This morning I tallied every first message I've sent, including both OK Cupid and Craigslist. Over 14 months, I've sent 72 first messages, an average of more than one per week. I've compiled the messages into a word file, an excel file, and now I'm working on making graphs. I like graphs. I think I might start to organize messages by success, so I can put together all the ones that worked, versus all the ones that didn't, as well as organize by theme, commonly used phrases, or time of night written. It's kind of like my self portrait by volume, part 2.