What's something great that you've learned or that's happened to you since starting your blog? If you're into design, you probably know that that breed of creator is generally a hermetic type- all the moreso for illustrators, who spend so much time at drafting tables and computers. Naturally, I'm not immune to the isolation, and have generally discredited the strength and interests of community. Running a blog, especially a food blog, goes against all that. Going out to lunch or dinner every week keeps me in touch with people who I might not otherwise see regularly. It's a great way to network, and it's always, always fun. A blog is an open invitation to dialogue as well. I've had comments from owners of my reviewed restaurants who really love what they're seeing, and I'm surprised by how many doors to illustration have opened to me just because of this once a week blip of quality content. I'm surprised by how much it spreads by word of mouth. I get work from this blog, which is the greatest surprise I could ask for. I am no longer an underappreciator of community, or the power of staying connected. I suppose running Drawn and Devoured, creating it, has forged an optimist out of me, and has helped awaken my community spirit.