Coronavirus ushers in virtual dating

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The Coronavirus pandemic has completely changed lives all over the world in the different. From homeschooling the kids and working from home to shopping more online, wearing face coverings, and being socially distant. For those on the dating scene, the changes are even more. Gone are the days of casual hookups. There are lots of new regulations and changes, and the dating scene is heavily affected. Coronavirus has changed the game of casual dating for the unforeseeable future. I wonder if the dating world will ever go back to how it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the whole working from home and less time in bars, clubs, parties, and other social gatherings, it may be impossible to meet someone new anytime soon. Which is why I see Coronavirus ushering in virtual dating.

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How will the dating scene changed with the COVID-19 pandemic

Here are a few changes I see happening in the dating scene –

More online dating

For the time being, I see the dating scene being more online than offline. There will be more and more single people hooking up online. Dating sites like www.nostringsdating.net will be seeing an increase of signups, for those who want to meet new people regularly, but unable to due to spending more time at home and being socially distant in real life. I can imagine more dating sites implementing video calls to make it easier for long-distance hookups to ‘meet’ safely.

Date slow with video calls

Like I wrote in the popular post, goodbye fast fashion, hello slow fashion, the Coronavirus pandemic will allow singles date slow again. Gone are the days of quick hookups. I can imagine more dating sites implementing video calls to make it easier for long-distance hookups to ‘meet’ safely. The video calling feature will be a great addition to dating sites. It will allow singles video call each other before exchanging numbers. Singles will be able to date from the comfort of their homes and get to really know their prospective partner with no added stress of sex or being intimate in the early days. This feature will eliminate all distractions and allow couples to spend more time talking and take things slow. Which will enable them to figure out whether they are compatible quicker than in real life dating where there are all sorts of distractions.

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Less casual sex

With the “date slow” comes less casual sex. Those going on a sex dating site looking for a quick hookup may struggle. With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, I see fewer people having casual sex in general. Those that will be having sex will be sticking to one partner, which is great. For those singles only affect sex with no strings, 2020 and beyond may be tough for them. With people being socially distant and spending more time at home reflecting, casual sex may be the last thing on many minds.

Are you single or dating? How are you currently finding the dating world? Are you interested in virtual dating or do you prefer meeting people in real life?

 

 

 

How to Find the Right Car for You

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Whether you’re buying a car for the first time, or finally trading in a vehicle you’ve been trundling around in for years on end, the car-buying process can be a little bit intimidating. It’s the most major purchase many of us make in our lifetimes (with the exception of your house), and there’s extra pressure to make the right call.

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What do you need?

Before making any purchase of this sort, it’s vital to take stock of just what you’re after. Are you going to be frequently carrying passengers? What kind of surfaces are you going to be driving on? Will you be performing short urban commutes, or travelling great distances over motorways? Do you have a boat or a caravan that needs towing?

The answers to all of these questions will exert a massive influence on your ultimate choice of vehicle. But if you’re going to be driving this new car frequently, it’s also worth considering the driving experience – if a car is a pain to drive, then you’ll probably come to resent it.

What can you afford?

Having an idea of your budget at the outset will help to prevent you from entering into a burdensome agreement. You don’t want to be crippled by debt repayments for months on end, after all. If you’re in a comfortable financial position, then you might elect to pay for the entire vehicle outright. This will end up cheaper in the long term, as you won’t have to worry about interest. For everyone else, financing makes a sound investment. As a general rule, you’ll want to restrict the amount your spend on your car to around 20% of your overall outgoings, and ideally less than that.

Your financial circumstances will influence your decision; if you’re working a zero-hours contract, or you’re self-employed, then you might prefer the financial security that comes with lower payments.

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Shopping around

If you’re based in Belfast and you’re in the market for a Rav4, then looking at every Toyota dealer Northern Ireland has to offer might be impractical. Still, it’s worth examining your options and looking to see what kind of aftercare is offered at each dealership.

To lease or to buy

Leasing a car provides many advantages over buying one. To begin with, you’ll be driving a more expensive car than you otherwise would. Moreover, you’ll be able to easily upgrade every few years without the hassle of a trade-in. However, you’ll tend to spend less money overall if you opt to buy, and you’ll have the luxury of being able to modify it to suit your particular tastes.

 

5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog

I set up this blog in 2012 and it has been a rollercoaster journey. Blogging has led me to all sorts of opportunities and I am thankful to have discovered this amazing platform. However, if I could go back in time, there are some things I wish I knew before I started blogging. Knowing these things would have made my blogging journey a lot more straightforward and not as topsy-turvy as it has been.

 

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5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog

Here are the five things I wish I knew before setting up Fashion and Style Police –

Use SEO

I learnt Search Engine Optimisation- SEO many years after I set up the blog. In the early days, I wrote whatever I felt like writing with little or no regard for search engine search. I didn’t even know anything about SEO in 2012. If I could go back in time, I would learn all about SEO and use the knowledge in every blog post.

Make use of internal links

I would make use of internal links from day 2. Using internal links regularly is a great way to direct search engines and your readers to other blog posts on your site. It is a great way to revive old content. I wish I knew this back in 2012.

Focus on the social media platforms that works

It makes sense to have an online presence on as many social media platforms as possible because you never know. However, if I could go back in time, I would focus my energy on the social media platform that actually drives traffic to my blog and use the other platforms differently. Currently, Pinterest is the platform that drives the most traffic to my blog. Other social media platforms work more as a standalone for me and hardly bring in a good amount of regular traffic.

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Research keywords and topics

Researching keywords and topics helps you share the knowledge your blog readers really need. This is one thing I wish I did more of 7 years ago.

Practise makes perfect

The more you write, the better you become. Practice makes anything a lot better. I wish I had more time to write everyday in the early days of blogging.

These are the top five things I wish I knew and did in the early days of blogging. We learn everyday and I have learnt loads in the last few years.

What do you wish you knew more of in the first year of blogging or before setting up your blog? Do you have any blogging tips to share? What do you think of these 5 Things I wish I knew before setting up the blog?

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