That doesn’t mean rejections don’t hurt. Especially the ones where you aren’t even directly contacted about not being chosen to write or publish something.
I call these types of indirect declines “soft rejections.” And they almost hurt more than those “thank you for your submission” email templates we’ve all read so many times throughout our careers. Possibly even more than not hearing anything at all.
I don’t agree with all of the conclusions the author reaches in this article, but there is certainly food for thought here. And yes, I’ve been on the receiving end of those “soft rejections” a few times. It was a major contributor to my current crisis of confidence.