When Danny Bonaduce made his couple's therapy sessions the stuff of series television I thought he was a a real attention whore, so starved for any form of notoriety he'd succumb to the drinker's equivalent of rubbing alcohol to fill his chronic need for publicity.
Yet when Love Coach Rinatta Paries told me about her blogging experiment with her client, Jodi, I could only think, how brave. Jodi has agreed to open her relationship coaching sessions to the Blogosphere, while she works on finding, and maintaining a relationship with, the man of her dreams.
"Jodi will be getting complimentary coaching from me in exchange for her willingness and openness to share herself on my blog and hers. My biggest reason for coaching her publicly is so that the world, and you, can see what love coaching with me is like and how much love coaching with me can benefit your love life."
I met Rinatta Paries when I worked with writers at ThirdAge to develop the site's blog. She had never blogged before, but she was willing to learn and always looking for ways to enhance her content. Now she hosts her own blog in addition to contributing to ThirdAge.
I appreciate Paries's full-blown honesty about why she agreed to coach Jodi publicly:
"To be honest, I hope that you will find this experiment, and my coaching, so intriguing, appealing and powerful that you will be uncontrollably compelled to hire me as your coach."
But why had Jodi agreed to do this publicly? Because it's free? Maybe. Perhaps she is willing to allow others to learn from her experiences. I can only wonder what the man in this equation will think of all this; will he even find out? Perhaps he's not a blogger. Perhaps he's a dancer, or a sandbagger, and doesn't spend much time on a computer.
In any event, I'm sure single women--and men--will learn from these sessions. Perhaps that's why I like this better than Breaking Bonaduce: There's a shared outcome, something useful to be gained by being made privy to the conversation other than mouth-dropping disbelief that child actors can be so pathetic.
Click here for all the deets. Also note that, in addition to the email coaching, Rinatta's and Jodi's phone sessions will be podcast. BALLSY!