Last week I gathered with some of my fellow dating bloggers at a private cocktail event for Match.com. The event was, of course, to mix and mingle but to also talk about their new Stir events.
What are Stir events you ask? Well, they are single events hosted by Match.com. With thousands of singles attending events each week, Match.com is bridging the gap between the online and offline worlds, creating even more ways to meet singles.
I know, I know. Like online dating, sometimes single events can be a little scary. Personally, I am a huge fan of them. It’s partially because I am a social butterfly, but also because everyone is there for the same reason -- to meet other singles in hopes of finding someone that we might connect with on a deeper level.
So, match.com is taking this whole single events thing and stepping it up a little. As the world’s largest dating site, Match isn’t just throwing live singles events – they’re doing it on a massive scale. This month alone, they’re throwing 189 events in more than 62 markets!
Stir events range from large scale happy hours at local bars and venues, to more intimate, interest-based events such as cooking classes, wine and tequila tastings, dance lessons, bowling nights, rock climbing, and more!
Which is all pretty perfect. I mean, if you're interested in taking a cooking class now you can do it and meet other singles. Pretty fantastic, right? Plus, let's face it, when you're having fun you look and feel your best and that's the perfect setting to meet someone new.
The Happy Hour events are free and open to both registered and subscribed Match.com members, while the interest-based events are only offered to Match.com subscribers at a fee. Each Stir event is customized through group matching algorithms in terms of age, gender and interests so that singles will be attending events with like singles.
It’s also really easy to find out more and to sign up for events. Just check out the “Events” header on the Match.com website.
Also, I have two more exciting things. Match.com is letting me attend one of these lovely events. So, I’ll go and then report back to everyone. I am really excited – I think it will be fun and, of course, I’m hoping to snag a date or two.
The other exciting thing is they’re giving me 3 Match.com subscriptions to giveaway to three very lucky readers. All you have to do is leave me a comment here about why you’d like to attend a Stir event so you can mix up your dating life and you’ll be entered to win. Leave the comment sometime before August 29th (I will announce the winner on August 30th). And, yes, I will also count if you tweet me @JessDowney. Easy Breezy.
Oh, and here are some pictures of the event...