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Thank you for 500 subscribers!!

followed-blog-500-2xThank you guys. Thank you very much.

This morning I got notified by the WordPress backend about the 500th subscriber. That’s so fantastic.

You keep this blog running since September 2009 and nearly 1000 posts up to now. Your likes and comments are my motivation to continue this work. In the beginning, there were few or even no feedbacks. but, over time the number of feedbacks increased. And I’m very happy about that.

It takes me some time each week for thinking about new themes for the next posts,  introducing you to certain parts of this beautiful planet, taking you virtually along on my trips and investigating some fact about country, region, culture, history, animals or plants. But, as long as there is someone who likes what I write, I like to do it.

So, again, thank you very much for your support!

 

culture, General

Liebster Award!

wpid-liebster2-2Last week I got a notification from a fellow blogger, Rashmi Kashyap. She nominated me for an award: Liebster Award

Although I don’t know the origin of the word ‘Liebster’ in this particular case, I assume it is German, because it is a German word meaning ‘most beloved’ and can mean a person as well as a thing or a place. In this context, this award could be donated to a blog, that the donator loves most. So, I’m very honoured by getting this award. Thanks you very much, Rashmi.

As the other awards, this one is connected to some rules:

Here goes the rules of this award, let me do the needful:

1. Link and thank the person who nominated you   – done

2. Answer the questions they asked you – done, scroll down

3. Pick eleven awesome bloggers to nominate ( preferably those with less than or around 200 followers ) – done

4. Ask them eleven questions – done

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts  – done

 

These are my answers on Rashmi’s questions:

What was your reaction to this award nomination?

As I wrote above, I’m very honored and pleased by getting the nomination.

 

Why people  should visit your blog?

See some photos taken in interesting places showing the beauty of nature and differences in culture. Get in touch with interesting places.

 

Share with us your most happiest moment.

There are so many memories of very happy moments in my life. I guess, the happiest moment was when I held my first-born child in my arms.

 

What prompted you to become a blogger?

The usual photo galleries don’t allow to write more than a title for a photo and my aim was to write a bit more on them, thus a wordpress blog became the appropriate platform.

 

Given an opportunity to pursue your hobby, what it would be?

No choise: catching light with my camera. 🙂

 

What do you prefer? A loner, lost in your own dream world or a popular bee surrounded with fans.

I like to be in company with a few good friends, but I’d prefer being alone with the beauty of nature, than being surrounded by dull and annoying blatherers.

 

Which has been your most successful post so far?

This one

 

Which is the first thing you look for as soon as you log in to your blog?

I don’t give much on statistics. I respond to every like or comment, at least I check every likers blog. But, my usual login is for writing a new post. I have a shortcut bringing me directly to the editing page.

 

Do you need prompts to motivate you? If yes, which was that?

No. As long as I have enough stuff for my regular schedule, I don’t need such prompts. But I like the weekly photo contest organized by The Daily Prompt, because I get a different view on my own portfolio.

 

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you deal with it?

No. I usually write about trips. Thus, the photos and / or the locations give enough to tell.

 

Which is your favorite book and why?

There are a few of them:
amongst others

– The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
– The mists of Avalon by M. Zimmer-Bradley- World of Tiers by P.J. Farmer
– World of Tiers by P.J. Farmer
– Shogun by J. Clavell

All of these have in common, their authors were able to invent a complete independent world following its own rules and creating a kind of addiction. They describe their worlds so three-dimensional that I feel, being part of the story. Not only a reader, but also a character inside the story: to be in the thick of it instead of near by!

 

Here are my eleven questions:

1. What was your reaction to this award nomination?
2. Why people  should visit your blog?
3. What prompted you to become a blogger?
4. Do you need prompts to motivate you? If yes, which was that?
5. Which is the first thing you look for as soon as you log in to your blog?
6. Given an opportunity to pursue your hobby, what it would be?
7. Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you deal with it?
8. Would you like to be someone else (alive or death)? And if so, who?
9. What do you lack most in your skills?
10. Which of your skills do you like most?
11. Which advise do you have for a new blogger?

 

And finally here are my nominees:

1. Leanne Cole from Australia

2. Léa from France

3. Emerald Wake from Poland

4. Odile from France

5. Stéphane from France

6. Sharika from South Africa

7. Jeff Sinon from the US

8. Mark Kertesz

9. Robert from Germany

10. Liz from the UK

11. Lignum Draco from Australia

 

All of them inspire me with their photos. They are all very talented photographers, each on his/her own field.

Thank you all for inspiring me.

Take care!

 

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.

Computer, culture, General, world

50 and 500

Today I noticed that there are 50 people following by blog and I want to say thank you. I hope, I’m able to inspire you for your own trips and yoyu enjoy my posts and photos.

I also noticed the sum of more than 500 likes for my recent posts. I’m so glad about that and I want to say thank you for liking my posts and photos, too.

Computer, General, meeting, world

One lovley blog award

Yesterday evening I received the notification of being nominated for the “One lovely blog award”. An award from blogers for blogers. Thank you, John.

I was very surprised and feeling flattered for that. I also feel honoured for being chosen. Thus I’m sending a warm and sincere “Thank you” back to John, a guy from Boston, USA. He also writes an excellent blog.

As the rules go,

  1.  I have to thank to the donator and link back to her    –  done!
  2.  I have to share 7 things about me     –   done!
  3.  Nominate 10 or so bloggers you admire and contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the nomination   –   done!

Fact about me:

  • I live in Germany.
  • I studied business administration but
  • work in the IT.
  • I love being at an ocean (preferably in a warm country)
  • I love reading a good book (might be a thriller, but no crime)
  • I love taking photos.
  • I like communicating with people from all over the world

Next nominees: