“I lived quite a wild life, partying almost every single night, and it was starting to wear thin…Some of my friends had gone straight into good jobs after university and were getting promoted.
I felt like I needed to start thinking about settling down [career-wise].” So Reeves returned to the UK, to London, where she could put her Spanish to work, get a master’s degree, and become a translator.
From a simple hook up to finding ‘the one’, now more than half of us are logging on, and meeting plenty of frogs… And believe us, there’s a site out there for everyone!
There are literally hundreds out there, so to make things a little simpler, we’ve chosen our pick of the best sites, including some free ones… They also add the majority of their members are aged between 28 and 55. It’s one of the biggest – and most famous – dating sites out there, which means you have access to a large database of single people… However, as there’s so many people out there you can get the odd, er, dodgy, comment. 50,000 new singles a day join Plenty Of Fish and it’s pretty much worldwide, so it’s a huge mix of characters.
Broader appeal “With the amalgamation of dating and community websites, there is now a broader appeal to looking online for friendship and potential dates than there was three years ago.
We wouldn’t have even visited a dating website, let alone set one up.” The first step was to establish a name which encompassed what they were trying to emulate.
The specialist site for country-minded people was launched in 2008 by two country-loving sisters Emma and Lucy Reeves who were tired of meeting men who didn’t understand the country lifestyle.
At the time Lucy was living in London, but missed the rural setting that she had grown up in and she also missed spending time with people who enjoyed taking part in countryside pursuits.
Emma and Lucy came up with the idea of Muddy Matches when they went out for drinks in London, and London has remained important in the growing success of Muddy Matches.
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