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Veg*n / Green Singles / Dating

And Networking

If you happen to be vegetarian or vegan, and single, you may feel quite outside the norm. You may feel alone and find that it can be  hard to meet like-minded people. Additionally, if you happen to be looking for a romantic partner, or are marriage minded, you may have found that you are really most compatible with other vegans and vegetarians. Vegansexual is a new term floating around for those of us who prefer to only date other vegans. Now, how do we meet other local or even not so local veg*ns? Or how about meeting others who are active environmentalists, or animal rights activists? Below, I will list a few sites that I have found both great veg* friends and veg* romantic partners. I personally find that I need to be around others who understand me, and who share my vegan values and sensibilities.

Networking

Groups/Tips

 

First, I will tell you about “Veggie Connection.” Veggie Connection has a very large worldwide data base of vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, or raw foodist members. You can tell all about yourself and who you are looking for, and post several pictures of yourself. You can join for free and send free greetings of interest. Or, you can join a Silver membership, which is sort of like going Dutch (both members must be Silver to communicate with each other).  Or, you can go a with an Extraordinarily Affordable Gold membership (which I find to be just flat out the only way to go), as you can communicate with anyone regardless of their membership status. Unfortunately, it seems to ME, that too many veg* men on this site are either a little too shy or (dare I say) too cheap? Hey, no offense intended, but if you want to break the ice, just go ahead with the Gold membership. :) Click on the banner below to join.

Next, we have “Green Friends”  and “Whole Earth Singles” You can find more environmentally conscious, and also usually vegetarian-vegan singles here.  They also have a very large world-wide database of members. Click on the banners below to find Green Friendships. :)

Now, I am going to tell you about my experience with Match.com.

There is good reason for this to be a very popular site. It is easy to use, has tons of all kinds of members, and enables you to do searches based on many different criteria. They used to have a daily diet category, but now you can still find vegans/vegetarians if members list it as vegetarian or vegan as one of their search words. And YES, many of us single vegetarians are on match.com.

You can find any type of person you can think of on match with special keywords. Also, if you aren’t opposed to meeting and or dating meat-eaters, and think you may be able to get along with them, or even change one or two, then certainly give Match a try. I have heard that PETA endorses inter-dietary dating. ;)

Chemistry.com

While you are trying new sites, try Chemistry.com.

Chemistry was started by the folks at Match.com, and is in my opinion a grand improvement over that other famous site that we all know with the initials of “E. H.”  Click on the banner to the right for a free trial week. :)
 

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about FriendFinder. One of my very best lifelong same sex vegetarian friends found me through Friend Finder. I will be forever grateful that this site existed for her to find me. However, I do think most people use FriendFinder to find more romantic dates. For me, FriendFinder did live up to its name. :) 

Do you wonder about the safety of online dating? In my ten years of online dating, I have been quite lucky. I’ve only had one questionable experience (actually make that two). Yes, he was a criminal. And yes, I got a little scared. Use your common sense and intuition. First meetings should always be in public places. It helps to find out as much info as you can, and leave that information with a friend. However, if you feel you want or need to know more about your date, you can find out pertinent information with US Search. You can also search for old flames, or school chums.

You can do a preliminary search with the form to the left.

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Happy dating, friend making, love making,

 And spreading “Peas, Harmony, and Love” ;)

The North American Vegetarian Society

Hosts an annual “Summerfest” where 100’s of veg*ns join together for a week of camaraderie and workshops (or you can just attend the final weekend of the fest).

www.Meetup.com

has hundreds of special interest/hobby/social based groups in each metro area of America.

These groups include vegan meetups, vegetarian meetups, animal rights meetups, etc., where you can get to know like minded people face to face.

MySpace.com is not just for kids and bands!

There are millions of people of all ages and all interests on myspace. One great thing I have noticed about MySpace, is that there are lots of vegans networking, environmentalists sharing info, and animal rights activists spreading the word via videos and blogs and groups. Check out carrotloves myspace and all of my enlightened friends. Join up and get connected!

Facebook.com and Linkedin.com are two other very good networking sites.

Get on your local Regional Veg mailing list for your local veg*n events and news.

I happen to live in Boston, MA. And I am associated with The Boston Vegetarian Society (BVS). We have monthly social gatherings, lectures, and other veg*n events such as the annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, and the annual vegan potluck at the Peace Abby.

A new group called the Boston Vegan Association (BVA) has hit our local scene. I am sure you can find similar groups in your own community.

Find online friends and support through forums such as VegPeople.com

and VeganForum.com

You can find more resources and organizations on the carrotloves.com Resources page.

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                                                        Your Online Dating Profile - Be Interesting!

 

 

 

 

Online dating, is a great way to meet other single people in your region.  The  best path for success with online dating is  for those that are the most interesting.  You'll be able to get the interest of others with your profile. It should be unique, fun and honest.  There are numerous ways that you can improve your profile so that you could have the online dating success story that you are seeking.

 

First of all,  you can improve your chances of attracting the perfect online person by placing your pictures online.  If you don't show your pictures, it will look like you have something that you want to hide. Placing pictures will show a person what you are like, not just in looks but also in personality.  It is best to place at least one good head shot so that people can see what you look like.  Include a full body shot,  and then  show some pictures of you enjoying your hobbies.

 

Your profile should  be filled out properly. If you have some of the sections blank, people will not receive much information about  you.  You should fill out the profile clearly so that you can let others know if you would be a good match or not.  Age limitations and location preferences are especially important. 

 

If your profile includes too many different paragraphs or silly writing, people will not have the patience to continue on reading and they may send you a message. Most people will get an impression of you based on the first five seconds of looking at your profile.  Be sure that all of the important information that they need can be conveyed in this time.  In that respect, there is a fine line when it comes to the difference between a profile that is too long and one that is too short.  You will need to provide plenty of information, but at the same time, leave room for another person to ask questions.

 

Be yourself.  Don't try and be too funny in your profile if you are not usually funny in real life.  Do not lie about anything in your personal life, and be clear so that other people  will not get the wrong idea about whom you are.  Your online profile will represent the way that others will learn about you and decide whether to converse with you or not.

 

 

       Developing Online Dating Relationships

 

 

Just like regular real-world relationships, online relationships need tending, to grow over time. Here are some quick growing tips.

 

1.        Take time and make time. Does your online date touch base with you regularly? Do you do the same? Neglecting virtual meetings can be considered abuse or neglect, so treat each other’s time with respect. If it’s lacking, this might mean it is time to move on.

 

2.        Communication needs to “feel” right for both of you. If one of you is too pushy about meeting, for instance, that can give off bad vibes. So don’t rush. Take time to learn more about each other and develop trust.

 

3.        Respect each others privacy. For example, don’t share personal email addresses or digital photos if your internet date sent you the information in confidence. 

 

4.        Share special online and offline fun times. Online - send greeting cards, links to favorite places to upload digital photos of your favorite pet, download music and video clips, post on favorite forums of interest. Offline- if you’re exchanging addresses, send  postcards,  or small items from your area (like a key chain with your state tree).

 

Tend your online relationship. Water it with care and over time it can sprout and grow.

 

                                                                                                                                              (Article submitted by Mr.Turniphead)


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