Smart, Pretty, AwkwardIt's been a while since we've featured another blogger here, on the Urban Dater. I've been looking to feature other bloggers that haven't been featured here before, or bloggers we're not friends with on Twitter. Recently we did this with some fresh blood in the way of a Guest Blog Post. While guest posts are great, it only gives limited detail and insight to the blogger. So today, I think we're going to get a little personal and go for the guts with an interview with Molly Ford, the bloggess behind Smart Pretty and Awkward (

Alex How did you come to the decision that you wanted to blog about your dating experiences and advice?
Molly – I never actually made a conscious decision to blog about dating, but it
seems natural for an advice blog to cover relationships. At any given time,
pretty much everyone has one, wants one, or is trying to get out of one.

A – What's your advice to those seeking to do the same?
M – I don’t like it when people blog personal things about those they are dating. My boyfriend doesn’t have a blog because he doesn’t want the world to know his life so I’m certainly not going to share it for him.

A – Do you have a “golden rule” for dating? Relationships?
M – Only date funny people. This is a more than just “date someone that makes
you laugh” – the funniest people are the ones most comfortable with themselves, and are also often able to make acute observations about the world. All qualities I want in someone while I’m sitting next to them watching *Modern Family* and dialing the diner downstairs for a delivery of strawberry ice cream.

A – What are the differences between Urban and Suburban dating? (The Urban Dater is eagerly awaiting your answer here.)
M – Urban dating is better. I can’t explain why, except that maybe because you
don’t have to worry about DDs.

A – Do you or don't you tell your dates about your blog? How about your

M – Not only do I tell *my *dates about my blog, but if I met *your* dates, I would probably tell them about it too. I work really hard to make the blog relevant and interesting and I’m excitedly proud to show it off. One time after a first date this boy went through the Smart Pretty and Awkward archives and emailed me his favorite tips with his own little commentary, which was really thoughtful. And his commentary was humorous, so that helped too.

A – Have you been on dates with other bloggers? How did they go? Would you
recommend doing so to other bloggers?

M – Yes, Alex, I’ll go on a date with you. But let’s not be lame and talk about unique visitors and metatags the whole time.

A Do you write to entertain or to help?
M – I hope I do both.

A – I'm always asked what blogging platform one should use when getting into
blogging. What is your preferred blogging platform?

M – I started with Blogger, then switched to WordPress. I like WordPress more,
but that’s just a personal choice. I think the most important thing (some
would disagree with me here) is to get a domain name so you don’t have
.typepad or .wordpress in your address. I think that looks yucky.

A – What kind of tree would you be?
M – A dogwood. For some reason that answer seemed extremely obvious to me,
although I have no idea why.

A – I know some dating bloggers stop blogging when they get into a serious
relationship. How long are you going to blog about dating advice? What are
your thoughts here?

M – Smart Pretty and Awkward is a really, really fun part of my life and I could
not and would not want to be with someone that didn’t “get” that.

Something About Molly ~
In real life, I spend my days being a little awkward, a little pretty, and a little smart. Also drinking lots of diet coke, wearing only dresses, and eating lots of pasta, because Sophia Loren once said about her body, “everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.”

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Alex is the founder, creative director and managing editor at the Urban Dater. Alex also runs his own boutique marketing agency in Orange County, Ca: DigiSavvy. Among his treasured pursuits are bike rides with his girlfriend (don’t be perverted, now!), hiking, watching the Portland Trailblazers and the LA Angels. Follow Alex: Twitter | LinkedIn


  1. That's funny you said that people stop blogging when they get into a serious relationship, I thought I was the only one…er, well sometimes. Thanks for mentioning a new blog to read!!


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  3. Hi! I enjoyed your interview with Molly. I agree 100% that it's best to date funny people because you have more fun and are happiest when you can relax and truly be yourself with someone else. I also love to laugh and smile so humor is such a turn on in guys!

    Meghan (@pinktulips17)


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