At the same time, I could use the full breadth of all the mainstream dating sites and see which one was the best.
I never really meant to start internet dating, but after a long-term relationship left me single aged 32, I didn't really feel like I had a choice.
My break-up was a bit nightmarish – the girl was due to be the bridesmaid at our friend's all-American, taffeta ballgowns-and-doves-style wedding – you know, the kind of weddings they have at the end of American romcoms – and she failed to show.
I'd assumed I'd meet normal people from normal sites, and odd people from the odd ones, but it didn't work out that way.
For example, farmer dating website Muddy Matches sounds like the punchline to a joke, but actually turned out to be a brilliant way to meet plummy young ladies called Tamara who liked horseriding.
Last year, I met a beautiful woman for a night of wine and wonder, it was a glorious conflagration that ended with the ignoble fade out.
Afterwards, I wondered if the bar was set too high and I was destined for disappointment.Getting back to the UK and taking stock, I realised my circle of single friends had dwindled as I'd got older, and I didn't want to date someone at work, as that's always struck me as complicated and potentially disastrous.I outlined my dilemma to my boss and she suggested I try online dating.There's nothing quite like being introduced to people as "This is Willard – the guy the bridesmaid stood up" to make you feel about a foot tall.I didn't even get the pleasure of being the most tragic story at the wedding, as one other guest's boyfriend had confessed to being gay on the flight over and subsequently ended up copping off with the vicar at the reception.That was months ago and we've been dating ever since.