My blog post made it to the front page, but I have no illusions that that says anything about the quality of the content. It just means that people wanted to use the title as a totem in a pre-existing culture war.
I could have chosen a less juicy / intriguing title, but then nobody would have read it at all. Such is the challenge with blogging.
@nolan That's a persistant problem with pretty much any online discussion platform.
I've had numerous of my own essays or contributions make the front page and observed the same. Increasingly, to attempt to head that off, I'll also post a submission comment (this can be done simultaneously w/ URL submission, though the comment simply appears in the thread, not otherwise distinguished) which highlights the key points.
I also try to choose my titles carefully, and will often selectively adapt submission titles both for length and clarity, following HN submission guidelines. (If you can find a better sentence/phrase in text, that's generally valid.)
@nolan This was a thread in which I'd tried steering the discussion, and with some help from dang (2nd-chance queue, moderation) ... it didn't go entirely into the weeds as several prior discussions had.
On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.