That dating app message exchange where he called me Gorgeous three times in a row and didn't realize it (and yes, it was capitalized).
That time where I went to a dating event and one guy said he was "trying to figure out what my personality was by my shirt... I'm thinking witch."
That guy who texted me this a week after our date: "I could be down for lower expectations. I just don’t wanna like plan and make reservations + try to appear impressive. If you wanna plan something though, I’d be down."
Every time something lame happened to me while trying to date, I'd post about on my Facebook page to my friends with the hashtag "#single" almost as an explanation. Or maybe a punch line to bad joke. It was starting to get so comical to my friends that people started telling me I should publish a book.
Nah, I thought. Who honestly would want to read a book about failed dates? That's so depressing.
Then a friend suggested a podcast instead.
Nah, I thought. There's already a million podcasts about dating and being single.
But the more I thought about it... I realized two things. First, I wanted people to know that there are single women out there that are the full freaking package, full of value and by society's standards, should be swept off the market by any self-respecting partner ASAP, but rather than sitting at home bemoaning that are happy and leading full lives. And that that's OKAY.
Contrary to popular belief, it's OKAY to be single and not paired up. I wanted to destigmatize the word "single" as a negative state and fully embrace badass, strong, independent women who are alone and not just okay about it - content and happy in their single lives.
And the best way to do both was to have honest conversations with other single women about their dating lives and their feelings around dating today.
And so, #single was born.
-- Jeanette, creator and host
FOSTER A GREAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY TO CREATE A BINGEABLE PODCAST WITH JEANETTE BONNER OF #SINGLE
As part of my series of interviews about “5 things you need to know to create a very bingeable podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeanette Bonner, award-winning producer working in narrative film, theater, digital content, reality and podcast.