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The Blogging Goth is an incredibly well-written site about Goths in the media, be it entertainment or the news. It’s mostly based around the UK scene, but speaks to Goths everywhere. And it’s definitely the best long-form Goth blog I’ve seen.
Tim Sinister, the man behind The Blogging Goth, kindly agreed to answer some questions.
When/why did you start your site?
I launched The Blogging Goth as a Tumblr blog in August 2011. It’s now running on its own domain at www.theblogginggoth.com.
I’m about to graduate as a Journalist, and as I said back in my first ever update, the plain is “to combine clear-eyed Journalism with the intricacies of one of the world’s oldest musical and social counter-culture movements. The Blogging Goth will report the news being generated within the Goth scene, as well as providing a contact for media enquiries into the Gothic culture.”
Rather than a ‘zine, or a personal blog, TBG is based on professional news values and objective writing wherever possible. It mainly started up as a counter to the mainstream press’ frequent misunderstanding of the Goth subculture, and the somewhat skewed opinion they got from interviewing Goth ‘representatives’ who had no idea about good public relations!
Not to criticize them of course, but the intention is to offer other journalists and conventional news organizations a sensible and informed source for commentary on a vibrant, long-established but ill-understood subculture.
What sort of subject matter do you cover?
The Blogging Goth is aimed at writing contemporary news reports of Goth-relevant issues – we’ve discussed academic studies into the culture, reported on alternative-orientated ad campaigns, promoted charity events and increasingly covered the rising issue of violence directed towards alternative culture.
We’ve excelled in this field so much that we’ve been asked to contribute to other news sites – I wrote a guest article for politics.co.uk on the recent introduction of Hate Crime Monitoring for unprovoked assaults on alternative fans in Manchester.
How frequently do you update?
As The Blogging Goth is known to provide multimedia updates, and the area of news isn’t too broad, we’ve elected to go for a monthly update at least. Occasionally we’ll respond to breaking news with succinct updates, and we do maintain an active twitter account – @TheBloggingGoth
What would you like to achieve with it?
We’re already doing what I want! People are really excited by our updates, and to see our stories shared and commented on is achievement enough!
Being asked to contribute to mainstream news websites is a great accolade, and we want this to increase more than anything – the Goth subculture needs good representation in these days of alternative hate crimes, and we certainly hope we’re doing a good job of that.
Do you create all of your own content, if not where do you find content?
We’re in a unique situation where the content we create is usually to cover someone else’s work! We’ve been invited to video-blog (v-blog) the Whitby Gothic Weekend and we’re currently processing our latest update – which includes interviews with both headline acts! We’ll mention really exciting new music releases, and discuss some of the more amusing or worrying reporting on Goths in the mainstream media.
We go out and find stories, then create our coverage of them.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know?
We are always looking for contributors! The Blogging Goth isn’t just a one-man show – certainly I don’t want it to be. If you’re willing to get behind our standards on reporting, and you’ve got an idea for content, then we definitely want to hear from you!
Tim, I love your site and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!
And thank you, readers, for reading this interview. If you know of any blogs that would appeal to goths, please leave a comment!