- Showcase the person’s coordinates/photoshoots
- Show off their latest purchases
- Talking about the latest event they went to (usually including said coordinate involved)
There’s nothing wrong with any of these things, but when that’s all your blog does, where do the true deep discussions about our subcultures live?
Where did the conversations go in the blog community?
That is the question on a lot of people’s minds. Once, a long time ago, I ran a different blog that tried to do just that – get the discussion moving in a direction about the subcultures and how they move as a unit. More and more so though, I am finding subcultures are now just blending together into a mix of one another, creating a general alternative look. While yes, one style I am heavily involved with, Lolita fashion tends to stay a certain course, even that has broken a lot of ideas that were once thought taboo.
Just the idea of past the knee length skirts. Now, this is a normalcy in coordinates you see, but I remember when it was knee high or no-go.
How does the merging of cultures effect each other? Goth culture is a departure from J-fashion, and when intermingled, can rub some rough edges. While Goth culture centers around the music more than the clothing, even though the clothing is integral as well, J-fashion is all about that finished, polished look. Even the looks that are supposed to come off as “disordered” are as polished as possible, with every “disorganized” piece in its correct spot.
The hyperactive, ad-based click-bait content dominates
Slowly but surely, I have been seeing fashion blogs take their content and warp it with more ads than content, slideshows that are just to advertise a certain product, or sponsored posts. The last two can be done sparingly, but when your blog is inundated with this crap, nobody wants to read your blog (or, they bare through it, read it, and come out unsatisfied).
No, I do not want to read the “10 Things Nobody Told You About Steampunk” in a slideshow with an ad every click. When that’s all your blog does, do you even care about a discussion of your thoughts that you put into the post in general? I have noticed more and more as well that it becomes hard to find the comment areas on these blogs. It tells me, ‘I want you to read this for XYZ reason, but I do not care about your experience or thoughts behind it.’
It used to be the opposite, where discussion showed a bit of validity to the blog itself. Not saying you should vie for comments, but without discussion, the post becomes just another page of content. It makes it more interactive and interesting to see what others have to say, especially if a discussion erupts in the comments.
Moving towards real content and real discussions
The community in terms of subcultures within fashion are small in comparison to the world population. A blog can be a place to learn something new, find new people within your community, and realize there is more than just you in the style. I encourage other bloggers to take arms and talk about the problems and positives within our communities, make guides to help the younger folks out (yes, I know there is a guide for everything, but a guide from 2010 at this point is 6 years old and outdated – put your mark on it!), and do not be afraid to speak your mind. Let the creativity flow through you and let the words come out! We do not have to force ourselves to a self-service type of world; we can create a community atmosphere that deteriorates with the conception of more “me, me, me” applications and websites.
What do you think?