J.B. Blackford

Refine. Hone. Distill. The self is a text, too.

Tattoo My Story: Breast Cancer, Ink, and Human Experience

All you have to do is see me in a short-sleeved shirt to know that I like tattoos. I’m a storyteller, so each tattoo has its reason, but I also know people … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Edit and Enhance: Start-ups Teach Us about Web Design

No one wastes time on an ugly site. No one wastes time on a boring site, a difficult-to-navigate site, a difficult-to-read site. And if your font is too small, forget about it. … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Homeschooled: Ready or Not for College

It’s easy to tell when the back-to-school-season hits Pittsburgh. There are people milling about everywhere, city neighborhoods choke on cars, and locals discuss long check-out lines until someone says, “Well, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Weary Writer Interviews Me

Now this is truly exciting for me. Recently, I answered some questions for Jason Gerringer of The Weary Writer. I won’t give away all of the goods here, but Jason … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

CollectivEvolution: A Communal Organic Story

In the midst of my usual copy editing and developmental editing gigs, I’ve signed up for some Managing Editor responsibilities on a project with my friend and client, Shannon Johnson, … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

RE: Thanks for the mail, Donors Choose!

“Fun” mail is a luxury anymore. Almost every day, my mailbox brims with recyclable junk, bills, and “grown-up” stuff to deal with. On some rare, peaceful days, the mailbox is … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Life-Changers: Teachers to Appreciate

While I didn’t get this post up in time for yesterday’s National Teacher Day, this entire week is devoted to recognizing and expressing gratitude for extraordinary educators.  Although I have … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

6 Questions for a Hippie Homeschooler: An Interview

A good friend and previous colleague of mine, Shannon Johnson, recently began homeschooling her eleven-year-old son, Zion, and her approach is radically different than anything I’ve experienced. In six questions, … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Everyone’s Bad Haircut (Narrated by Sadie and Eva)

So I found this audio clip. It’s not really a big deal, less than three minutes of two little girls — ages three and five — talking to their dad … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Students in Print: 826 National Cultivates Creative Writing

Writing is important because it’s a way to communicate. It’s important because it’s a way to express yourself. It’s important because — even in the digital age — we need … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment