I did. And, it’s STILL a genuine recommendation! That was my whole reason for the original post — Bring interesting writers out of the woodwork. My experiment was to determine if folks would reciprocate with a little encouragement. Regardless of the outcome, I enjoyed reading, commenting, and recommending, the articles of others. There are some great writers here that I did not know about.
In the social sphere (including Medium), there is absolutely nothing I will take personally.