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Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo

Read any blogs you liked lately?

So… I’ve read something good, but I don’t have anything really to say about it. I DON’T WANT TO COMMENT!! What do I do? Better yet what do you do?

I and many others are writing blogs again. Some you read and quickly jump back out of. Thinking, really, why did I click that link. Some you read and think that’s cool. Or maybe you think to yourself “I can’t do that yet but I’ll bookmark it”.  Those are the blogs that stay with you.

Those are the blogs that should be featured on the front page of the SAP Community. If you liked them, I can safely say that someone else will. If you know someone who will, share it. There are several places available to share.

How do they get featured? You’ve got it. They are liked. How do you like them? Why click the like button of course. Um.. Michelle you are crazy, there isn’t a like button.  That’s where we’ve got you. It doesn’t show up if you aren’t logged on. You need a community ID to do that. Of course they are free. So why not get one?

For those of that write blogs, there are three things that really make us happy.

  1. That someone read it.
  2. That they comment.
  3. That they like it.

So – no comment – OK. Like our blogs. That just means  you found something you liked in it.  And it will bring a smile to the blog writer’s face. And trust me everyone needs a smile. It may make that horrible day great!

Oh and let’s not forget question/answers

If you like that answer click the up arrow. It doesn’t have to be your question. But it sure will help future people in there search. Plus, of course, there is always the smile on the person’s face that answered the question.

Want to know much more than I put in this blog?  Check out the about community page.  This information is all over search for the using sap tag.

My short and sweet blog of the day! Why? I’m not seeing very many “likes”. I’ve read some amazing, thoughtful, and well written blogs.

Here’s to hoping you learn something from a blog, get or find a great answer! And then vote them up or like them.

I LOVE comments.    This one is from Jerry Janda – just in case you don’t read comments:  I learn a little bit more each day.

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And let’s not forget those buttons to the left of the “like” button. If you liked a blog, why not let others know they should read it too? A brief promotion on social media makes the author feel good, and it helps more people find valuable content.

Here’s a timely example: Someone already gave this blog some recognition on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeikBrand/status/959461072737570816

I, in turn, gave it a like, plus responded — once again promoting this blog post, plus other content: https://twitter.com/workjerryjanda/status/959480613177909248

Liking, tweeting, replying, retweeting…the more we do to spread the word (and the love), the more we support (and encourage!) our talented writers…both the vets and the people blogging for the very first time.

If you do tweet, make sure to mention @SAPCommunity (our official Twitter account) or include the #SAPCommunity hashtag. Even more people will see it that way. (People still use #SCN too, but that hashtag is a little outdated — plus it’s used for a variety of other things, so our content can get lost in the feed.)

BTW, in my tweet, you’ll see that I once again gave a shout-out for Caroleigh Deneen ‘s 2017 blog retrospective: https://blogs.sap.com/2018/01/24/2017-blog-retrospective/. We (the SAP Community Experience team) are planning new spotlights for blogs this year. We want to bring attention to member-written blogs. More to come!

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      Author's profile photo Joachim Rees
      Joachim Rees

      *liked* this one! 🙂

      Often, I comment, even if I don't really have anything useful to add (I wouldn't to that in other, more lively communities) .

      I do that to show that I read it, to give my appreciation, and to add a little more interaction to our community.

      best
      Joachim

       

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you!   (for the like)

      I try to comment too.   But sometimes - I'm trying to do 10 things at once.  That's never good thing.

      Also nice hearing from you!

      Michelle

      Author's profile photo Jerry Janda
      Jerry Janda

      And let's not forget those buttons to the left of the "like" button. If you liked a blog, why not let others know they should read it too? A brief promotion on social media makes the author feel good, and it helps more people find valuable content.

      Here's a timely example: Someone already gave this blog some recognition on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeikBrand/status/959461072737570816

      I, in turn, gave it a like, plus responded -- once again promoting this blog post, plus other content: https://twitter.com/workjerryjanda/status/959480613177909248

      Liking, tweeting, replying, retweeting...the more we do to spread the word (and the love), the more we support (and encourage!) our talented writers...both the vets and the people blogging for the very first time.

      If you do tweet, make sure to mention @SAPCommunity (our official Twitter account) or include the #SAPCommunity hashtag. Even more people will see it that way. (People still use #SCN too, but that hashtag is a little outdated -- plus it's used for a variety of other things, so our content can get lost in the feed.)

      BTW, in my tweet, you'll see that I once again gave a shout-out for Caroleigh Deneen 's 2017 blog retrospective: https://blogs.sap.com/2018/01/24/2017-blog-retrospective/. We (the SAP Community Experience team) are planning new spotlights for blogs this year. We want to bring attention to member-written blogs. More to come!

      --Jerry

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      I promote the blogs that I *love*. 🙂

       

      Author's profile photo Jerry Janda
      Jerry Janda

      Wow, what I week. First I find out that I'm losing my Coffee Corner karma credits. Now I find out Jelena doesn't love my posts. If the Eagles don't win on Sunday, I may need an extended vacation to recover from my depression.

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you for that wonderful additions!    I hope everyone who stops to read the blogs - also reads the comments.

      More to come....  Now you've got us all wondering.

      MIchelle

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      I'm afraid that in absence of "dislike" button my comments won't brighten too many days. 🙂

      But I agree with you. We had to complain very loud for so long to get "most liked" blogs back on the home page. All we need to do now is take advantage of it.

      I'm curious though if there'd be more "likes" if it did not require a login. Quite a few times I open a blog someone tweeted about and that is usually late at night on my tablet where I'm not logged into SCN. Sometimes I remember to come back next day and "do the needful" but not always.

      Could be an interesting experiment to track "visitor likes".

       

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Agreed about tracking visitor likes!    HA!   Your comments could be the complete opposite of my blog and I would welcome the other opinion.

      I have the other issue.   I'll be at the bottom of the page writing a comment and have to try to remember to go back up to the top.   If I don't comment, it's easy for me to remember to go to the top and like it.

      Crazy but true!

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Yes! Was going to point that out too but then when I see Paul Hardy 's blogs it's very convenient that I can click Like without reading. 🙂

       

      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen

      This is one I read during my review of the 2017 blogs that I really enjoyed: https://blogs.sap.com/2017/01/14/sap-inside-track-walldorf-sitwdf-the-kids-are-alright/

      Love all the photos and seeing the kiddos getting involved in technology.

      Frank Koehntopp

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      I love the pictures.   Well worth the read.

      Author's profile photo Paul Hardy
      Paul Hardy

      In regard to the "like" feature, naturally the SAP social media page is trying to emulate Facebook

      The former platform had copied it pretty much OK, in the current version of SCN there is something obvious missing.

      Can anyone guess what it is? Answers on a postcard please.

       

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Personally - I wouldn't want to discourage people. So if they had mad and sad, I may not like to write things.

      So not sure about the last version. I'm trying to remember - and I would answer here, if I did.    Dislike - oh boy!  Talk about discouraging me.

      Have a great day!

      Michelle

       

      Author's profile photo Paul Hardy
      Paul Hardy

      I will give you another clue as to what is missing from the "Like" feature on SCN which worked in the last version... it is all to do with the number in the brackets after the word "like"....

      Author's profile photo Lars Breddemann
      Lars Breddemann

      I'm sure that it has been mentioned before, but it would be a lot easier to "put a like" on it if one would not have to scroll around to find the like button.

      For blog posts, the button is "up there" as the last one in a line of options (Google+, facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, SCP) that at least to me doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

      Is anyone using G+ for anything? Is Facebook an important channel for SAP related blog? I get Twitter and LinkedIn as these platforms seem to have plenty of participants from the SAP-o-sphere.

      And only the last item of that list is the platform's own "LIKE"? That doesn't seem like a clever placement. Why not put it at the end of a blog post as well?

      Or make it a "floater" in the ample white-space that the layout provides to the left and the right of the text? It could also be put in a permanent/floating title bar on the screen, so that scrolling around doesn't make it go away.

      To me, there seem to be plenty of options to make "liking" a blog post (or comment, answer, or question...) much easier. Just put it within reach.

      This goes back to a design approach where you make wanted/correct behaviour (or usage) easy and unwanted/wrong/erroneous behaviour difficult.

      Just sayin'...

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Yes - I think it's been mentioned.   It's just one that hasn't been changed yet.   I'm sure it will be one they get to.    It sure would help me out!

      Michelle

      Author's profile photo David Metser
      David Metser

      Hi Michelle,

      First i hit the like button and then i couldn’t resist not liking Jerry’s comment.:)

      Thank you for that.

      Dedi

       

       

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      I'm so glad you scrolled down to liked Jerry's comment.   He does an amazing job of explaining things!   So much so - I had to add it to the blog in case people didn't get down here!  🙂

      Michelle

      Author's profile photo Jerry Janda
      Jerry Janda

      Always happy to help...and to get a like. 🙂

      --Jerry

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal

      There are some blogs which may require click on following button if available : )

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo
      Blog Post Author

      Yes - but then do we give a dislike button. I sure hope not!