Like most good plans, it all started during a night out with friends.
Two single Canberran ladies were discussing how they were better at dating each other than any of the guys they actually went out with.
It wasn't long until the pair realised it was worth sharing their dating failures with the entire city - anonymously, of course, so they could be completely honest about their experiences.
From dating disasters that involve getting sick halfway through dinner, to tales of being time poor and scheduling three meetings in one evening, the Instagram page @datingCBR shares it all and more.
And it was all going well, until one half of this dynamic duo found love, which is not ideal for a social media page posting stories about dating.
But what kept the now-solo writer - known by the pseudonym of Grace - motivated, was the response the page had from other Canberra single folk.
"The thing which has kept me going is the influx of people that have been like 'this is so good and so relatable and this is what we need to keep us dating'," she says.
The Instagram page is relatively new, having only begun six weeks ago, but it has already had a flood of dating stories emailed in from across the capital.
But as funny as bad dating stories are, what Grace really loves is the community it has created.
"What has made the page so good - for me especially - is that I had found myself thinking that I'd never find love because of all of these ridiculous things keep happening to me," she says.
"But then I started this page and people were like 'Oh my god - this happened to me too', and 'This happens all the time'. At least I'm not the only one going through all of this."
The anonymity of the page has also allowed Grace to share stories about more serious and personal topics. Grace has been in two violent relationships in the past, and over the last week has started sharing more about her own experiences with domestic violence.
"I think people need to know that it does happen and I tried to make a point that it doesn't just happen to women - it happens to men and it happens to non-binary," she says.
"I've been on dates where I've got up and left because there's been a red flag. If there is a single red flag, I'm not even going to put my toes in. I don't want to be around it."
So after hearing from singles across the capital, does Grace believe the future is bright for dating in Canberra?
"I'm hopeful for myself - because I feel like you have to be - but I'm not hopeful for the future of dating," Grace says.
"It's definitely a dying art. To be wooed on a date is so rare. A lot of the time you just sit there and speak about everything I've spoken about on every other date.
"You're usually in a casual setting compared to dates from back in the day where they went to five-star restaurants. I'm a hopeless romantic so that's what I hope for but there's nothing like that."
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