"I remember going to a con not long after Dilbert started, it was in the first year of the strip. Now in the beginning it was mostly about Dilbert's home life and I didn't show him at the office that much. I didn't since at that time I was still working for Pacific Bell and I wasn't big on writing office jokes because I preferred not to be reminded of my day job. Anyway, at this con I run into Bill Keane, the Family Circus guy, and of course I didn't think too much of him. I saw myself as this young, cool cartoonist and he was just some old uncool establishment guy. Now what happens after talking to him is I found out that his real persona was completely different from the kind of jokes he did in Family Circus, he was nothing like his characters. And he says to me 'Hey kid, I'll give you some advice. Never forget that you're making cartoons for an audience, not yourself.' See, what he meant was 'Don't just always write the jokes you personally find funny, because your audience might not find them funny.' Anyway, I start getting a lot of letters from readers telling me they'd like to see more of Dilbert's life at the office because it was funny and relatable to them. I wasn't a big fan of it, but my audience wanted to see office jokes so I obliged and gave them that, and that was because Bill Keane had told me the importance of writing for an audience instead of just myself."