In Sherlock season 4, episode 2: "The Lying Detective", two nurses incorrectly assume Sherlock writes his blog himself, which John later corrects. Even Smiths daughter makes the same assumption. Why is that?

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    I suspect this was meant as a joke for the audience. The blog has his name on it after all. - johnwatsonblog.co.uk
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 16:59

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Like @paulie_D says, its a joke. The idea being that Watson gets no credit for his work, even though he is critical to Sherlock's success (which was the subtext of the episode).

You can see Watson trying to explain to people that it's his blog the first few times. Later on, he just gives up and rolls his eyes when someone congratulates Sherlock on his "blog".

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    It is a blog, so "blog" makes no sense. Presumably you meant to put the quotes around "his" to indicate that it's not actually his blog. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 16:50

Well, I did some research. Apparently, this is meant to be a reference joke.

Once, Sir A.C. Doyle was on a boat. The boat was rowed by a Cornish boatman. When the boatman come to know about the author's identity he exclaimed, ‘Sherlock Holmes stories were never quite the same after he came back from the dead’.

In the episode, the Nurse (Katy Wix) is given the name Cornish as a reference to Sir A.C. Doyle's critic, the Cornish Boatman.

  • This explains the nurse's name, but I'm not really seeing the connection to the blog part. Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 7:55
  • The blog is a modern take at the stories written by A.C. Doyle, which portray John Watson as the writer. All Sherlock stories are written on behalf of John Watson. Hence, the criticism is borne by John Watson in the TV series.
    – Rippy
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 8:31

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