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Better than a Pub Crawl: National Singles’ Week Blog Crawl! September 18, 2009

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Happy National Singles’ Week!!

To celebrate, we’re thrilled to be participating in a first-ever blog crawl! For the next six days, when you hit us here, we’ll redirect you elsewhere (details below). And next Saturday, September 26th, to conclude the crawl, we’ll be hosting Singles-Advocate Extraordinaire, Dr. Bella DePaulo here at Onely!

So, Copious Readers: Pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and let’s get our READ on!

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Join millions of people as they crawl the web’s most popular blogs for singles, during the first SingleWomenRule.com’s Blog Crawl for National Singles Week. In the virtual world, a blog crawl works like a pub crawl, or museum crawl in the real world; each day, you’ll visit a designated blog to read featured blog posts from our favorite voices in the singles community.

“The Blog Crawl is an excellent example of the strength and connectivity of the online singles community,” said Terry Hernon MacDonald of SingleWomenRule.com.  Hernon MacDonald, author of the e-book, How to Attract and Marry the Man of Your Dreams, co-founded SingleWomenRule.com last August.

Featured guest bloggers include Dr. Bella DePaulo, notable psychologist and author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After; author of the novel The Divorce Party, Laura Dave; dating/relationship writer and author of The Real Reasons Men Commit, Kimberly Dawn Neumann, writer Simone Grant of Sex, Lies and Dating, dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan of NeverTooLate.biz, and Maryanne Comaroto, author of Hindsight: What You Need to Know Before You Drop Your Drawers.

“We hand-picked the guest bloggers and host blogs for their tenacious spirit and voice,” said Hernon MacDonald.  “Guiding readers from blog to blog in a crawl helps each blog build their readership, while bringing a fresh perspective and new audience via the guest bloggers, each day.” (more…)

Extra! Extra! July 7, 2009

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To our Copious Readers:

Run — don’t walk! — to Singletude’s new weekly series, “Singles in the News,” in which Clever Elsie highlights the week’s good and bad news that involves, affects, or implicates single people. Be sure to check out the “Singles with Singletude Award” as well as the “Singleschmucker Award” (yay for portmanteaus!). We’re uber-impressed by the research, appreciate the new resource, and think Elsie deserves some accolades. Also, if you want to direct any news-worthy links her way, I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

Thanks, Elsie — thanks for being our virtual newsstand!!

Some Like It Single: QuirkyEconomist! May 8, 2009

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images2Welcome to the latest installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

Today we are looking at QuirkyEconomist. She  describes herself as “a happily single woman simply informed, but not determined, by the fact that I am also an economist“.  How do those two things intersect, you might ask? QE explains:

Economists see the world as a series of choices and we identify the costs and benefits of all the alternatives, but we try to remain neutral (i.e., non-judgmental) about the choices people actually make.

In one post QE provides a small compendium of links to other economists who link love with market fluctuations and even–be still my nerdish heart–game theory! She decries the image of economists as heartless number-crunchers (“children as investment goods”) and points out examples of how dating is not that different from the free market.   

Although as of her 5 April post, she was not actually single in the “uncoupled” sense, she continues to embrace the Onely/QuirkyAlone/Singlutionary mindset. That means she won’t pursue a relationship just to be in a relationship, and also that she supports (to use QuirkyEconomist’s words)

“everyone’s right to be happy being whatever the heck they want to be, without other people making a bunch of assumptions about them.” (more…)

Footloose Femails April 25, 2009

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Guess what, everyone:  One of our readers, the wonderfully named Singal, has set up a Yahoo! Groups email community for single women, called Footloose Femails. The title is a nod to the concept of singles being “free to come and go”. Singal started the group as a way to build community among single women, to make friends and exchange ideas. She wanted to call the group Singals, but unfortunately that was already taken by a porno list (we hate when that happens–see Onely’s experience with creating accidental pornography).

So click the link above to go check out the description of the group and maybe sign up. And/or see Singlutionary’s post for a few more details about the group. If you go to Yahoo! Groups and search from there, make sure to type footloosefemails, all one word.  

–Christina and Lisa

Some Like It Single: The Unmarried Estate April 24, 2009

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Welcome to the latest installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

This week, we’re profiling a relatively new blog, The Unmarried Estate. We really like this blog because its author, Therese H. Lee, is an estate lawyer whose specialty is singles estate planning (if you’re single, live in DC, and have concerns about protecting your property then Therese is your woman: http://www.thereselee.com/). The Unmarried Estate provides an extremely valuable resource for the rest of us, as Therese posts about all things property/beneficiary/money-related that we singles need to know. Here’s  why she chose singles estate planning to be part of her firm’s focus:

I decided that I wanted estate planning to be part of my law practice because of a personal family situation. A grandparent passed away a few years ago and because of poor estate planning, there are members of my extended family who are not speaking to each other and her estate still has not been settled after nearly 5 years. Then I started to realize how these situations can be exacerbated if a relative led an “alternative lifestyle” (e.g. lived with an unmarried lover, gay or straight, was a single parent, or wanted to leave all their money to charity because they had no children, which can cause problems if you have other family living at your death who might feel “entitled” to inherit from you since you don’t have kids, etc.)

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Some Like It Single: Singlutionary April 3, 2009

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Welcome to the latest installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

This week, we’re happy to feature Singlutionary, Singlutionarywho has only been blogging since the beginning of the year, but who has already made quite a mark on the pro-single blog-o-sphere. Not only is she a regular contributor to Onely’s enlivening comment forums (she’s even made our Quote Board!), but she updates her blog frequently and entertains us with deep thoughts about the merits of dating, her search for a BFF-with-benefits on Craigslist, her remarkable house-maintanence skills, and her commitment to what she calls a “secular sabbath,” a day she thinks all singles should observe. (more…)

Some Like It Single: Singletude March 27, 2009

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Welcome to the latest installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

Today we’re looking at the thorough, thoughtful, and entertaining posts in Singletude: A Positive Blog for Singles, by Clever Elsie (and yes, she is!).

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Some Like It Single: Special K March 20, 2009

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Welcome to yet another installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

This week, we’re featuring Special K, where you’re sure to receive a healthy dose of introspective, intriguing, and just plain good writing about what it means to be a single woman meandering through life around the age of 30. K describes, in highly readable and prosaic language, what it means to negotiate between what she wants (or thinks she wants) and what American culture seems to expect of her.

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Some Like It Single: Marrying Millennial March 13, 2009

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Welcome to the second installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world. 

We like the blog Marrying Millenial because its author, Janelle Iwalani Maluenda, a twenty-one year old PR and advertising student at Chapman U in southern California, has taken on the entire whacked-out federally funded campaign to promote marriage with the vehemence of a verbal hurricane.   (more…)

Some Like It Single: Rachel’s Musings March 6, 2009

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Welcome to our newest series, Some Like It Single, where we’ll be profiling (relatively) small, independent blogs that are dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

We chose Rachel’s Musings as a starting point for this series not only because Rachel’s been mulling over and fighting against singlism for longer than we have (dob: May 2007), but because we admire her thoughtful posts and sharp eye. We regularly get heads-up and talking points from her about interesting topics or actions to take, such as advocating for single’s rights through Credo (Christina’s phone company too, yay!), or the federally-funded campaign to promote marriage, or her recent awesome discovery of Facebook groups that dislike the pre-set “relationship status” options on the site (see comments section).

Here’s what Rachel has to say about why she’s motivated to maintain the blog:

My blog was intended as an outlet for my ideas, a place to reflect on what I was reading, and overall a counterweight to my corporate job with its golden handcuffs and lack of intellectual challenge. The primary driving force behind the blog is my observation that matrimania in our society is creating a lot of pain and that our focus on The One is destroying community. These musings include ramblings on religion and the capitalist system since both seem connected to heteronormativity. How isn’t exactly clear to me – yet.  Hopefully, I will gain some clarity through blogging and also by interacting with more and more readers. The other reason for my blog is a strong activist streak – fighting singlism wherever I see it and thus raising consciousness about how singles are considered less than full adults.

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