But you knew that.
It's very easy, once you're up and running and you've got dozens of hits a day from your Mom on the blog, to forget that some very decent human beings linked to you and gave you your first traffic. Or at least it is for me. Because I am a jerk.
Mike at Visible Monsters was not only nice enough to toss me a link from his very cool London-based blog back in the day -- he is, for lack of a better word, a tech hipster -- but also took me out for a pint at a goth pub when I was in London beating Shibumi about the head and shoulders with the blunt club some believe to be my writing ability. Then we got Japanese food and he trundled me off in what was apparently called a "rape cab." I wish I were making that up.
Side-barred, sir, with my apologies.