When something nice happens to you, you are not supposed to talk about it.
At least that is the British way, and the way of social media.
But something nice happened to me last week, and I would like to say something about it.
I was included in a list of "100 Influential Men" by GQ, a magazine which I had never bought before.
They put me at number 64.
This, of course, is ludicrous.
I can think of 64 "Davids" of far more influence than I could ever muster.
Indeed, there are probably 64,000 more important "Davids" in London alone.
But it was still nice.
And this is why.
Four years ago I lost my job during the Credit Crunch.
No one wanted to pay me to do lawyering.
And certainly no one would have thought to pay me as a journalist.
Then in my late 30s - for the first time in my life - I found something I really enjoyed.
It was writing on the internet about legal and other matters.
Because of this, I managed to return to the profession - specialising in social media and internet law. It also meant I was able to share ideas and insights with similar-minded people wherever they were.
I got carried away with this, without thinking what it would lead to.
There was no grand plan, no "social media strategy" (dear god).
And so after a decade and a half of frustrations and obstructions, I began to enjoy myself, which I never really had done since before university.
It certainly helped my depression, which had dogged me for years, and still does.
(Depression is something else one is not supposed to talk about.)
So that is why it is nice to be on a list like that.
However, what me being on that list is supposed to mean is that Twitter and social media are influential.
GQ could have chosen from hundreds of other bloggers and Twitter users, and made a similar point.
But all the same, I now have a copy of my GQ in my bag and for a week or so, and I will think of ever-more ingenious pretexts to bring it into conversation.
I will put up with the well-meaning teasing and the mean-headed sneering.
Then I will get back to doing what I enjoy most: writing for the internet about law and policy from a liberal and critical perspective.
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