Deconstructing Goblin Mode: It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

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I’m just throwing it out here, but I may have gone goblin.  Yep, I might be in Goblin Mode.

As you must realize it’s been a long 2 years of living with Covid-19 realities and precautions.  Plus considering I’m an introvert at heart, I may have been on the precipice of going goblin to begin with.

What is Goblin Mode, you may be asking?

According to Google Trends this term, Goblin Mode, has been around for a while, peaking in popularity in February 2022.  The Guardian recently published an article about this term.  The article is cleverly entitled: “Slobbing out and giving up: why are so many people going ‘goblin mode’?”

Here is what I learned from reading the article.  Someone named Juniper, a primary source I guess, described Goblin Mode as: “… kind of the opposite of trying to better yourself…. everyone’s just kind of wild and insane right now.”  

The article also says that Goblin Mode is: “… an almost spiritual-level embrace of our most debased tendencies.”

This was clarified further by Cat Marnell, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir How To Murder Your Lifewho said that: “It’s when you act crazy, and you enter a very mythological space– you want to jump on the back of a salamander and make trouble.” 

Examples of being in Goblin Mode include, but are not limited to, the ideas of not committing to a daily exercise regime, not bothering to wear clothes that match, and pretty much giving up on the bread-baking homemaker ideal + healthy diet that was popular at the beginning of the pandemic.

I have to be truthful here, the foregoing paragraph does ring true with me– and perhaps with you, too.  [Don’t worry, you’re among friends so you can admit it.]

While I don’t think I’m a total slob nor am I certifiably insane after two years of being on constant alert for an invisible virus that can kill me & everyone I love, I do think I’ve shifted my priorities, allowed myself to be less uptight in general.

In fact I’d go so far as to say I’m a person who’d love to cause some harmless trouble– if I could only find the right salamander.

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing?

In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode?

Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode.

What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin?

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226 thoughts on “Deconstructing Goblin Mode: It Can Happen To The Best Of Us

  1. Goblin Mode? Good heavens. If we’re not constantly being bombarded with the Marvel Universe, we’re being Harry Pottered upside the head. I never heard of this goofy term. Seems to me that people are Cocooning more, and that’s a term that came out way back in the 80s when trend predicter Faith Popcorn said we’d all start making our homes into our nests and spend more time there.

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    • nance, I remember the term ‘cocooning’ and I remember Faith Popcorn, now that you mention her. She was certainly prescient about how we make our homes our nests now. There’s a whole industry out there promoting that idea. I’d not heard of this term either until I read the article.

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  2. The start of my Goblin Mode? When I started wearing pajama bottoms all day. But I also have to say that there may be a fine line between “Retirement Mode” and “Goblin Mode.” I am prepared to study that in detail over the next several years. I myself think you are far from “Goblin Mode” – you save yourself in part by not having ever adopted streaming series binge-watching – but I get how we can tend in that direction.

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  3. I may have been goblin before going goblin was a thing 😉 I like the idea of not feeling I have to live up to anyone’s expectations. I don’t like the idea of adopting harmful habits. Maybe I’ll shoot for mid-goblin.

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  4. Well, ok. Here are my honest answers to your questions.
    1. I first learned of ‘goblin mode’ when I read this post.
    2. I’m not in goblin mode, at all.
    3. I think the phrase itself is stupid silly.
    4. I don’t know a single person who would seem to fit the definition of the made-up term.

    Of course, I may be an outlier, because I didn’t spend the past two years in anxious isolation. If I had, this might have made more sense. As it is, I’ll probably have to wait for Halloween to spot a goblin in the neighborhood!

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    • Linda, thank you for your honest answers to these pressing questions. I didn’t know about Goblin Mode until I read the article about it. Clearly it’s a silly phrase, but it did charm me with its imagery. I/we have taken staying at home seriously these last few years so it seems kind of on point to how we are living now. As for Halloween, IF we have it again around here I hope to see a goblin. Who wouldn’t?

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  5. Finally I’ve found a name for my affliction. I’ve been wondering if it was depression, lethargy , apathy, disinterest or whatever but Goblin Mode describes my state of mind correctly.
    Perhaps it is the CoVid with its uncertainties, its recurrence and the general malaise in the world today that has made many of us operate in Goblin mode .
    I often get up enthused or go to bed determined to do something positive but within seconds, Goblin Mode takes over and I’m back to just being .
    I hope now that I have a name for this feeling , I will be able to tackle it ….

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    • Unishta, I’m pleased to know that you’ve found a way to describe yourself using this term. I agree with you that Covid-19 had spread a general malaise in the world and that malaise has nudged many of us into Goblin Mode. I don’t think this term is an actual medical condition but it is a fun/accurate way of describing how many of us feel now as we enter year three of the pandemic. Stay safe, thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  6. Am I crazy to think that it’s not that debased to wear sweatpants several days in a row if you’re not actually sweating in them? My idea of debased is more bacchanalian than “goblin.” Goblin Mode sounds good for the environment, actually; the fashion and cosmetics industries create a lot of plastic waste and have a terrible carbon footprint. Good job, Goblin Women! May you find the fortitude to continue ignoring the pressure to look perfect post-pandemic!

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  7. I have never heard of this either. I am not in Goblin Mode but I AM in retirement mode which means I wear sweatpants with sweatshirts almost every day! I want to be warm and comfy on my daily walks. I play a LOT of solitaire on the computer. I also spend very much time reading books… and blogs! 🙂

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    • Ellen D, your retirement mode is something Z-D, my husband, made mention of, too. I’m all about being comfy and warm so your choice in clothing seems sound to me, but whether that alone puts you in Goblin Mode, I dunno. The article seemed a little vague on how much goofing off/disregard for decorum it takes for a person to be full-on Goblin. Thanks for reading this blog, btw. 🤓

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  8. Ha! I’d never heard of this thing called goblin mode but now that you have identified it, I fear I have caught it. Between retirement, Covid, and a certain proclivity toward indolence, I find motivation for self-improvement to be waning. I did try at first, but now I feel accomplished and productive if I manage to make my bed in the morning.

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    • Anna, your line is perfect: “a certain proclivity toward indolence….” That might be the actual subtext of what Goblin Mode is. I feel the same way as you do. I mean to embark on self-improvement but then find that I talk myself out of it as the day goes on. Being home for two years has messed with my *can do* spirit, that’s for sure.

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  9. Ha Ha I would love to be in goblin mode! I am constantly watching what I eat and try to do the 10,000 steps a day. Soon 50 is approaching me so I am being soo cautious 😀! But I should loosen myself. Anyway a new word I learnt today.

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    • ganga1996, I thought this term was a hoot. I mean, it’s kind of serious but also kind of silly. As for being cautious about what you eat and how much you move, you do you. I’ve found that my interest in what it means to live healthy has changed as I’ve grown older– especially within the context of the pandemic.

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  10. I’ve never head of this term, but there are a lot of words these days I haven’t heard of. Maybe this is what has happened to all the drivers out there on the interstates. I’m a retired introvert who wore sweats, will wear sweats, and will look for new ways to wear sweats and jeans. The pandemic has changed most of us in a variety of ways, some good and some bad, but I’d never heard of this before today so thanks for the learning moment.

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    • Judy, I only heard of this term a few days ago when I read the article in The Guardian. At first I dismissed it but found myself musing on Goblin Mode because it rings true with me, in a small way. As for sweats, the wearing of said, HECK YES I’m all for wearing whatever is comfortable. I refuse to think that doing that alone makes me a Goblin, but who knows, eh?

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  11. Goodee! A new idiom I can spread around the antipodes!
    The line between Goblin mode and Retirement might be seriously blurred in this house. We are a country of, ‘bogans’ after all, so it’s difficult to distinguish us from Goblins who’ve ‘gone goblin.’ You just described a typical Aussie! Australians may have been the original Gone Goblin exponents! It’s the heat that does it! Wearing t-shirts and thongs* everywhere. – *footwear that is – not underwear thong!!! If we wear any footwear at all. I can hear you laughing Ally Bean! But it is true!
    P.S. I love the alliteration.

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    • Amanda, a few other commenters have mentioned the overlap between Goblin Mode and Retirement Mode. It’s a valid point that the article doesn’t address.

      I love the idea that you live a Goblin-esque country that has been embracing the concept of going goblin long before it has become popular here and in the UK. I’m sure if I lived where it was hot most of the time I’d be inclined to dress casually every day. This makes sense to me.

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          • The colour around here are taken completely for granted. I have heard the phrase, ‘lots of gray’ mentioned in relation to the colours of the Northern hemisphere before. I will remember to be grateful for that, when lamenting the heat, from now on.

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            • Gray is pretty in a muted way. I actually like it. But too many days of it in a row and it’s easy to feel depressed. You get to a point where you want to see some sunshine.

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              • Too much of anything isn’t ideal, I guess. Too much gray or too much sun.
                We have had a rainy summer – the rainiest by far, in my memory.
                More gray. I have enjoyed that muted, softened colour, you mentioned, as it means I can see the world without squinting from the intense light and do not need to wear sunglasses when out walking. That is nice.

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  12. I like Zen-Dens combo of retirement goblin, but I suppose that only works for us older folk. I think the only goblin like virtue I can claim is that I haven’t worn makeup in 2 years. I did draw on eyebrows while I was still working, but my glasses covered my sparse eyelashes and my mask and other PPE covered everything else. I didn’t even consider putting any makeup on running errands yesterday. I am going to push those limits as long as I can.

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    • Deb, I think Z-D will make a wonderful retirement goblin when he gets to that point. Maybe this year. As for makeup I’m with you. I stopped wearing it at the beginning of the pandemic and have yet to want to do anything more than add some color to my eyebrows and a fast swipe of tinted lip balm to my lips… that no one sees behind the mask but whatevs…

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  13. The term is a new one for me too. Being an oldie does tend to blur the lines, but then just being me does so also. Make-up hasn’t been a part of my life for thirty years. I always dress in comfy clothes. But the reality of being able to wear super comfortable clothes has been a retirement thing. As far as doing none of the Suzie homemaker duties, again I have always done what I felt like with no desire to be a Stepford wife. The description of Goblin mode to me seems to be a reference to changing what you were before. Retirement and Covid started at the same time for me.

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    • Lauren, I can understand how starting retirement as Covid began would immediately nudge you into comfy clothes. You were destined to be in Goblin Mode whether you knew it or not. I know what you mean about never being a Stepford wife so going full-on domestic wasn’t in my blood either. I agree that the term seems to be about accepting that you’ve changed, not hanging onto unrealistic expectations about who you used to be.

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  14. Never heard of it but that doesn’t surprise me. Someone made it up to sell an article and make money. Other than staying home more and seeing a lot less people, my life hasn’t changed. Still wear sweatshirts and jeans most of the time or athletic wear. Don’t like to feel sloppy so maybe that helps.

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    • Kate, I only became aware of this term a few days ago. It seems silly, but also oddly on point to where I find myself as we begin year three of the pandemic. I don’t know how sloppy I’ve become, but I do know I’m less inclined to care what anyone thinks about me– and the way I live my life.

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  15. I believe even your husband thinks you are far from a goblin, by the definition given here. I agree with Kate, that “Someone made it up to sell an article and make money.”

    When I saw your title, I (literary nerd that I am) immediately thought of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market: Quotes > Quotable Quote
    Christina Rossetti
    “For there is no friend like a sister
    In calm or stormy weather;
    To cheer one on the tedious way,
    To fetch one if one goes astray,
    To lift one if one totters down,
    To strengthen whilst one stands”

    ― Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems

    I think we may be blogging sisters and leave it at that. Okay?

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    • Marian, I’m sure this term, like all pop culture terms, has a shelf life and soon it’ll be old-fashioned to say it. I’d never heard of it before I read The Guardian article, but once I did I felt it was important to share it with my bloggy friends.

      I’m not familiar with that Rossetti quote, but I see why you thought of it. I find it difficult to think that whoever created the term Goblin Mode knew of this poem, but I suppose it’s possible.

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  16. I’ve never heard of Goblin Mode, so I first heard of it HERE. I’d be so behind the times if not for you, Ally Bean. I can’t say that I’ve gone Goblin, but I will admit to wearing the same thing most of the lockdown days. I exercise now more than ever. I’ve recently decided to upgrade my wardrobe, nothing fancy but some of my items were looking tired. Funny, because I’m feeling tired lately right alongside my wardrobe. I’d say that Mini is in Goblin mode, but I think she is just being a teenager, so not sure that counts.

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    • Ernie, once I read about Goblin Mode I knew I had to talk about it here. What else is a personal blog for other than to discuss realities and absurdities! I want some new clothes too, but I went shopping in real stores and found the saddest selection of dreary drab clothes I’ve ever seen. Who looks good in muddy gray or dirty mauve or brassy gold? Answer: NO ONE. I get your point about Mini being a teenage– which is more or less Goblin Mode personified.

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      • I’m laughing here at Goblin Mode personified. I have to think of what Tank calls her. It’s funny. Like troll, but not troll. It’ll come to me, but probably not tonight. My body is tired and my brain is exhausted.

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    • Crystal, I feel there’s no shame in giving up appearances, which I think might be at the root of this term. It was a weird article to see in The Guardian, but got me thinking about these last two years and how we are living now.

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    • Deb, I do what I can to keep my bloggy friends up-to-date on the important things in the world at large. I bet you will see the term everywhere now. The Guardian is often ahead of the curve on popular culture trends.

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  17. I fear I may have been in goblin mode before it was a thing. Retirement allows for such things. I think it is the small things like hanging out in sweats all day that made us feel good these last two years. Now, the diet and exercise – that did go to h*ll in a handbasket these last two years. I don’t really care for the term – the definition goes too far. Maybe It is because I am not one to jump on the band wagon until I know if I like the tunes they are playing.

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  18. I learned about this term, right here, right now.
    I know certain people who are full-on Goblin-mode right now.
    I could never go to the extent described in the article.
    Comfy clothes? Check
    Comfort food? Check.
    Binging anything? Check
    And now I have a problem. My jeans are so not comfortable. I feel blech and my energy level is in the terlet.
    As a result, I have had to reverse the damage done by yes… eating well, exercising and squeezing my fat ass into the jeans as punishment for letting myself go. But boy, I cannot wait till I get home so I can return to comfort!!
    I am ready to retire! Now!

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    • Dale, like you I don’t think I’ve reached full Goblin Mode, just on the way to it. During these last two years I have liked living a more relaxed lifestyle at home, but I’m still somewhat put together when I walk out the door and face the world. I don’t have a lot of energy anymore, I’ll admit that. It’s why I kind of why I think I might be in Goblin Mode. Where’s a salamander when you need one?

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  19. I had never heard of Goblin Mode but I’m definitely in it. I get dressed every day although in leggings and t-shirts. My exercise routine has lessened which I don’t like and my healthy eating in the first part of the pandemic has gone by the wayside. 😦

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    • Margaret, you speak for many of us as you describe who you’ve become during these last two years. I figure that being in Goblin Mode is a good way to summarize how many of us are just a bit more *real* now. Happy to be alive, slightly different from who we used to be.

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  20. Is that what this affliction is called? It fits – thanks Ally Bean, I’m sure it’s in the medical literature by now, the DSM 6 or 7 for sure. Always helps to have the affliction named and described. Any tips for cure? Yeast tablets?

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    • Susan, you’ve made me laugh out loud. OF COURSE, it’s an official medical affliction by now. With a clever name like Goblin Mode, how could it not be? As for a cure, it beats me. I just carry on fighting the good fight every day– and looking for the right salamander.

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  21. True story: I had more banana bread in April and May 2020 than ever before in my life. And haven’t had a single loaf since.

    I don’t know whether that means I’ve entered Goblin Mode or just got sick of banana bread.

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    • Mark, I relate to your enthusiasm for, then disinterest in, banana bread. Its time came and went quickly. Although I do take your point about using banana bread as a measurement about being in Goblin Mode. I’d say you got sick of it. Didn’t everyone?

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  22. Interesting post. I’ve read the article and I’m convinced its a real affliction. Hopefully I haven’t adopted Goblin mode as I never wear pj’s or slouchy clothes during the day but there’s no doubt that I am lacking in motivation just now. Life, even doing simple things, seems such a hassle, and I feel many people the same. Also I think the ‘can’t be bothered and sod you’ attitude is related to what I would call a new ‘Feral’ mode which is where people go wild and break the rules just because they have had enough of being controlled and don’t expect anyone to challenge their behaviour. I’m not sure Susan’s yeast tablets will cure either.

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    • Paul, I feel the same way about lack of motivation. The few *normal* things I’ve done lately have turned out to be filled with heretofore unknown obstacles– and were more of a hassle than a joy. I think your idea of a Feral Mode is sound. Many people seem to think they’re so special that the rules don’t apply to them. They’re becoming, or maybe have already become, the bane of my existence. No wonder I stay home.

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  23. Yeah, I’m pretty much in goblin mode and it has nothing to do with the pandemic. I didn’t go for the whole baking, cleaning, improving myself craze just because we were staying at home. I’ve been staying at home for a lot longer than 2 years and not because I’m retired. I’m not sure about the jumping on a salamander and making trouble part. I went to Catholic grammar school and that kind of ruined me for anything like that. However, I’ve mentioned before that I often work in my pjs and occasionally go a day without a shower. Love reading your most interesting posts. Constantly learning new things.

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    • Janet, I take your point about being in Goblin Mode prior to Covid-19. I’m seeing a trend here in the comments about that very point. As for your Catholic grammar school upbringing, it makes perfect sense that you’d be reluctant to ride a salamander and cause trouble. Maybe you could aim for making mischief instead? While wearing your pjs, of course.

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    • Lynette, you may have avoided Goblin Mode entirely for yourself, but other people seem to relate to it. I admit to baking bread early on in the pandemic, but I’ve never eaten over the sink. I like pretty plates and glasses too much to not sit down at the table or counter to eat. Saved from total Goblin Mode by my fussiness. 😉

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  24. I have never heard of Goblin Mode, but I think I’m learning to give myself more grace than I have earlier in life and I’m really thrilled with this turn of events. I’ve been my own worst enemy for too long.

    I know figuring all this out will be a life-long journey, I’m sure, but I’m latching on to the Lazy Genius model: I want to be a genius (well, I’d settle for being competent in these areas) about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. I’m dropping the ball and saying “no” to some things, while allowing myself to admit what I really enjoy. This might sound simple…but it has been a big shift in my mindset.

    Obviously what matters varies significantly at the individual level. But I’m trying to prioritize the people and activities that are important to ME, while caring less about what those around me are doing/what they prioritize.

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    • Elisabeth, I like your idea of being a Lazy Genius. I could go for that, too. I understand about giving yourself more grace as you go along. When I was younger I was a perfectionist who demanded a lot from me. Now I’m more mellow. The pandemic has contributed to that. Like you said about yourself: “it has been a big shift in my mindset.”

      Maybe this is an offshoot of going goblin, but I’m finding that as I get older I care less about what other people do. As long as they’re not hurting other people in the process I am rather indifferent to their priorities, preferring to focus on my own.

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  25. I’m the odd person out. I was working 100% remotely 2 years prior to Covid and an introvert, Covid has been life as usual for me. I set me alarm each day, shower, get dressed and go to work. But since you brought up Goblins maybe a LoTR marathon is in order – thx.

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    • Danny, you are in a category by yourself. It’s wonderful to read that someone didn’t have his life turned upside down by Covid-19. I like your idea about what to watch next. Who doesn’t like a good goblin-full show!

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      • I do have an unfair advantage, where I live I can throw the dogs in the car, after a short ride end up in God’s country and not see another person for hours. Through the entire lock down I was out and about.

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        • That sounds wonderful and safe. We’ve avoided people as best we can. I’m looking forward to this spring, being outside around people, seeing what there is to see. Once upon a time, I remember, there was a world out there… 😊

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  26. I was today years old before I’d heard the term goblin mode and I can definitely say I am not there. I’ve loved my exercise time this year and can’t see giving it up. I’m dressing like I’m 7 (which can be a bit mismatched) but with joy (today is a black sweatshirt dress and a bright pink tights and yellow shoes).

    I do LOVE the idea of riding a salamander and finding myself in some fun trouble.

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    • Katie, I only heard of this term earlier this week when I read the article. The term screamed *blog post* to me so I wrote this. A few other commenters have mentioned that they’ve enjoyed exercising, or done more of it, during the pandemic. Not I, of course. The whole being mythical and riding a salamander thing appeals to my sense of whimsy. Your outfit sounds cheerful, btw.

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  27. I think I noticed somewhere along the line that I did not care that there was no place to go to even if I felt like leaving the house, which I didn’t. I must say, living in the northeast snow belt, Goblin Mode might be considered a full-season Cabin Fever affliction.

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  28. How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing?
    This is the very first I’m hearing of it!

    In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode?
    I think I am actually the opposite of Goblin Mode. Actually, I don’t think, I know. It probably doesn’t take an advanced degree in psychology to see that a) all external factors in this world are out of my control, and b) my need for control reveals itself in my Opposite Of Goblin Mode. I really like wearing makeup and matching clothes, and so I do that every day, even when I have nowhere to go. It’s gotten so I put on lip gloss to walk the dog. THIS IS WHERE THINGS ARE IN MY LIFE, I NEED TO WEAR LIP GLOSS AND I CAN’T WITH A MASK, SO DOG WALKING IT IS, YES, I MIGHT BE CRAZY. I really enjoy exercise, so that’s not a struggle for me. I did a Donna Summer-themed Peloton ride today and it was pure joy. Pure, sweaty joy. Also the thought of not planning out my meals is very distressing to me, so I guess that’s where that is. HOWEVER…I have discovered Skinny Pop Kettle Corn and omgggggg Ally. It is incredibly delicious.

    Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode.
    I shall not cast aspirations on any of it! If wearing mismatching clothes or foregoing exercise or eating pizza brings a person joy in this fraught world we are living in, then I say GO FOR IT! Do you! Have fun! Be free!

    What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin?
    I think I know many people who have gone goblin, and I repeat my previous sentence!

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    • Nicole, yes you do seem to be in the Opposite of Goblin Mode. There was no name for that in the article. I admire your need to wear lipgloss when you walk the dog. I put on tinted lip balm before I put on my mask which is a similar thing. I’m not into exercising but take your point that for you it’s a given. I know you’ve mentioned before that you plan your meals. We live more in the moment when it comes to what we’ll eat next, but we’ve always been like that so I don’t know if that contributes to my sense of going goblin or not.

      I love your statement: I say GO FOR IT! Do you! Have fun! Be free! That’s really the bottom line of both being in Goblin Mode or in the Opposite of Goblin Mode. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else with your behavior, you do you, boo.

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      • Exactly! Our tinted lip balms and lip glosses make us feel good and who does it hurt? Conversely, if someone is wearing mismatched outfits or decided not to bake sourdough, well, it hurts no one! I mean, there are BAKERIES. One can always buy a sourdough.

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  29. Never heard of it till now. I decided in June 2020 to snap out of it. This doesn’t mean I don’t have slob moments, cause I do, but I never jumped in to the fads that were really common…I just read more books. I rejoined the gym recently, and am doing all the stuff I loved prepandemic. Does that help?

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    • LA, I read the article earlier this week and realized this would be a good discussion topic here on ye olde bloggy. There were fads during these last two pandemic years? I missed them entirely, but being a free spirit that stands to reason. I’ve read much less during the pandemic and have yet to live my life as it was pre-pandemic. I doubt that I will ever again be who I was before all of this. I like knowing that I’ve allowed myself to change– and relax into a [hopefully] better version of myself.

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        • Ah ha! Yes those ideas were around at the beginning of the pandemic. I made some bread but only because we couldn’t get any at the grocery. I agree about doing things that make you happy, as long as you’re not inconveniencing or harming other people in the process. Therein is the rub.

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  30. Very interesting! I think for many of us, it went from being sort of ho hum to perhaps embracing the slide down a slippery slope. Am hoping with the advent of spring in the States and COVID easing a bit, we’ll all jump out of it.

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  31. I’m thinking Goblin Mode is something coined by those fortunate enough to still, somehow, be out of the fray of supposedly post-pandemic life (which isn’t post at all, but we’re all pretending that it is because we’re being gaslit by those with more power who want us to just get on with it, already). I can assure anyone who cares, I am most decidedly wearing real pants to work, as well as a bra (which I swore off of in those heady days of early pandemic possibility). I’m back in workerbee drone mode. Or perhaps just a little bitter right now because I have, again this week, miserably failed to confine my .33 job to .5 time. If I am a Goblin, it is only because I don’t have time to be a higher form of being, not because I’ve given up or in or any other preposition.

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    • Rita, I agree that we’re not really past the pandemic and to say we’re living a post-pandemic life is wrong. The virus is still among us, only 40% of the US population has gotten Covid-19 which means many more people will get sick from it. Especially with the unvaccinated running around willy-nilly.

      I’m at home most days but I’ve gotten dressed almost every day. The exception being during the deepest darkest coldest days of winter when I piled on layers over my jammies to stay warm. That was a rather Goblin Mode thing to do, now that I think about it.

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      • When I was at home every day, I kept getting dressed, too. Mostly. I will say that my definition of “dressed” for at-home days has changed. Joggers are a wonderful thing. 🙂 A quick image search of “goblin” shows many wearing armor and others wearing things resembling loincloths, so I’m not so sure about your pajama long-underwear being goblin-like. I’m wondering if Hedgehog Mode might be more fitting?

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        • I like Hedgehog Mode. That seems more in line with how many of us lived these last two years. I didn’t create the term Goblin Mode, but will happily think of myself as being in Hedgehog Mode instead.

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  32. Makes me sad, though I find it understandable, that people would sort of give up in this way. Riding on a salamander is hilarious. I’m glad you brought that back around at the end. I was reflecting last night that I am actually trying to improve myself. This is a new thing for me. It only took roughly 40 years to give a darn about myself, my body, my safety, my happiness. Maybe the pandemic had something to do with that. Maybe I just realized it was time for me to be more than just a mom. Whatever. I hope you and your fellow goblins on here manage to pull through and make it to the other side toward giving a darn again. Although, when it comes to my clothing choices, I have rarely, if ever, given a darn. 🙂

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    • Betsy, I thought the article, while humorous, was also a testament to what a pandemic can do to normal people. How given a lifestyle devoid of normalcy, they [me] will become less concerned with appearances and more willing to fly your freak flag. Not a bad thing exactly, but not where I thought I’d find myself in 2022. I’m glad you’ve found a way to use the pandemic to nudge you into a new healthy direction. I think all of us, if we’re being truthful and have any self-awareness, are different versions of who we were two years ago. I know I am.

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  33. Would you believe, I learned of it just hours ago via my 1440 Daily Digest in my inbox? No, I’m not in any sort of Goblin Mode, besides wearing cute yoga pants when I’m out and about. But that’s because I workout everyday and don’t want more laundry. I’m strict about my food intake due to various health issues. I actually wear light makeup everyday because it makes me feel good. I’m probably the opposite of Goblin Mode.

    My oldest daughter had been in that mode since she had her first child 4.5 years ago and it got worse with each child that followed. Frankly, it’s upsetting for me to see, mostly because she is classified as obese now as is her spouse. They dress like slobs and I assume it’s because their regular clothes no longer fit. So yes, upsetting all around.

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    • Bijoux, that’s fascinating that you just learned about this term. I read it for the first time earlier this week. Look at us cool kids, hip to the latest lingo!

      You sound as if you haven’t gone goblin at all. I wear yoga pants when I go out now, too. I said I never would do that but the pandemic broke me so for me that’s going goblin. A few other commenters have mentioned wearing make-up every day, so you’re not alone on that point. I prefer no make-up meaning I’m more than happy to go without.

      As for your daughter and her husband, what you describe is sad but they’re adults free to live their lives as they see fit. I don’t know what I’d do if I was in your shoes.

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  34. hahah not gonna lie, I thought you were using a term that most people knew so I started getting worried I hadn’t heard of this! 🙂 To be honest with you, with or without covid, I feel like half of my soul has always been “Gobliny” lol.. mostly the comfy sweats part..!

    This post made me realize Goblinism is a thing, so thank you for educating me! 🙂
    Currently, my pjs can also transition to day- wear (i.e. picking up last minute groceries, drive-thru coffee, fast food lunch pick-ups lol)!
    I like the idea that we are all Goblinizing together because it removes the harsh stigma that people who are Goblining are lazy or dirty (I bathe! I just like to wear a different set of ratty-looking comfy sweats every few days LOL)!
    I welcome all Gobliners to my inner circle! Why, it’s the ultimate destination! 😀

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    • Jen, made me laugh with the idea that you have a goblin-y soul. I like that idea. I get your point about how if we’re all moving toward Goblin Mode then it’s no big thing to be in it. We are all Gobliners. It’s kind of a misery loves company take on Goblin Mode, only instead of misery it’s casualness loves company. Or maybe it’s weirdness loves company… 🤔

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  35. As the youngsters say, I was today years old when I learned about goblin mode. I might actually have been in goblin mode, to a certain degree, since my stroke 15 years ago. I haevn’t left the house in three months, and might be in for another three months before I go out again. I’ve never been one for physical fitness and could care less what I look like anymore. Giving it a name like “goblin mode” almost sounds like someone’s just found a new way to insult others (and to them I say “yeah, I’m in goblin mode, what’s your excuse?”). And i think that just about covers it….

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  36. What at thought-provoking post, Ally. You excel at this!
    I have consciously been working to be more relaxed but (in my defense) I still exercise daily, my clothes match (okay so it’s usually yoga pants and a long-sleeved tee but they match) and I still prepare healthy meals. So perhaps I’m saved from the Goblin…for now?

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    • Donna, I think you might not have gone goblin. As I understand it the term refers to getting weird, and owning it, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions during the pandemic. I admire your goal of being more relaxed, but that is different from letting it all hang out a la Goblin Mode.

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  37. Goblin mode? Never heard of that before. I think I prefer Zen Den’s “retirement mode”. Goblins sound like something that are going to jump out and grab you, or scare you half to death. I have found that I am much less concerned about my attire lately – yoga pants seem appropriate for every place I usually go. And makeup? The bare minimum. Maybe. I’ve been kind of thinking of it as more relaxed, on those days I’m not being hyper-critical of myself. On the critical days, I wonder if my age is making me lazy.

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    • Carol, apparently Goblin Mode is a thing, but like you I think Z-D has suggested a better mode. I hadn’t thought of goblins as scary, but I take your point. I was thinking of them as goofballs with dubious intentions. I wear yoga pants out in the world now too– something I said I’d never do. I don’t do much with make-up as a rule. I don’t think of it as being lazy, I think of it as being real. No guilt involved.

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  38. Goblin mode? Never heard of it until now. And, honestly, they could have come up with a softer term for it.

    I don’t think I am in Goblin mode – despite being an introvert. I think I have reached the “Oh my God, I can’t be bothered about certain things anymore!” phase of this pandemic.

    After three long years, along with all the political and societal warfare, I think a lot of us are legitimately exhausted. And that tiny, little thing that used to be important (underwire bras [why was this EVER important?], etc.), we’ve had to kick to the curb to deal with the bigger issues.

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    • Gigi, this was a new term for me, too. I don’t know who coined the term, but it is memorable. I’m with you about having hit the “I can’t be bothered about certain things anymore!” way of dealing with pandemic life.

      I’m exhausted by all that is going on in the world. I don’t dwell on the news, but I am aware of it. I really thought that this pandemic would be over sooner than this, but it drags on. And now there’s a war…

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  39. I just read that article…it kind of feels like it’s making light of people who may suffer from anxiety and depression. I think it’s a lame term… I’d much prefer to be a Gremlin 😉
    I have never stopped caring about how I dress, but I will admit to leaving the house before showering to pick up something in need or dare I say it (see my therapist). As for Covid, my wife and I have seen a handful of films out (movies used to be a large chunk of my life), eaten out, seen live theater all while masked. I realize Covid is probably never going away (but I can’t stop doing things I enjoy unless I had no choice ie. lockdown) and it sucked having it back in 2020 around the time I turned 50. As for World War 3, I just try to live up each day as it comes. Gremlin and all.

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    • M, sure you can be a Gremlin. No reason to go Goblin if’n it doesn’t suit you. I’m sure that there’s some leeway when it comes to how you describe yourself at this point in the pandemic. We’ve not been doing things out in the world like you have. We’ve embraced the stay-at-home approach to fighting Covid-19 and have come to enjoy NOT being social. Whether that makes us Goblins or just plain old, I dunno. 🤷‍♀️

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      • For what it’s worth we really haven’t been doing a whole lot. I miss 2019 when I lived to do something every weekend. My wife and I are far from social butterflies, she’s an introvert and I am ambivert but when lockdown was a thing in 2020. We were fine with it. Kudos to you for doing what your doing Ally, but I need some semblance of normalcy to not go stir crazy.

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  40. I’ve never heard of it, but I kind of like it. My worse Goblin trait is that my clothing standards have slipped over the past two years (not in terms of cleanliness but style) and I am desperately in need of some new “comfy” threads. My diet has slipped too….both cholesterol and calorie wise. Next week I will be blogging about the Mediterranean diet, at which I have failed abysmally although the rabbits in the backyard seems to be enjoying it…. Maybe everything is just slip sliding away…..

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    • Joni, there’s a certain sense to the Goblin Mode considering what we’ve been through these last few years. I need some new clothes, too– but the ones I’ve seen are in dreadful drab or garish colors so I’m waiting until summer.

      I like the idea of the Mediterranean diet so I look forward to reading about how it went [is going?] for you. As for the rabbits in your backyard, nice of you to think of their welfare, perhaps not on purpose but still, good of you!

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  41. Thank you for introducing us to a new term! It sounds like a valid verb “goblining” or “goblined out” 🙂 I guess our daily workouts mean that we’re not goblin-ing it out, but the sweats (top and bottom are part of the same set 🙂 ) I’m wearing as I’m typing may classify us as … hobgoblins? :O

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    • Endless Weekend, yes you are hobgoblins! What a perfect way to describe yourselves. I rather like the idea of turning ‘goblin’ into a verb. Very clever

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  42. I’ve never hear that phrase before but there was a time when I felt like I was spiraling out of control. It was easier to do nothing because it felt better but thankfully farm life really doesn’t allow room for that. Chores still need to get done, animals needed to be fed, and I was the only adult in the house looking after my kiddo while my husband worked his way through the pandemic. Anywho if I really wanted trouble we could just light off some fireworks or practice shooting targets ☺️

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  43. Never heard of it until I read your post and from your description of it, I think I’m probably the antithesis of it. I wonder what that would be called? My husband may have had a bit of this his entire life though. 🙂 I do wonder where the goblin name came from. I don’t see any connection. Seems a bit weird to me.

    janet

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    • Janet, a few other commenters have suggested that they are the Opposite of Goblin Mode. I don’t know what that’d be called specifically. Seems like there should be a clever name for it.

      I have no idea who coined the term. I agree it is a bit weird. After reading the article I felt I’d learned all I wanted to know about the topic so I did no further research. I’m sure you understand!

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  44. It seems a strange name for something many of us have been experiencing. Goblin? To quote from Wikipedia: “A goblin is a small, grotesque, monstrous creature that appears in the folklore of multiple European cultures.” Doesn’t seem to fit. But I’m a writer. I care about words.

    The example that resonates with me is the clothing. Most mornings I look for a black turtleneck, sweat pants, and one of my two favorite hoodies. I have a moment of panic when I realize I’ll need to figure out something nice to wear when I go out. Even though I’ve continued to try to exercise every day and eat healthy, I’ve still gained some weight.

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    • Nicki, somehow I missed your comment, but I’ve found it now. Sorry.

      I don’t know who coined the term Goblin Mode, but I take your point. It is possible, just possible, that whoever came up with this name might not be well versed in the folklore of European cultures. Just a guess, of course. 🙄

      I relate to your moment of panic about needing to wear something that is more presentable than my usual goblin-ish attire. TWICE this week I’ve had to worry about looking nice. I’m exhausted by the stress of it. 😉

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  45. Hi Ally, Well I must admit I’d never heard of goblin mode until now, but I recognize what it is, just not the name. I’m a little conflicted about it. I admit I show some signs of this, mostly in not caring if my clothes match when I’m at home. And I have pretty much stopped wearing mascara – I know that sounds ridiculous, but who cares about eyelashes anymore? I don’t feel like I’ve given up, though – I’m getting out more and work has gotten much better now that we have fewer restrictions. Such a strange time we live in…

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  46. Goblin mode was a new term for me. I’ve got some sloppy tendencies, so I’ve already got that part down. When my wife travels somewhere, I spend the first four days making a mess and cleaning up the last day before she gets home. “What time will you be home, honey?” (I’m exaggerating some here.)

    One thing I’m not exaggerating about is appreciating all the little things a little bit more. After being cooped up for so long, getting together with friends feels just a little more special. I’m going to try and embrace not taking anything for granted anymore.

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    • Pete, I understand you sloppy tendencies. I am the same. When Z-D would travel for work, I did the same thing as you. By the time he returned to the house it looked just fine. 😉

      I agree about appreciating any opportunity to get together with friends and family. Before it seemed like a chore, now after all this time apart it seems like a joy. Even for me, an introvert.

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  47. Never heard of Goblin Mode until I read your post. Just based on my own experience it seems to affect my husband, an extravert who reacted to the pandemic by staying in his pajamas all day, connecting via Zoom for hours on end, staying up all night watching movies. Introverted me adapted to quarantine well, keeping up a healthy routine (getting dressed every day, regular meals and chores) and dragging him out of the house for walks and fresh air as often as possible. I’m glad he’s finally masking up, getting dressed and getting out again.

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    • Barbara, from what I understand of Goblin Mode is sounds like your husband was smack dab in it. I hadn’t thought of this being an extrovert versus introvert issue, but I think you’re onto something. I may have gone goblin in some small ways, but as an introvert you don’t have to tell me twice to stay away from people! 😉

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  48. Every day is a struggle between who I should (want to) be and the goblin. I found that I actually enjoyed alot about the pandemic restrictions, having to stay home, letting my hair go grey without anyone caring. Now it’s getting out…I am evaluating whether I really want to do something and saying no more often if for no other reason than I don’t feel like it. I could see myself going goblin (like breaking bad with a g?) but am trying to keep the good fight! Interesting, good to know others are also tempted!

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    • Martha, I get what you’re saying. I don’t know that going goblin is all bad. I’m with you about my hair having gone gray and my clothes style being more relaxed. As for socializing, I think that in the future I’ll only do what brings me joy [as opposed to what I used to think I was supposed to do] so if that means I’m in Goblin Mode so be it. Just wish I could find a salamander to ride. 😉

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  49. You taught me a thing! You are good at that. This is the first I have heard of Goblin Mode. Like others have said, I would say I have both always been there, and yet I am also going in the other direction. I’ve always been able to lounge in pyjamas for days, and it’s comfort over fashion in clothing for me. But, I have been doing daily yoga for the past two years, and it’s been life-changing. I feel like I’m 25 instead of almost 60. I skied for a week in the Rockies and my legs were never sore. So, the end result, I feel great when in my pyjamas and slippers all day.

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    • Arlene, I loved this article because it struck me as nutty, but true. You’ve found a wonderful balance between being in Goblin Mode and taking care of your health. I sense that many of us have goblin-ish tendencies, but may have not gone completely goblin. Enjoy your jammies!

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  50. I’m today years old that I learned about Goblin Mode.

    I think at the beginning of this craziness we all went into Goblin mode. Right? For me at least, I took the opportunity to hunker down, not put on makeup or dress for the day for a while and it wasn’t horrible.
    Not sure that I could do it forever because let’s face it, as much as I don’t want to, I still have to get out there and be a human.

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    • Suz, I agree with you. While I like certain aspects of being in Goblin Mode, and admit to still being slack in some areas, overall I’m looking forward to resuming some kind of adult presence out in the world. Eventually.

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    • Jean, I do what I can to keep everyone informed about the imporant things. Goblin Mode was new to me, too. Once I read about it, especially the part about riding a salamander, I knew all my bloggy friends NEEDED to know about it.

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    • Eilene, I don’t know if someone else decides you’re in Goblin Mode OR if you declare it to everyone. Somehow the article wasn’t clear about that. If nothing else it’s a fun term to know!

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  51. I don’t know about Goblin mode, but I have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. After two years of living with both the virus (and it was a weird one, because some people didn’t even know they had it, most people just got a big sick with it, but other people got very sick and many even died. I honestly don’t know any other virus that runs that gamut, and I think that also explains the huge range in the way people reacted to it), I don’t worry about trivial things as much and have no tolerance for BS. That being said, I’m not happy with how many people seem to be just “living for themselves” today..not waiting their turn, not helping others, you know, all those little things that keep society moving smoothly. It’s as if spending so much time in isolation has eroded basic manners, you know? So I think there’s been both good and bad changes, in my life and in the world around me, I guess.

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    • Well, dang, I just read my second sentence and realized I meant, “After two years of living with the virus and my husband’s cancer.” They happened at the same time and will probably always be linked in my mind!

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    • Ann, you’ve been dealing with a lot in addition to Covid-19. Very perceptive about how this virus hit people so differently and how their reactions varied because of it. I know that people around here seem tired. Just plain worn out and being nice to others has suffered because of it. I suspect you’re right that basic manners have taken a hit in these last two years. I only hope we’re seeing the end of Covid-19 but I rather doubt it. 😏

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    • Jan, I wonder if being in your 60s is by default being in Goblin Mode, regardless of a pandemic. Not saying that’s a bad thing, either. Just looking on the positive side of going goblin. Something to ponder…

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  52. Ms. Bean you are so en trend! I had never even heard of Goblin Mode. Now I suspect I’ve been there for a while. I prefer comfort to style, after all. But being stuck home alone means I sometimes put off a shower unless I have somewhere to go. And make up? I wear a mask, no one can see the make up I don’t bother with. The sources you quoted seem rather judgmental to me. Too much “giving up” and “not bothering.” Shrug. Perhaps that’s fair after all.

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    • Zazzy, I read this article and immediately realized this was a topic for a blog post. I sense you may have nailed being in Goblin Mode. I don’t believe that “giving up” is always a bad thing. You just need to know why you’re giving up and how your life will change because of it. Why = pandemic isolation. How = comfort! 😊

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  53. How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing? Approximately 2 minutes ago.

    In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode? Partial – I’ve definitely learnt over the last to years to say the phrase “Not my problem” and mean it.

    Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode. Like – Not having to live up to unrealistic expectations from other people. Dislike – Possible impacts on health and personal hygiene.

    What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin? – Who really cares any more? Do what you want and I’ll do the same. Just don’t give me covid.

    One more thing – As a shy introvert, I have to say the last two years have meant I’ve lost all my social fitness but now the world is opening up again, I’m also at an age where I don’t think I can be bothered getting fit again. Possibly why I’ve decided solo hiking in the wild is a good use of my time now. I can be seen to leave the house but I don’t have to deal with people.

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    • MOSY, thank you for answering the questions– and pretty much saying what I think, too. Like you I am now good at saying “Not my problem” + I also don’t care what people do as long as they don’t give me Covid. I get your idea about not dealing with people. That was for me one of the nicest aspects of staying at home all the time. Enjoy your solo hikes.

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  54. I’ll ‘fess up Ally … I am in Goblin Mode, a term I never heard of until I started reading this post. However, after I started working from home in 2011, I dropped a lot of my formerly vain ways. One by one, I quit having hair highlights, quit curling my hair, began wearing glasses instead of contact lenses and quit wearing makeup. No more shoes or clothes that were uncomfortable. I mentioned a few weeks ago to you how I look once I shut the door and come into the house from walking or errands. I grumble if I have to look presentable if the HVAC tech comes for a check-up. I still wear a mask to go out so I don’t even bother to slick on a little lipstick as I head out the door, but the still-a-little-vain me would not wish to run into anyone I knew … I will concede that. But my glasses darken when outside, so these days, incognito is easier than ever! P.S. I returned to highlighting and layering my hair in 2015, but after the pandemic began, I never went back for highlights and have been cutting my own hair. My hair is either under a hat or in a bun or up off my face in some fashion.

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    • Linda, you’ve embraced Goblin Mode to its fullest and I applaud you for it. I understand why you ditched the fancier clothes when you did. I would too. I no longer have my hair highlighted nor am I big fan of make-up so maybe in those ways I’m goblin-esque also. I think there’s a certain sanity to letting yourself look like yourself, but our society certainly tries to make women feel bad about it. I have yet to ride a salamander but I can only hope!

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      • It’s funny, because I see a totally opposite person from what I once was. I embrace a simple life, which seems to fit Goblin Mode. I hate the way women are fat shamed, wrinkle shamed and not allowed to grow older without people commenting on it. Men get gray hair and are distinguished – women decide to go gray and “have let themselves go.” Grrrrrr.

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  55. I read that same Guardian article as you Ally, and I checked out a few of the Twitter threads about it. I’m guessing it was named Goblin mode as an LoTR thing, because of the resemblance to avid gamers (spending lots of time indoors in clothes which owe more to comfort than fashion, eating snacks, not exercising). It’s also the type of behaviour you see in people suffering with depression, so when I find myself sliding there, I have to take action. I’m an extravert and coped well with two years, but the third year is proving quite the struggle.

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    • Deb, I didn’t make the connection to LoTR and gamers, but you’re right that there is an overlap. I didn’t think of it as being a sign of depression, that didn’t occur to me either. I saw Goblin Mode as a sign of letting loose from norms that used to seem important, doing weird things at home to keep yourself entertained. I, too, am daunted by the prospect of facing year three of this pandemic. Enough already

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  56. I first learned of Goblin Mode today–thank you, Ally. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m working from home today, and I plan to stay makeup free and in yoga pants all day. (I did shower and brush my teeth.) I don’t have a camera in my work-issued laptop, and while one has been offered to me on multiple occasions, I politely decline. If I really must be on camera, I have my personal laptop, but it leaves me with an out to say, “Sorry, this laptop doesn’t have a camera.” So far, no one has called me out on this inconsistency. I’ll try to make it the next 11 weeks until retirement in that mode.

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    • Christie, you sound like you have it figured out. I love your lack of camera ruse. I don’t like to be on camera either, especially when in Goblin Mode. I’d never heard of this term until I read about it earlier in the week, but it does seem to resonate with many people. Good luck staying goblin these next 11 weeks.

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  57. I first heard of Goblin Mode reading this blog. Since I’m working on a better diet and getting a little fitter, I don’t think I’m in goblin mode. On the other hand, I haven’t worn slacks since March of 2020. Just jeans, yoga pants, and garden gear. I did wear a dress to my nephew’s wedding. With sneakers I painted blue and covered in glitter. Does that make me a goblin? Is that why my skin is turning green? Oh me oh my oh dear.

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    • Annie, you don’t sound like you’re in Goblin Mode to me. Even with glitter on your sneakers I think you aren’t there yet. Of course if this pandemic drags on for another year you’ll have every chance to go goblin, should you want to.

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  58. I hadn’t heard the term, yet the whole mode during Covid probably needed a title. I justified some bad eating and lack of exercise. I kept my positives going for children. As depressing as it was to have to go remote for preschoolers, I started a YouTube channel to read aloud to them every day. That was a blessing for me and for the children. I didn’t get sucked into all the worry and negatives, because I couldn’t do anything about the worries and suffering that was happening. I focused on what I could do for my preschoolers. That was a good thing.

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  59. Hi!
    I have not heard of Goblin mode but I do understand the phase and what it means- I am not really in goblin mode but my pajamas and socks are often mismatched and loud – because I mix and match for mood and weather — hah
    Also – love the book “how to nursed your life” sounds really interesting!
    Might need to add that to my B list of TBR books

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  60. Yvette, like you I believe that mismatched clothes are not necessarily a sign of going goblin. I do the same thing for the same reasons as you. The weather changes quickly and when I’m home I wear whatever I want.

    [I sent you the answers to your questions and some photos. I had time today so I went ahead and did what I said I’d do next week. I figured you’d be ok with early delivery.]

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  61. I first learned of Goblin Mode 57 seconds ago at the beginning of this post. One way I exhibit Goblin Mode is that I’m too lazy to scroll back past 150+ comments to remind myself what your other Qustions of the Day are. 😉

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    • The Travel Architect, I wouldn’t scroll back either– even if I wasn’t in Goblin Mode. I read the article and thought it’d make a good discussion topic during the last full week of winter. Many commenters seem to relate to the term

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    • L. Marie, you are in Goblin Mode. Congratulations. I’m not sure that it’s a bad thing considering what we’ve all been through these last two years. It’s just a thing, ‘ya know?

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  62. Awww, Ally Bean, who would have known about Goblin Mode? I think we all just need to be kind–to the crazy wild parts of ourselves as well as others. Not always easy. ((hugs))

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  64. How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing?
    Reading your post. But it just gives a name to what I already knew.

    In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode?
    Hah. I am trying to come out of it. But I guess alternating the same 2 pair of faded, stretched out, stained yoga pants probably qualifies.

    Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode.
    I like the who cares and the who cares about seeing actual people.

    What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin?
    I was, but as I said I’m trying to come out of it. Husband has. He doesn’t want to come out of it.

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    • Luanne, thanks for answering the questions. I only became aware of Goblin Mode when I stumbled over the article in The Guardian, but like you I sensed it was going on with me already. I have a couple of pairs of stained yoga pants, too– so I’m chuckling here. I hear you when you say you’re trying to come out of Goblin Mode. Me too. My husband hasn’t gone goblin, so I’m looking to him to help me de-goblin myself.

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  66. Oh, my, Ally, I’m a goblin and didn’t even know it! You spoke words of wisdom when you said, “In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’m a person who’d love to cause some harmless trouble– if I could only find the right salamander.”

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    How did you… first come to realize that Goblin Mode was a thing? Today, by reading your post.

    In what ways… do you feel you are currently in Goblin Mode? I’ve challenged myself to see how long I can wear the same outfit during the week and how much money is saved by doing so – plus saves wear and tear on the washing machine.

    Tell me about… what you like or dislike about the concept of Goblin Mode. It’s kind of a quirky way to be quirky – I like that.

    What’s it like… to know that you, or someone you love, may have gone goblin? It’s way better than being afraid of you know what. 🙂

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  68. As usual reading too fast and being dyslexic, I read that as “Gobelin” as in Gobelin tapestries and then I started worrying – how far out of it was I…everyone is making those intricate, tapestries in their home and what am I doing? Digging in the dirt, reading books, doing waaaay too much laundry and …oh, it’s “goblin”…the first might be more productive?
    I’ll goblin if it’s dreary and cold and rainy, but the weather here usually all that bad…going goblin kinda goes with those dark traditional fairy tales with their trolls and goblins, so it would be event appropriate…so I tell myself
    How funny – thanks for keeping me up to date

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    • philmouse, I’m laughing here about your misreading of this post. I can understand why you were confused. No tapestries, just your basic old fairy tale goblins– and perhaps the goal of riding a salamander! You know, life as we know it now.

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  69. I’m half in and half out of goblin mode, but I’ve definitely got a foot in the door. Who needs to look nice when you go out anyway? No make up, clothes don’t matter, hair – forget about it! Yet, one foot and at least a half a body in Goblin Land.

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