In the summer of 2012, I had a new friend.
I’d never met him before, and I’d just begun working with Google+ as a way to connect with others on the same page.
I hadn’t yet discovered its unique features.
But I had one thing in common with him: He’d started an online magazine.
The name of the project was “Cartoonist” and its cover art featured a cartoon of my name.
It read, “A cartoonist’s life is a cartoon.”
I’d been in this for months.
It wasn’t long before I was drawing and writing stories about my favorite celebrities, sports heroes, and political figures.
I was an expert on their stories and how they were telling their stories to the world.
And so it was with great anticipation that I began to read and learn about my new friend’s work.
He was a prolific cartoonist and, as he put it, he “just got started.”
As my new life began to unfold, I realized I’d stumbled into a new world of social media, social networking, and the ways in which a photo app can create an online presence for one’s work or personal life.
“Cartoons are just the start” When I joined Google+ in July 2013, the company’s photo platform was still in its infancy, and its “Cartographer” app was still being developed.
But it was still a powerful tool for my job as a cartoonists’ artist.
It was a tool for the creative work I was doing.
But for the first time, I began noticing something else.
I began drawing more.
My drawing skills, I discovered, were being augmented by my Google+ experience.
A new app on my phone would allow me to easily draw, share, and share more.
I started to think about the future of the Internet, and of my future as a social media creator.
This new app was making me more creative and engaged with the world in ways I’d previously only dreamed of.
And for the next few years, my Google+.
profile, my Facebook profile, and my Instagram profile would all become my personal art canvas.
And they were all powered by Google+.
In one way or another, I was just starting to tap into the digital world that Google+ and my Google+, together with my work, were building for me.
Google+ became a new kind of place I was beginning to explore.
As my social life began transforming into the world of my drawing, my art started to transform into my personal life as well.
I became more connected to the people I met, the projects I worked on, and even the ideas I had for my life.
I realized that I was a better artist, and a better person, than I’d ever been.
I had created my own digital home on the Internet.
Now, it was time to use that place.
And that was when I began experimenting with a new service called Google+ Stories.
I loved Google+ stories, but I was still new to the social media platform.
As a newbie, I’d read stories about other new users.
But, I wondered, how would they know what stories I was making?
And so I made my own stories about me.
The stories began to appear in my Google Plus Stories feed.
I posted them, and people liked them.
But as I continued to post stories, I noticed that a small percentage of the people who liked them were my friends, and some of them were friends I hadn)t met before.
For example, when I wrote about my friendship with the writer Michael Chabon, the majority of my Google+) stories had been written by my close friends.
By the time I’d published the first story about my friends in September 2014, more than a quarter of the stories had received hundreds of thousands of likes and shares.
I found myself sharing stories that I had written to people who were not close to me in the hopes that, as my story grew, they would understand the nuances of what I was trying to communicate.
I discovered that the stories that people liked and shared were actually about my life, and they were about my friendships.
As the stories I posted became more popular, so did the stories they made into a web comic.
And in one year, I made more than 600 comics.
At the same time, it began to feel like the stories were becoming my life and my work.
When I first started posting stories, my friends were a huge part of it.
And while it wasn’t until I started sharing more stories and started publishing them that I started feeling more and more connected with the people in my life — not just my friends — the connections between my friends and stories became deeper and more meaningful.
But then something unexpected happened.
In early 2015, Google+ began to show me that my personal and professional lives were really intertwined.
Google+, had shown me that there was a digital home for me on the Web.
And it had shown my friends that there is a digital world