Time for a little history report. My first blog post ever was written for the Fetzer Institute Campaign for Love and Forgiveness website. The subject was the week-long volunteer opportunity I was given to help with Katrina recovery in New Orleans. March 24-April, 3 blog posts appeared, and USA Today published my op-ed article about the experience on March 20, 2008.  June 1, 2008, wrote my first blog post on the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference website, where I learned to upload photos and place links into posts. I wrote 62 posts there and made some writer/blogger friends who are still reading and writing with me.

Blogging in the red chair.

Blogging in the red chair.

July 30, 2008, was my 60th birthday, and my son Anthony gave me the wonderful gift of setting up this website. On August 9, 2008, I wrote my first post on 100Memoirs.com. Today, ten months later, I am posting #100.  Beginning in January I began to be active on fb, which has broadened the readership of this blog.  Maybe Twitter will do the same if I can get to the next step of where to do my updates, how to make tiny URLs, and all the other little tricks of the trade.

I have not reviewed 100 memoirs yet, partly because the readers seem to enjoy a different mix of reviews, commentary, and mini-memoir. Following the advice of readers from the last post, however, I will try to start a list on the home page, building to 100 memoirs eventually.

I would never have imagined how much fun blogging would be. Thank you, readers, for your comments, critiques,  and words of encouragement. I thrive on them!

Shirley Showalter


  1. Eyal Raviv on June 6, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations on this wonderful milestone. Here's to the next 100!

  2. shirleyhs on June 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks, Eyal. You are so generous with your comments and enthusiasm. Shalom.

  3. Karin on June 9, 2009 at 5:48 am

    I am thrilled to be reading vicariously through you. Here in Indonesia, English books are so very hard to come by–memoirs included. Once I am in the US I'll be dipping into the magic world of memoir for sure–as you have whet my appetite! Thanks for having the vision and taking the time to start the blog, and for keeping it up!

  4. shirleyhs on June 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    So glad to be able to supply some reports from English books. And so grateful to have you as such a faithful reader, Karin.

  5. shirleyhs on June 10, 2009 at 12:45 am

    So glad to be able to supply some reports from English books. And so grateful to have you as such a faithful reader, Karin.

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