Behind The Scenes: Best Dating Blog 2012

By Krissy Dolor, Jill of All Trades

On Friday it was official: we won About.com’s 2012 Readers Choice Award for Best Dating Blog! Other nominees included 31 Dates in 31 Days, CheckMate, CyberDating Expert and OkTrends. We are honored to have been part of a great set of contenders and are grateful to our loyal readership (you!) that helped us snag 58 percent of the votes. It’s encouraging to know that our audience is more than just our very own eyes! Whether we’re counting down our top five things to avoid on a date or recounting the latest Fail to Fab about an obsessive caller, our goal is to help you along your digital dating journey — or at the very least, give you something to talk about.

So today, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at what happens at the eFlirt Office to earn this coveted title. Most of you know me as eFlirt Expert’s Jill of All Trades, aka Laurie’s right-hand woman when it comes to helping singles navigate tech in the online dating world. Others might think of me as the face behind the @eflirtjillofall handle, tweeting out our latest and greatest posts, sharing some inside deets on the hilarity that comes with being an online dating coach, and of course, dishing some helpful hints on what to avoid when dating online. After all, as someone who works with clients one-on-one, I see everything — and want to help you out, too.

And even though you’ve seen my byline, I can bet that many of you don’t know that I actually have another role (and title): editor. In fact, editing has always been my passion, a skill I honed while at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and during my time as Senior Editor of Cupid’s Pulse, a celebrity relationship news and dating advice site.

At eFlirt Expert, it’s a blast editing pieces about the more entertaining side of news, like the newest celeb to join online dating or how stars have used Google to get the skinny on their latest love. From coming up with fresh ways to say “online dating” and ensuring a clean story flow to finding the perfect note to end an advice post on, one of my favorite things to do is take a post from just OK to a must-read.

But the best part of developing editorial is our monthly Copy Cocktail Cocktail meetings, where Laurie and I meet with our stellar team over margaritas at Gabriela’s on the UWS. From Jess Downey and Samantha Eng, who have both been with the company for more than a year, to Jessica Hartman, our very first Certified eFlirter (and the original Jill of All Trades), to our latest batch of lovely CCs, the eFlirt Expert blog wouldn’t be much without their keen insight, sharp humor and their willingness to share their stories with us.

With that said, here’s a look at Laurie and I’s favorite posts from our inspiring team to honor the bylines behind the blog:

Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Ask On a First Date
How to Have a Drunken Hookup
Should You Respond to A Nice Guy?
Understanding Your Dating Defenses
Which Online Messages Should You Avoid?
Fail to Fab: Taking a Leap in Dating
What To Avoid In Your First Online Message
My Big News: A New Chapter

Which post is your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!