The Cursed Creatures of the Blogverse

Emerging From the Shadows by Alisa Perne

Emerging From the Shadows by Alisa Perne

Cursed bloggers always do an absolutely amazing job. I cannot repeat this enough. Truly. I would like to think that in part it is because the Cursed staff treats them like we do our merchants: respects them and lets them do their job without any pressure, hassle or harassment. We are great believers in everyone doing their part and no one trying to tell others what, when and how to do it. Cursed Events are organized by a very small band of introverts: we are extremely happy when everyone simply does what they volunteered and signed up to do without any flailings in one direction or the other.

I wear my memories like a shroud by Joanna Sweetwater

I wear my memories like a shroud by Joanna Sweetwater

Our core crew of bloggers has embraced this philosophy perfectly and it is visible in their pictures and words: the joy of inspiration and indulgence in darker moods and styles. It always delights me when I can see with one glance that a photo is a labor of love and enjoyment, that it involved time and thought and genuine fun.

World Goth Fair - Rose of Cursed 1 by Aarya Phantomhive

World Goth Fair – Rose of Cursed 1 by Aarya Phantomhive

We have bloggers that create characters and write stories, we have bloggers who take stunning scenery photos, bloggers who showcase every single review copy they receive, bloggers who create fantastic looks and show off every detail, we have a marvelous mix of different blogging styles in Cursed. We have a wealth of variety that has just one thing in common: they all love to get their goth on. It shows.

So this is to all of you, dwellers in the darkness, magnificent monsters, the photographers of the seductive night, the cursed creatures of the blogverse: thank you. Now go get all the extra blogger biscuits and bordeaux, you deserve it!

I had this thing by Skell Dagger

I had this thing by Skell Dagger

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Blogger Applications Are Open!

It Looks Like Rain Today

It Looks Like Rain Today by Alisa Perne.

Calling all the dark creatures of the blogverse, the World Goth Fair is just a month away!

Time to crawl out from your lairs and coffins (or fancy modern penthouses, whatever strikes your fancy) and awaken enough to apply to join our Cursed team!

If you’re already in the group, fill in the application anyway, that will let me know that you’re around, active in blogging currently and willing to blog World Goth Fair. The magic boxes of review copy deliveries will be scripted based on the applications, so make sure your name is in!

Here be information and application. Also possibly dragons.

Bordeaux and Biscuits

World Goth Fair: Officially Licensed Band Hoodies! by Devin Vaughn – click the picture to read the post.

We have an absolutely fantastic group of bloggers. I know we say this every event, but it’s true. Every single event they simply blow our minds. Every single event I sit down and try to find something new to say about this simply astonishing fact. This time I thought I’d ramble a little about event blogging and why we love our crew so.

First thing to remember about blogging is that there’s more bloggers on the grid than one can keep tabs on and that unofficial event blogging always happens as they shop or happen to be in an event-shop’s own list. So as much as in theory including an item or two from the event into a look of the day with a mention where they can be purchased is event blogging, it’s not really what we are after, what we are looking for and why we squee so much about our blogger team.

World Goth Fair - Dark Beginning by Aarya Kiseki - click the picture to read the post.

World Goth Fair – Dark Beginning by Aarya Kiseki – click the picture to read the post.

Event blogging brings the focus to the event itself in one way or the other. It can be a look of the day with the majority of the items from the event, yes. It can be a roleplay story woven within the event theme with its items or sims and you all know by now that I have a bias the size of the grid for those. It can be a review of the event sims with photography: we are all constantly in awe of the photographers we have in our midst. It can be a thoughtful piece of writing about a charity event and the reasons why it is important, it can be a personal tie to the theme, it can be an introduction to the special events within the event… an event can be blogged in a multitude of ways. The best blogger team will have a mix of bloggers to cover all these approaches. We do.

Black Suits You by Davie Frequency - click the picture to read the post.

Black Suits You by Davie Frequency – click the picture to read the post.

Because of our steady core crowd I have begun noticing more and more that we tend to have the bloggers for each event already without much doing anything, but nevertheless there’s a new blogger application every Cursed event. There’s several reasons for this.

One is that we know very well that a few months in SL is a long, long time. A lot can happen. Having the bloggers already in the group re-apply to each event makes sure that we know they are still active in SL, are still blogging and have the time and interest to blog that particular event. I do remove the bloggers that haven’t applied before the early access of each event because the majority of the review copies are delivered through the group. It would not be fair for the creators to have inactive bloggers in the group that they send their wares through.

The Sweetest Things by Skell Dagger - click the picture to read the post.

The Sweetest Things by Skell Dagger – click the picture to read the post.

Another reason is that we know very well how blogging inspiration waxes and wanes. Sometimes the hobby feels like an obligation, sometimes you don’t simply feel like blogging and want to go and enjoy other hobbies, sometimes RL is too busy, sometimes the theme just doesn’t work out for you. We love our blogger crowd because they always feel so inspired, so excited, so thoroughly involved with the event and we want to keep it that way. It’s perfectly alright to take breaks from blogging. It is not a crime to skip an event: simply don’t apply to one when you don’t feel like it and when the blogging inspiration raises its head again, apply to the next event.

World Goth Fair The Widowmaker by Halfwraith Caerndow - click the picture to read the post.

World Goth Fair The Widowmaker by Halfwraith Caerndow – click the picture to read the post.

Another consequence for having an established and fantastic blogger team already is that we have very few slots for new people by this point. We do still keep the applications open every event, because each and every time there will be some people appearing seemingly out of nowhere and making my jaw drop with their talent. This particular World Goth Fair we have several new people in that made me gasp and all but spam the invite button to get them in as fast as possible.

So this is to all of you Cursed bloggers: thank you for making the organizer team squee, event after event. Keep up the fantastic work and have some more blogger bordeaux and biscuits on the house.

Vampyra by Alex Aerallo - click the picture to read the post.

Vampyra by Alex Aerallo – click the picture to read the post.

Maps, We Have Them.

2014 WGF Booth Map CursedExactly what it says. Here are all the World Goth Fair sim maps, showing you where you can find which shop. You can also find them on their own page here when new posts have made this one more challenging to locate.

Time to enjoy gothic cartography at its finest and then go check out the shops you might have missed earlier!

Cursed | Sium | Port Seraphine

2014 WGF Booth Map SIUM 2WGF Port Seraphine 2014 Map

Fox Brings on the Night

Something dark lurks in the swamps of Sium by Bronxelf.Our third WGF area this year is located in Sium and has been designed and built by Fox Nacht, whose work has always been a big part of the WGF builds. She has done absolutely outstanding job at bringing in the right atmosphere for the fair, bringing on the Nacht effect, if you excuse my pun.

All three of our sims will open at NOON SLT on May 15th for all of you to come in and admire the gothic builds and to shop to the contents of your delightfully dark hearts.

Soon. Soooooon.

Pictures by Bronxelf and Elysium Hynes. 

WGF Sium by Elysium Hynes

Blogger Applications Are Now Open!

It’s the season to be gothy, and such things. Also stuff. Blogger applications for World Goth Fair 2014 are now open!

Things to note and/or to remember, these are the same things every time:

– Send in the application even if you’re in the Cursed Events group already.

– If you have blogger related questions, contact Sonya Marmurek. The other organizers will just send you right that way, so going straight to Sonya spares some time for everybody.

– Only the accepted bloggers will be contacted.

Please read the FAQ before applying, you can find both the info and the application right here: Come join us, o bloggers of gothy goodness!