Creative Designs for the blog photos

Hello everyone!
Today wants to come the prelude to a small series: Creative designs for the blog.

Most bloggers invest many hours to shoot and edit photos. But sometimes you also write about topics where you either have no matching pictures or where you want to do without photos. But: a contribution without a cover photo? Of course not. Even long posts without pictures are often more strenuous to read than when they are interrupted by pretty photos (I feel it anyway).
Maybe you want to spice up your photo somehow, because somehow it's not quite the right thing to do. Or you might want to create a nice goodie for your readers, such as a blog planner. So you need nice photos, sometimes fonts or graphic elements. There are so many reasons to use design elements.

This is why I would like to present to you today and in other articles a few providers, where you can buy photos, graphics and fonts or often get weekly as freebies. I also want to introduce you to some free programs that allow you to easily edit your pictures or create your own freebies.

Brief legal notice on stock stock market photos

One thing ahead, especially the free graphics and fonts are often only allowed for personal/non-commercial use. The same is also often true for free photos from stock exchanges. I cannot tell you at this point how personal use is defined. Is it considered non-commercial use when a commercial blog offers its readers free blog planners created with just such freebies? I do not know and therefore recommend to contact the provider whenever possible if the license agreement is unclear to you.

First, I want to introduce you to a few stock exchanges where you can buy photos for free or cheap. With many you can buy more than just pictures and creative sites not only offer graphics, but also photos, so I try to present only portals that have put their focus on photos. I will introduce you to graphic portals, which also have photos in the portfolio, later.

Found at Pexels, free for private and commercial use

Selection of stock photo providers

Pixabay: "Over 900,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations" are offered on Pixabay. Of course I did not count and check if this is true. But there are actually very many really nice pictures that are also provided free for commercial use. You have to log in to download.

Fotolia: Fotolia is a little bit bigger. According to his own statement there are 75 million royalty free images, vectors and videos, here the addition "free" is missing. I didn't find any free pictures during a first search. The offered photos cost depending on the size of 1 credit, which is equivalent to €1.12 if you buy the smallest package. Price still in the frame, if you look at the pictures once carefully. Still rather not suitable for hobby bloggers, because we want to spend as little money as necessary, right?

123RF: "Over 73 million royalty free images, illustrations, videos and audio files at surprisingly low prices." So the promise of 123RF. The free pictures, however, have a low print resolution and are also very small, for larger photos you also have to pay with credits.

Pixelio: Over 500,000 photos and pictures can be found on Pixelio. Many images offer an editorial (non-commercial) right of use. Other images are also released for commercial use. Pixelio also expects to register the user to download the images. Oh yes, here I should mention that for some images explicitly the editing right is restricted.

Pexels: How many pictures are offered exactly, I did not see on the home page. But there are really great pictures. You don't have to log in here, you just click on the image you want to download, it opens in a new tab of the browser and with "Save as" you can put it exactly where you want. The pictures offered here are also for personal and commercial use, a attribution is not required.

If you would like an even more detailed listing with many more providers, you can find more information here: BILDERSUCHE.ORG

Now I wonder why so many photographers offer so many great pictures for free also for commercial use. Clearly this is great for us bloggers, but I still wonder a bit. Just about commercial use. Others earn money with pictures they have taken free of charge from the Internet. If someone is using my pictures to earn money in whatever way, then I would like to have some of them too. But that just on the edge…

It is very important that you always read the terms of use for the pictures! Otherwise, there may be warnings, and they can become expensive. Three to four-digit amounts are not uncommon. I try to create as many photos as possible myself. But there is certainly one or other beautiful photo that will be found in the future probably in my blog, which is not mine.

Which image portals do you take pictures of for your blogs? What are your experiences with it?

If you are interested in the topic image rights to photos from stock exchanges and what happens if a photographer changes the stock provider, then look at Tina from social media support: click

Narri, Narro! Gypsy and witches – Alemannic Fastnacht in Waiblingen

Hellau and Alaaf, that is what I know to say during Carneval in Rheinland (depending if you are in Cologn or Düsseldorf, never mix it up!). But this year I learned something new. Narri, Narro! Gypsy! Witches! Those of you who are from the south of Germany may know it, but I, as a “Rheinish Girl”, know only carnival. Out-of-the-way fools dancing, bützen (kissing) and drinking too much (which I don’t do but is common during Carnival). This year, however, the weather was fine and I had finally the chance to see the local version of Carnival, Fastnacht or Fasenacht as it is called here.

Warlike Demon Chapel-my absolute favourite costumes on the move!

I cannot and do not want to say much about the cultural background at this point, because that would be a bit too much for this blog post. Fastnacht, so say various sources (for example ARD), has its origins in the fact that perishable foods should be used before Lent. In the Swabian-Alemannic version, however, many also think the origin was rather to expell winter spirits. However, there is a great deal of evidence that there is indeed a Christian background to the festival. Presumably at the end, both camps are right again. That’s the story.

Unlike in the Rhineland, for example, there are no cars with political motives at the Alemannic carnival. In fact, there was only one car in the city, and it looked like a black Forest hut. Classical dance groups (called Garde) as I know from Düsseldorf or Cologne were very few. Mostly the groups consisted of witch groups. But there were also some chapels. Also different from the Carnival I know sweets (called Kamelle) was not in the foreground. Only very few sweets were thrown to the audience and there were no parents or grandparents who tried to catch the “Kamelle” with umbrellas.

We were really lucky and had great weather. It was not too cold when we went off and stayed beautiful all the time. Well, at least as long as the sun was hiogh in the sky. When the sun disappeared behind the houses it became colder. That’s why we went back home after about 70 groups.

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Overall it was a nice carnival parade, but yet so different from than I would have expected. Much, much quieter, no drunks, hardly Kemelle. And yet everyone had a lot of fun. If you don’t know the Alemannic carnival, you should definitely see one of the parades!

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Christmas time and change of year in Japan

Welcome to the second part of my series "My foreign Year in Japan-10 years after", this time it is about Christmas and the year change in Japan. If you missed the first part of my series, then look at the best one here.

So today I want to tell you a little bit about the Christmas time I experienced in Japan. Because the whole thing is rather little and I have hardly any photos, I show you also some of the time between the holidays. There will also be a separate New Year's post, because I have experienced something very special: I drove with a friend to Gifu to her family and wore clothes in the value of a small car! But more in the next few weeks.

Christmas and Eve

The pre-Christmas period in Japan was actually quite unspectacular. We made our apartments a little bit and in Tokyo there were some light chains in the trees. Christmas is not celebrated in Japan, as it is a very Buddhist/Shintoistisch-shaped country and Christianity at best plays a subordinate role. So you hardly see churches, but many temples and shrines. The pre-Christmas period was accordingly little festive, although many Christmas cards and Christmas items such as Santa Claus hats were to be bought in the shops. But not just like ours.

At the sweetest I found the sign in the office of renting in Toyohashi: "Marry Christmas"-marry Christmas. With the English it is always such a thing, because you can really find the funniest things. Just for Christmas, too.

On Christmas Eve, we students closed to the Tokyo Tower after we had already made our gnomes in the morning. There we looked at the light game from the Tokyo Tower. Unfortunately, the videos are so bad that it is not worthwhile to embed it. We are not driven up because one would have to wait forever and on the other the price was really neat.

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Shortly before the change of the Year in Japan

Before the change of the year, the temples and shrines were adorned. I was with a friend just before New year among others at the City Hall of Tokyo and in Asaksusa.

In the town hall there were many huge Avengers with the greatest motives. Not the ones with which leaves swept together, but huge works of art in 3d. These Avengers call themselves "Kumade" (熊手). With a Kumade, it is said, happiness and prosperity should be swept together. They are actually sold in November, so they are not the classic New Year's jewelry, but since my girlfriend was with me between Christmas and New Year, we just saw them in time.

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Besides, we were just before New Year's in Asakusa. The temple complex in Asakusa was also already prepared for the New Year's celebration. In the most beautiful weather we moved through the complex and took many photos.  I hope you like it! About my New Year in Gifu/Japan I will then report to you in the next post (which will probably also be much longer, since I can write much more).

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I hope that with my little report and the photos you have shortened the waiting time for the Christ child a little bit. Have you been to Japan for Christmas or the change of the year? What did you experience? If you write blogs about Japan, just post the links in the comments!

My foreign year in Japan-10 years later-part1

In September 2006 I met a big dream and started my foreign year in Japan. Ten years, it's been so long. I still miss Japan, even though I was very often homesick during that time. And yet I have experienced so many great moments and seen so much that I can only recommend to anyone to fly to Japan once.

Since I have so many impressions and anecdotes to report, I will certainly write two or three or more reports on it. Let's see how long they'll be, I don't want to commit myself. Unfortunately I didn't have a really good digital camera at the time. And those that I bought, I'd be taking a mispurchase today. So, unfortunately, there are only mediocre to less great pictures. I hope you still enjoy my contributions!


So let's start with the real reason why I went to Japan. I wanted to study there. My study Course "East Asian Studies" also included a semester at a Japanese university. I decided to go to the Dokkyo Daigaku in Soka, just north of Tokyo, because my internship was going to Toyohashi. So I could at least see something from Tokyo.

Soka is a small town in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. With a little over 27 square kilometres of land and not quite 250,000 inhabitants, Soka can almost be described as a village, at least as far as daily life is concerned. There are a few supermarkets and restaurants, but a really real shopping street, as I knew it until then from Germany, for example there was not. In comparison, Mülheim an der Ruhr, my hometown, has about 91 square kilometers of land but only about 170,000 inhabitants. But a shopping street and even the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum. In Soka there were at least 10 years ago a lot of farm gardens where fruit and vegetables were grown. A small red light mile with two or three bars was also available at the station, but we as foreigners were not the target group and were greeted friendly.
Soka is famous for Soka-Senbei (roasted rice crackers) and supposedly also a training facility for yakuza.

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Student Dormitory

The student dormitory was actually not a dormitory, but a house where several apartments were rented for foreign students. We were two in one apartment.

The apartments were very western furnished, only the washing machine and the cooker differed significantly from what we were accustomed to. The washing machines in Japan mostly only wash with cold water. Moreover, our filthy was that we had to let them disinfect by the landlord. Until then, we just washed up with fellow students.
The stove was a gas stove. Until then I had only cooked, or even watched, when camping with gas. But it was actually quite pleasant, you just had to keep the right pots.

In the room there was a work desk, a couple of cupboards and a bed. Pretty small and Spartan and I mean it would have cost 400 or €500, but I don't know anymore.  Internet was not available, we always tapped foreign WLAN. Otherwise we wouldn't have been able to make a phone call with the family. Since there was only a few reception in the rooms, we mostly sat outside on the stairs and with the family Skyping. Although I also regularly surfed from our dining room thanks to a very adventurous construction (see photo).

One of the apartments on our floor was inhabited by a Japanese. Somehow we had the impression that he had to be a yakuza member. Someone would have spotted bullet holes in the wall (presumably there were screws or nails in there) and an evening there was a brawl in the hallway, including a blood pool the next morning. We girls (in all the other four apartments lived only girls) have crept into our rooms and waited for us. No one wanted to call the police, not that we still had trouble with the neighbor. Luckily it was a unique experience and the neighbours always greeted us very friendly.

Sometimes we could even see the Fuji from our house, although it was a few hundred kilometers away.

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The university was now not really different from other universities, a big block of school rooms. Since we were a little over 10 Germans and a Chinese, the Japanese was not very overworked on the one side and not overly effective on the other, because we mostly spoke only German. In addition, I have visited a literature course from time to time, but since the days were already long enough, I was only very irregular there as a guest. Instruction was (if I remember right) from 9am to 12pm and then again from 13 to 4 pm. The afternoons were quite exhausting. Learning Kanji, learning vocabulary, reading texts, doing homework, then you want to see something from the country and people and also go to Tokyo in the afternoon.

The textbooks have remained in cruel memory. The lyrics were really very abstruse. One was about a seriously ill boy, whose greatest wish was to eat bananas once. So his big brother was looking for a side job and worked so long until he could finally buy bananas. When he gave it to his brother, he died the same night without eating a single banana. The other texts were not quite so bad, but also not really much better. Presumably they were written in the 1950s by someone who was already 80 years old, otherwise you cannot explain what was in the book…

View from the University
View from the University

Now the report has become quite long. I hope the pictures please you despite the not so good quality. If you want to know how it went on in Japan and what I have seen and experienced, then just subscribe to my blog!

Which one of you was in Japan? Can you imagine going there once? What are your impressions of Soka?

Motorworld cars and Coffee in Böblingen

On the 3rd July there was another major event in Böblingen organized by Motorworld, the cars & coffee. Drivers of sports cars, super sports cars and oldtimers from near and far as well as lots of car lovers and Carspotter have met and looked at each other's cars. Since my friend and I are both lovers faster and sporty cars, he unfortunately was not able to sleep this Sunday but had to get up at 8:30 and ride with me to the meeting. He was so tired that he had no great desire and would have preferred to stay in bed, but I won this time! At 9:30 we were comfortable and we enjoyed the nice weather with our convertible.

The trip through Stuttgart was even halfway relaxed. Anyone who knows Stuttgart knows that there is always a jam in the week and there are 100 speed cameras. At least there was no traffic jam. We have not tested whether the speed cameras work, but we prefer to spend the money on gasoline. ;)

There was still ample space in the parking lot. Sure, the Cars & Coffee meeting officially started at 10 o'clock, at 10:10 we were there. The first pictures were taken on the highway. On the bridge and the entire road from the exit to the Motorworld stood the first Carspotter. Not quite harmless, because they were also in the curve. For us as newbies at the meeting a very unexpected sight, but I found it really cool! Unfortunately I haven't found any pictures of our car on the net, so from the outside while we both sit in there would be nice one to have…

Jaguar F-Type and Aston Martin
Jaguar F-Type next to an Aston Martin
Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar E-Type
For comparison, a Jaguar E-type, the predecessor of the F-type. Also a beautiful, zwitloses car!

The meeting in itself was very relaxed, we looked at the other cars and made many beautiful pictures. Now my friend is already dreaming of his next car (well, I gebs, me too!), but what we would like (Lambo, Viper, or even nen McLaren) are not in. And also not in the next time, unless I make a lottery ticket and win in the Eurojackpott at least 10 m; Illionen Euro. Then I'll buy 10 new cars or something. And a huge garage for you. Hey, let me, you'll probably still be dreaming!!!

McLaren 650S
Either it will be the McLaren 650S…
McLaren one of Seven
… Or rather a McLaren one of seven?

I think the absolute highlight at the meeting was the Aufgemotze Fiat 500. He was so awesome when he was driving, nobody was interested in the Lambos and Ferraris who just arrived. I would have taken that too!

Fiat 500 Abarth
Up Fiat 500 Abarth, probably the coolest car in the cars & coffee in Böblingen.

All in all, the meeting was really nice, we saw a lot and had a lot of fun. But unfortunately it was very impersonal, since it was extremely crowded. So far I was only on a GT/GT86 meeting and that was a lot more pleasant, because you have really entertained. Nevertheless, it is worth it hinzuegehn to look at all the great cars in Natura, which you usually only know from pictures or from television. At the next cars & coffee We will be there again!

Many thought it was a Wiesmann, but it's a Morgan.
This is a Wiesmann, recognizable by the lizard symbol.
Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6
Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6, a giant!
A KTM. They don't have a roof.
F3 Mono
The F3 mono is also open, but has only one seat.
Old Citroen
And so cars looked earlier: a very old Citroen. Still with wooden flooring.

How do you like the cars? If the money didn't matter, what would you buy for one?

First impressions from Satu Mare

I have already told you here about the taxi ride in Satu Mare, Romania. From 15. Until 19. On February I was on my way on business. Unfortunately, my (German) colleagues are total workaholics, so that there was no reason to think of a public holiday before nightfall. Say, we worked every day until at least 18 o'clock local time. Romania is one hour ahead of us. The Romanian colleagues, by the way, almost all went to the well-deserved ceremony at 16:30 on time. But I have to say, in retrospect, the long work was half as wild, it was enough to do and time passed very quickly. But there was little time left to look at the city. And that, although there is hardly anything to look at.

Morning view from the hotel balcony on Satu Mare.

Actually, I like to photograph, and since you architecture is so different, driving around so many old cars, which you no longer see with us and everything is somehow old, you would come as a travel photographer also here at your expense. But since I was there to work there, I left my camera at home and only portraits with the mobile phone. And so that I have some pictures in daylight, I took them out of the taxi. I would like to share these impressions, even if they are so shaky. Because I learned the following when I was there: Romanians are very nice, the language sounds very nice (is a Romance language), the food is good and too little is known about the country (mostly you hear only of poverty, gypsies and burglar gangs in Germany). I very much hope that I will come back to Romania and maybe have some more time to get to know the country and its people better.

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Overall, Satu Mare liked it, the people were very nice and the food good and cheap. That I was awakened on the first night at 1:30 from around the bet crowing taps was less fun, but on the other hand, when you hear in Germany still Roosters crows, I almost forgot how that sounds. At least in Satu mare you have to do without luxury, our hotel had problems with the water pressure, on the second floor hardly any hot water arrived. Actually, there was little water at all. The décor was also more convenient, but since I really only came to sleep at the hotel, that was pretty much the matter.

That's me at the Budapest airport.

Please don't buckle up! About the taxi ride in Satu Mare

I was from 15.0-19. February on business in Satu Mare, Romania on the way. And as it is in a city where one does not know each other and a country, whose language one does not understand, we are there a lot with the taxi drove. And that was a lot of times a real adventure! "Please don't buckle", that was the first thing my colleagues told me when we got into a tax. Excuse me? Heard right. So here are my seven lessons learned to take a taxi in Satu Mare (which, as I am from an old colleague from Romania, is not supposed to apply to the whole country).

  1. Taxis come faster than you can pronounce the word taxi. No idea where they all park or drive around, but a waiting time of 5 minutes was long, mostly they came within two to three minutes, whether we were still at work or in the hotel or in the city.
  2. All taxi drivers are nice. There was none who was in a bad mood or rude, quite the opposite. When we asked for the address of a particular Burgerladens, the driver called the Central office and asked for it. Some also tried to speak a few words German with us, alternatively English. Of us unfortunately no one could more than thank you or goodbye in Romanian.
  3. You do not open doors or trunks yourself. This usually makes the taxi driver, he always gets out, runs around the car, opens all the doors and helps to invite luggage.
  4. Please do not buckle. You just never strap in, the drivers wouldn't like it, my colleagues said. Some riders have even led the belt behind the driver's seat and plugged it in so that it does not dangle around. I really didn't feel like it, I hate to ride anywhere and not be able to buckle. By the way, I have not tried it, what the driver would say, if I fasten myself, the nakedness I did not want to give to my colleagues!
  5. All the taxis smell. It's a miracle tree or a Raumerfrischern. Where fragrances are not really the right word, stinking is more likely to hit.
  6. Taxis fit through every narrow gap. Very quickly. Where in Germany every rider would go on the brakes, because on both sides between the exterior mirrors and the obstacles left and right are only 10-15cm square, the taxi drivers in Romania undeterredly continue at full speed.
  7. Taxi driving is cheap. The kilometer costs 2.20 lei, i.e. about 50 cents. And that even though the gasoline prices were not significantly cheaper than ours. About four lei per liter, so almost one euro you have to pay.


One of the drivers really hurt me. In his car, every lamp has flashed and lit, which can only blink or light up. Apparently, his car was totally broken. And after a pothole, the front apron was also damaged. But as I understand it, he is reliant on the car and therefore cannot bring it to repair because he would not earn money in time. At least it was what I heard out of his bad English…

Have you been to Romania? How were your taxi rides? Do my experiences really only apply to the Northwest or is it a typical phenomenon in the country? If you liked the report, I'd be happy if you let him have a like there or share. And if you follow me on Facebook or Google +, you won't miss the other reports about my first business trip to Satu Mare!

The perfect blogger

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a really good blogger. I’ve read some blogs with tips and also some comments on Facebook about it, and collected a list of skills/traits that a “perfect blogger” must have, and what things you should never do as a blogger:

Journalism education

“The perfect blogger must be a trained journalist or at least have knowledge in journalistic writing, no matter what type of a blog he writes—even if he is blogging just for fun, but especially if he blogs professionally. “
I was encouraged to read a book about journalistic writing. Apparently, my writing style is too layman and does not meet the requirements of professional print and online media… I apologize for the fact that I simply publish my posts” on paper or in a database, without any journalistic knowledge. Well, I’m writing a personal blog and not a professional newspaper. So why should you, as a hobby blogger, now learn something in this direction? Does this not mean that the honesty and individualism of writing style is lost, which is what gives a blog its own personality to begin with? Those who like the impersonal writing style are certainly not looking in the right place on my blog…


Photographic training

“The perfect blogger must be trained as a photographer and must also have appropriate equipment. “
Sorry, but again apparently my pictures are too layman. I am only a hobby photographer- for fun- and not with the ulterior motive to create photos for a living or a business. I have never attended a photography course– I am simply learning as I go. Yes, I admit: I haven’t even set up a photo studio at home yet. But you know, this whole thing is also associated with costs. Of course you can get a half-decent piece of equipment for a little money, but honestly, as soon as you have to spend more time on the composition of the photos than on the actual writing, I think something is wrong. Do you really want to be like other blogs where their images look like glossy magazines? Why do you want this?


As long as the pictures are sharp and not blurry, it doesn’t matter if they were made with the cell phone or a phase one P65 +. Why do photos have to be decorated in addition to the products presented? Do the photographed cosmetics get better as a result, does the cat food taste different or do the children have more fun with a toy when there is a teddy in the picture? I say no! But good, everyone likes this style of picture. And if people don’t like one of my photos, on which I usually put the presented product in the foreground and do not want to distract with unnecessary frills, then I have to live with it. I also find that some bloggers make super great pictures and of course I have expectations for myself and my blog; but to criticize a photo without deco– in my eyes this is miles away from the goal.

Programming skills

“The best way to be a perfect blogger is to have excellent knowledge of HTML and CSS in order to be able to tinker with the egg-legend Wool Michsau template to make it satisfy all the wishes of the blog owner and the reader. Alternatively, you can also earn a lot of money in your hand and produce something. “
Yes, I only use pre-made themes, which I adapt slightly, and unfortunately without having the afore mentioned programming skills. My blog is still my hobby, on which I don’t really like to spend a lot of money. I don’t really earn anything with my blog; I just get a few test products once in a while. If you take a closer look at my blog, you will notice that I also often write about myself. So my personal cost-benefit bill doesn’t go up here either. Of course, the blog must be appealing but it can never be perfect and its impossible that everyone will like it. I can live with this. I still try, of course, to not be boring or dull.

Set to a topic and audience

“The perfect blogger writes about a specific topic for a very specific audience. People, don’t just write about cosmetics and cooking recipes, because then you make it hard for your readers to realize that they belong to your target group. Set a Theme! “
Do you find that stupid? Good, me too! I’m just writing about product testing, trips, my thoughts. Who do I want to achieve? Everyone who is interested in the respective topic to find this interesting too! My target group? Male or female from an age of about 12 years and up (I also write about PC games!). Do these two criteria apply to you? Congratulations, then you may come again in the future and read my blog, because you belong to my target group. And if you’re younger, you can still read!
You don’t feel like either a man or a woman? You can also read! Why does every blog have to be defined by only one topic? I do not know a daily newspaper that writes exclusively about politics or economics– all papers write about various topics and these papers are still bought. And if you are interested in just one topic, just buy specialist magazines. But even in those there are often enough a few pages that are “Off topic”.

Always blog to make money

“The perfect blogger, of course, doesn’t blog for fun or even just to tell his fellow man something- he always wants to earn money with his blog, be it through banner advertising, affiliate programs or paid blog reports. Put more clearly: blog not only to cover the running costs, but to become rich! “ This will inevitably lead to the next point:
6 Just don’t sell under value

“The perfect blogger does not sell under his value and does nothing for free. “ This is a great statement from people who also make money with their blog, perhaps even as the only source of money. She did not answer to my request for help, but I read her blog so often! But why would a little blogger not be allowed to write a blog report for €0 or €25 or €50 or €75? Why does he have to take money?

Why not just write about a test product or something you bought yourself? Of course I know this is free advertising, but you often get money only from a certain range and you have to build it first. As soon as you have a certain regular readership, you have the possibility to choose the projects more specifically. And if someone is satisfied with just getting a test product, this is perfectly fine.

Many blog posts bring many readers

The perfect blogger writes a lot. Preferably daily, if not several times a day. The crowd makes it, after all, the reader wants to be regularly supplied with new reading material. It’s no different with daily newspapers, either. And if nothing better comes up, you just write how many times the cat has gepupt again or which samples from magazines one has used once and how great they are. The main thing you always publish something, even if you have nothing to say.

Get Subscribers

“The perfect blogger knows how to bind readers (make them subscribe)“, namely the best bloggers have these obnoxious pop-ups, which always appear in the middle of the screen when you just started reading. The more of those you have and the more often you prompt readers to enter their email, the better. At some point the reader enters themselves in the list just to be able to read in peace.

Write about what everyone writes about

“ The perfect blogger knows that if everyone is writing about a topic or product that it must be good, so you should jump on the train and write about it yourself. “ The more you praise a product, the better it eventually becomes. Besides, it’s too much trouble to look for things that haven’t been written about by so many others. DM and Co. Yet there are such great opportunities, and even for little money.


Yes as you may have noticed, I have shown many things very exaggerated and overstated. Unfortunately, these are basically the key messages you get when you’re looking for help and want to assess your blog or read supposed “beginner tips”. Of course, many of the statements are true if you want to blog professionally and want your blogging as a source of money (and don’t see it as a hobby).
But for me the blog should be a pastime; I am happy about more readers, but I do not expect 5000 or even 10000 hits in one day. I’m happy when new blogposts have a few dozen hits and when people have fun reading and perhaps discovering something that they didn’t know.

That’s why I rarely write about things that are “popular”, because after the third micelles-Facial Water Blog post, one already knows the entire history of the product and how it works. I personally prefer to look at a blog when things that I do not know yet are presented and which give more of an “insider tip”. Although I have been blogging for a year now (sometimes more, sometimes less), I learn something every day and try to get even better every day.

And you?

Now I would be interested to know how you see the topic: what you can do, what should you be able to do as a blogger? Can blogs that do not rely solely on a theme in your eyes exist? Or do you only read it regularly if the blog has a clear orientation? What do you like about photos, would you rather come back if the texts are short and mediocre but great pictures are shown or would you rather come back, if the texts are very good, but the pictures rather plain? What do good texts and good pictures do for you?

PS: I too have started to include affiliate links and advertising in the blog. This blog also costs money and if the costs are reduced or I can even buy new photo equipment for a better blog, then I would be very happy! Therefore there is also a small advertisement under this post. Oh yes, I have a newsletter pop-up too, you can find it in the bottom left corner. If you would register, it would be very nice. Alternatively, you can also do this from the sidebar. UNF on Facebook and co you can follow me as well, since you will always get newest posts displayed. (en)