Archive | November 2009

The Day my Twitter account was Hacked

I had always thought that it did not happen to me.

The last days I got some DMs from people that had been following me that they got odd DMs from me, asking them to visit a webpage where you can learn about your IQ or where you can find photos of female students. Instead of checking my SENT box I simply thought: “Could not be me, I haven’t sent those DMs”. Instead of taking the hints of my followers for what they were – serious hints that I should take some action – I thought they were wrong, because what could not be could not be.

I got a message from a virtual friend today who told me again that my twitter account was hacked. I opened my SENT box and I went red for shame – Since a few days my twitter account has been used for sending out the most odd DMs to people all around the world!

Of course I changed the password as soon as possible. And I very much hope that things like these won’t happen again. Yes, I know, this won’t be the last scamming attack on Twitter. I won’t be able to prevent further attacks. But I know for sure: I will take action as soon as the first follower will tell me!

So all of you who got those ugly DMs: I can only say sorry if you got more than one from my Twitter account and I hope you are still following me.

First Advent Sunday is Coming!



The coming Sunday will be the first of the four Advent Sundays. In Germany we have the tradition of advent wreaths – you can either buy them already with candles and ornaments or you can buy the wreaths and put them up yourself.

We have them in restaurants, too. Even my local restaurant, the Mexican Steakhouse round the corner is putting them up (although at least one of the owners is a muslim). They come in all colors and forms, but the light of the candles is the same: warm, welcoming, soothing. And the one candle burning on the next Sunday is a symbol for the beginning of the Christmas Season.

May you all have a beautiful Sunday!

New Challenge at Ruzuku

In a blog post some days ago I told you that I participated in a Ruzuku challenge to journal every day for 15 days and what I learned from doing it.

Now I am going for a new challenge there – “Identify and describe at least two personal assets everyday for five days”. I went for that challenge because I know I have difficulties in identifying and describing my personal assets. It would be much easier for me to describe my personal weaknesses, or that what I think my weaknesses are.

I am glad that this challenge will last only five days – and I hope I will come up with 10 personal assets. But the process of participating on Ruzuku will be much more difficult and will take more time than the last challenge. But I think spending the time on it is important for me, and I thank Rick Cecil who’s managing Ruzuku very much for giving me this opportunity to learn about myself.

Some Blog Posts which caught my Attention

I must admit that I have subscribed to a load of blogs, and I deal with that load in different ways:

  1. I first scan the titles. And then, with some blogs, I hit the DELETE button.
  2. I then scan the content. I then, with many blogs, I hit the DELETE button.
  3. I read the blog posts which remain. I really read them, every single sentence and every word. Sometimes I even print them. I do this because they touch me, because I feel a connection between what they are saying, telling, showing, describing and my own reality.

By going through my subscriptions this weekend, I found four blog articles which – for me – belong to category 3, and I want to share them with you:

  • Extreme All-or-Nothing and Your Other Three Tires: This article made me think about how I would react in case I would not be able to reach my goal of writing 50 Squidoo lenses till the end of the year – would I give up writing lenses one and for all? Would I be terribly disappointed? Hmmm.
  • How to Flourish: 17 Quotes on Living, Being and Doing: Every one of those 17 quotes makes you think, even meditate upon. I love quotes in general because they are so full of wisdom, and I love those 17 as well.
  • Daily Drawings – Stare II: Esther Wilson publishes her drawings in daily blogposts, and this simply caught my eye. Have a look around and you may find other fascinating drawings!
  • 100 Reasons to Love Writing Lists: Joanna Young has openend a Blog about Journal Writing to which I subscribed at once. This blog post really fascinates me – I would have never thought of writing down lists in my journal as a means to get things sorted out. Well I must have a try…

I hope you will enjoy my reading recommendations!

By the way, how do you deal with the load of blogs you have subscribed to?

What the Journaling Challenge taught me

Yesterday was the last day of my Journaling Challenge over at The challenge was to journal for 15 days at least 15 minutes a day.

I have been journaling more or less the last years. There were times when I didn’t write anything for weeks. Then came the year 2007 with the death of my husband, and my friends recommended journaling for me as a way to cope with it. I still have those notebooks, and sometimes I reread my writings. I carefully wrote down anything I did on the weekends amd how I managed to spend them on my own.

Then came a time when my journaling became a more or less regular report on what I did on that or that day. I did it, but it was not so important to me anymore.

A few weeks ago I learned about the Journaling Challenge at Ruzuku and I decided to participate in it. I enjoyed every day of it, sitting at the breakfast table, writing in my note book, sipping my tea. I noticed that I needed more space to write with every day. I wrote down my feelings after telephone calls which made me uneasy; I wrote down the feeling of “Am I stretching too wide – how far with adding things to my agenda do I want to go?” I used my journal for planning the day.

In one short sentence: I used my journal to talk to myself, to sort things out. And I think I will keep up doing this.

Are you journaling regularly? And what does it do with you?

Gone to the Beach

Those who regularly follow this blog will know it already:

Since end of May 2009 I have been writing those webpages which are called “Squidoo lenses” in addition to blogging here.  Now and then I have mentioned them here, but this blog is not going to become a blog on squidoo. It is still a blog about Berlin, my travel adventures, the adventures of my daily life.

On the other hand, writing Squidoo lenses has become a very important part of my daily life. So I’ve decided to join the Beach party at and open another blog there. The new blog will be about my squidoo lenses and about my experiences writing them.

You are invited to come over and have a look (and, yes, comments are very welcome!).

Crabbysbeach is a blogging network of squidoo lensmasters. It was founded in September 2009, and the purpose of this site is

to provide lensmasters with a wonderful opportunity at gaining SEO juice“. It is free, and it is a great community. For me, it is a wonderful example of what web 2.0 can be, when like-minded and community-oriented people go together.

The Beauty of Autumn


Reflections: Photo: Joanna Young

November is the month most of us do not like very much – it is getting dark early, it is often rainy and the joys of  Christmas are still too far away.

I can only recommend browsing through flickr. I did today. There are a lot of beautiful photos there, and a lot of great photographers. One of them is Joanna Young.

The photo above is a genuine piece of art. It teaches us that even November has its beauty. Thanks for sharing it on Flickr, Joanna!

By the way, Joanna Young not only takes amazing photographs, she is also an inspiring blogger. You can meet her over at Confident Writing, and she also is one of the editors of Joyful Jubilant Learning.