Hello Parleblonde, You can try promoting yourself via topics but if you check out the various topics, you would see that there is very limited participation by others and less by the males than females. I would say to only do it if you enjoy it with no expectations. You're better off pursuing users by messaging them personally, in my opinion. Good luck!
The forum section has multiple purposes. For some it makes you more visible to those who read it. For others it is for advice. Some look to it as fun. So, if the topics work for you in meeting someone go for it. If it doesn't, then try winks. That often gets a man's attention.