My name is Melani Robinson and I’m a writer/blogger/podcaster, and online dating expert living in New York City.
My daughters, Morgan and Chelsea, are adults now and living on their own in the city and I share my apartment with Kate and Nigel, my pups.
There is currently no man in my life and really hasn’t been one for many years.
Over ten years ago I got in my car drove cross-country from Las Vegas (my hometown) to Manhattan to start a new life. I was forty-eight years old, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start in a place with few memories. My husband had died and I was not sure I would ever be happy again.
I decided I wanted to write so I began taking classes and joined writers’ groups. I learned I needed to build a platform if I ever wanted to get anything published. I was told blogging was a great way to do that but I had no idea what I’d blog about—until I decided to get back out there and began online dating.
I launched www.1yearofonlinedatingat50.com, which took off like crazy. Seems I wasn’t the only person dating lunatics. During that year the blog won an award, I was named one of the ten best online dating experts, and I began writing for The Huffington Post, which further expanded my following. By the end of the year, I’d reached dating burnout—over one hundred dates can have that effect. Hell yes, I earned that expert status.
I’m writing a book based on the blog and it’s almost finished. My daughter Chelsea, calls my online dating experiences a “shit show” and she’s probably right, but it does make for entertaining reading.
I also launched a podcast, Single Because: True Stories of Love, Dating and Other Misadventures where others tell their stories. I hope you’ll give it a listen.
I’m grateful to those who’ve followed along. There’s nothing I love more than to hear from you and I always respond.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell