Sometimes people write on things that seem really obvious and I wouldn't think them worth a post. On the otherhand they often refer to some real conversations they have had about the subject, and apparently they are not so clear to everyone and some people could benefit on these posts. Examples could be Catherine Powell on What is work (It is very clear to me that there are a lot of tasks normally only implicitly or not at all included in time estimates) or Eric Jacobson on Testers, Let's get our bug language correct (It's nearly always clear from context what is meant even with sloppy language). These aren't even the simplest examples.

The same writers also write texts that are in my opinion interesting and insightful. I wonder how many thinks those things are self-evident. Even when everyone agrees something is really interesting, it is often quite simple idea once you think about it. The hard part is to know which of the obvious things are not obvious to others and of course getting those ideas in the first place. Now, that sounded quite obvious...

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I like this post and I'm thrilled to read it. I'm always surprised by which of my posts generate interest; I can't seem to predict it. Can you? Fortunately, I'm not trying to make a living by blogging, so I write what comes to mind and what is interesting to me. I thought my bug language post was brilliant! ...Obviously, I stand alone on that. Oh well.
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Got my comments working...

Eric, I haven't blogged for long enough to have idea what will be interesting.

Your blog is mostly interesting, that's why I'm reading it. The post I mentioned might have been first I commented on and I commented because it was less interesting than others.

Mostly you can measure how interesting some post is by number of links and comments but in this case the statistics would be wronhg on my part.

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