Why You Should Be Reading 40 Days of Dating

My latest blog obsession  is 40 Days of Dating. As described on the website,

“Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days.”

Enter Jessica Walsh and and Timothy Goodman, two New York City-based designers who have been friends and decided to go into their venture together. Their experiment happened a few months ago, but they reveal their journey one daily post at a time- documenting each of the 40 days together.

Here’s 5 reasons why I dig it:

1. It’s a really, really cool website. This ain’t no WordPress shenanigans (no offense ChicagoNow). This website has great design with different lettering and graphics for each post. Videos, pictures, and other multimedia is scattered throughout to enhance the story. It’s so fancy, my ancient non-profit work computer can’t even handle it’s awesomeness.

2. It’s relatable. Peel back the hipster nonsense top layer (dates at jazz clubs, meeting up at gallery shows, discussing freelance design projects…ugh) and I can actually see many similarities between Jessie and Tim’s relationship and my own. My long-time boyfriend and I were good friends who happened to find themselves single at the same time and willing to give dating a shot. One of us, the over-analyzing one who can easily lose herself in a relationship and is obsessed with coffee; the other one finding it difficult to commit and become vulnerable with another person and loves sports, beer, and bbq. One difference…our experiment has been going on for almost 8 years now. I have a feeling I’m not the only one seeing pieces of themselves and their partners in this.

3. It’s enviable. Put back that hipster nonsense top layer, and I’m basically like, why can’t I be a freelance something or other with a chic wardrobe living in NYC with apparently amazing views and a budget to eat out for almost every meal? Why can’t my friends surprise me with Leonard Cohen tickets…just because? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

4. It’s suspenseful. I’m actually invested in this thing. I want to know what happens. It’s very much a will they or won’t they type of thing, but with a thorough examination as to why things are or are not happening. The over-analyzer in me likes it. I also like how some things going on between these two just don’t seem explainable.

5. It’s adorable. Reading about relationships is fun- I love to read advice columns; I like watching romances on tv or in the movies. We love love. You can tell there’s something going on between these two, but we’re just not quite sure what yet. I hope they end up together, but would that just be simplifying things? I’m really looking forward to spending my lunch breaks finding out.

Bonus: Did I mention they have to take a weekend trip? Being able to travel with someone is a make it or break it type of thing for me (shocker), so I can’t wait to see how this one goes.

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