About the Blog & the Man behind it

Hiya,

my name's Willard Foxton, and welcome to 28 Dates Later.


This is me, looking vaguely serious, because I'm a journalist (I write for the Daily Telegraph & make films for the BBC & Channel 4) and normally I investigate things. You can usually find me on twitter @willardfoxton

The reason the blog is called 28 Dates Later is because, on my first ever online date the woman I was meeting bit me so hard she broke the skin, in the restaurant. While most of the things I write are serious, this blog is intended to be at least mildly amusing.

The idea of the blog is to explore the strange world of online dating.

The objective - to go on 28 online dates, off 28 different dating sites. Hopefully, I'll find love along the way. If not, I'll have a wealth of amusing stories. I hope I won't die.

All the dates on the blog know I am writing a dating blog (with the exception of the 1st story) before they agree to going on a date; I put a link on all my dating profiles. Every woman has seen the copy of the text before it appears. I initially thought this would make me struggle to find dates, but I've actually found it helps immensely, especially on the niche dating sites.

If I do find my true love, I'm more than happy to leave the project unfinished. I'm sure, in that case, you'll forgive me.






21 comments:

  1. Anna Shepherd said...

    If you find anyone half normal in a mere 28 dates, you will be doing amazingly well!


    Since my divorce, I have dabbled with internet dating over several years and have met an astounding number of weird men - in crocks and macs, in psychiatric care, introverts, extroverts, chancers, liars (slightly over-weight means fat; separated means we are still living in the same house - I could go on forever) and occasional pleasant fairly normal men.

    I have been propositioned by men aged 18-70 (I am neither). And yes, I remain - for the most part, happily - single.

    Look forward to hearing more from you!

    Anna

  2. Anonymous said...

    Wonderful idea, this seems hilarious. Good luck out there xoxo

  3. Anonymous said...

    Very funny. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Online dating is hard. I tend to find people quite reluctant to meet in person. In 4 years of OKC I've met 3 people in person.

  5. Anonymous said...

    This is a fantastic blog - really enjoying it so far!

  6. Anonymous said...

    Met my bf online, we were "matched" together so he sent me a mail and we hit it off... think even in this early stage that he might be the love of my life (gag I know but its true) oh and my best mate met her hubby online, they have an almost 3 month old baby now too... IT WORKS! :D

  7. Anonymous said...

    A suggestion for a possible 29th date: http://www.meet-an-inmate.com

  8. Charlotte said...

    I thought I had had the world's worst first ever first date...I think I've just found competition. I eagerly await the next! (Yours...not mine...I haven't braved another since)

  9. Anonymous said...

    If you have any luck- post the secret. Otherwise, welcome to the soul destroying experience that is on-line dating.

  10. amiraT said...

    Hi there! Just heard about your blog.. would suggest you go on 'Dinner Date', making sure you are chosen as the star 'dater' with 5 menusto choose from. At least you would moreorless guarantee being well fed for 3 consecutive nights and we'd all revel at seeing you perform with finesse, wit and entertainment-wise of course! Sadly however, this link implies that boat has sailed! http://www.itv.com/beontv/dinnerdate/default.html Perhaps there will be a new improved version to follow.. and you can read all you like into that!
    Good luck and for all who haven't met you yet: Willard's a top bloke who any girl would be proud to know and lucky to hold onto!:)

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  12. Anonymous said...

    nice blog.....

  13. Anonymous said...

    So Glad you're back< I was worried :)))

  14. I’ve been looking for a really good online dating site for some time, but they are not that good with many fake people, and I found globogirls.com, it's actually more of a social network thing for people who would like to meet travel mates from different countries. The good thing about it is that it's totally secure because they have the feature of video chatting with these girls so you'll not share your personal contacts unless you're 100% sure , One thing that I really liked was the tips on how to avoid scam and fraud.

  15. shiv shastri said...

    its excellent blog. date is must important in boys and girls.

    love problem solution
    ldating and sucess

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  17. Fouad said...

    i really like your blog also keep it up man

  18. I found my perfect match on globogirls.com

  19. Hah, I guess you have to try out a bunch of different sites, even the lesser known ones. Even though it's hard to find a site with good algorithm and male to female ratio, I guess it's worth of "a few" fails if there's even a slight chance of finding a soul mate. Just stumbled upon http://www.meetingland.com and it looks quite neat, I never knew these things had forums you can use for a casual chat.

    Anyway, I was a bit skeptical with these things (online dating sites in general) at first, but I already know a few people that got married with the people they met online, so I guess it's worth of giving a try. As Michael Jordan said "You miss all the shots you don't take."

  20. Hi there, i have been reading your blog for some time now and online dating really interests me, plus your whole spin on it is great. Ive just made my own blog, hoping to get some bites (certainly not like yours) i am a blog where people email in details about their online relationships and whether they are unsure who they are really speaking to, i do some research into it, share my ideas with the person and help them on their way to true love :) so far i yet to receive any as i made the blog 2 days ago and im just getting used to it. But i just wanted to say i do love reading your blog.

  21. Indigo Blue said...

    Great idea… recently launched a blog called Douche Bag Manifesto: The Life and Times of an Online Serial Dater/Hater (www.douchebagmanifesto.com). Online dating is incredibly tough and can often be emotionally draining which is why I began writing about it…it has made the process that much more enjoyable.

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