"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.
"I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.
As a single gal in Los Angeles who has been online dating for over 10 years, I have earned my stripes as a dating expert and a dating drama queen.
I have experienced and survived all the dramas of online dating and still remain a hopeful romantic.
According to a recent survey done by Date Watchers.com, most people are starting to get comfortable with online dating.
However, some minor mistakes are still what keeps people from meeting the person they so badly deserve.
' I didn't know what to say to that, so I told him my friends were at the back of the bar, which they were.
I never went out with him again." For Allison, that night was the beginning of series of dating travails.
Despite a few duds and near misses, her perseverance—plus an online connection seven years later that resulted in a marriage proposal—would eventually reaffirm her belief that online dating is an ideal way to make a real connection with another person.
"Meeting someone in a bar never quite worked out," she says.
In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.