An interesting aspect of the “hard problem of consciousness” is that we know about it. Somehow, the knowledge that there are qualia and that this is strange and difficult to understand, reaches the level of being content of our thoughts (and of our blog articles and comments to them). It cannot be something that exists separate from the cognitive processes because we are observing the existence of qualia and we are thinking about this.
We might gain an understanding of what is going on here, and ultimately an explanation, by trying to understand who this is happening, that the qualia are leading to explicit thought about them.
The resulting theory might solve the hard problem, but might seem unsatisfactory because it only yields words but not the qualia itself. It should, however, be possible to describe inside such a theory itself why it must appear unsatisfactory in such a way.
(This was originally a comment on http://selfawarepatterns.com/2015/11/09/why-i-think-we-will-eventually-have-a-scientific-understanding-of-consciousness/)