Thank you for the advice. I have used a dating site before (eharmony) and my experience was okay. I signed up for a month and by the time I finally got someone to message back and forth with, it was the end of the month and I didn't re-up. I suppose I could have but, it's not a big deal. The dating site I'm on now is free and does have a "tinder" swipe feature. Unfortunately, having used it for about two years now, I just haven't had much luck. I'll keep trying though. I do agree with you though, it's easier for me to type a message than it is to talk to people in person and figuring out what we have in common before hand is a HUGE help.
I just talk to them about stuff we're both interested in. For example, I have a female friend who loves the Kingdom Hearts series as much as I do. That's what initiated our friendship in the first place. She also likes Marvel, DC and a lot of other video games that I like as well, so we just have a lot to talk about. On the other hand, my best friend, also a female, doesn't really play video games. Her and I have a lot in common in way of thoughts and ideas. We just tend to be on the same page most of the time. There isn't really anything special. I do find that with both male and female friends, I'm more open in very different ways. I for example, I'd never tell my male friends that I'm a virgin for fear of being laughed at, and on the opposite end of that I have a rather perverse sense of humor that I don't really show around my female friends for fear of making them uncomfortable. In short, it varies from person to person. Most women (even some of my female friends) ignore me too so don't feel discouraged, you're not alone.
Yeah, I've found that too, though not from dating. I'm a writer (or want to be) and am trying to get a book published. Talk about A LOT of rejection. It used to bother me but now I'm kinda used to it. I don't even get excited anymore when I get an email. I just assume "it's my latest rejection" and move on. There are days though, where it just really stings for some reason. I am trying to just meet more people in person. I joined a meet up group for that reason. It's not for "dating" but there are some on there. Maybe I'll try them out one day.
I know. I've found that women give me the evil eye even when I don't say anything to them. That's the burden of being anxious I guess, I either come off as a creep or I'm overly nice. I did manage to, kind of, ask a girl out this week by telling myself it wasn't a date, and that I was just inviting her to an event that I happened to be going to. She said "no" but I was proud of myself for even doing it. But I digress. I guess I just wish that more women were willing to ask men out. It puts a lot of pressure on me to ask, which just makes my anxiety worse.