I'll instead post the three rules that Aziz Anzari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg came up with that make a good first message.
1. A firm invitation to something specific at a specific time (This one isnt for me... It's just for help in future endeavors of yours. I'm far too awful at being a person to just hang out with someone before we've talked)
2.Pay attention- Show that you've put effort into knowing who they are as a person (I also edited this one a little for relevance to the online dating world.)
This is actually super fucking helpful and he hits the nail on the fucking head. Definitely worth a read, if for nothing other than a giggle.
BACK TO BUSINESS
I'm the type of person that doesnt handle approaching others in "real life" very well. I over analyze the situation into oblivion and end up avoiding it all together. I can be charming as all hell on the internet or through text, but when I get in front of an actual person for the first few times, the amount of awkward I exude is truly stunning. If for no other reason, we should be friends just so you can witness that before you die.
I'm looking for people to actually hang out with. I have many text-based friendships, but nobody to play board games with.
You should be that person.
I actually live about an hour away from Athens, I can travel up to hang out every once in a while, or you can come travel to the dinky little town where I live.
Also, I have a cat.
His name is Tesla
He likes to chew cords and destroy clothes.
He's my absolute favorite thing.