January 11, 2009

About Tamara's Project

After a long string of breakups, Tamara tried to warm her broken heart by the 31 candles glowing from her birthday cake. She decided it was time to adopt a risky set of rules for her 31st year: learn how to enjoy first dates and avoid jumping into another tumultuous relationship. She vowed to say 'no' to relationships and, instead, would enjoy her successful single life in New York City by taking on the ultimate dating adventure: 31 Dates in 31 Days. While juggling a full-time news job and dwindling hours of sleep, Tamara would focus on dating one man every day for a month. On day 31 - Valentine's Day - she would host her 31st date, which would be a spectacular second date with one of the suitors.

She developed her one-month master's class on men, threw out all her bad dating habits, prejudgments, and old criticisms. Instead, she would immerse herself in the dating world, dating one man every day while remaining open-minded to see what the men would teach her. She entering the project a cynic, believing there were "no good men in New York" and had no hopes of finding a long-lasting boyfriend.

From cynical New York City dater to hopeless romantic, Tamara's 31 dates helped change her attitude about men, dating, love, and life. She kept dating one of the men she met during her project. In one year's time, she went from blogger to bride.

Tamara has worked in television news for more than 12 years. Most recently, she was a writer for ABC's Good Morning America in New York City. She has also worked as a newscast producer for KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.
Tamara started working in the news business at 18, scurrying behind-the-scenes with journalists at the Republican National Convention in 1996. She muscled her way into an internship at a local TV station, waking at 3am for work and leaving at 9am for an overload of college courses. As a motivated Dean's List student, she graduated from Roanoke College with a double-major in just three years, placing her among the school's youngest graduates in its nearly 170-year history.
Tamara also has a master of arts degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a recipient of the full-tuition Lee Bollinger Fellowship. It was in grad school where she first started writing about dating in New York with her thesis project, Celibacy and the City, a radio documentary profiling single Mormons in Manhattan.

After years in the busy news business, Tamara now spends her days writing about love, dating, and the life-changing project that helped her find the kind of man she never believed existed. She spends lots of time watching movies, lots of money on theater and concert tickets, and lots of calories on eating cupcakes. She and her husband reside in Los Angeles.

Tamara's first book, The Dating Project: 31 Dates in 31 Days, is expected in bookstores in 2011.





email Tamara:
31datesin31days@gmail.com
Or visit the website

17 comments:

luminainfinite said...

I think having your gorgeous face on this website will make it easier to get dates.

Skye said...

Ha! I love it! (why did I never think of this when I was single?) I can't wait to hear how this goes! Please tell me you're taking a recorder or something to document!

Sara said...

Do we get to vote for who you go out with on Feb. 14? I am so excited you are doing this for real.

Tamara said...

sara,

possibly... i think this will end up being an organic experience.

i will post various polls as we go, so you'll get to vote on different stuff like activities and challenges. we shall see! let me know if you have ideas!
:)

Rebus said...

what a phenomenal idea. i wish i could be a fly on each date; critiquing the conversation, etc. i am excited to hear the results.

grammatically impaired said...

i love this idea.... i wonder if my boyfriend would mind... most likely.

miss a-train said...

I love this idea. I totally wish I had thought of it as I am newly single. Good luck! I'll be reading everyday!

BluDiamondDeck said...

It really is a fantastic idea and hope it all goes well with you. And you'll be leaving a legacy in the minds of all these men. Who doesn't want to leave a legacy?! LoL

My question, though, is how can I get in touch with the poster above me: miss a-train? :-)

Jenn Mize said...

I'm a little behind but I'm catching up. Good luck on this adventure. I'm excited to read how it all goes. I wish I had done something like this when I was single. What an awesome story to tell grandkids! :)

Elena said...

i think your loyal fans should get a vote on the final date!!! make it count for like 10 percent in the decision making process... ;)

Shimika said...

Tam!!! Why didn't you tell me about this?! I luv it! You're so brave. You know I'll be checking in for the 411. I wanna be like you when I grow up : )~ Sooooo do you think you'll find a husband? lol If so, maybe you can get rid of your dog. LOL j/k Luv ya! Good Luck

movietwin said...

I saw you on GMA this morning. I love the concept, I only wish I had thought of it. Good luck with the dates. I hope you meet someone who could potentially be your "soul mate". As a guy, I have to tell you, you're quite attractive and I love your sense of adventure. Would you ever consider coming all the way to the Twin Cities (Minnesota) for a date?

King Michael said...

Good to know I'm not the only single guy in Minnesota who is fascinated by the blog equivalent of a chick flick. Speaking of chick flicks, I'm going to see "He's Just Not That Into You Tonight" with two female friends, and I'm paying for the tickets, although they don't know that. Total price for three tickets in Minnesota: $30, so I guess I'm going on a $31 date, too, although one of my friends is married and the other is a longtime friend who isn't into me, unfortunately. I look forward to reading your blog this weekend.

Anonymous said...

and i must be drunk, as i have no idea why "tonight" made it into the title of my previous post. maybe i really am as dumb as i look.

Anonymous said...

At first I thought this was a great idea....but I am sorry to see that Tamara took the easy way out and simply makes it seem like all of her dates were fantastic. There is no way this is possible. No one can go on 31 dates straight and like every single guy and have a good time with all of them. I figured there would be some hilarious stories about dates that were just awful! I can tell in some of the stories Tamara is simply making it seem like she enjoyed herself, so as not to hurt the date's feelings. When doing a a blog like this, one should have the guts to be honest. I had to stop reading because I was getting so annoyed at how "perfect" every date was.

This could have been a great blog, but it really fell short for me due to lack of honesty and therefore true variety in the descriptions of the dates.

Elena said...

Dear Anonymous... I know Tamara very well and see her almost everyday, there is no way she is not being honest. Did you think that maybe she is just the type of person who has fun in any situation and is someone who will take the time to get to know someone and sees the good in them? I guess some people find it easier to be negative... maybe you should try to see the positive in people. Then maybe you will understand that meeting 31 people in a row and having fun with each person isn't so hard or unbelievable!

Kent Breard III said...

I really think that you and adam look cute next to each other. I am ready to cast my vote for him.

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