Don’t spend weeks emailing
Fantasy (the Internet dating curse) needs to meet reality—fast. Establish contact, share a couple of emails and, if you are interested, make a date for a phone call. Ask for his number and set a time to call him. (I told every man that my policy was to keep my number private until I met him; only one guy had a problem with that—so he didn’t get a date.) If the phone call is good, meet in person.