Late last week I marked my eight year sober anniversary by comparing my own trajectory with that of Silicon Valley. The TL;DR version: As I’ve spent nearly a decade becoming less of an asshole, so the tech industry has made the opposite journey.

Still, while I’ve stayed completely sober these past eight years, I’ve never let myself become complacent. Never let myself forget that whatever cocktail of biological and social factors that made me an addict in the first place might still be bubbling away under the surface.

Exhibit A: My relationship with Twitter. As long ago as 2011 I wrote on TechCrunch about my on-off relationship with the service. Back then the worst most people could say about Twitter was that it was a time suck; a creativity killer. But still…