Email Debt Forgiveness Day… for online dating?

Do any of y’all listen to the podcast Reply All? (If not, you totally should start!) It’s a delightfully geeky, entertaining, well produced, and insightful show, started by a guy who left NPR and started a podcast about starting up a podcast company. This is that company’s first podcast. (Yeah, take your time parsing that sentence, I know. Very meta.)

The dudes behind Reply All came up with a great concept, Email Debt Forgiveness Day. On April 30th, we can all finally unburden ourselves. Here’s how it works:

If there’s an email response you’ve wanted to send but been too anxious to send, you can send it on April 30th, without any apologies or explanations for all the time that has lapsed.

It doesn’t matter how long it’s been. Just include a link to this explainer, the one you’re reading right now, so that your recipient knows what’s going on.


Pretty simple, right? And freaking INGENIOUS, if you ask me.

I say we go one step further—for those of you who read this, I hereby grant you permission to enact Online Dating Message Debt Forgiveness Day.

Write to the person you matched with on Tinder two months ago. Text the gal you totally flaked out on and feel too guilty to get back in touch with. Write the guy whose profile you read only after you winked and him, and realized that he has dogs but you’re allergic.

Just take the chance and WRITE THAT MESSAGE. (And include a link to the Reply All blog post OR this very blog post as an explanation.)

Let’s see what happens! [icon-heart]


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