Saturday 23 May 2015

Interview Week: Day 5 - Murder Of Goths

Day five of interview week and I'd like to introduce Murder of Goths
Kathryn is 31 years old from Hertfordshire and blogs at 'Murder of Goths'

1. Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy about life?
I am a disabled, Pagan, feminist, artistic, mother of two with a goth heart. I get the most joy in life from anything creative, whether it creating digital art, sewing, craft or just dressing up. Since my health problems started I had to cut back on a lot of hobbies, so finding ways to get back in to them again is an incredible feeling.

2. Why did you choose your blog name?
The blog name actually started as a joke name for Hallowe'en one year, but I got so attached to it I kept it. It's just a play on the collective noun for crows, which is"murder of crows" and obviously it fits goths quite well. It has been misunderstood and I have been accused of wanting to murder of goths by a few people over the years though.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started writing my blog at the end of 2012, it started as just a personal blog to talk about things that were affecting me and that I wanted to work through by writing about. I never even used to share it with people.

4. What is your blog niche or what topics do you cover and why?
I cover quite a few topics, plus size fashion is the most recent addition to the blog. But I also blog about my artwork, disability, mental health, feminism, parenting (especially issues surrounding hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancies and premature babies) and politics. I usually try to tie various areas together, eg. how disability affects plus size fashion or how feminism and parenting intersect. It's all usually a bit ranty.

5. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
At the moment it's just finding time and energy to write all I want to write, but I mostly struggle with being organised enough to get posts out regularly and making sure I spread the word on social media.

6. What would your advice be to newbie bloggers?
Start off writing for you, don't go out there looking to please others, it means you spend loads of time second guessing yourself.

7. What do you love most about where you live?
Funnily enough today is the one year anniversary of moving in to this house. I don't live in the most desirable location, it's not a place you hear the name of and think "oh I love it there", but actually I do like it. Good transport links if we wanted to go visit other areas down South, and the town itself is surrounded by some incredible areas of natural beauty. It's not out in the sticks, but it's far enough from large cities that I can stand in my garden and see stars not light pollution. It's one drawback is it's not exactly overflowing with social opportunities, but it's close enough to London to be manageable.

8. Three beauty items you can’t live without
Red lipstick. I often don't wear any makeup except red lipstick, specifically Max Factor Lipfinity in Passionate. A good conditioner, my hair has suffered from years of hair dye so needs all the help it can get. Heated curlers, my hair is so dead straight and I much prefer it with a bit of volume.

9. How do you keep coming up with content for your blog?A lot of my content is topical, so one eye on the news, the other on trends on social media. 

10. What is your favourite and least favourite post that you've done and why?My favourite post has to be this one - 'Birthday, OOTD and #PlusSizeDebate'. It's not my best written, my most in depth, or most well received, but it was a bit of an epiphany post. It was where I realised I didn't need to be so apologetic for asking people to read my blog, and that I needed to stop putting myself down.

My least favourite is probably this one - 'Dude, where;s my hair?'. I find it frustrating because there was so much to say and I wrote it in a rush so as not to miss a trending news item, when I should have taken my time and not panicked so much. It meant it wasn't my best writing, and didn't do the subject justice. I am planning a much better rewrite though, so hopefully I can stop annoying myself with this one.

11. Have you got anything to say to new potential readers?
I hope to see you over on the blog, always interested in other opinions and feedback, especially my fashion posts which I'm still finding my way with. Do come and say hi!

Don't forget to follow Kathryn on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram


  1. Great interview. I like her blog name as it is quite unique x

  2. What a fab upbeat lady! I didn't realise it really was a 'murder' of crows. You learn something every day. I'll check out the blog. Really interesting interview.