The word spread quickly and soon we had a long list of names of potential singles to feature in this issue.
That’s when the stalking began.
Often people would give me the name of someone they thought would be perfect — but they didn’t know a lot of details about him or her or have a picture.
Enter Google. And Facebook. And LinkedIn. And … I could go on.
For most, I was able to find out enough information to give our committee a glimpse of who the nominee was — and know how he or she might fit in our feature. FYI, location and jobs are usually the easiest to find.
All of my research on the singles made me want to see how easy it would be to find the same information about myself. A quick search confirmed that it’s hard to keep anything private anymore.
Even worse is when I started noticing people at events or restaurants or even in the grocery store — and wondered if they were single.
I’m a happily married woman, so you can imagine how it came across when I sauntered up to strangers — male or female — and asked about their current relationship status. Their responses were always entertaining.
Without a doubt, there are some amazing people in Stark County who happen to be unattached. We like to choose singles who are somewhat known in our community. They might have a great job or be deeply involved in the community — we latch onto the things that set them apart and make them an even bigger catch in Stark County. The goal is to put together a group of people diverse in all aspects, such as age, race, career and residence.
So I’m not really a stalker. But it still feels a little creepy. It’s all in the name of finding a great group of eligible singles to feature, and I think we did just that again this year.
Feel free to contact me at any time if you know of a great local single — it just means I’ll start stalking even earlier next year.
Darla A. Brown