Happy Birthday, Streets of Nuremberg

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday | Nuremberg | 2017

A year ago today I started my photography blog “Streets of Nuremberg” with the post Shooting on a rainy Saturday. Completely new to blogging I had no idea what I got myself into and where this would lead me. My idea was to use it as sort of my own photographic diary as well as my space on the web where I could share with others my experiences on my way deeper into photography and some tips and inspirations for others to try.

The Journey was amazing! I would have never expected what this blog has developed into. First of all, and most important of all, I would like to extend a big, huge, gigantic and heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all my readers, followers and supporters!

For a few insights into this amazing ride, some reflections and outlook to what’s to come continue reading after the jump….

As of writing this anniversary post the “Streets of Nuremberg” have 875 followers. This is totally insane. For other blogs this probably is a ridiculous small number, but for me this means the world and totally blows me away. Word Press Statistics show me my blog is actually read in 95 (ninety-five!) countries on this planet. The majority of my readers is in the USA, followed by Germany, UK, Canada, Australia and India. All continents, so many countries. So my goal to write my blog in English language to connect with people all over the planet really worked out.

Let them Learn

Let them Learn | Tanzania | 2016

And this leads me to the most precious personal benefit of publishing this blog….you, my readers. I met so many amazing people through my blogging. Interactions with those people is so enriching, and even some friendships started. This is what I’m most proud of.

I love the interaction on this blog. As much as I love leaving comments on other people’s blogs and reading their replies I appreciate so much when readers take the time to leave a comment on the “Streets of Nuremberg” as well. And I do answer them all. This is important to me, the interaction with my readers. And so enriching.

The only exception I took from this was on my recent post Remembrance , the tribute to my father-in-law that passed away five years ago. I wanted to let this stand on its own. I have received so many beautiful comments on this post, and want to say a sincere “Thank You” for everyone who took the time to leave a comment. Please forgive me that I did not reply individually.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek | Nuremberg | 2016

I designed this blog to be mainly around Street Photography, even though it carried Travel/Urban in the title since the beginning, and I even chip in the occasional landscape shot. Although “experts” suggest a certain specialization to be successful, I found that I don’t want to limit my creativity. So I do occasionally post about other photography related activities I try out myself, like my portrait series “Off topic – Studio Anywhere”. Or I post about my travel experiences with the series “StoNur on the road”. And from the feedback of my readers this variety of photographic topics seems to be the right approach.

Things really took off once I started my advice series, the “Street Photography  Quick Tips” and “Instant Inspirations”. I was surprised by the demand for those easy to use tips around photography, appreciated both by beginners seeking starting input as well as from advanced shooters who simply wanted to give their photography a fresh angle.

I want to be real

I want to be real | Nuremberg | 2016

Posting photographs from the Streets of Nuremberg and by introducing parts of my home town trough my “Nuremberg Explored” series I also want to be an “ambassador” to my city. Through this I connected to many bloggers who either have visited Nuremberg before or were actually born in our around the city and were able to retrace part of their roots through the “Streets of Nuremberg”.

Hangman's Residence Nuremberg

Hangman’s Residence | Nuremberg | 2016

One year down the road I think I found the right mix that this blog doesn’t get boring neither for my readers nor for myself.

A couple of posts that showed the evolution of this blog:

Gear & Camera Settings for Street Photography
Saturday Rush (or running after the subway bird)
A Street Photographer’s Business Card
StoNur on the Road – Blood Mountains
Are you a Hunter or a Gatherer ?
Stages of Life on a Street Photography Morning
Off Topic – Studio Anywhere
Want your own Logo ? DIY !
Instant Inspiration (I) – Get Down Low
Street Photography Quick Tip (1)
Nuremberg Explored (3) – Hangman’s Residence
StoNur on the Road – Banana Streets
My Sunday Miracle

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So what is next?

I want to do more posting on the educational side of photography. I receive so much positive response to this that I want to keep empowering and inspiring other photographers, those relatively new to the genre and those who want to give their photography a fresh angle. I plan to start a “Learning Center” page, accessible from the Top Menu were I will bundle all my educational posts for easy access and searching for specific topics.

Another important goal for the next year is to actually meet some people I met through blogging face to face. Some invitations have already been extended and I hope life is so good to us that we can actually make that happen. This would mean the world as well.

And if you have some suggestions regarding what I should pick up on, let me know!

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing | Isola d’Elba | 2016

Thanks for having joined me on this wild ride during the first year of blogging on the “Streets of Nuremberg”. I love that you are here. And I love to take you into year 2.

Thanks again !

Marcus

62 comments

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes, Shona! This really means a lot! Let me know when you have made your plans to come to Nuremberg, I can give you some more insights for sure and if I’m in town I’m more than happy to meet you and show you a bit around! Have a great weekend! Marcus

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  1. And dosen’t it go fast, well done and congratulation Marcus, lots of people drop out after a few months, looks like you are in it for the long haul 🙂 Look forward to all of your beautiful photos, Lynne 🙂

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  2. Congratuations Marcus. Keep going on your creative and inspiring work. What I most like is your wide range on topics in photography you share. And together with your thoughtful words it´s a perfect combination of image and view. Blogging works 🙂 For the second year I wish you inspiration, perfect light and many interesting scenes and topics.
    Stefan

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  3. Marcus your blog is an inspiration to all your viewers specially i enjoy every post… your writings are as good as your pictures… wish you all the best and everyday look forward to see more… read more and Learn more….

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  4. Congratulations. You do indeed seem to have found a good balance and attracted a good number of followers. I like your pictures and your words. I am hoping to learn from you so that can work more this year to achieve similar results of my blog.

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  5. Congratulations Marcus. I echo your thoughts on community. In addition to your excellent photos & tips, I appreciate your support of fellow bloggers. I am always encouraged by your visits to mine. TheStreetsOfNuremberg is a role model blog to me!

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  6. Happy birthday blog “Streets of Nuremberg”! Congratulation, Marcus! I wish you plenty of inspiration and many great ideas.

    As I said before you created an amazing and very captivating blog! I am happy to read it, I enjoy very much looking at your fantastic images and I am always looking forward for your new post.

    Best wishes to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Kaya, your wonderful words mean so much and are so encouraging to continue my journey! I am so grateful to have met you and that I can follow your wonderful and creative work as well. Thanks for always taking the time to visit and comment! Marcus

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  7. congrats, Marcus 🙂 you’ve done amazing job with this blog in just a year… and I am sure there will be so many more fantastic photos and posts in the years to come!! the learning center page will be most welcome 🙂 keep up the great work!!

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  8. Wow Marcus, I am genuinely surprised that your blog is only one year old, it seems to be so professional, if I didn’t know what you were doing, I would even think that photography is your main thing 🙂 thank you for it, I don’t read many blogs (because of the life I have) but I follow yours with pleasure.

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  9. Congratulations on completing a successful year of blogging. I’m still catching up on some of your older posts and am always inspired when reading your posts. Street’s of Nuremberg is now one of my firm favourite blogs and hopefully my photographic techniques will eventually start to show signs of improvement . It goes without saying Marcus that if ever your family are in the UK it would be great to meet up. Kind Regards, Marion.

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    1. Wow Marion, I’m flattered by your kind words, coming from such an accomplished blogger. This means so much to me, as it is confirming my goals I pursue with the Streets of Nuremberg. Thanks for being part of my journey, this is so much appreciated! Marcus

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  10. Happy Birthday Streets of Nuremberg! I’m so glad that you made the decision to start a blog and that I was blessed to discover it, and meet YOU Marcus- although only virtually thus far. I would love to meet face to face sometime. Considering you are in the “hood” right now… if you get a free space in your schedule it would be awesome to do so! Just let me know. Thank you for sharing your talent, your beautiful photos, your great tips and your awesome personality with us!! So grateful. 🙂

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    1. Thanks soooo much, Janet! I’m so blessed to have met you through my blogging 🙏🙏🙏😊! Following you and having you being so active on the Streets of Nuremberg has made my day so many times 😀! Unfortunately I’m fully tied up in work until I fly out on Thursday afternoon, but I promise next time I’m in La La Land 😉 I’set time aside so we have a chance to meet face-to-face. Thanks for being there! Marcus

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