Never Settle was created in 2015 by Eve Greenow and is featured as one of our Top 10 Dating and Relationship blogs. Eve shares her advice on dating no nos, what would happen on her perfect date, and how she works in partnership with brands to create mutually beneficial content.
What’s in store for the blog in 2019?
I’m super excited for what’s in store for Never Settle in 2019.
Going forward, I will continue tackling taboo subjects head on, which is what I’m passionate about. Whether it be mental health, contraception, sexual wellbeing, or more conventional dating subjects, I will continue to push these issues to the forefront of discussion, and take one step further. Further collaborations with brands who I feel most appropriate to send important messages to my readers, will continue, as well as pushing out my Ask Eve agony aunt section more, for those who need direct advice! I am also currently writing a self-help book, which is under wraps for now, but follows the general themes of the blog – which is really exciting…!
What’s the secret to a great date?
Remember it’s just two people meeting, avoid putting too much pressure on yourself or the situation. Listen attentively, avoid asking too many interrogatory questions (it’s not an interview!), smile, be yourself and enjoy it!
What are your dating no-nos?
There are so many good things which can happen on a date, but some serious no-nos would be:
- Don’t bitch about your ex – all bitching does is show a lack of respect – they were a big part of your life, and I don’t want to end up being referred to like that in the same way…
- A lack of basic hygiene is a big turn-off – make sure to shower or at least use deodorant…
- There’s nothing worse than someone who sneers at something you say or takes the mickey out of something you care about.
- Try not to brag… whether it be your job or lifestyle, or anything – it’s really not endearing!
- Give each other a chance: try not to come away from the date realising you know absolutely nothing about the other person because you spoke about yourself the whole time!
How does Valentine’s Day affect your content?
Valentine’s Day for a dating and relationship blogger is huge. We get inundated with products to promote for the day, and it’s about choosing the ones we genuinely feel work. On top of this, it’s important to remember that even though it’s an integral occasion for the blog, it is just a day. And if you’re single then that’s okay too. I like to ensure my Valentine’s Day content is a mix of topics, catering for those in relationships, singletons and also including brands. I do tend to ramp things up on the blog on the lead up to Valentine’s Day.
What’s your idea of the perfect date?
The ideal date would be just that – fun! I actually wouldn’t like going for a first date which is a dinner… I’d just spill something down myself! If you can have a laugh, and it’s not awkward, then fab!
My favourite date is the one I had with my current boyfriend. We went geocaching, which is like treasure hunting using coordinates. It was so fun! Although because it was in the woods, I was a little apprehensive… I had my friends on standby if I didn’t come home by a certain time…! But it was great in the end and we had a real laugh.
How has the rise of dating apps changed the dating scene?
The whole dating and relationship world has been tipped upside down.
A lot of people have found real love via a dating app or website. Like social media, the tool of dating apps can open your eyes to people you’d never normally have the chance of meeting, as well as great for busy people. But what most will agree on is that internet dating has created the illusion of abundance. That the grass is always greener.
We now live in a disposable society, where if something isn’t working as we want it to – we throw it away and get something newer, or so we believe – ever dissatisfied. Often finding the newer version isn’t much different from the previous one.
When you’re on a dating app, you have literally endless amounts of people looking for love at your swiping fingertips. It is easy to believe that all of these single people are available, viable, options. The reality is, most of these people won’t be interested or compatible, however the sheer volume of singletons creates this falsehood that there are literally thousands of options out there. This warps our minds to think that our “ideal” person, with no flaws, is actually attainable.
How do you work with brands for the blog?
I like to ensure when I work with PR agencies and brands, that it’s mutually beneficial. I don’t generally accept work with brands that aren’t relevant to my content (as it messes with the consistency of the site), but it’s about ensuring that we work as a partnership, and both of us are happy with the content. Whether it be working on a giveaway or sponsored post, or reviews, I always love working together with brands and PR agencies to push conversions, ROI and give my readers something new and fresh to discover.
What’s the best collaboration you’ve worked on?
That is a really tough one!! I’ve worked with many brands on a whole range of products. I absolutely LOVE trying out new pleasure toys from brands like LELO, Bondara, Lovehoney, and Ann Summers – to name a few of my favs. But I’ve also completed harder hitting campaigns such as with Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor, with a focus on looking after your sexual health, which is super important to me too.
What other blogs do you read?
I love reading other blogs, it’s one of my favourite past times, and I really enjoy discovering new ones too! Some of my favourites are Naomi Narrative, Natasha Atlas, Lucy Goes Dating.