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:
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 this year.)
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:
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!
Schedule and Events
March 26-29, 2012, Software Test Professionals Conference, New Orleans
July, 14-15, 2012 - Test Coach Camp, San Jose, California
July, 16-18, 2012 - Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST 2012), San Jose, California
August 2012+ - At Liberty; available. Contact me by email: Matt.Heusser@gmail.com