I wrote the original "10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job" article in a very tongue-in-cheek manner so it would challenge people and hopefully entertain them a bit too. Personally I don't care whether people decide to be employees or self-employed -- there are pros and cons of each path. I could have written the article in a more balanced way, but I wanted to have some fun with it and do something a little creative. I remember as I hit the "Publish" button on that one, I was thinking, "I'm gonna get a lot of hate mail for this one."
Many people take it too seriously, but if the article didn't strike a nerve that was already swollen, they wouldn't react so defensively.
That article has been one of my top 5 in terms of popularity. People keep linking to it because they want to agree or disagree with it. It's been mentioned on at least 30 other blogs in just the past 24 hours. Meanwhile I just stay out of the debate and enjoy the additional traffic.
A wonderful positive result is that at least a dozen people emailed me to say that article was the catalyst that caused them to finally start their own business. Sometimes people just need a little extra push to get them going in the direction they already know they want to go. Some people get mad after they read it; others use it as fuel.