Again, combing the web to find new and interesting approaches to eHarmony... I found something that intrigued me.
On the StyleLife forum (A pick-up artist forum, supported by Neil Strauss' online coaching academy), one member asked for a critique of his eHarmony profile, saying that he hadn't been getting any responses from women in the month that he had been online. I won't bother to repeat his profile... but, in character, it was similar to this one.
One of the guys on the forum, Thorny, (although admitting to me that he had no experience with online "dating"), pointed out some of the major flaws... and gave a sample of the profile that he would have written. Here's what he suggested as an intriguing style to emulate:
1. What are you most passionate about?
2. What are the THREE things for which you are MOST thankful?
I'm most thankful for Girls
I'm most thankful for Guns
I'm most thankful for Glory
3. Other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Derek Zoolander, for giving us Blue Steel, Le Tigra, and Magnum.
4. The four things your friends say about you are:
A real knob-job!
A whale of a tale.
5. What are three of your BEST life-skills?
6. What is the most important quality that you are looking for in another person?
Beauty is common, so in addition to her good looks, she much have a great personality, a good energy, and a good outlook.
7. Other than your appearance, what is the first thing that people notice about you?
My good looks
8. What is the ONE thing that people DON'T notice about you right away that you WISH they WOULD?
My super awesome underpants
9. How do you typically spend your leisure time?
10. What are five things that you "can't live without?"
11. Describe the last book that you read and enjoyed. What was it about? What did you like most about it?
"The Game" - Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. I liked that there are so many guys studying the things that make me awesome.
12. Describe one thing about yourself that only your best friends know.
Get out of here. I don't even know you and you're already asking to be my best friend? We're totally breaking up.
Gotta admit, it's all-out "no fear". It definitely demonstrates Thorny's genuine personality (or, at least, some aspects of it). And... it's different.
Turns out, the guy who wrote for advice didn't just use this profile as inspiration. He copied it "word for word". (Well, he couldn't have done that for the multiple-choice sections, but I'll take him at his word for the rest.)
... and, sure enough, the next day, he reported that he had three women communicating with him.
Like I've said, genuineness (or, at least, the appearance of it) and a "no fear" personality will carry you well in your profile... It's interesting to see what happens when it's taken to the extremes.
(Oh, and if you want to read the original exchange, you'll have to register at StyleLife here, and then read this thread. And, thanks, Thorny, for letting me repost your profile here!)