I recently had a discussion with the illustrious Toddy English about hooking up on the internet. Boasting about the great luck we've been having, we began to break down the deciding factors involved when selecting a candidate. On-line, the pictures always reek of anonymity. There's hundreds of abbreviations and acronyms, of which I barely understand. Other than the stats, freaky-beautiful-endowed, what inspires us to click the 'reply' button?
The very top of our list is being a good writer; a personally written paragraph is the perfect place to paint a portrait. Not necessarily the vocabulary. Primarily, I look for well-organized thoughts. Intense, in-depth descriptions help. ALSO, I AM INSTANTLY TURNED OFF BY ADS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS LIKE THIS. If I've clicked on your profile or ad, there's no need to get my attention because you already have it.
My school of thought: If you can't order your words, how can I trust your mouth with this precious cargo? If its hard for you to get your intentions across, how much harder would it be to make good on your misspelled promises? If you can't take the time to clearly write one paragraph, what else are you going to rush through? If I answer your ad, what would that tell you about me for responding?
Here's an honest-to-God, unabridged Craig's List Ad:
HARD THICK 9 READY TO PLZ YOUR AZZ AND THOAT
IF U ARE SMOOTH AND BT LET ME KNOW SEND ME U INF AND PIC AND I WILL DRIVE TO U NO PIC NO RESPONT