Who are you?
I’m a freelance writer and editor, and one of the things I do is write under the name of The Guyliner – which began on this very blog, back in June 2010. 2010, wow. God.
Why are you called The Guyliner?
Yeah. I know. It was the name I gave to the blog when I was dating. I lined up the guys, then I dated them. I know it’s a bit tenuous, but I just liked the sound of it. Somehow this has, quite unintentionally, become my name.
What kind of things do you do?
Well, aside from this blog, which you can find out more about a bit further down, I write a weekly column for the British edition of GQ, about anything from LGBT issues to sex and relationships to the terrifying awkwardness of being alone in the 21st century.
I am writing two novels for Little, Brown too. The first one is called The Last Romeo and is out spring 2018. You can find out more about that here.
I also write for homosexual bible Gay Times magazine. I write dating and lifestyle stuff for them in the print edition, including a ‘sideways look’ (groan) at gay stereotypes. Take a look at the GT website for details of when the next issue is out.
I also head up a page online dedicated to helping GT’s readers with their life/relationship/dating dilemmas. If you want to get in touch about that, find out how.
I’ve also done stuff for International Business Times, BuzzFeed, Little Atoms, the Irish Times, Stylist and the Guardian, among others. It’s all go. You can find a selection of freelance stuff I’ve done as The Guyliner on my Contently page.
I have a companion blog ‘analysing’ the responses by participants in the Guardian’s Blind Date column. People seem to like it. Do give it a quick read. You can also find older stuff I’ve done on Huffington Post.
I do some other stuff under my own name too, including social media and other journalistic delights – I can tell you all about that if you’re interested in commissioning me to do something.
Can I hire you?
To write? Yes, of course! Contact me and let’s do something! I only write for free on my own site, by the way – just to be clear.
Can I write a guest post for you?
I’m always interested to hear people’s stories, but I don’t publish guest posts anymore, I’m afraid. I think it makes more sense to have just my voice on my site now.
What was the dating blog all about?
Oh, it was easy peasy:
– I joined an internet dating site
– I talked to men online and arranged dates with them
– I went on the dates
– I blogged about them. And indeed still do.
That’s it, really.
Note: I didn’t date these men just so I could fill my blog. I actually did want to meet guys and was, I suppose, in my own strange way looking for ‘the one’, or at least ‘the next one’.
I didn’t blog all the dates, because some of them are quite boring and others would make me easily identificable.
I’m not single any more but went on a LOT of dates so was still blogging them up until late 2015. I do change some details to avoid my ‘cover’ being ‘blown’, but I did not make the dates up. That would be pointless and unfair to any readers who have followed my ‘journey’.
I don’t blog in chronological order, either, so all events were written from memory and notes I made at the end of the night. There was a spreadsheet, I’m afraid.
I’m an unreliable narrator, yes, but I’m all you’ve got.
What’s your real name?
It’s Justin. Fancy that, eh?