Wiki Ninjas Blog: How to Become an Author

Wiki Ninjas Blog: How to Become an Author


Introduction

You can be invited to join the Wiki Ninjas blog or you can ask to join it in the comments below (or email/comment to Ed directly). Either way, you'll be expected to meet some requirements.

How to become Author of Wiki Ninja Blogs

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 Wiki 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. This basically means that if the community is complaining about you, we'll move slowly and cautiously through this process.
  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. For a list of those who have been interviewed, see Interview with a Wiki Ninja.
  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.
    • For Naomi N, Matthew Yarlett, and others, it has been winning the TechNet Guru contest.
    • 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, Cross-Linking Expansion, and the Wiki Ninja Belt System. 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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Comments
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • hy all,

    I am not very clear and step 5, you can have some more explanation, thank you.

  • Carmelo, Step 5 is kind of subjective. But for you it would be all your contributions in the Italian language!

  • Carmelo, so the requirements for you to work on would be the comments from #2... you would need 30 blog comments and 30 wiki comments. The idea is that the community is more comfortable with you contributing and getting to know you that way.

  • Thanks Ed for posting this I have still long way to go but will reach sometime :D

    Informative and encouraging article

  • Shanky, have we interviewed you yet? That will at least take care of #4. =^)

    Doesn't look like it: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../17840.interview-with-a-wiki-ninja.aspx

    Please email me. It's edprice at Microsoft. And then complain until I find your email. =^)

  • Nice one Ed. It's good to have these requirements documented down. I'd like to join the wiki ninja's blog team one day, so it's good to know what I need to achieve first ;-)

  • Matthew,

    Looks like just two more Wiki articles and 9 more blog comments! Because we already interviewed you (#4) and your #5 is all your TechNet Guru wins.  Thanks!

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