At 71, Martha Stewart has decided to join an online dating site to find love.
Today, Stewart appeared again on the Today Show announcing that she will become one of the 40 million single Americans looking for love on the Internet. Stewart said she loves dating, but hasn't been in a long-term relationship for several years.
Will guys find Martha Stewart's online dating profile intimidating?
Even celebrities can use a dating coach, so here's my advice for Martha Stewart' online dating profile, as well as for other moms and grandmothers who are looking for love online.
What should Martha Stewart's profile look like?
Create a Catchy Screen Name
Although Stewart told the Today Show that she was intending to use her real name. I disagree. Just like all of the other millions of daters, I believe that Stewart should have a catchy screen name to find her dream guy. It would be less intimidating. Some suggestions would be:
Don't Lie About Your Age
Although Stewart is 71, she says emotionally she feels 45-50. I hate to break it to you Martha, but most women brag about looking younger for their age in their profiles and it turns men off. Saying "I'm 71, but feel like I'm 50 would be wrong." Those sayings are too cliché in the online dating world. If Oprah said that 50 is the new 30, then Martha can feel like 70 is the new 50, but she should keep that to herself.
Don't Become a Cougar
Stewart should be concerned about saying she's looking for someone young. It might send a signal that she's a Cougar looking for a younger guy that she'd support financially. Instead, I believe Stewart should describe the activities that she likes to do and what she'd like to share with her date. Men would then get the signal that no couch potatoes should apply. Instead, Stewart should list her desired age range instead, such as 65-75.
Don't be too cutesy
Stewart completed the section on what she was looking for, describing her ideal date as "youngish" and "outdoorsish," really smart, and successful. A Stewart's written over 70 books, her editor would slash those words that don't exist in the dictionary. Instead, I think she should say she's looking for an active guy who likes the outdoors to hike and spend time in the garden with. Perhaps she'll end up kissing in the tomato patch.
Post 3 -7 Photos, Not an Entire Album
The ideal number of photos that Martha Stewart should post is about 3-5. Sure she has magazine spreads and novels, but she should resist the urge to post an entire album on her profile. Her primary photo should be a close up on a good hair day looking happy, and she should add a few photos in her garden, outdoors, and doing activities that she enjoys. She should steer away from posting photos of her extravagant homes as it would be too intimidating to a man, or not complain if "Gold-Digging" men start to write to her.
If she's not successful on Match, perhaps Martha Stewart should consider joining Senior People Meet, http://www.seniorpeoplemeet.com/an online dating site for 50+, owned by IAC, who also owns Match.com.
Hopefully for Stewart, her new book, Living the Good Long Life, will include finding someone online to grow into the digital sunset with.
What would your advice be for Martha Stewart?