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
Upon your registration with SAP Community you automatically start at the Subscriber level. As a Subscriber you have the authorization to comment, like, follow blog posts, but you cannot create them. To progress to the Contributor level and to start writing your own blog posts, please take our Tour the SAP Community tutorial. You will learn how to navigate the community, how to follow content, tags, and people, and how to engage with other members.
Be sure to complete the tutorial thoroughly. Upon completion, you will receive two badges: Hello World and Tour the SAP Community 2022.
We also highly recommend you to take our Blogging tutorial, which is dedicated to onboard you with helpful tips and tricks around blogging! (Note: If you experience any issues with blogging levels, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. (Note: After submitting a post, a Contributor may need to wait up to 72 business hours before moderator review occurs. Contributors should wait for their first post to be published before submitting a second.) 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. (Before you start writing your post, please complete the Writing and Publishing Blog Posts on SAP Community tutorial first. By taking this tutorial, you'll discover how to prepare and manage your blog posts on SAP Community, get tips for better blogging, and learn how to interact with readers. Plus, you'll earn the Blogging Savvy badge! You may also benefit from watching Tips for Blogging on SAP Community, a video featuring advice from members of the SAP Champions program and SAP's Community & Influencers team about reading, reacting to, and writing blog posts on SAP Community.)
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:
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.
Explore a topic that interests you -- and that might interest the community! Share knowledge about career development, life experiences, and more.
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.
Share your point of view about any type of event (online or in the real world), explaining the benefits of attendance.
User Experience Insights
Provide insights on user-centric development such as how to best conduct user research, drive accessibility, or design applications that help users get their work done easily.
Simple rules for writing good blog posts
You should always keep the following rules in mind when writing for the SAP Community audience:
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.
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…”
Linking to SAP Help Portal
When preparing a blog post, you may wish to link to SAP Help Portal material -- to either cite as a source or to provide additional information.
If you wish for to take people always to the most current documentation, make sure to include /latest/ in the URL.
For example, this link https://help.sap.com/viewer/b88f770e4b7c4ecead5477e7a6c7b8f7/2002.500/en-US would go to 2002.500 version of the product. Once the product has a new release/version, the link would be outdated (unless the intention is for the link to be relevant just to that version).
If you'd like for your post to direct people to the most up-to-date information about that product, you should use https://help.sap.com/viewer/b88f770e4b7c4ecead5477e7a6c7b8f7/latest/en-US instead (where /latest/ goes in place of the version number in the URL).