Sharp-eyed darklings amongst you may have noticed the poll at the top right... I'm trying to collect some feedback to get a clue as to which of my new ideas for posts you guys might me interested in - interviews with other Goths from around the world; fashion inspirations; band profiles; myths and legends; music recommendations for new or classic bands worth checking out; home decor and gardening posts, etc! The poll is open for a week, I'm also always open to any random suggestions, just drop me a comment. I may not be able to pull together a post (or series of posts) straight away but all ideas and requests are appreciated, researched and considered. ^^
Right, that's enough rambling on for a moment! My pretty poll shows me that a sizeable few of you would be interested in a blog round-up - links to great posts I've discovered on other people's blogs whilst strolling (not trolling) through the internets. There are some people that I really admire on Blogger and in other places online, whether for their personal style, their content, their dedication or simply their excellent taste, and I hope to introduce you to some of these, as well as pointing you in the direction of some seriously under-appreciated up-and-coming spooky bloggers.
May I please note that, in typical lazy fashion, I have not actually asked any of these people permission to link to their posts; neither are they affiliated with me or I with them - this is basically just stuff I think is awesome that you should go read. Please enjoy.
Why yes, I AM saving up for a pair of ballerina boots <3
And another of the usual suspects, Amy at Juliet's Lace has penned a fab post about what she has learned from her time as a Goth; I'm thinking of this post as 'a bunch of things I wish someone had told me when I was a fourteen-year-old floundering babybat'.
I have recently begun to read If Alice Were Into Platforms... and particularly enjoyed the post about how to decide which alternative subculture suits you and your lifestyle the best. Personally, one of the reasons I enjoy Goth so much is the versatility - I enjoy experimenting with other alternative fashions (currently I'm fascinated with decora, for example) and finding ways to incorporate elements of other styles into my Goth look, which makes posts like this doubly interesting to me.
I don't know about you, but some of the blogs I really enjoy are those that give me an insight into the lives (and outfits!) of other spooky types around the world, which is why I like Serenity's blog. My favourite post to date shows pictures of Serenity growing up - some of us joke about being 'born Goth', but it seems that some of us actually were!
Kitty Lovett's Bloggery of a Gothcat is always interesting, but I found this recent guest post by an anonymous darkling a little shocking. Those of us who manage to hold down jobs whilst still revelling in the darker side of life should think ourselves lucky...
Kitty's friend Sary also had an excellent post recently, discussing how the details of an alternative outfit are the difference between an average get-up and an amazing one. I couldn't agree more, Sary! And speaking of fashion, the aptly named Alternative Fashion Blog contains a rather thought-provoking post about military influences in subcultural style and when they are and are not acceptable.
I'm sure that fellow Emilie Autumn fans will read this mini-series of guest posts at Unlacing the Victorians with a mixture of relish and horror - a neo-Victorian girl's real-life experiences inside an asylum, echoing EA's own tome The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls. You can begin at the beginning right here.
Which town mayor is afraid of Goths, even going so far as to set up a curfew to deter 'intimidating' Goth teens? Find out over at Siouxsie Law, here!
Lastly, to finish this round-up, check out some gorgeous make-up designs from Glum Plum, who has caused me to re-write two of my personal caveats: 1) don't draw all over your face with eyeliner and 2) especially not with kohl pencil - UNLESS you are Kelli, who manages to look decadent and elegant, and not as though she has scribbled on her face with crayon, which is what usually happens when young Goths try this. Go Kelli!
Thanks to everyone mentioned above; I hope you don't mind my shameless linking. I would just like to note that LINKS DIE, please check out these posts while this is 'fresh', URLs change and people go offline all the time, apologies to future readers who may miss out on some of this blogtastic awesomeness.
Why yes, I DID have a Malibu and Coke at a party before writing this post; I am not normally quite this exuberant.