Today we have a guest post from Gemma, one of the lovely readers who responded to my now famous article 7 things you should know about dating a Spanish girl.

’ I pulled the polite Spanish ‘no, thanks’, expecting they would insist a few more times and then I’d say ‘oh well, go on then’.

And while cliché dictates that, sure, men are into it, there’s been some recent research done about younger females often gravitate toward mature men.

Unless those guys happen to be Daniel Craig or Hugh Laurie. And humble public servant that I am, I’d like to share what Gemma had to say about dating British men. And if you want to write a guest post for the blog, contact me here. The first few days I left the table hungry, as when they said ‘would you like some more?

I’ve always wondered what goes on in the minds of Spanish women (or anyone, really) who’s willing to date British guys…

My dad used to insist that my English boyfriend had to try again, as he couldn’t conceive he didn’t like it.

I asked dad to live with it and just give him another Mahou, always welcome with great pleasure. Here’s Gemma’s bio: Born and bred in Madrid, spent summers in Andalucía, studied “filología inglesa” between Madrid and Coventry and in 2002 I quit my crappy job in Madrid for a crappy job in Surrey.

I even tried it when my boyfriend and I took a short break, and I found it was painstakingly difficult and more complicated than my experience dating an older guy. The texting games (How long should I wait to text him back? It’s exhausting), the fear of commitment that plagues most twentysomethings, and the simple fact that most guys my age aren’t as emotionally mature as I am.

It can be tough when you and your older partner can’t share childhood commonalities (dude’s never read a book!?

I’m constantly getting asked for online dating tips for women, so clearly it’s become such a popular channel…and yet women don’t really know how to own it.

Online dating is different from what happens when you meet someone organically.

If you like words, or blogs, or articles, you’ll definitely like my new book The Zen of Blogging, because it has all three.

Who’d have thought in this day and age that these would be the tools to help you meet a man?

And I found my boyfriend a bit rude when he was asked the same thing and straight away said ‘oh yes’. And God help the person who ever tells me “What you have to do is…” What do you think?