Congrats to Grace Bonney on the upcoming Design Sponge book! I find Grace's trajectory from full time worker with a little Blogspot-hosted blog to multi-media powerhouse to be incredibly impressive and inspirational. This might be a weird thing to say, but it makes me love the Internet. The fact that it allows someone to completely follow their dream and bootstrap a blog that goes on to be a major force in the industry.
She seems to manage it all with (ahem) grace, too. She and I participated in a panel on blogging a looong time ago (sidenote: I guess it was only 2008, but it feels like forever ago) and when she returned to Boston a few months later, I remember being surprised and flattered that she remembered my name and our conversation. It was about making rounded corners in GIMP, which also happens to be the most visited post on this blog, by far.
Lately, I find myself more interested in what she is doing herself and with her brand than the content of the blog, though I did really enjoy this behind the scenes look at the design of the book cover. And the book trailer looks really great.