My girlfriend and I met on OKCupid in September 2014. When we first met, I’d just gotten divorced the year before and was trying to enjoy single life and mend a broken heart. She’d gone through her own battle just the month prior to meeting me. At her request, I’ll spare the details.
So here we were, two people, both a little broken at the time, using online dating sites to meet people and attempting to muster the courage to put ourselves out there. It only took me a month to get freaked out and run away from anything serious. Thankfully my girlfriend, with the help of her best friend, realized that I was still not ready, but worth sticking around for. Fast forward in the story, and we started dating seriously in September of 2015 after I implemented “the 21 days of wooing” where I asked her to be my girlfriend for 21 straight days while she tried to determine whether I was really serious. Mark my words, I WILL marry this woman.
Our story was kind of cute, and at times, kind of tragic, but when the dust settled, both of us knew what we were looking for and saw that we’d found it.
And that’s when the lightbulb went off for both of us!
The Birth of an Idea
My girlfriend has always been an ardent supporter of online dating sites. She’s advocated that her sister use them (met her boyfriend of 3 years on Match), her friends (many have met their partners online), and any single person we come across.
I am also strong supporter of online dating. As a divorcee who hadn’t been on a date since 2005, the world looked dramatically different to me. But as an online marketer, I saw the same foundations for success in online dating, as I did in online marketing. I spent a fair amount of time and money dating during the two years prior to my girlfriend. I read books on dating, psychology, marketing, sales, and anything else I thought would help me better succeed with online dating. In the beginning, that meant a lot of dates, but as time wore on, it meant finding someone to have a life with. From all of this, I designed my own strategies, frameworks and methodologies that I’ve used for myself, and to help no less than 25 other people.
We are two people who have had a lot of success with online dating. We also were spending an inordinate amount of time helping our friends setup and rewrite their online profiles. Beyond that, we found ourselves providing coaching on how to be a good date from text advice, to cooking classes, we decided to start HitchPhilly.
HitchPhilly is designed to help people find love
While the principles of what we teach could help you become an amazing casual dater, it’s the romantics and serious daters that will get the most value from what we do. Even after the relationship begins, the principles of what help you find the right partner, can help you keep the right partner. You’ll know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.