photography, review

Happy Anniversary to me and you!

anniversary-2xYesterday, 10 years ago I started this blog and I’ve never thought it would remain so long!
At that time, a project I was managing with co-workers and suppliers from Sydney, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, and Poland ended. As the communication language was English, I acquired some proficiency I was kind of proud of. At the same time, I came up with the idea to be able to show some of my photos to a broader audience. While discussing the second topic with a co-worker, he recommended giving blogging a try and I did. But, instead of blogging in German, I combined it with keeping my English skills active and started writing in English from the beginning. When looking back to the early posts, I really wonder how much my English skills increased since that time.
I wrote nearly 2000 posts, nearly 7000 comments were made, nearly 1000 followers alone here at WordPress, and on average 100 visitors coming over each day. (OK, there were times with more than 200 visitors a day, but it seems to me, many people gave up blogging for Instagram and Facebook as I see many blogs, I follow or used to follow, are abandoned or even closed).
A big thanks to me for writing all this and a huge thank you to all of you out there, for reading, liking, reblogging, pingbacking, following, and commenting. You kept this blog running!
On the other hand, I’m not sure, how long this blog will remain. The recent changes in the backend, especially the force to use the block-editor, are horrible. Up to now, I was able to ignore the block-editor and work with the so-called classic editor, which works well for me and is IMHO even better than the block-editor. In the interface of the classic editor, I have everything right at hand. The interface is very well designed and fast. The block editor as well as the recent admin interface are ugly and slow. The block-editor forces me to use design elements like a page designer. But, I only want to write and not design each post. I’m a photographer and not a web-page designer. So, I’m quite unsure about my future of being a blogger.
I know the new admin interface and the block-editor for a long and still hate it. Many things are so complicated when having to use them or even impossible. Newly created WordPress blogs it is even impossible to use the classic-editor. So, I feel forced-out by Automatix and wordpress.com.
Another option for me could be, moving away from WordPress. Either using a different service or moving the whole blog to my own webspace, where I have another blog running for many years and everything works still fine. But, who guarantees that the self-hosted blog will remain to be able to use the classic-editor withing the wp-admin interface.
photography, review

5 years of Instagram

While checking some security settings on Instagram, I noticed, I had an anniversary earlier this week: On September, 21st 2015 I created my account on Instagram.
In the beginning, it was a personal account without the intention of building a community or something like that. Instead, I wanted to learn about it and see, if it could replace or complement my blogging. After some time, I started using Instagram as a complement to my blog and it still is. Most of the time, I’m posting images I’m currently working on but sometimes I also post instantly current encounters, which are considered more personal.
For some time I’m considering creating additional accounts to separate wildlife from the landscape and personal images. Some time Instagram got the ability to manage more than one account. What do you think? I’m still unsure.
photography, review

Happy Anniversary to me and you!

anniversary-2xWhen I started my WordPress reader this morning, I noticed an orange icon in the upper right corner of my browser. When clicking on it, it said:
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Without this notification, I’d have missed this anniversary. 5 years of stories and photos packed in 652 posts. A big thanks to me for writing all this and a huge thank you to all of you out there, for reading, liking, reblogging, pingbacking, following and commenting. You keep this blog running!
culture

An unexpected symbol

anniversary-1xWhen I checked my blog a few minutes ago, I got aware of a new symbol in the upper right corner, where usually a white star or a white bubble underlayed with orange waits for me and notifies me about likes or comments.
This time the symbol of a goblet got my attention. It was the notification of the 4th birthday of my blog.

Over the years I wrote 444 posts (this included). 289 people are following my blog here at wordpress.com and left 1,183 comments and much more left likes. Many others are also following and commenting on Facebook or on Google+, where my posts are cross-posted and there is an unknown number of followers via RSS. I also received some award nominations. Thank you very much!

Thus, I want to thank you, my dear followers, for your feedback and your loyalty. That’s what motivates me keeping this blog running and writing new posts on a regular basis.

Take care.