope you are having a nice day stuff. In other words pretty generic stuff. I was amazed at how many of them started with some variation of hey sexy
Following is a small sample of some of the others.
Very sexy I can't believe ur 49 more like 30
Would be more like the truth.......so Luv to hear more about u.............that is if u don't mind meeting younger men lol
Great pics,I know we don't mind,that bikini pic from past
Wow really hot
Hi there! Great profile! How are you still single? lol
Would love to hear from you.
Good morning and hope your weekend is going. ..great smile and great attitude. I enjoyed your profile and hope mine piques an interest as well. Seems we have similiar goals interests and aspirations
Hey there how are you doing today pretty girl. So you into younger guys
Hello sexy .how are you .do you like big musclar younger guys .love to please and alpha make
I bet you still got the bod.....!!!!
Pick me. You awesome. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb %%hgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg
I would love to meet you what are your plans for today? It's beautiful out.
Mi Amor,Your smile made my heart smile:-) I'm usually up in your area and would love the opportunity to share some time with you
Hi, this is XXXX. I like your idea of a first date. By the way, nice bikini photo
Shoutout to Butterchickenchuck - that first date idea was all his...
Nice would love that. We can have that coffee an some fun if you want
How are you doing tonight?
Saw your profile and would like to talk if you are interested
Hello there ! I saw your profile on my matches so I guess were a match ! So wanted to say hi I'm XXXX ! I work at XXXXXX been there for way over 10 years! I'd love to see you
And his follow-up
OK I'm here if you want it here it is XXX-XXX-XXXX
What's up sexy , how are you ? My name is XXXXX. I was just reading ur profile and I like what I read and I like what I see.
and his follow-up
We have a lot in common and I would love to enjoy some time with you. Life is to short not to have fun and live it to the fullest. I'm ready when you are.
AND while I have been writing this he send another message just to make sure I got the others...
My kind of woman , I'm XXXX, I have a picture, if you want to see it that is
Still. Looking. Good. Mommy. So what brings you to the date site
What did I learn?
*That of all the messages I received I wouldn't have a genuine interest in any of the men. I still didn't get interest from the men who I would want to date.
*It was confirmed that dating younger is easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel. I got more "do you like younger" than anything else. How any woman can be flattered by the obvious playing the numbers of these men is beyond me.
*An old bikini photo is still good bait.
*Some men are smarter than the average bear - both in realizing the profile was bs and in realizing the old photo isn't that far off from today.
At the end of the day we all knew that saying I wanted to hook-up and posting a bikini pic would garner interest. No surprises there. I just wish I would have wanted to take at least one of them up on it. *sigh*