It’s 100% true.
Though in many past instances I have referred to myself alternately as “clever”, “brilliant”, a “genius”, and one or twice even “not just a hat rack”, it turns out I was over-estimating.
As you may know, I help monitor Twitter traffic for my employer, and so during the day I have the work-related feeds and my personal feed on screen. Oftentimes, links will be included in a tweet, and I’ll just favorite it to review later when I’m at home.
Never know what someone will link to, after all.
…and yes, this means that you will never know that someone you admire has linked to your blog.
….and sometimes because you don’t know all of this is happening, you respond to the words in their tweet without clicking the link, trying to sound like a joiner-in’er, a little “hey, look at me, I’m also interested in the topic you’re talking about, please loop me in”, and instead only end up sounding like a doofus.
Yes, you doofus, he already knows you wrote about it. He linked the damn thing.
Way to be a doofus, Ryan.
Knowing is half the battle.
P.S. Thanks for the link Marc. I’ll be less dumb next time.