Dating websites for country people
Muddy Matches now has more than 100,000 members and Lucy has stopped counting the weddings, although the total has reached well over a thousand.
“Our users are nice, normal people with similar interests,” says Lucy. ” The site is designed to cope with painfully slow broadband speeds found in some rural areas and the fact that a proportion of members are still using dial-up internet connections, but it is also now fully responsive, as 50 per cent of Muddy Matches traffic is via mobile phone and tablets.
“So we decided on an event-based app, as that’s the way people socialise in the country.” In 2006, when the Reeves sisters decided to give online dating a go – secretly, because the notion of finding love with a stranger via the internet had only recently started to lose its stigma – they failed to find a dating site aimed at young, country-minded singles.
“Rural internet dating sites were all very much Last Chance Saloon; images of two badgers disappearing off into the sunset — that kind of thing,” Lucy explains.
“They just want to see if they like the look of the photo, you’re a similar age, and that you don’t live 600 miles away.” And what if Lindsay’s dream man flashes up on her screen? “It’s amazing how easy it is to talk yourself out of a date.” The Get Muddy app Android and i Phone users can download the Get Muddy app for free on the App Store, log in via their Muddy Matches account (or register an account if they are not already a member) and add/edit a quick profile, ready to start messaging other singles at the Country Life Fair.“I sent her a message asking if she was well and she replied that she was enjoying a gin and tonic in her garden,” he writes in the success stories section of the site.“I suggested she came round for further gin and tonics and the rest is history!Lindsay, whose muddy-townie ratio is , says her ideal match is blond, blue-eyed, business-minded and really funny.“Hopefully he’ll do sport – cricket or shooting – but most importantly he has to love animals,” she says.