i'm new to this whole online dating thing. i honestly need some direction as to where i might meet new people in my area. is this a good place to start?
Welcome to CM!
It is a great place to meet people. There are tons of people in a big state like Califorrnia.
Check out this "in person" group in LA:
Also look at the events and meet ups sections of the website, if you want to meet people in person.
I am sure LA has a Young Adults ministry. Check out your Archdiocese website.
Of course, reach out to anyone you see on here that interests you!
Good luck and God bless you in your vocation! May He fulfill it within His holy will!