At the time of the launch, I had just quit my full-time job earlier that summer, and entered the scary world of freelancing. I was nervous, clumsy, and very much inexperienced—though not enough to resist the urge to put a drawing of a butt in my first comic here. Three years and several butts later, I'm still just as nervous and clumsy, but as I look back, I can see how much being here has changed my work for the better. The BlogNet was more than just a place to host my comics or a soapbox for my passion projects: it was fertile ground for me to grow as an artist and a journalist. Being on PopSci.com gave me a platform from which I could reach beyond just drawing comics about science news, and instead pursue new stories. I could exhaust every blooming flower metaphor there is to describe the ways this job has helped me become a better science communicator. I can only hope I represented the organization to satisfaction.