Those of you on Facebook may or may not be aware of The Goth and More Blogging Community where forty or so of us Goth bloggers get together to chat, exchange news and info, have a laugh and talk about random crap. Via this community, I heard from SaryWalrus (of The Walrus Room) that a fellow blogger (don't ask me who, I was late to the party and don't have all the gossip) feels that those of us who write informative Goth blogs do so to make up for our lack of involvement in the real life Goth scene.
Of courrse I am biased and I have a few things to say about this, but first enjoy a picture of Faith and the Muse.
2) Not everybody is ABLE to take part in the Goth scene outside of the internet. Young Goths, Goths in countries where they are one of only a handful of spooky types, Goths who cannot afford tickets and travel, Goths who have problems such as social anxiety which may prevent them from enjoying or feeling comfortable in such situations - all have perfectly 'legitimate' reasons for not going to clubs or other events and shouldn't have to explain themselves anyway. If the only way you are comfortable or able to communicate and connect with other Goths is via the internet (in this case more specifically blogging) what's wrong with that?
3) Why should blogging automatically signal that one has no contact with the Goth scene outside of the internet? Blogging could provide a handy platform to arrange events, meet people in the local scene who you could go to clubs with, find out about new and upcoming events or arrange meet-ups. I think I am right in thinking that our very own Green Fairy and Kitty Lovett originally met via Blogger?
4) Some elitists and ubergoths seem to think that the only way one can hold a valid Goth card is to be out at the club every week. But not everyone in this subculture actually enjoys the Goth club scene. Some prefer picnics, meet-ups, and other events not revolving around dance, drink and loud music. Some would rather stay at home and read poetry. There isn't anything wrong with that! Not everyone needs to be a social butterfly and the club scene is not for everyone. There are plenty of Goths who have different priorities than getting Gothed-up and having a night on the town. I don't think that remarking on someone's reticience to attend Goth social events should ever, ever be used as an insult because there is absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting or choosing to do so. We are all different after all, why should we enjoy the same pasttimes?
Personally? I enjoy clubs, concerts, and festivals although it's not possible for me to attend as often as I would like; I write this blog primarily for my own enjoyment and possibly to help, amuse, or entertain others too and fail to see how doing such makes me any more or less Goth, no matter how much involvement I have with the scene offline. Frankly I will agree that I am a net.Goth in the sense that I am a Goth who spends a lot of time arsing around online, but last I checked that wasn't a crime?
And just for the record, I am likely to be travelling four hours by train to attend Inclusion in Oxford next week with my friend Mia. So there. XP