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Best Practices for Creating Your SDN Weblogs

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General guide to creating weblogs on the SAP Network

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Best Practices for Creating Your SDN Weblogs

  1. 1. SDN Tips & Tricks Best Practices for Creating Your SDN Weblogs Craig S. Cmehil, SAP AG / SDN
  2. 2. SDN, the land of the Übergeek… <ul><li>So what is SDN all about? It’s about connecting, collaborating and communicating with your fellow developers and business process experts out there and SDN gives you lots of ways and opportunities to do this… </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wanting to blog or podcast… <ul><ul><li>Every member of SDN/BPX has the right to “apply” but not everyone makes the cut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application time is here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed but Concise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short and Simple </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t over do it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t under do it </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Applying for it… <ul><ul><li>Enter the SDN Weblog area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://weblogs.sdn.sap.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bottom Left “Become a Blogger” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Telling us your plans… <ul><ul><li>May seem unimportant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VERY Important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 of 3 deciding factors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be detailed but concise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We already know why blogging is good but we need to know what you want to blog about! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ I am planning to blog about my experiences with BSP and ABAP from the point of view of a Web Developer having just recently been involved in SAP technologies. I plan to share some of the insights and experiences I have learned as I move forward with these technologies.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who are you again… <ul><ul><li>Who are you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your qualifications? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not your resume please. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your dog’s name is nice to know but doesn’t help us decide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing you like horses doesn’t help either </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML is OK, but don’t get crazy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We use this to help decide if you can handle what you “plan” to blog about, a person with 6 months ABAP experience may not be able to blog about “Advanced ABAP programming” like they “plan” to you know. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. It’s the little things… <ul><ul><li>Deciding factor 3 of 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We like standards so look at what others have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ is Lord of the Universe”, funny but NO. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most important is “can you read”, we state there pretty clearly I think, so please follow what we ask you to do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your photo is great but not required, if you send it though send us a large one we’ll do the rest. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Pain points in the application… <ul><ul><li>Spelling and Grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you don’t do it well here how can we expect your blog to be better? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“SDN Weblogs: Making it easier...” Weblog #1936 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Rejection and what to do… <ul><ul><li>Receive one of our “form” mails? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s not personal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a standard mail, regardless of “who” sent it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All points may not apply to you </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please do not reply, unless you really don’t understand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please edit your Application and submit again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 chance so use it well </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Weblogs, a living journal of your work… <ul><ul><li>Excellent means to communicate information and share knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant visibility within the community and beyond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things to watch for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for it before you write it </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be unique </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be original </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be too wordy or lengthy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t plagiarize </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Search it before you write it… <ul><ul><li>SDN has done some tremendous work on the search engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SDNers have done tremendous work on content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize it to maximize your impact </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Your first Weblog… <ul><ul><li>“ Junior” Bloggers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing to do with your experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Everything to do with your SDN blogger experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Titles, Topics and Development Area? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Title should tell the reader something before they open it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topics, the areas that are directly related – oh and SAP NetWeaver is not “always” directly realted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development Area, the main area your weblog should be related to (your points go here) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Linking and Podcasting… <ul><ul><li>External URL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linking to another article, weblog or page? This is the place for the link </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast URL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add Audio to your blog and make it a Podcast, enter the location to the MP3 and the size in bytes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What’s in a description… <ul><ul><li>Description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weblogs are listed in two ways – RSS and “Most Recent”/”Topic Area” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Description (which does not show in the Weblog body text) is “key” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tells everyone a bit about it and is it “worth” opening </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Writing it… <ul><ul><li>Line breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t mix and match </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do by hand with <br> or <p> or use the option </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weblog #1936 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox and IE plug-ins to make life easier </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for writing your weblog </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DO NOT use MS Word and simply copy and paste </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you use an HTML editor then be sure only to paste into your weblog the content after <body> and before </body> nothing outside of those lines. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stick with the basics! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li><b> </b> - Bold </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li><i> </i> - Italic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li><h2> </h2> - Header (stick with a 2, 3, 5) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li><a href…> </a> (remember the TARGET! e.g. <a href=http://sdn.sap.com target=“_blank”>SDN</a> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What not to do while writing… <ul><ul><li>Code Samples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HTML:Textarea (e.g. <textarea rows=“20” cols=“79”> … </textarea> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the cols at 79 regardless of how big your monitor is, remember those of us on laptops </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li><pre> … </pre> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If your code has long lines (more than 79 characters, break them or use the Textarea) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shouldn’t be too numerous </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the “upload” image option don’t link to images outside of SDN otherwise problems could occur if the other location is not available – if SDN is not available then the blog won’t be either ;-) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs are for reading not using images to do it all, you have to type as well </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shouldn’t be too big </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nobody really thinks a picture tells a thousands words so don’t try to use the picture of your whole desktop </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Closing it out… <ul><ul><li>Talkback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is that last little line to “inspire” comments from your fellow SDNers/BPXers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be interesting but keep it short! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Publishing… <ul><ul><li>Mark it as FINAL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ONLY when you are done with it, not just to test it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t mark as DRAFT unless you don’t want to publish, updates you can leave the status as FINAL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Junior” Bloggers can “submit for approval” and then let the initial hand holding begin – don’t worry we let you run with it after your first one or two blogs – we are simply there in case you need help getting through it all. </li></ul></ul>