Monday, October 19, 2020

How to write a good comment on a blog post

Hey readers,

Have you ever struggled with writing a comment on a blog post? It seems like something very easy to do but it is actually harder thank you think. Now, before getting into the "how to" part, let's start by asking ourselves why we should learn how to write a good comment. The answer to that is simple, because you get what you give.

If you think that you will make a quick comment on a blog and receive a lot of love on yours, you're wrong. It is important to make efforts in writing a good comment because this is the best way you can communicate with another blogger and even build a good relation with that blogger. 

Bloggers help each other out. You comment on their blogs and most often they will reciprocate. So, if you write a meaningful comment on a post, chances are you will get a lovely comment in return as well. 

Don't you just love getting those 2-3 lines of comments that actually relates to your post? If you want to be one of those amazing bloggers, follow the advice below!



1. READ THE BLOG POST. I have seen people commenting on a complete different subject than the one posted and that is kind of rude because it shows you didn't read it. It takes a lot of time and effort into writing a post and who knows that better than a fellow blogger? So, please take a few minutes of your life to read that post before commenting. That would be really nice of you. 

2. Write at least 10 words or more. You don't really want comments like "Nice post" or "Good read". A good comment does not depend on its length but anything more than 2 or 3 words would be more respectful and nicer to read. Try to write something that makes the blogger want to comment back on your blog. 

3. Write something personal. Include their names in your comment. "Thank you for sharing this inspiring post, Andrea". It makes them feel like you know them and that you are a regular. Or comment on something specific that shows that you read their post.

4. Don't be afraid of using emojis or smileys. Those are always fun and make you seem more friendly. 

5. Combine everything from 1-4 (the points above) and you'll be the best blog commentator ever. 

Whenever I visit a blog and see a good comment, I tend to click on that blogger's profile and comment on his/her latest post. A good comment attracts a blogger and that goes a long way. 

I know that every comment counts but don't write a comment that you wouldn't want to read on your blog. It would be nice to put just a little bit more effort in that. 

One of the main reasons why I wrote this post is because I got some awesome bloggers on my blog whose comments make my day, and I would love for you to send and receive that kind of love and support from other bloggers too.

~ Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging! ~

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Meet the lifestyle and travel blogger - Karl-Heinz Limberg




Hey readers,

Guess what? I am starting a blog interview series. How exciting is that?! I just love the idea of virtual interviews. You can simply sit at home and get to know all about someone's life. I just can't wait for you guys to meet all the new bloggers that I have been interacting with all these years. In fact, I get to discover a lot of other bloggers myself which is amazing. 

***I have edited my response to the answers of the interview in this color.

So, if you are ready with your hot chocolate, let's begin this interview! 

I am happy to start off this interview series with one of the greatest travel blogger I have come across with and been subscribed to for years. I am honored to introduce you to the award-winning blogger, Karl Heinz Limberg. I love his posts as he adds a personal touch to it with his experiences and photogenic pictures of him. Not only does he posts his travel experiences, but he also blogs about health and has great advice for fitness. So, if you love traveling and need to improve your fitness, check this blogger out! 

To start off this interview, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am Karl-Heinz Limberg, a German blogger and tourism consultant with a long background in the international travel and hospitality industry. I am very keen on a healthy but yet pleasurable lifestyle with a special interest for fitness, yoga and nutrition. I care a lot of animal and environment protection and above all, I enjoy life!

This is awesome! Happiness is the ultimate goal. It is nice to know that you are motivating your readers by maintaining your health and promoting a safe environment. 




Your blog covers mostly your travel experiences as well a touch of health and fitness. How did you decide that this will be the purpose of your blog? What was your inspiration?

The intent was to blog for well-off "best agers" (50 plus) that are into travel and a healthy lifestyle. It is no secret that this target group is very lucrative, given the fast ageing of Western societies. One of the most exciting topics for me is the question of how old can we get in a good shape. I have done research and written an article about the so-called superagers.

That is a great goal for your blog, Karl. It is nice to hear that you want to help people, especially them who needs it the most. I love the positive message that you are sending out. 

Do you have any stories that you would like to share about any of your experiences while traveling? 

The funniest stories of my travel experiences are definitely the ones of my time as a tour leader, long time ago. Overbooked hotels, nasty tourists and funny characters. I have blogged about some weird but great times in Spain and Kenya:

https://www.khllifestyle.com/blog-entries/nasty-tourists-overbookings-and-poisonous-snakes-my-kenya-ad

https://www.khllifestyle.com/blog-entries/palma-de-mallorca-where-it-all-begun

Omg, the things that you see and learn while going to new places. These articles are very entertaining, you guys should definitely go check it out. :D 

Do you have a specific routine when it comes to publishing your post? Are you more someone who schedules a post in advance or simply write everything on the spot?

I try to publish twice a month, sometimes only in German or English, sometimes in both languages. Travel blogs are always published after my trip since I do a lot of research.

Are there any tools/apps that you use for your blog that you would like to share with us? 

I edit the photos myself. For the English proofreading, I use grammarly.com - a perfect site to avoid mistakes in your copy. I also use SEOBILITY, where you can learn a lot about keywords, your ranking and your competitors. Both pages are not for free, but the cost is reasonable.

This is nice. I love the fact that you edit your own photos. I love your pictures on your blog. Those are some great tools and of course, it might have a cost but if it is helping you, it is worth it.



What is the best way, according to you, to promote a blog post after publishing it?

I get most of the blog traffic through Google, followed by Facebook and Instagram where I have over 15.6K followers and an engagement rate of 12%. Facebook groups can also be very helpful. I also send out newsletters but my advice is not to overdo.

How long have you been blogging for? Do you see yourself blogging in the future?

I started my blog in 2015 and intend to continue for a couple of years. I have invested so much time and money and above all, it´s fun for me!

How great is that?! As long as you enjoy it, there is no stopping you. :)

We can see that you have been recognized for your work and have received an award as well as worked with many great people. How does that feel?

Receiving an award is always great of course, although we are now somehow flooded with all kinds of awards. But it always helps to call yourself "an award-winning blogger or consultant" :-)

Wow! That's impressive. I think it is nice to recognize bloggers who has a motive to help people and share a positive energy and so you totally deserve this. Congratulations! Also, if you wish to check out his awards, please head to: https://www.khllifestyle.com/about/about-khl

What has been your most successful post? Why do you think that post in particular intrigued your viewers?

An article about a winter vacation in one of Germany´s top wellness resorts in the Bavarian Alps. This blog post was shared by the hotel on their social media channels which resulted in tremendous results:

https://www.khllifestyle.com/blog-entries/kranzbach-hidden-gem-bavarian-alps


This is amazing. I have read this post and you guys should too. People usually tend to go to warm places for vacation but this will inspire you to have a change in scenery. 

What would you do to improve your content?

Do even more research and always think about the value for my readers. You can learn a lot if you look at articles of bloggers that rank very high on Google. However, in the end you write for your audience and not for google. I also think about lifestyle subjects that could interest many people in different countries. "Better ageing" is definitely one of them.

Well said! You write for yourself and the readers. Appreciating your audience is very important. 

Given the current situation of Covid 19, what advice would you like to give to your audience as a traveler?

Don´t stop traveling but travel wisely. Avoid crowds, enjoy nature. Tourism is so important for many countries so Covid 19 has put their existences in danger. As travelers, we should help those destinations and tourism stakeholders as much as we can. However, check out the places where you are going/staying. In these uncertain times, I prefer small hotels that care a lot for hygienic measures.

That is great advice, Karl! I think people should be able to enjoy their lives and explore while traveling but as you said, safely. Please, wash your hands often, wear your masks and stay safe everyone. 

A thank you note to Karl:

I would like to thank you, Karl for taking the time to share all these interesting things about your life and blog. I have learned so much about you and how this blog inspires you in your personal life. You are such an inspiration. I love how your posts are always sending out positive vibes and how your blog helps people maintain or improve their fitness all while keeping a good energy. I have always loved your blog and will keep following it. Thank you so much!

Alright readers, it is your turn to share some love! If you loved this interview and would like to know more about this blog, check out his website at : https://www.khllifestyle.com/

Also, you will find the links to all his social media below, go follow him.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khllifestyle/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KHLTourism

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khllifestyle/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.de/khllifestyle/_created/


~ Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging! ~


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top 5 Advice on Blogging

Hey readers, 

Today, I  want to share my top 5 tips on blogging that helped me with the growth of my blog. If I had to sit and talk with someone who wants to start blogging, these are the things that I would say to that person. 




Communicate with other bloggers

It is very important to interact with other bloggers and by that I mean you have to support each other. Follow other bloggers, share their posts, comment on them. This can even be the start of a good friendship. I met a lot of great bloggers online and became friends with them. The blogging community is very friendly and so you should keep engaging with people. This has helped me a lot. 

Don't be afraid of change

If you are not happy with your content or your display, change it. It makes no sense that you force yourself to write about something that you are not interested in. You can't possibly be happy with that. So, if you aren't happy with your blog, change it. Change the look, change the name, change your content. Write about what you want to write. Don't be afraid of change. 

30/70 Rule

I don't know what's the actual rule called but I prefer to call it like that. The 30/70 Rule. This is when you spend about 30% thinking about a good post and actually writing it and then spend the rest of the time promoting it. 

Do not overthink

It is easy to stare at a blank page and wonder what to write. At this point, you might have seen most of the blog posts that gives you inspiration on what your next post should be. But you still want to write something that is related to you and preferably something unique. But there you are, just staring at the page and thinking what to write. Honestly, I do that too and it is not a bad thing but the idea has to come from somewhere. You just got to start writing something. Anything. This is actually the best part of blogging. You can write anything that you want and pretend you are doing it only for you. Pretend no one is going to read it. That's when you'll write for you. And who knows, your post might turn into a masterpiece. So, do not overthink. Just start to write. Write like no one is reading. 

Use social media wisely

I get that social media is a part of our everyday lives. We spend more time on it than anywhere else. But, when it comes to using social media for blogging purpose, you might want to be careful. Even though the blogging community is very friendly, there are people out there who use the internet to spread hate. Some people blog for fun and others use it as a means for their businesses and that can create tension. A lot of people stop blogging due to media influence. Some people are very sensitive and take things seriously. It is always good to promote your blog but being a little careful can't hurt! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

50 Blogs You Should Follow

Hey readers,

In my last post I decided to take a challenge to comment on 50 different blogs to celebrate 5 years of blogging and share them on my blog. So here it is! I completed the challenge. Here's a list of 50 awesome bloggers you should definitely follow! 


  1. https://shootingstarsmag.net/
  2. http://www.kayleighzaraa.com/
  3. https://cherbelleblog.wordpress.com/
  4. https://psconway.com/
  5. http://www.wooloftheking.com/
  6. https://rebiahs.blogspot.com/
  7. https://www.diffusingthetension.com/
  8. https://theelljournal.wordpress.com/
  9. https://theinterestingreads.com/
  10. https://katgotyourtongue.co.uk/
  11. https://www.theblogplacetobe.com/
  12. https://www.lifeinpostcards.com/
  13. https://www.loveemblog.com/
  14. http://happysciencemom.com/
  15. https://palithyauma.blogspot.com/
  16. https://journalofagemini.wordpress.com/
  17. https://rachtalksbusiness.com/
  18. https://thebasketballjourney.wordpress.com/
  19. https://outofkatshead.wordpress.com/
  20. https://www.alexaceza.com/
  21. https://babyboomermomblog.com/
  22. https://justjass.com/
  23. https://motsolifestyle.wordpress.com/
  24. https://worldwidetravel.tips/
  25. https://www.baileyleah.com/
  26. https://littleworldofrachel.wordpress.com/
  27. https://thoughtswithn.com/
  28. https://thegirlinallleopard.com/
  29. https://hannahlouisexox.wordpress.com/
  30. https://theelljournal.wordpress.com/
  31. https://unwantedlife.me/
  32. https://eleanorclaudie.com/
  33. http://www.littletasteofbeauty.com/
  34. https://www.workoutfrolic.com/
  35. https://www.lifeinpostcards.com/
  36. https://www.stylewithbrunette.com/
  37. https://www.khllifestyle.com/
  38. https://eveofnight.blogspot.com/
  39. https://www.stylewithbrunette.com/
  40. https://mymusingsandme.co.uk/
  41. https://bournemouthgirl.com/
  42. https://madidearson.com/
  43. https://www.lisasnotebook.com/
  44. https://chaptersofmay.com/
  45. https://jennyinneverland.com/
  46. https://theinterestingreads.com/
  47. https://imlockeddownwithmybookshelf.blogspot.com/
  48. https://morningsonmacedonia.com/
  49. https://www.dailyrestored.com/
  50. https://sweetpassions07.blogspot.com/
I always ask people to share their blogs so I can comment on them because it is fun and it also builds a new relation between bloggers. Also, that's a great way to discover new blogs. 

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging! ~

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

✦ Celebrating 5 years of blogging ✦

Hey readers,

Guess what? Today, I can proudly say that I have been blogging for 5 years! I started blogging in 2015 and we are now in 2020. Oh, how time flies!

First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU to each one of you who supported me all along. Thank you to everyone who read my posts, commented on them, shared my blog and made my blog what it is today, thank you so much!



As a thank you for all these amazing years of blogging, I have decided to take a challenge. It's been a while since I last challenge myself so I have decided to take on a huge one. I will comment on 50 different blogs to give back to all my awesome readers and discover new blogs at the same time to build new relations with bloggers.

In my next blog post I will write the list of those 50 blogs that I will have commented on. That will end my personal challenge and will give a shout out to those awesome bloggers at the same time. 

If you have been following me on my blog's facebook page or even on twitter, you know that from time to time I have asked people to share their blog links so that I can read and comment on them. I believe that commenting on other blogs is always fun and so rewarding. In order to celebrate my 5 years of blogging, I thought this might be the perfect way to thank you for the love and support I got from all of you.

So don't forget to leave your links in the comments if you want to celebrate with me! :D

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time flies!

Hey readers,

How are you doing? It's been a few months since I last posted anything on here and I miss this. Sometimes its good to take a little break, even from things that we love to do so that we come back stronger and brighter, am I right? I feel like a lot of people take a break just when they get so overwhelmed by whatever it is they need a break from. But I think that taking some time to yourself is the best thing you can do for you.





Hey, did you ever look back at your life and thought to yourself "how the hell did I get past all that"? I swear it is a miracle. How is it that we live every single day following a "regular" routine and nothing really changes but when we look back at our life after a year, we can write a story based on it. Day by day nothing changes but after a year you are a whole other person. Isn't that weird? 


I think that we just close our eyes or fall asleep to wake up the next day hoping that everything will be normal. I guess that's how life works. We live every single day hoping for a better tomorrow and in that hope we plan our future. Basically, nothing is guaranteed. I mean, no one thought that one day we would be forced to stay home for our safety and he we are. What is happening right now in this world is something that no one expected. 

Life is full of surprises, good and bad. One day you might be looking for a job and the next day you might get employed. Or, you might be working 40 hours and the next thing you know, bam, you are jobless. It goes both ways. Sometimes, you love your life and the next minute something might happen and you'll want to kill yourself. Well, that's life. Some days are better than others. 

Take blogging for example, did you ever thought you'd become a blogger? You probably just wanted to try this thing out and here you are with a website, writing anything that you want. You don't know even know if you will keep doing this for the rest of your life. Or, maybe you'll make a career out of this? Who knows! Yet, you might have a few posts lined up for the month or a few blog ideas in your mind. 

Like I said earlier, no one expected what is happening with the world right now. That is because life is unexpected. Even if we have our own little expectations, there is no certainty. Anything can happen anytime. 


Let's talk!

What is one thing that changed in your life right now? What is one thing you do now that you didn't a few months or years ago? Any little change. It could be anything like cooking, exercising, driving to work instead of walking? Let me know in the comments!

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging! ~



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Minimalist, achieved or not?

Hey readers,

It's been a while, how are you guys doing? On January 21, 2019 I wrote a post about one of the goals that I would like to achieve this year. The goal was to become a minimalist. I thought I would do a little follow up of my goal with you guys.

I am going to be honest with you, I did not achieve it. Although I was able to get rid of a few things and my room is a lot cleaner than before, I didn't get as close as I wanted to my goal.
My goal was to stop buying things that I didn't need or at least make a use of what I have. I still have things that are lying around and others that I have no idea what to do with it but I'll find a way to solve this problem.
It's not over yet. This goal is still on and I am confident about achieving it. I just need a little time and self control. :D

I have always been someone who needs to plan everything. It has only been a while since I started living in the moment. But even then, setting goals and achieving them has never been easy for me. I just got to focus more and have a good control. As we all know, consistency is the key to success. 

Let me know what were your goals for this year or any goals that you achieved so far. :) 



P.S. I have lots of ideas for my blog but I just need time to make things happen. :D

~Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging!~ 






Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey readers,

How are you guys doing? I hope you are having a great day. :D I am so very thankful to Stephanie from God's Sweet Nectar for nominating me for my very first Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much Steph, you are the best! You should all go check out her blog. She's such an awesome friend :D 






Rules for the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


My answers:


1. Why did you start blogging?
I just started blogging for fun. I took a computer class where we learned how to code and everyone had to make a website. Since I really enjoyed that class, I thought blogging would be fun too and here I am :) (It is also an escape from the real world).
2. How long have you been blogging? 
It is soon going to be 5 years of blogging. :D
3. What are your blogging goals? 

I want to interact with more bloggers. I remember being very active in the blogging world where I would go comment on 10 blogs in one day and read so many blogs. I feel like I am not connecting with bloggers that much. I want to change that.


I am thinking of adding more things to my blog. But it is just a thought. (We'll see about that)
4. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

I enjoy reading books.

I love watching korean/japanese dramas.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am not so sure. I'll just pass this question. :D
6. What is your favorite post?

I have to say "It's Summer Time!". I love that post because there is a lot of colors. I love all things colorful and that post has many pictures with various colors. Also, a lot of my favorite bloggers who I got to know during the first few years of blogging commented on it which is awesome. The post also "shouts" summer and with all those summery pictures, I can definitely say it is my favorite one so far. :)
7. What other types of blogs do you enjoy reading?
I love reading all types of blogs because each blog is special in its own way. But if I have to put a name to it, I'd say I enjoy reading lifestyle bloggers because they share everything, from beauty to travel to their personal stories which is simply wonderful. I love a mix of everything and it is nice to see various topics that a blog can share.  
8. What is your dream for your blog?
To keep this blog going. Sometimes, I loose my motivation and I can't seem to write anything. It is a total blank. Other times, I feel like writing three blog posts in a week. So it really depends. There are amazing bloggers out there who quit blogging for their reasons but I feel bad because they all have great potential. Some bloggers are wonderful writers and more. It is sad not to see them blog anymore. But, they each have their own reasons not to blog. My dream for this blog is to stay consistent, to keep interacting with other bloggers and be happy with my own content. 

9. What has blogging taught you?


I got to learn so many things while blogging. That includes interacting with other bloggers, making friends through social media, editing pictures for the blog ( 'till this day I am still learning), coding, creating and maintaining a website and so much more. Blogging is very advantageous. You get to learn a lot of things and share your life/passion/story with others. :D 

10. What is a piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
Interact with other bloggers. Send a private message to another blogger, comment on their blogs, like and subscribe. You can follow blogs on different social media which will help you big time. A community does not build itself. You have to make the effort for it. Discovering new blogs and getting to know other bloggers is the best feeling while blogging. 
11. If you could have one wish, what would it be?

Currently I need motivation for my finals, so I am just going to wish for good grades. :D



My questions for you:

Stephanie's questions are actually really interesting so i'll keep them all :) 

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. What are your blogging goals?
4. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. What is your favorite post?
7. What other types of blogs do you enjoy reading?
8. What is your dream for your blog?
9. What has blogging taught you?
10. What is a piece of advice you would give to a new blogger?
11. If you could have one wish, what would it be?


I can't wait to read all of your answers :D Once again, thank you so much Stephanie, you truly are amazing. Guys, I would love for you to check out her blog and the ones listed as well. You definitely won't regret it. :)
~Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~



Monday, March 4, 2019

The Versatile Blogger Award #2

Hey readers,

It's been a while, how are you guys doing? It's Monday! I hope you have a great week. When I have some time on me, I often read and comment on blogs. That's also what motivates me to keep blogging. The blogging community is so kind and I am very grateful to all of you. 

In 2016, I was nominated for my very first Versatile Blogger Award and I was the happiest that I could be. It was just an amazing feeling. Today, I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award again, but by two wonderful bloggers and that at the same time! This is literally the best blogging moment ever. I am so honored for this. It's incredible.


I have been nominated by Stephanie from God's Sweet Nectar and by Carlo and Angelique from Sincere Travelers. You should really check them out because their posts are inspiring and awesome. Stephanie shares her poetry and her love for God. Carlo and Angelique post about travel tips, their travel experience, food and drinks. Please take a look at their blogs, also comment and subscribe to them. You'll love it! 





Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog in your post
  • Share the award on your blog
  • Share 7 facts about yourself 
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers





7 facts about me

1- My favorite color is purple. 

2- I prefer reading a paper book than reading online. 

3- I traveled to India last year. 

4- I enjoy watching Korean dramas. If you have any suggestions, let me know! :D 

5- My favorite show is Friends. I have two t-shirts, 2 books + mini book and stickers of friends. 

6- I am a stationary addict. 

7- I am an introvert. 

The nominees

Eve from Edge of Night

Denise from Denise's Planet

Shybiker from Shybiker

Envy Fisher from Lost in Translation

Kanra Khan from The Lunar Descent

Uma Maheshwar from Life

Bethany Jane from Adventure & Anxiety

Sihlesenkosi Ncube from  The Africa we want

Kristina from Life of Krish

Malvika from Style of Malvika

Jessica from A Farmhouse Fable

Kristen Bucy from Kristen Bucy

Mbanefo from Women Fit

Shoppers from Shoppers Gossip



So, these are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is now my time to get to know you better. Feel free to skip it if you have been recently nominated. I can't wait to read all about you!

All the blogs listed are awesome, please go check them out. Go like, comment and subscribe to them :D Also, thank you once again to Stephanie, Carlo and Angelique for nominating me, I had so much fun doing this and I am very grateful for this award. Thank you! :)


~ Thank you so much for reading this and happy blogging ~