Can a computer and a compatibility questionnaire create marital success? Or, are people too complex to match together with computer algorithms? What do the eHarmony TV ads promise? Is a dream life partner for most people only a dream — whose wish-fulfillment makes into a profitable business?
Welcome to eHarmony Blog, the first
and only weblog for eHarmony.com, a web-based matrimonial matchmaking service that successfully marries 542 members a day.
But what about members who didn’t? In fact, 16,000-20,000 people register with them in a day. We quote Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org: “Using any kind of public forum for support means that a company will be faced with disgruntled customers. But much of the time, disgruntled customers are right — and they are giving you valuable feedback. Make disgruntled customers happy, and the process will improve the quality of your product.”
With 20 million registered members and 100,000 married couples out there matched through eHarmony, we look forward to a great blog and discussion.
This blog began on 16 July 2006.
Editorial and No Advertising policy
We are 100% unofficial and 100% unaffiliated with any dating site. Be wary of articles from authors who are!
Unlike almost all other online-dating-site review sites out there, eHarmony Blog has no advertising and affiliate links. We hate banner advertising as much as you do, and the last thing we want is to taint our writing with a concern to make a buck or to please an advertiser. All other online dating site review sites can do that for you if that’s what you want.
This also means that your contributions, comments and posts can “tell it as it is.” Be assured that eHarmony Blog will make no money out of your ideas and opinions. We can’t say the same for other websites you visit today.
Some tips for exploring around
- Did you just join eHarmony for a month?
- Explore the categories. For example, read the eSsentials, watch videos and commercial parodies, or pick up some tricks in Tips.
- Search. This blog now has over 1200 posts – even our authors cannot remember how we covered what topic and when.
- Read the stories and know what to expect. Our Couples category has the love stories and successes, and our Reviews category has member experiences in their own exact words.
- Disagreeing with something? Post a comment and share your view. Or better yet, add a topic. There is no “best” way to respond to matches. Even eHarmony’s own 5 Keys to Success are subject to debate.
- Check out the Polls category. Many past polls provide insight on the behaviour of your matches.
Deja vu? (or, why don’t my comments appear on my friend’s computer?)
In order to keep our hosting costs low and the site very fast for almost everybody, our articles are stored “static” on the server for several hours. Only readers who have signed in or have left comments will be able to read articles “uncached” and thus see the latest comments. We are very sorry about this; we’ve been told that hosting for our traffic costs more than a monthly eHarmony subscription.
The easiest thing your friend can do to see your comments is vote on one of our polls. The site will recognize her browser indefinitely and she will see the latest comments.
Who is eHarmony Blog?
Several people, actually.
eHarmony Blog is a group of contributors and eHarmony users based in the United States (California, New York, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia) and Canada (Toronto and Kingston). Sometimes the contributors post via their byline, sometimes via the main account.
Hosting is in The Netherlands.
Day-to-day management of the site pretty much depends on who among us is an active eHarmony subscriber at the time. Like most eHarmony subscribers, most of our contributors only join for three months at a time. Boyfriends and girlfriends come into our lives, subscriptions end, and running the blog is passed to the next person.
What’s this thing I heard that I can submit articles and get published?
Yes, you heard right.
Unlike other blogs, anyone can post in eHarmony Blog. We’re more of a open discussion forum. To add a topic, you simply have to click this link to register and then submit a post. If you have OpenID, the registration process takes 2 seconds. Read more.
eHarmony Blog is also the #1 place for eHarmony staff to write for.
Does eHarmony read eHarmony Blog?
Look at the right column for when and what eHarmony staff recently read. During our more-delusional states, we even think that they ENJOY reading this blog.
Here is a longer list, but again it is stored static (see Deja vu above).
Does eHarmony have its own blog?
What for? What would they write about? Oh, just kidding. They opened one on 14 July 2009. Despite their massive public relations budget, we hope that ours is cooler than theirs.
How to contact eHarmony Blog
Can I email you? Sorry, we never give out the email addresses of our writers and commentators.
The fastest way to reach our contributors, authors and editors is posting a comment to the appropriate article. The person who wrote it receives an email notification, and if he or she is an editor, he or she also sees your email address, if you gave one. (You can read more about the three roles (editors, authors and contributors) in this introduction to writing for us.)
Leaving comments. Comments are unmoderated (it has been since March 2008) and appear after two to five seconds, thanks to a neat piece of software engineering called Spam Karma. No registration is required.
Email addresses are never published. Registration is optional, and the email address is optional, but only registered users can revise their comments. We altered WordPress slightly to secure the email addresses of our writers and commentators from prying eyes: Nobody but our editors will see your email address.
[Last updated: 15 September 2010]