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Being an expert in your solutions area, you always had the urge to share and get recognized. We all have been wanting to do this but have been constrained. Come social media revolution, we have got this new worldwide web revolution where we can share through blogs, microblogs, social network sites across the globe. This is an amazing opportunity. Hey but I have read these stuff, but not ventured into it, how can i? I have the urge of ‘I too want to become a famous blogger’ but need a guide on what to blog, where to blog, how to blog, more tips etc.

Here you go….

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Where to blog:

SAP SCN community is a great starting point for blogging to wide audience, including external audience. It has solution areas under which you can post your blogs. You start off as a junior blogger and at some point you can become an expert blogger.

Sounds good, but I really want to focus on my target audience who may not be reading the blogs I post in SCN.

Just to clarify, the blog posts into SCN gets assigned to Google blogs search. So if somebody searches in google blogs with keywords, your blog is likely to be picked. Offcourse you can also choose to blog into websites where you think your target audience would visit e.g. CFO.com, SpendMatters.com etc. Other option is for you to create your own blog website e.g. http://www.blogger.com/home

What to blog:Hey cool, got a good idea on where to blog, now the next question, I have so much information available with me and keep getting more information constantly, of which not sure what should I blog.Offcourse with the enormous experience you have, it’s a tough thing to prioritize what to blog, but here are few things that you may want to blog, with my examples provided in the links:

•      Business/Technology Best Practices

•      Opinion/Decision Enabler

•      Thought Leadership, future focus drum beats

•      Experience from a situation for benefit of others

•      Trends in our functional domain

How to blog:Good, got a good sense of what to blog where. Can we have some tips on how to blog since I am not used to this informal information sharing.Fine, here are few tips with examples in the links

§  Titles are important, give business relevant informal titles that people may search in google

§  Blogs should be crisp preferably in one page, break into parts if it is more than that

§  One picture conveys meaning of 1000 words, rule applicable to blogs as well

§  Blogs should be original on top of existing information, mere sharing of information will look very pale

Excellent –  blog at least once in two weeks or atleast a month, to enjoy the experience. Few things we could leverage as ideas for blogging:

So can you really become a blogger with this information to start with.Yes, I too can become a blogger J

Happy Blogging !!!

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  1. Matthias Steiner
    I’ve been thinking about writing a similar-minded blog (about the motivation to blog and its consequences).

    I agree to the points you mentioned and I liked the examples you provided. (Personally I would have liked to also see you point out other peoples’ blogs that are good examples!)

    Interesting read… happy blogging!

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      1. G Lakshmipathi
        This blog is an excellent piece to go through and my sincere appreciation for the work done.  In fact, being a new blogger, I was about to post as to how should we blog like where and how to start and to some extent, your blog answers my question and thanks for the same. 
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    1. Marilyn Pratt
      Thanks Matthias for picking up on the 2 “issues” I have with an otherwise very welcome piece from Muthu (whose writing and participation in the community I always enjoy!).
      Glad he has clarified the “rights” issue.  Creating models and using templates to illustrate are always welcome too.
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  2. Sylvia Santelli
    Love the graphics..!
    Also I wanted to point out that some blogging communities, like SCN, recognize those who are active, and one way to become famous is through recognition by others.  SCN , with it’s new Contributor Recognition Program, allows for newbies and seasoned members to climb the charts of visibility based on their input and investment in the community.  Another step towards becoming “famous”, blog on SCN!

    No matter how one becomes famous it always will take work. I attached the link to the new Recognition Program details,in case anyone is interested in earning a badge of their own.

    SCN Reputation Program Overview

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  3. Scott Wallask
    I agree that photos in blogs are a good gimmick. However, there are tons of blogs out there basically stealing photos from the web that are under copyright. It is only a matter of time before the whole issue comes to a head and people start getting into trouble. In my opinion, only post photos that you own or that you have written permisson to post.
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    1. Matthias Steiner
      Hi Scott,

      very valid point, yet I cannot say I like the conlcusion. I’m guilty too of using graphical links(!) to a cartoon site once. Fortunately Marilyn was able to bail me out and I replaced them with textual links.

      I should have taken that topic more seriously – especially as their is an explicit “Terms of Use” on the site. 🙁

      Yet, some online communities such as flickr.com (just to name a prominent one) have their user’s photos associated to licenses. I think that using a pic that is “Common Creative” can be used if the proper attribution and reference is provided (an example: A Day in the Life being an Architect – modi operandi)

      Would be great if the SCN team could shed some light on this. (Will see if I get some of them to comment…)

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  4. Natascha Thomson
    Love the funny graphic and the great links you provided. I know that must have taken a lot of time to pull together. Highly appreciated!!!!

    My 2 cents: Start writing something. It’s easy to get the “white paper” syndrom. Once you jotted down a few ideas the rest will come…

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  5. Cailin Yates
    I loved the title and the grahic. 
    I find that it is important for an individual to identify their goal in blogging.  That will help them identify both their content and forum.
    Trying to advertise your skills in anticipation of the next job search? Blog about technical areas in which you have experience.  There are always people seeking this information to help them learn and if you provide good helpful content this ads credibility to claims on your resume.
    Just like sharing what you know?  SCN is a rewarding community in which to blog with the intent to share and network.
    Truly want to be famous?  There are a few bloggers out there who are giving ‘famous’ a good run, they have their own blogs, they guest blog on other blogs, and they contribute to a variety of blogging communitites.
    What ever your goals, blogging is a useful tool for sharing information, gathering information, increasing your area of influence, and expanding your network.
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    1. Muthu Ranganathan Post author
      Cailin,

      Wonderful insights and 100% agree with you. Bloggers = sharer of information informally

      Also blogging and participation in other blogs is a #sustainable way of enhancing your and others knowledge, without travelling

      Thanks for your comments
      Muthu

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