Wiki Ninjas Blog: How to Become an Author

Wiki Ninjas Blog: How to Become an Author

You can be invited to join the Wiki Ninjas blog or you can ask to join it. Either way, you'll be expected to meet some requirements.

To become an author of the Wiki Ninjas blog, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have authored at least 20 Wiki articles and made at least 100 edits.
  2. You must have left at least 30 Wiki comments (the comments must be on the article page, not in the History tab) and at least 30 blog comments (the 30 comments must be on the Wiki Ninjas blog).
  3. Based on your articles, edits, Wiki comments, and Blog comments, the community must feel comfortable with you, like they know you. This is subjective, but if it's not obvious whether or not the community knows you yet, the Wiki Council members will make this decision.
  4. You must be interviewed for the "Interview with a Wiki Ninja" blog series. This also helps the community get to know you and what your contributions are.
  5. You must have a unique value to provide. Usually it means you're working on a larger Wiki project.
    • For example, when Yottun tweeted an awesome chart that listed the progress of each language on TechNet Wiki, that became a reason to beg him to join our blog (to post an updated list each month).
    • When Peter Laker and Ana made TechNet Wiki widgets for Windows 7 & 8, it became crystal clear that we wanted them to blog about their apps (and anything else).
    • Or that Margriet could blog about her fantastic Best Practices (and anything else).
    • Or for Gokan, it was a combination of a strong blog presence (on his own blog), social in comments, and a ton of great articles and edits spanning multiple languages.
    • Or Horizon Net, Yagmoth, and FZB were helping translate a lot of content.
    • Or sometimes it's just a combination of doing a lot of editing/improving in the Wiki plus being social in the comments. That makes us want to know what you have to say (in blog form). What it is for you, only you would know. But you can explore and ask questions until you find out.

If you're stuck on #5 (you're not sure what your unique value can be), here are some things you can do that will almost guarantee we'll want you to join the Wiki Ninjas blog as an author:

  1. If you sign up to help one of the Council Members in their area of focus, and you do that for a bit, we'll make you a blog author of the Wiki Ninjas blog so that you can blog about your journey and updates. You can sign up in the comments of Wiki articles like this one: TechNet Wiki Community Council: Areas of Focus.
  2. For example, we could use a lot of help with Portal Growth, the TNWiki Discussions Forum Community, and Cross-Linking Expansion. Leave a comment below if you're interested in helping. And then we'd love for you to blog about your progress.
  3. If you join a Featured Article Team, you can blog about the progress: TechNet Wiki: Featured Article Teams 
  4. If you're an MVP, you can join the Advisory Board and blog about the experiences: TechNet Wiki Advisory Board 

 
NOTE: Microsoft employees can also become authors if TechNet Wiki is related to their job, or if they're on one of our Wiki Councils (such as the Community Council or the International Council).
 

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  • Naomi  N edited Original. Comment: Added 2 not defined

  • Naomi, good point. I actually wrote out #2-4 in the bottom section and lost them (I got distracted while writing). I'll make a pass on them now. Thanks!

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  • I was wondering how do non-Microsoft employees write a blog, got the answer.

  • Maheshkumar,

    It's rare. There are a few team blogs like this that non-MS folks can join. But it's still owned by an MS employee, because the TechNet/MSDN blogs are official Microsoft blogs.

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