What is this all about???
The proposed project involves the design of a website focused on providing a resource bank of various recreational activities across the United States, for the purpose of enabling individuals to eventually become more desirable on the dating scene. I am a dating coach, and over time, I have found that those clients who are involved in two or more activities, hobbies or sports, have had the best track record of successful dating. These recreational activities directly supported their development as an individual, helping them to become more positive and energetic, improving their communication skills, extending their social circles, and creating fun and interesting life experiences that are worth sharing with others. This ultimately enabled them to meet more people and venture on more dates.
This website will allow people to easily peruse over 150 activities, and then find a location nearby to get started. The site will showcase four different categories of activities: Sports, Hobbies, Performance Activities, and Unique Romantic Outings. Once a specific activity is selected from these four categories, the viewer will then be able to unearth a wealth of information about this activity, including expenses, the male/female ratio, and the time commitment. They will then be able to access links to the national organizations that oversee that particular activity. In addition, a simple, user-friendly search option will enable the viewer to find all the local opportunities to become involved with that activity. For example, the category “Unique Romantic Outings” focuses on one-time activities that could make a fun date. These would include ideas such as visiting an observatory, going horseback riding, or finding a place to go on a hot air balloon ride.
What's in it for me???
My primary purpose in becoming a dating coach was make a positive impact on people's lives. I feel that helping someone get their romantic life on the right track is the best possible way to do this. On the website for my own practice I have included enough free dating advice to fill up a good-sized book. This website will be no different. For as little as a one dollar donation, I will offer videos providing dating advice for which others charge hundreds. If I can help someone find the right companion in life, that is payment enough for me. For larger donations, I am offering individual date coaching along with all the videos.
The "Becoming a Champion" video deserves special mention. This video draws on lessons and instructions I have received, and followed, over the last twenty years as I have pursued competitive activities, which lead me to the point of winning a national martial arts championship. I have had the great fortune of training in four different activities, from which I have received a combined thirty-four years of private instruction from either national or world champions. This video will draw on those lessons to teach people how to develop a mental management system that will enable them to take the top spot, even when surrounded by competitors that are equally talented, dedicated and hard working.
Why is this important???
Getting involved in multiple activities is the single greatest step someone can take toward finding the right person. Finding a new hobby that you can be passionate about can be life changing. Few people can gain complete satisfaction in life solely from their careers. Even if you land your dream job, one bad supervisor can ruin it all. Also, talent and hard work does not guarantee advancement in the workplace. All too often, the ability to socialize and form alliances is what enables others to climb the ladder, rather than the quality of completed tasks or hard-earned skills. Our self-esteem craves a genuine feeling of personal accomplishment and the personal pride stemming from a job well done. All the self-help books and counseling in the world won't be enough to forever trick someone's self-esteem, if they can't find a place where this is possible. This is what hobbies and sports have to offer. They are objective, and can serve as a spot in your life where what you put into it is exactly what you get out of it.
Becoming a happy and healthy person has a direct payoff when dating. Generally, healthy people find themselves in healthy relationships. The reciprocal holds true as well. Dysfunctional individuals gravitate toward others with a similar dysfunctions, and together, their problems multiply exponentially. It is far easier for individuals to isolate and fix problems when they are alone rather than in the midst of a bad relationship. Many times, real change can only begin once someone finds a way to break the stagnation of their daily grind. Finding a new activity to be passionate about can serve as the gateway to becoming a fun, interesting, active and positive person . . . traits that are very attractive to others, and serve people well when dating.
Where is the money going???
The bulk of the funds will go toward hiring research assistants to gather the necessary data for the website. The majority of my time will be spent in coding the website, fulfilling the project rewards, and caring for my current clients. If this project is overfunded, I will allocate much of that money toward advertising with the major search engines in an attempt to make this website known to as many people as possible.
Risks and challenges
This is a pretty straight forward project in terms of development. The only real issue is that it is laborious and time-consuming work. Because of that, I have put the completion date of the project in August 2014; which is actually two months longer than I plan on needing to complete it. This is just in case there are any unforeseen glitches.
I am planning on coding the website personally. A web design company would easily charge over ten-thousand dollars to build a site of this size. That is money I would rather put into developing the content. I have personal experience constructing large websites. The one for my private practice consists of over seventy web pages. As previously mentioned, I put enough free dating advice on that site to fill up a book . . . so it had to be large enough to contain it. The quality of the website will be the same or better than the demo site I created for the project video and the screen shots above. I have already purchased the following domain names for the site: www.dateactivity.com and www.datingactivities.com. I am thinking of having all of you vote on which one we finally use!