Matchmaker Interview with Dennie Smith
Matchmaker Dennie from Old Style Dating recently chatted with us to share her matchmaking tips and experiences
How did Old Style Dating come about?
I have owned a hair salon successfully for many years, and a hot-topic between the staff and clientele is, and always has been, dating. Listening to many concerns over the years, I realised there was a gap in the market for something to remedy many people’s (my eldest daughter included) disappointment with today’s dating scene. That was when I decided to create my own dating website.
How is yours different to the other sites out there?
Because I genuinely care about my users, namely, I personally monitor the site and reply to all queries myself.
What is wrong with today’s dating scene?
Dating has become a disposable commodity, and too many people just accept poor service from the agencies they use, and from their fellow users. I want to change that.
How do you match members?
I don’t, there is no cyber-cupid algorithm operating on the website. The user decides who they want to talk to.
How do you vet people?
Everyone that joins, is pending until approved. I personally check their profile to ensure that their profile photo is modest, and that their bio is respectful. I only want polite and courteous users on my site, who are genuinely invested in starting a relationship.
Are they tied to contract?
Absolutely not: users can simply cancel their own membership at any given time.
How many members do you have?
We are still in the hundreds at the moment. We are still fairly new, but people join every day.
What is your goal?
To attend many, many weddings ! I want to revive traditional values, and I want to share that. I want to share in the joy that people find through love.
What are your plans for the future?
We are always working very hard to promote Old Style Dating, so most of my future plans are related to boosting the site’s publicity.
What do you love about your job?
I always find it tremendously encouraging when I receive great feedback on the website, it is so satisfying to have people congratulate me on bringing simple manners and decency back into dating.
Can you give our readers a dating tip?
Most importantly, be authentic. Having confidence in yourself goes a long way. Ultimately, honestly is the best policy – why pretend to be someone you are not?
Chose a venue where you can feel relaxed as you chat (keep conversation light), nowhere too loud or busy, and please put your phone on silent. More importantly, have fun on your date getting to know each other. I think it’s great fun meeting new people.
Where do you see Dating in the next five years?
I’m aiming for up to 10,000 members, and I would love for OSD to be as famous as, Match.com, for example. I love spending my spare time in London, and I would be so happy to see our logo advertised on the London buses. I would hope to have thousands of success couples who have found genuine love with us. I am passionate about reviving respect and manners in the dating world, so that it is no longer the norm to accept bad behaviour. I strive to have a great reputation as an caring and genuine dating website.