The best comment was a tattoo of the story. Actually, numerous tattoos of the story, from people I've never met.

Years ago I tried out a story format of pairing an illustration with a short essay going deeper into the ideas behind it. I didn't get much engagement from the posts, but then sometime later I started getting responses and messages on one of them. The ideas in the post connected deeply with readers, so much so that they wanted to get a tattoo of the illustration. To this day I'll get responses, emails, and DM's about it. I’ll receive photos of the tattoo. What moves me most is hearing stories of what resonates about the piece. The ideas in the post help people navigate challenging moments of transition and growth in a caring and compassionate way. When I hear these specific experiences, I feel thrilled that my words and illustrations can be so deeply supportive.

Author of “Feeling Great About My Butt.” Previously: Writers @Medium, Product @embedly, Research @NECSI.