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Many of my colleagues and friends that work in and around SAP solutions enjoy reading other people’s blog postings, but have never contributed a blog article themselves.  Often they say they either don’t have the time, or are uncomfortable writing for public consumption.  Several of my friends that have published blog articles on SDN took literally 2-4 weeks to write one article as they wanted it perfect before publication.  They misunderstood the purpose of blogs.

Blogging on SDN takes time, but it does not have to be perfect.  Blogs are the sharing of ideas and experiences in real time.  These are your ideas and experiences. I don’t think I have ever re-read a blog article I wrote in the past without wanting to edit it again (what was I thinking?).  This is a dynamic media where the free flowing stream of ideas and experiences can be shared.  Sometimes you may even change your mind about a subject, perfect!  Write another blog article explaining why your ideas have changed!

Blogging on SDN is about sharing.  It is about community learning and the distribution of ideas and best practices across a community with a shared interest.  I often have emails and comments sent to me after posting a blog.  These are from readers offering personal experiences, asking questions or even, can you believe it, disagreeing.  Wonderful!  That is how learning and progress happens.  If along the path you can build your personal reputation as a subject matter expert, then even better.

I write on SAP Netweaver, EDI and B2B business processes and strategies.  I have posted over 50 articles on these subjects in the last 12 months that can be found by searching on my profile or the words EDI and B2B.  These articles are posted in real-time, but also have longevity.  My experiences are archived for others that want to learn in the future.  Blogging on SDN is helping create a knowledge base of experiences, an intellectual asset that the entire SAP community can share.

I encourage you to share your experiences, ideas and strategies with the SDN community!

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  1. Natascha Thomson
    Blogging is a great way to build your network, help others and it is also fun. I’ve encouraged a few folks to start blogging lately and they have now become big big fans. Once you find your own voice, it’s easy and rewarding. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs of those that you appreciate.
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  2. Srivijaya Gutala
    Even I hesitate to share some thing because I want it to eb perfect.. and some times I get a feeling “Oh.. this every one might know already”.
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  3. Daniel Graversen
    Hi Kevin,

    Hope this will get more people to blog.
    One of the things I like with blogging, it that it create a goal for focusing on learning something new.

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  4. Nathan Genez
    Well said.  I especially your definition that it is a dynamic medium…  blogs are not whitepapers.

    Regards,
    -nathan

    P.S., you didn’t capitalize the “W” in NetWeaver. 

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  5. Michelle Crapo
    I would add – It’s not just blogging.   It’s answering a question in the forums.  It’s taking the time to present in the SDN Community day.  They are still looking for people – See Craig’s blog https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/wlg/14812. [original link is broken] [original link is broken]  They have opened it up to anything you would like to share.  The “theme” has been removed for community day presentations.
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  6. Mark Yolton
    I ought to take some of your advice and post quicker, shorter blogs without worrying about the details, photos, diagrams, screenshots, and all the rest.  We appreciate you sharing your story and thoughts.

    Mark Yolton

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