Over the summer, I've noticed a trend that bothers me just a little.
Cem Kaner hasn't blogged in months; James Bach hasn't blogged in weeks. Michael Bolton is blogging sporadically; Elisabeth Hendrickson is blogging very occasionally. Ben Simo hasn't blogged since February
Of the people on my blogroll, only Adam Goucher
is consistently writing new blog material.
Now, there may be good reason for this. The people on my blog roll are mostly independent consultants; perhaps the economy is picking up, and they are so busy, that blogging is the first thing to go. Perhaps they are focusing on twitter - or focusing writing on a book. I don't know.
What I do know is that when I click through my blogroll, I'm not seeing a lot that is new.
So I went and asked the Writing-about-testing Yahoo group for some recommendations, are a few we came up with:Michelle SmithPradeepCatherine PowellMarlena ComptonLanette CreamerGeordie Keitt
Yes, getting to the point where you are known by first name only is a compliment, and yes, that's the same Lanette Creamer who's paper "Testing for the User Experience
", won the best paper award at PNSQC 2008. (For those who live near Portland or need and excuse to make the trip: Lanette and Marlena are both speaking at PNSQC
In addition, all
of the students of the Miagi-Do School of testing happen to have a blog. That is no accident. These are people that I personally vouch for as having an interest in, and passion for, software test excellence. While some have English as a second language and are learning to communicate better (as we all are, right?) - they sharpen those skills through blogging. Check them out, please:Justin RohrmanAjay BalamurugadasMarkus GaertnerJeroen Rosink
Update: I've also been told that David Christiansen
is blogging again. I went and checked and his recent posts have been very tester-centric. Yay!