So really, it was like being shot down by 20 consecutive times.However, I did not expect that my dating life would be this difficult. I'm not a huge drinker, so the bar scene has never really been my thing.Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I'm not into one night stands either.

In this digital dating landscape, I was able to put my best self first.

Entering the workforce in one of the more turbulent economic times in our nation's history meant I would have to work harder to break into the communications industry.

Moving out of my parents house would mean learning how to live on a strict budget, resulting in many ramen noodle dinners the week before payday. As a single, straight female living in a metropolitan neighborhood, one would think that it would be fairly simple to meet men.

Similar to online shopping for shoes, I perused the catalog of men "selected" specifically for me.

What could be better than having tailored dates sent in my inbox every day?

Over a span of a week, I reached out to 10 different guys, crafting short but thoughtful messages. Determined, I scoped out more matches, reached out and waited for a bite.

Nope -- it ended up being another round of rejections.

Online dating seemed ideal, and was surely going to be the gateway to widen my dating horizons.

As a writer and a marketer, it should have been almost effortless to create a dazzling dating profile.

Although I am an introvert and would rather spend time with my cat while watching Netflix, I ventured out of my comfort zone and joined a co-ed softball league and registered for a comedy class. Most of the guys were taken, while the others showed zero interest in my lame attempts to flirt.

When that didn't pan out, I turned to the one avenue that has never let me down: the Internet.