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When you’re online dating, the first thing you see after the person’s photo is their username. Choosing a username might seem like a throwaway task, but it’s way more important than you think. It’s the first impression people will have of you, and it greatly affects how they view you.
A person named Jim is going to have a different impression of you than someone named Wolfgang. While we don’t usually get a chance to choose our given name, we can choose our dating username, and that can give us a head start on meeting someone special.
Your username should tell people something about you. Let it be one more way of differentiating yourself from the pack. If you aren’t sure what you like or how to showcase yourself, here are some helpful hints.
OK, ladies, you know how men like to browse dating websites: They look at the picture first and your username next. And, because sometimes men have an attention span of a goldfish, you gotta catch their attention right off the bat.
You enjoy being active and taking care of your body. Maybe it’s yoga on the weekends or spinning before work. Perhaps you’re a triathlete or a marathoner.
It could be that you simply enjoy being outside, whether it’s hiking, biking, or kayaking.
Whatever it is, being outdoors and/or keeping fit is important to you. Make sure your username showcases that. For the yogi/spinner, try StretchNCycle, Spin2Fit, or DownwardDiggingIt.
If you’re a hardcore athlete, try Live2Run, BikeSwimRun, or PhitnessPhreak. If you’re the outdoorsy type, try HikinBiker, CanoeHearThat, or CampingCutie.
Maybe you’re not so outdoorsy. You like “Game of Thrones,” you have a master’s, and you’re in STEM. Yup, you might be a nerd. Fantastic! You’ll be running the world someday. In the meantime, you want to make sure your match is into the same things you are.
Of course, you’ll mention it in the profile, but take this opportunity to show how creative you are (and how specific your references can be.) YgritteAndGo, GamrGrl, TinyTrekkie, Mendelivelife, ArwenStar, and STEMIAM might be some good options.
The Kardashians got nothin’ on you. You follow the latest trends, can spot a Chinatown-fake Gucci a mile away, and always have the right shoes for the right occasion.
While you don’t always have to look like you’ve sauntered out of a salon, you enjoy looking good and take pride in your outfit choices.
Maybe you’re a stylist or are looking to design your own clothes someday. Or maybe you’re a YouTuber with a makeup channel. Or maybe you just couldn’t date someone who thinks Miu Miu is a Pokemon.
Whatever it is, let your fashionista light shine. I like names like CouchtoCatwalk, GuccinItUp, NeetoFashioneeto, ClosetCleopatra, or CoCoDonatella.
While a lot of the wild girls and extroverts seem to be getting all the press, there are some amazing women who feel more energized staying home with a good book than hitting the bars. There are many beautiful introverts who aren’t into the bar scene.
You have a cat, and you’re not embarrassed by it. You’ve watched “Friends” seven times. Like, all the seasons seven times. Or you don’t drink and don’t enjoy being around raucous, sloppy people. Let him know this is your bag by making sure your username points him in the right direction: RavishingReader, ShynSexy, NotACrazyCatLady, SirenOfSolitude, CraftyCutie, or QuirkyQueen.
You love to bake, grill, and create in the kitchen. You’ve never met a turnover you’d say no to.
You have more spices in your cabinet than exes in your life.
Some people eat to live, while you live to eat. On your DVR, you have “Top Chef,” “Chopped” and “The Great Bake Off.”
All your friends love it when you come over because you never come empty-handed.
How do you convey your love of food porn? Choose the right username and let your fork flag fly: NetflixAndGrill, ThaiTanic, KitchenChick, Pie-n-Rye, JuliaMild, BakeMaker.
Men usually aren’t the sex that communicates the best. Therefore, many times, we don’t take the time to think up creative names. If you look online, a lot of men don’t even bother to fill out all of the fields. If you can score yourself a pretty sweet username, you’ll immediately stand out from all of the JDawwg712s.
You need a cause like a fish needs water. There is so much injustice in the world. Elephants are dying. Planned Parenthood is being defunded. The green lights in your town are definitely 10 seconds too short. If you don’t do something to help out, who will?
Maybe you have a cause you’d die for, or maybe you just enjoy being against something. Either way, you need a mate to help you make those protest signs. Give OccupyMyLivingRoom, Fight4YourRight, ActivatedActivist, ThouDostProtest, ChangeForGood, or SJWontheloose a try.
If you’re a guy who knows how to use his hands and likes to get down and dirty, let the world know.
Women love a guy who is handy and has some skills around the house.
Maybe you’re a guy who loves to dig in his own garden and grow some amazing veggies.
Does your weekend involve chopping wood, rustling cattle, or archery?
Advertise it with names like MyHandsForYou, CowboyWannabe, HandymanCan, FleaMarketFlipper, DownDirtyDude, or StrongnotSilent.
Personally, I fall squarely into this one. Can you recite every line in LOTR? Are your reading choices about far-off adventures in space or magical realms? Do you still have your D&D dice (I do!)? Does the release of the newest “Grand Theft Auto” coincide with your next day off? You, my friend, may have dorky tendencies. Don’t apologize for it. Instead, double down!
You want to make sure your lady matches your likes. My wife and I’s favorite author is fantasy author Robert Jordan. This was a big deal for us, as those who know him will understand, and we are always happy that we share these likes. It was this author that made me first email her. Try names such as ZaphodBeeblebrox, HaloMaster, GiggityGo, TheySeeMeRollin, YouShallNotLast, or Kal-El4Life.
There are more power suits than shorts in your wardrobe. Bloomberg sends you alerts when your blue chips are getting bluer.
You order your martinis with a “whiff of vermouth.” An easy week in the office is only 50 to 60 hours. You’re constantly traveling making business deals.
How do you let her know your job is your “other woman”?
Get it right out there in the open with your username, including WallStreetWolf, TickerToggler, 2MartiniLunch, BizBashingBro, LeanLitigator, or StartupSteve.
Sundays = Sports. That’s the way you were raised, and, gosh darn it, that’s the way you want to raise your hypothetical kids. There may be trophies adorning your apartment. You can tell the RBI of every DH not on the DL in the AL or NL. The most expensive item in your closet is a limited edition Tom Brady jersey. You’re on five different Zogsports team.
You need to have someone at your side who definitely knows this is your bag, baby. I’d suggest CheeseHead4Life, NCAAwesome, KickingBattingPutter, MetsManiac, HoleInJuan, or SoonerBoy.
Obviously, these are only a sampling of archetypes of people. Whatever your passion, try and offer it up in your username. For more interesting choices, combine the words to two of your likes (the more different the better) together to give even more info.