Saturday, November 7, 2015

Reader Question: Too Many Goth Blogs?

Hi Mary Rose,

I'm hoping you can help me out. I would like to start my own gothic fashion and lifestyle blog but I feel like there are already so many. Is there such a thing as too many goth blogs? I worry that i won't have anything new to say or people won't read what I write because I'm new and there's so many cool bloggers already. What do you think?

Please respond

Xoxo Lacy


Long story short: No. I don't think there are too many Goth blogs.

 Would you believe I worried about the same thing when I was starting this blog in 2011? Yes, it's true. There were some really fabulous bigger Goth bloggers back in the day who seemed like they'd never stop, and how would I be able to compete? Now, fast forward and I'm by no means the most popular Goth blog, but I've carved out my niche. I've watched new Goth blogs come and go and some of the older titan blogs slowly peter out.  And remember: new blogs are started all the time, so if you continue to wait because there are "too many" Goth blogs, there are only going to be more later.

 As for whether or not you have anything new to say, that's up to you. I'm a firm believer that the blogger community needs all kinds of new perspectives and a newbie perspective can sometimes be quite helpful. The skills you bring to the community through writing, photography, art, music, DIY, tutorials, fashion, etc. are going to be valuable and people will read it regardless of whether or not you're breaking new ground with every single post.

So, for what it's worth, I don't think there are too many Goth blogs. I think the community can always welcome new people into it and the more perspectives we have, the better our Goth blogs will all become.

Readers, do you think there are too many Goth blogs? What do you look for in Goth blogs that you follow?

23 comments:

  1. I definitely don't think there is too many! I often have to really search to find them, let alone the ones that fit the 'type of goth' I am and my interests! I think we need more!

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    1. True! The number of goth blogs definitely shrinks when you start to think about what type of blog you're actually interested in reading.

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  2. Respectfully, asking if there are too many goth blogs seems like one is asking if there are too many goths ;) Of course not!

    I don't necessary seek out goth blogs per se but with blogs in general, I like when the blogger is real. I want to know something about the person and what she/he likes and why. In life, I love when someone has *a thing* e.g. A passion for something and nerds out on it. I don't even care if it's something I'm not into. My best recent example is that there's a Candle Blogger on the television show Scream Queens. She's a character but still. She's completely into candles and all things related to them. I like blogs that are somewhat focused but in the complex way that humans are.

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    1. You make a good point (and I've totally been meaning to see Scream Queens! I should do that...)

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  3. Well, it could be many goth blogs, but only because many of them are repeating the same topics and opinions. I think that original blogs from people no afraid of express themselves are always welcome in the blogosphere.

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    1. Good point! It's definitely important to seek out and encourage people who have something new and different to say!

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  4. There can never be too many goth blogs! Never! >D

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  5. There's always room for more blogs - but seconding above comments on this. If you are worried about not standing out from the crowd, think about why the gothic blogging community seems homogeneous.

    My favourite blogs are actually not those who do yet another iteration on 'the top goth bands you should know' or 'how to tell your parents that you want to get involved with goth' (though those are valuable posts for those looking for them!), but those by authors who look at issues from a different perspective, and are inventive and fresh with their writing.

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    1. That's a constant struggle I think for bloggers as well as readers! Wanting to be new and inventive while still wanting to cover the important information for newbies and the like. :)

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  6. Ugh ok sorry for deleting my previous comment. I seem to be unable to leave comments with my WordPress account without having to jump through many hoops.

    Anyway I wanted to say I don't think there are enough goth blogs, but maybe I'm just a picky reader ;-). I started blogging again because I felt like there wasn't enough and I wanted to find more and connect with others.

    If we never did anything because we thought there was already "too much" of it, this would be an extra depressing world...

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    1. No worries! And I think you're totally right.

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  7. Blogs, like any media, may seem oversaturated until a new voice comes up and becomes the next big thing. You never know

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    1. Good point! It's often really hard to tell what the next big thing will be.

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  8. I definitely don't think there are enough Goth blogs. Never enough! A lot of the blogs I read when I was starting are gone and I'm kind of craving more old-school Goth content - especially since that isn't quite my own niche anymore.

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    1. True! My tastes in blogs and style of blogging have definitely evolved as well, I often wonder if my new tastes are the same as the people who are just now getting into Goth blogging or if they like what I liked previously.

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  9. I love goth blogs. As you said each individual brings their own perspective and it's like learning the different dialects of English, the goth subculture is very rich, and so are the individuals who belong to the subculture.

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  10. There aren't too many ACTIVE goth blogs actually. There are tons of blogs from the late '00 and from the first years of '10s, but hardly any of them active now, and some of the active ones are slowly turning into simple lifestyle blogs without the goth. So go ahead! We need MOAR!

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    1. Oh, true! It's hard to tell because sometimes people take extended hiatuses and then come back but the actual number of goth blogs that are regularly posting relevant content varies.

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  11. This post was really great to read! Having just started my own gothically inclined blog recently, I was a bit nervous about this as well.

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