Once you do get through the initial communication process, it is time to actually go out on a date. Remember some basic rules for online dating: meet in a public place and plan a very basic first date. There really is no need to plan a day trip with someone you barely know. For that matter, it is probably not even a safe idea. The longer the date, the more pressure you put on yourself and your date. Simply meeting up at a coffee shop is a perfectly safe acceptable date. This way, if the date does not work out, no big deal. You spent a little time at a coffee shop, spent a little money, and now both of you can go your own way.
If you are feeling bold and brave, you could opt to meet for dinner or lunch. I would only recommend that type of date if the two of you have been communicating for a while and not just online. If you feel comfortable on the phone with that person and you know you have great conversations, a dinner date can work out. If you barely know anything about the person sitting across from you, the date can be super awkward.
While on the date, remember to be on your best behavior. Do you remember the list we discussed above? Those topics are still not permitted while on a date either. It is OK to let your inner nerd show some during the date, but don't overwhelm your date with too many boring details. It will make you appear obsessive.
Since we are on the topic of inappropriate conversations, you should also avoid inappropriate behavior. Don't try to start hanging all over your date when you don't know each other that well. After a simple coffee date, going in for a kiss is probably too much. However, a hug is not that unreasonable. Insisting on making out with a date is super creepy, especially if your date looks disgusted if you bring it up. For that matter, as a general rule, if your date looks disgusted by anything you do, stop doing it!
If you follow some of the basic rules, I believe you will be on your way to online dating success in no time. Just because you may have some personality quirks doesn't mean you are undateable. Plenty of nerds, freaks, weirdos, dorks, and uncool people find someone special. It is actually cool to be uncool right now, so embrace your inner dork and go out on some dates!