It is important to put some thought and effort into choosing a good online dating profile name. Your dating “nickname” or “username” is the first thing that people will notice. A good profile name will make a good first impression that encourages people to read your profile.

Of course, choosing a good username for dating sites is easier said than done! First, you need to know the qualities of good online dating nickname and then (the hard part) create a name that not only ticks all the right boxes but sounds good too. And let’s not forget – you have just a few letters to play with!

No wonder coming up with the perfect dating nickname can be harder than writing an entire profile! It’s not easy. So where to start?

Step 1 – Give yourself time

You need choose an online dating profile name before you write your profile – it will probably take longer! You will also need a couple of backup options. Give yourself plenty of time for this. You don’t want to be saddled with a dating username you hate, or kicking yourself because a good username comes into your head – too late to use. Like the answer to a difficult crossword clue, the perfect nickname will eventually come to you.

Step 2 – Get scribbling

A good dating profile name should sum you up in a few letters, or at least give some interesting clues about what type of person you are. Get a note pad and start to jot down all the words you can think of that relate to you.

To get you started, think about your interests and skills, your location, personality traits, the type of environment you live in, words that others use to describe you, and so on. But don’t over think it. Just write. You can polish and perfect in the next step.

Leave your notepad on the kitchen counter, your desk or in the car – somewhere you can find it easily whenever a new word comes into your head.

Step 3 – Mix, match and play

You now have a whole list of words, every one of which says something about you. These are the raw materials for creating a good online dating profile name. Now it is time to have some fun with them.

Mix and match the words into interesting combinations – potential user names. As you do this, you will probably get more ideas so feel free to tweak, embellish and add in any additional words that spring to mind. For instance, “Gypsy” may spring to mind as a more colourful word than “traveller.”

Step 4 – Create a shortlist of good usernames

Review your efforts and pick out a shortlist of potential usernames – as many as you like. Live with it for a while. Dating nicknames that seem fresh and original now might strike you as cheesy or inappropriate later on. Ideally, put your list away and keep it out of sight for a while, then see which nicknames make the best first impression.

Step 5 – Choose your top three profile names

Now that you have clear favorites for a dating username, choose just three. You must have more than one option for your dating profile – it is surprising how many “original” nicknames are in use already.

Copyright 2007 Caroline Mackenzie

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