from signal vs. noise: Dissatisfaction / Please yourself:
I believe that stuff should be easier than it is, and it pisses me off that most people are so content with the state of the art, because it means they’re not helping make it better. –Steve Yegge
In order to create living structure, we must please ourselves
-Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order, Book 4
There is a nice graphic in the original post, too. In the end, research should be about doing something you are happy with. My easiest to publish papers often ended up being the ones I liked best anyway. And not because they moved through the process easily, but instead because they had more creativity and thought in them. They are the ones I can still go back and reread, too.