• Jo Donaldson

I'm Back!

I loved writing my blog, Jo’s Observations, from 2012 until early 2019, when health and computer web issues caused me to stop. I missed that writing challenge.


As I wrote in that first blog, February 15, 2012, “I am a writer and I like to share, so I thought it was time to start a blog.” Now, I am revising my website and restarting my blog. Like before, I decided to primarily write about writing and reading, although I had added “and life,” since I am interested in lots of things myself and I am sure my followers would enjoy variety also.


In October, I wrote about National Author Day, which is celebrated on November 1. In my next blog, I will go into more detail about this holiday.


On August 6, 2012, I noted that not everyone is enthusiastic about Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Written in 1935, by William Strunk Jr. (a history professor at Cornell University) and E. B. White, (author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little).


Mark Garvey wrote Stylize: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk’ & White’s The Elements of Style. He reignited my interest in that little book.


Next, I read Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s guide to punchier, more engaging language & style. He stressed flexibility, freshness and fun.


I enjoyed both books and just had to write about them. It’s wonderful that our society gives us access to such variety.


I often wrote about local authors and writing, but occasionally included information about veteran activities, festivals and charity events, primarily in Maryland. I again will be writing about books and writers, publicity, publishing and occasionally just information I think readers will find interesting.


I was a journalist for a number of years, first with weekly newspapers and later with dailies, and loved the variety of stories I covered. Now, I can do that again. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing them. Join me and let me know what interests you the most.

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