” And look, he lives right here in Anchorage, so if we wanted to meet in person we could.” It doesn’t take long for us to scroll over to a picture of a different guy posing above a dead dall sheep to get a reminder that, like most online dating sites, it is a mixed bag. “This seemed like something that some of our readers would find useful, or at least entertaining,” Nolan-Partnow said, adding, “And also pays for the news, to ensure we can keep delivering the news and supporting our mission.” Nolan-Partnow isn’t sure if Northern Love will be profitable.Like many Alaska media outlets, ADN gets a significant amount of its site traffic not just from across the state, but from all over the country and abroad, spiking during events like Iditarod. Dating sites tend to do best when there’s a high volume of users, typically in large markets like New York, Texas, and California.The ramp-up of the site has been much faster than he expected, he said.During an interview, he picked 10 profiles at random. It’s Just Lunch is the #1 Personalized Matchmaking service in the world!
Nolan-Partnow couldn’t tell me exactly how many people have signed up so far, but just a couple key strokes into a broad search of guys looking for gals showed us a few hundred profiles belonging to men spread all over the state, from Sitka to Russian Mission. That might not be the kind of person would be looking for, but as you can see: A wide-range of values.” ADN is hardly the first newspaper to venture into online dating.
The layout, profile pages, and information asked of subscribers are all fairly typical of mainstream dating sites. As media companies experiment with ways to diversify revenue sources, papers like the Guardian, Sunday Times, and the Daily Telegraph in Britain have set up sites to make matches among their readers.
“Here’s someone who’s Christian, he’s widowed, he’s got a master’s degree, he’s an engineer,” Nolan-Partnow listed off after clicking on a profile. It’s actually sort of a full circle, since classified ads used to be one of the most profitable parts of a newspaper before the rise of sites like Craigslist.
But I wasn’t the same single guy I was the last time I lived here. And I wanted to meet people, so I turned to Internet dating as a way to meet eligible women.
Over the course of several months of online dating, I discovered that the pool of available older women is vast and diverse (as is true of men, although perhaps to a lesser extent) and that with a little effort, a reasonably intelligent, halfway-presentable person can usually generate some interest on dating websites. We’ve survived death and divorce, raised families, managed careers and built support networks of family and friends.