Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BACK IN BLACK - AGAIN

Thanks to my lovely friend and IT guru Ross, we're back online again. Well Ross started the restore process and went to his bed at 11pm...It's 3am now and I guess, since we're "live" again, I can now go to my bed.

My apologies to the benefactors...The rest of the community - welp, ya get what ya pay for! Ha.

I'm just glad I was able to get it back online without too much of an outage.

Happy Posting. Maybe, just maybe, the brief SYBD absence made your heart grow fonder?

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Monday, January 19, 2009

THE FORUM IS CLOSED...

TEMPORARILY - (I HOPE)

You see, I've spent the better part of ten hours trying to get a new site / blog up-and-running, but then I made a wee mistake which I tried to correct and it ended up losing ALL of the day's work...

So then I tried to re-correct the original (wee) mistake, and in my stressed-out state, I managed to delete the entire forum. (Don't ask me how I achieved that, but I did and it's gone.)

Now, fortunately, I had enough sense to take a "backup" of the database which I am now trying to upload, but it doesn't seem to be working...

So honestly I have no idea when we'll get it up and running again, but I do apologise for the inconvenience. I especially apologise to the benefactors who've donated their hard-earned-money to the site to keep it running! Most of you, thankfully, are in the Facebook Benefactor's group, so you can post on there if you need support. I'll be checking it regularly and mailing other benefactors to ask them to help keep an eye on it too.

Let's hope we can resolve this issue soon, get back to 'business as usual', and I promise to never delete another database again! :/

Sorry.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

LISA DAILY TV: 3 Secrets to Attract Men,...& more

BUSINESS FIRST

Well first of all - once again - Happy New Year to all of you around the world. Thank you for visiting the SYBD blog. It's not been updated as much as I'd like but slowly things are starting to kick into gear once again.

Over the coming months, the site and blog will continue to transform. On the Site - you'll see it scaled right down to its bare minimum - and traffic will funnel to the blog here - or the ex-change our supportive, global community - which is the true heart of the So You've Been Dumped website. It's free to join so if you haven't do so - please log in and read the tens of thousand of stories from men and women of all ages - from all over the world.

SITE TO BLOG

The articles which are currently on the site, will be migrated over to the blog with a link from the main site to each blog entry for easy access. This is so we can give you the best, most-read content on our blog - which is a lot easier to up-keep than the a site.

These days, time is of the essence!

BREAK UP LINES

As such a high volume of traffic comes to view the break up lines - we'll continue to add those as regularly as possible. They're guaranteed to make you smile. (Well OK I can't "guarantee" that but if you have any sense of humor left at all - they will.)

The page that recommends books will get a face lift and we'll have one of the best "recommended reads" section anywhere on the web - to help you transform your life!

FUN TV

Lisa Daily just sent us this week's dating video update "3 Secrets to Attract Men Like Ants to Grape Jelly". (Her titles crack me up!) Happy viewing!


Please please please - don't forget to enter Lisa's competition to win a copy of her new book - HOW TO DATE LIKE A GROWN UP. And to find out more on LISA DAILY - www.DatingExpert.TV is her fabulous website.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

LISA DAILY: Dating Tips 09: "7 Unexpected Places to Meet Great Men Over 40"

New Year brings a brand new article from our Dating Expert - Lisa Daily...this time on the topic of dating men over 40...(I especially liked tip number 4!) I know a lot of you singletons are looking for love out there and I really hope this blog entry will be food for thought for you...Good luck and happy hunting! Oh and be sure to sign up to win a copy of her book!

7 Unexpected Places to Meet Great Men Over 40 - By Lisa Daily

It breaks my heart whenever I hear women say that there aren’t any good men left, because it’s just not true. Sure, it feels true when you’re sitting across the table from your blind date guy who wears black socks with sandals and whines about how his seventh divorce really was all his wife’s fault, because frankly, in his opinion, all women are inherently evil gold diggers or both.

But there are a lot of decent men and women who are single and looking for someone to love: maybe they made a few mistakes in their first marriage; maybe they’ve never been married; maybe the spouse they loved has passed away. I know this because I’ve met so many of you men and women who are a little older, a little (or a lot) wiser, and still hoping to find someone to share your life with.

Yes, it’s true there are lots of men who are damaged, depressed, and generally irritated about their past relationships. (And ladies, let’s be fair here the guys aren’t the only ones hanging on to anger and hurt and disappointment.) But there are also a lot of men and women out there who have learned from their mistakes, who want to find love and do better this time. Not to mention the folks who had it pretty good the first time around and are looking for someone to love again.

So where do you go to meet these wonderful, enlightened, please-let-them-be- attractive, minimally damaged men and women?

We all know that once you hit your fortieth (er, thirtieth) birthday, you’re not going to have much luck spending every weekend hanging out in a bar, gripping a bottle of light beer, and listening to the same old jokes, meeting the same people in different clothes. When we belly up to the bar, we’re much more likely to meet that smarmy loser whose exposed silver chest hairs seem perilously likely to fall in our drinks than the man of our dreams.

That said, there are lots of great places to meet someone fabulous, and many of them have little or no competition.
Where are they? Well, ladies, let me fill you in.

1) Somebody Else’s Company Picnic:

Pair up with another single pal and survey his or her company’s assets. These events are social, and as an added bonus, you know everybody there is employed. Your insider buddy can act as your tour guide to help you avoid the guy who sticks paperclips up his nose or the weirdo with fifty-nine cats.

2) Go Clubbing:

Want to meet an endless supply of fit, financially comfortable, educated men? Take up golfing. Trust me, men go crazy for a woman who can swing a crooked stick. And once you start, you might just find you’re as addicted to golfing as the guys are.
If you don’t already golf, there are lots of reasonably priced lessons at your local public course. (And of course, plenty of overpriced ones at the private clubs.)
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you have two options to maximize your man-meeting potential: You can pull together a foursome with a collection of like-minded women, or you can head out to the course on Saturday morning as a single and complete someone else’s foursome.

If you bring your own foursome, most of your socializing will probably take place in the clubhouse after your round. And a group of four women in a clubhouse overpopulated by men is bound to stand out like a basket of daisies.

If you’re golfing as a single, you’ll be meeting three new people (most likely men) and odds are in your favor that at least one of them is single. (The Census Bureau estimates that 30 percent of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are single.) You’ll have him all to yourself for eighteen holes, and if you like him, you can let him buy you a Bloody Mary when you finish your round.

Now, you might be thinking you’d rather golf with your married friends Barb and Frank, who are fun to hang with and who will certainly not roll their eyes when you hit your ball into the middle of the lake, like a bunch of strange men might.
However, if you’re golfing out for the purpose of meeting other people, you’ll be far less likely to socialize with strangers if you go with a couple you already know. That is, unless Barb and Frank are shameless matchmakers who are willing to lure charming bachelors to your table. Or your cart.

The best news about dating a man who likes to golf: he has his own friends and his own interests (okay, interest) which means he won’t be spending all his time hanging around your house in his bathrobe, hoping you’ll entertain him.

Finally, don’t worry about whether or not you’re any good nobody is.

3) Join a Motorcycle Gang

Over-forty men are drawn to Harley-Davidsons like flies to sugar cookies. Whether you join a local motorcycle gang (check your dealership for a group of enthusiasts in your area some even host single-rider groups) or go it alone, motorcycle riding is another man-friendly pastime and a great way to get you out on the town. Just make sure you wear a helmet.

4) Marianne Williamson, Meet Wayne Dyer

If you’re looking to meet someone as interested in self-growth as you are, attending lectures, conferences, and seminars by spiritual and self-development leaders can be a great place to start. Most of us get tear-our-hair-out frustrated by the frequent negativity of the male mind and hanging out with a bunch of men who are actively seeking to live a more positive, meaningful, inspired life is a good place to start.

Weekend conferences are best if you’re hoping to meet other people, because they offer more chances to socialize than day-long seminars provide. If the conference feels too pricey, contact the organization or speaker and see if there’s a way you can work at the event in exchange for free admission.

Yes, the crowd will be 70 percent women, but the men will be good ones.

5) Romance and Power Tools

Most cities have some type of philanthropic singles organizations, and whether a group attracts young singles or mature singles depends on the city and the group. (Check out Senior Corps. www.seniorcorps.org, for volunteer groups for senior singles.)

The best part of meeting people through volunteer work? You help make the world a better place and meet a lot of like-minded eligibles. (Besides, helping others gives you good dating karma.) If there are no volunteer groups in your area catering specifically to singles, check out Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org. It’s a great way to meet people of all ages, and you get to spend the day in the sunshine using power tools. What could be better?

6) Charity Benefits

Charity dinners do attract a moneyed crowd, but the best way to meet people will actually get you in for free. (Hey, there’s no reason to put your nest egg in jeopardy just to have a fancy night out on the town. And be careful when you get there, one wild night with an auction paddle could have you eating cat food in your eighties.)

The secret to attending all the biggest charity benefits in your city? Volunteer! Volunteers generally eat for free, and you can go out on the town for as many nights as your closet will allow. Charities are always looking for warm bodies to help with auction items, ticket-taking, setup, and other odd jobs on the day of the event. The best job? Checking people in at the door you’ll get to meet every person who attends and better yet, you’ll know if that sharp-dressed charmer has tickets for two. Plus, it won’t be blatantly obvious that you’re flirting up a storm, because it’s your job to be charming and nice.

7) Parties Once-Removed: Six Degrees of Barbecue

You know how you always invite the same seventeen people to all of your parties? Bring some new blood to the old gang. With Parties Once-Removed, everybody you invite brings someone that nobody else in the group knows. Think of it as six degrees of separation, only backwards. Voila! You’ll have a party full of brand-new people who already get along great with your closest friends.

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Excerpted from Lisa Daily’s brand new dating book, HOW TO DATE LIKE A GROWN-UP: Everything You Need to Know to Get Out There, Get Lucky, or Even Get Married in Your 40s, 50s and Beyond.

You can WIN one of 25 signed copies of HOW TO DATE LIKE A GROWN-UP all month. To register, or get more of Lisa’s free dating articles, tips and advice visit
http://www.lisadaily.com/datingexperttv
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