Top 50 Memoir Blogs

I know how helpful lists can be.

The thing readers search for most in this blog is a list of best memoirs, whether it be Mary Karr’s, Sue Silverman’s, or my own.

But this week I was honored to have included in another list–top 50 memoir blogs from The mention included a “Top Blog” badge and has brought some new readers. I’m grateful.

But I’m even more happy to have the list itself. Many of these blogs are new to me, and I plan to visit as many of them as possible over the next weeks and months. I hope you do also. The annotations show that the author has really studied the blogs, not just brushed by them.

Here’s the beginning of the post along with a link to the full list. Enjoy!

50 Best Memoir Blogs

Reading a memoir is the perfect way to learn about a stranger’s intimate secrets without being accused of stalking. If you can’t get enough of true narratives, or are interested in writing a memoir yourself, then look no further. Our list of the 50 best personal memoir blogs is full of poignant childhood tales, scandalous anecdotes, and valuable resources for any aspiring writer. They may even inspire you to write your own!

Top Five

  1. La Belette RougeThis psychotherapist and author blogs out of Los Angeles, California. A wide range of topics are touched upon, including fashion, moving across the country, and the craft of writing.
  2. Memory Writers NetworkTargeted toward aspiring memoir writers, this blog offers great advice about embracing your own story. There are also links to many helpful writing resources.
  3. writing to surviveThis blog began as a way for a stay-at-home mom to maintain an intellectual life. She also uses this outlet to tell a traumatic story from her past and offer forgiveness.
    • Why We Love It: The writing is full of poetic language and doesn’t shy away from selfish, lovely, and oh so human thoughts.
    • Favorite Post: In my defense
  4. Sixth In LineAn interest in all things autobiographical drives this blogger. Since 2006, this blog has examined how honesty and creativity both play a role in telling the story of a life.
    • Why We Love It: Honesty and detail in the face of death and love make this blogger’s writing a thing of beauty.
    • Favorite Post: My mother/myself.
  5. Mzungu MemoirsFollow along with this family as they volunteer in Uganda. Posts range from fixing a clothesline to discussing different cultural perceptions of time and relationships.
    • Why We Love It: These bloggers take on parenting in a foreign country, which presents its own set of unique joys and challenges.
    • Favorite Post: A Rebellious Son

The Rest of the Best

  • 100 MemoirsCovering everything from memoir trust to the audio book form, this blog is a wealth of information. There are also links to this blogger’s published memoir essays.
  • a road with a viewThis blogger has a deft focus on the small things in life. From notes about migrating birds to a moving post about the blogger’s relationship with her mother, there is a clear sense of life in context with the outside world.
  • Alexis GrantA travel writer started this blog to share her experience writing her first memoir about backpacking through Africa. You’ll find plenty of travel writing tips, book reviews, and interviews with other writers.
SEE ALL FIFTY BLOGS by Clicking Here                                                                                                 
 Do you have any favorites left off this list? Please share your own favorites!

About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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17 Responses to Top 50 Memoir Blogs

  1. Hi Shirley. I love your blog, and you’re latest list is a gold mine. Thank you so much for all your efforts. For the last twelve years, I’ve been helping people write their personal and family histories, and I just released a new book called Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time to further than goal. I’d love to send you a copy, just send me the address. In the meantime, if you’d like to check it out, it’s on at I’d like to get your opinion.

    • shirleyhs says:

      Patricia, thank you for your kind words. So glad you find the list helpful. I too think it’s a gold mine. Wish I would have had it when I started out, but I’m glad to have it now.

      I checked out the link to your new book. Congratulations! You must have much wisdom to offer after ten years of teaching. I can tell you are very encouraging and can only imagine how many people you have helped.

      Alas, I am not able to review your book and am not encouraging people to send me more memoirs. In order to write my own memoir, while I am working 40 hours a week as a granny nanny and keeping up two blogs, I simply have to close down new opportunities to read and review. I know you will understand.

      I do encourage any of the readers of this blog to check out your book. And I also encourage you to make connections with other memoir bloggers on the list.

      All best!

  2. Linda Austin says:

    Congratulations, and thanks for passing this list on. I’ll have to check out these blogs. Hey, they left mine out 🙂

  3. shirleyhs says:

    Linda, thanks for leaving this comment. Readers can click on your name to see your fascinating website/blog. I suggest you also comment on the original post. It could be that the team putting the list together never saw your blog and would love the opportunity to view it.

    I can’t imagine how large the task of locating all the “personal memoir blogs” on the internet!

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  5. Congratulations Shirley. This is a well-deserved honor! And thank you for sharing your good news. I found several other friends on there. Woe is me. I seldom FOCUS on memoir though nearly all my posts on the Heart and Craft of Life Writing have value for memoir writers. So mine was also not discovered. But hey! They said fifty, and the ones on there are all deserving.

  6. shirleyhs says:

    Hi Sharon, I can’t imagine how they overlooked the Top Creative Writing Blog of 2010! But readers here should not. I really enjoyed your current post on Tuesdays with Morrie. Anyone interested in reading more carefully or writing with clearer purpose should visit that post! Thanks for your kind words about this blog also.

  7. You are most deserving, Shirley. This a wonderful blog and your are a great source for information. Brava!

  8. shirleyhs says:

    Here’s another lovely list I am happy to be on, and one that will help you find even more memoir blogs: Thanks, Alana!

  9. namwmemoirs says:

    Hi Shirley–what a great resource list you compiled! I will make sure eveyrone on my lists get this list–that’s networking isn’t it? I subscribe to several of these already and am pleased to see many friends on the list, including Jerry Waxler, who is part of the National Association of Memoir Writers, as is Sharon Lippincott. I’m putting that badge on my site ASAP! Thank you again for the honor.
    –Linda Joy

  10. shirleyhs says:

    Hi, Linda Joy,

    Congratulations for your inclusion on the list as the National Association of Memoir Writers blog, Linda Joy. Readers can find you here:

    I can’t claim credit for this list, however. I was notified of inclusion by someone named Terry, and the list is a project of Obviously it is not just a Google Search list. Someone has really read a lot of blogs! And even has favorite posts that aren’t always current but classic.

    When someone works so hard to compile the list (even if no list can be totally comprehensive), I will wear the badge with pride. Glad you will also.

  11. Congrats, Shirley! And thanks for sharing the list!

  12. Donna Marie says:

    Reblogged this on ROSARYANDREDSOX and commented:
    I was at stumbling block the other day in need to stop what I was doing then I got back in with the help of Nina Amir’s book How to Blog Your Book. I feel when I read Nina’s book I get to hold them in my hands and it is as if she was right there talking to me.
    Then I saw this blog post and oooh la la another great source for my memoir journey.
    This a great memoir asset to do research and support. I am adding this to my other memoir writing posts. I will start a page on my blog for memoir writer tips and such. Inspiration for all you bloggers, writers, poet… gather in and around my blog for new and exciting content. Oh fiction writers too can join in and learn we can all learn from one another. blessings

    God loves you!!!

    • shirleyhs says:

      Thanks, Donna Marie. So glad this list can serve you and your readers. Off to check out what you are doing on your own blog.

      • Donna Marie says:

        I this a great list post. It will serve me and my readers well. yes please ck out my blog… well i havve to say it is a little scattered needs a little fixing but hey I am doing it Right!? look forward to seeing you in the blogosphere.

  13. Donna Marie says:

    great post I love it and reblogged it on my blogging memoir site to give me and others a valuable resource to go to and feel an ah ha moment. help support when we need it.

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