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Blogging

Blog posts give our members the opportunity to share their professional and personal experiences, views, and insights. These may include but are not limited to theories, strategies, and opinions organized into categories that relate to SAP subjects. Your blog post should help your readers know you as an individual.  When writing your blog post, consider answering the following questions: Why is your topic relevant to your readers? Does it solve a problem for them? Does it make their lives easier or better? Before you start writing, you should read the information on this page, check out the Rules of Engagement, and complete the Tour the SAP Community tutorial.


Blogger levels

To become a blogger in the SAP Community, you must go through a two-step process that will help familiarize you with our community’s culture and rules. The purpose of this process is to ensure the SAP Community provides the best information possible.

Subscriber: entry level

When new members register on SAP.com, they start automatically at the Subscriber level. A Subscriber has authorization to comment on blog posts, but cannot create them. To move to Contributor level, a Subscriber must complete the Tour the SAP Community tutorial. (Note: If you experience any issues with blogging levels, please send an email to community@sap.com.)

Contributor:  learner level

A Contributor can write blog posts, but cannot publish them independently. A moderator will review the blog post draft once the Contributor has submitted it for review and determine whether the post complies with the Rules of Engagement. The moderator can decide whether the post needs more work before publishing, as well as provide feedback and tips to help the member improve the post. Once the Contributor has two or more published blog posts, he or she automatically becomes an Author.

Author: an experienced SAP Community member

An Author in the SAP Community can publish and manage blog posts independently. Note: Author blog posts are still subject to moderation if they violate the Rules of Engagement.

How to write a blog post

Once you have achieved the Contributor blogger level, you will be able to write a blog post by clicking on "Write a Blog Post“ in the header section of any community page.

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Using tags

Once you decide which topic your blog post will cover, you'll need to tag it. You can select from a wide range of pre-defined tags. Since SAP Community sorts content by tags, it's important that you choose the tag that best represents your post's topic. You can visit the Blogs section to view all tags available, and you can read the All About Tags page for even more information about tagging.

There are three types of tags:

Primary tag

You must select a primary tag before you can publish a blog post. A primary tag represents the main topic of your post and will help readers determine whether your content matches their interests and needs.

Secondary tag

If your post covers more than the single topic that the primary tag represents, you can select one or more secondary tags from the pre-determined list of tags.. A combination of a primary tag and secondary tags(s) gives members a better sense of what your blog post covers.

User tag

In addition to choosing from the pre-defined set of tags, you can enter a user tag created by you or one of your fellow bloggers. User tags further help members find the content that interests them.

Using categories

Categories give members an additional option for sorting and searching blog posts, making it easier for them to find content that matches their specific interests. You will need to select a category from the dropdown menu that best fits the purpose of your blog post. The categories -- and the reasons for choosing one -- are as follows:

Technical Articles

Help people get the most out of their SAP software by giving technical tips and diving deeply into best practices for developers using the software.

Personal Insights

Explore a topic that interests you -- and that might interest the community! Share knowledge about career development, life experiences, and more.

Product Information

Provide expertise and examine updates about an SAP offering or related product – covering features and explaining functionality.

Demonstrate thought leadership by tackling broader trending topics relevant to the world of business software.

Event Information

Share your point of view about any type of event (online or in the real world), explaining the benefits of attendance.

Simple rules for writing good blog posts

The Community Videos page includes several tutorials with tips about blogging, but the following rules should be enough to get you started:

Apply the right structure

We expect every blog post to consist of a beginning (introduction), a middle (main portion), and an end (a conclusion that wraps everything up). A collection of links or just a video with short text does not qualify as a blog post.

Write with the proper style

We recommend a conversational writing style that is clear and easily understood.

Share value

We remind all bloggers that they should put the reader first. One of the best ways to define a value statement is to actually write one. For example, “In this blog post you will learn…” or “As a fellow administrator of XX product, I typically run into this problem. Next, I’ll share the solution I’ve come up with…”

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