The Top Storytelling Blogs of 2012

I wrote an article like this back in 2009 – there has been a lot of water under the that bridge and I rarely write articles for this bog – but recently someone twitted about that old post and I thought – what they heck might as well update my readers. Keep in mind that many of these people have become my friends, I apologize to any worthy storytelling blogger who feels excluded form this list.

By the way only four of these storytellers linked to other folks who are writing blogs on the subject of storytelling – bad karma for the rest of you… 3 of them are the top 3 listed. In this world with limited web resources devoted to oral narrative or any form of narrative at all – we have to stick together.

1. The Moth’s Blog

Wow – while my back was turned the Moth has been turning out stories and racking up rewards to the credit of those hard working folks at the Moth office in New york. If you have the chance get your self to a Moth event.

2. Granny Sue’s Not just Storytelling Blog

Granny Sue is a serious blogger – she understands and walks the line between the personal and professional in her blog with such success that you will find it difficult to stop reading her many posts. She covers every aspect of her Appalachian culture – which makes sense because she is an Appalachian storyteller. Highly suggested reading and the best example of how to blog.

3. The National Storytelling Blog and Podcast

An amazing resource whose potential has yet to be reached – but clearly will – if not distracted become next years winning blog. I have been saying for years that this sort of thing was just what this organization needed to do – I am proud to support NSN and I think you should too by reading the blog and by joining the membership of the National Storytelling Network.

4. Breaking the Eggs: Performance storytelling in the 21st Century

Tim Ernetta planned years in advance for this blog by reserving the word storytelling in the blog spot universe – thank goodness he had the foresight. Instead of another dry examination of movies, theater or television, we get this entertaining look at American storytelling. He has one of the most refreshing views of what it means to be a modern storyteller. His examination of the boundaries of storytelling and his willingness to leave no stone unturned in his examination of what it means to be a storyteller, professional or other wise, makes this blog required reading for anyone who is serious about storytelling in the United States.

If you combine this with his current project Story Lab X an effort to curate the videos of storytellers online – makes this blog one of the best storytelling blog in the world in 2012…

5. The Story Bird

Story Bird Blog is the hotest blog out there for up and coming storytellers of the visual or video game world. Yes this is a blog about visual storytelling, but it’s a really good blog about visual storytelling. Try it – it won’t hurt you.

6. Storytelling Notes

This is Priscilla Howe’s professional storytelling blog. She is one of the busiest storytellers that I know and you can pick up a lot of tricks of the trade if you pay attention to the space between the words in her blog. She is a professional and her blog demonstrates it with over a thousand professional gigs on her resume. This is a blog to follow for other professional storytellers.

7. The Story Connection

Dianne de Las Casus has a professional blogging presence – she writes books and a regular lengthy newsletter, maintains a healthy performance schedule and answers all emails. I don’t know how she does it all. Actually I do – because she talks about it at length on her blog. She covers many of her performances in detail with pictures and write up’s

8. Karen Chace Story Blog

Karen has built an amazing resource for those who are interested in finding storytelling resources. Her production has slowed but she continues on while others have fallen to the wayside. Her personal site is not to missed either – http://www.storybug.net. Years ago I tried, with good intentions to talk her out of link building. I am grateful now that she never listened to me! Her blog is the among the best of the best in the storytelling world!

9. Ellouise’s Story Blog

Ellouise Schoettler has got some storytelling going on! She is busy and current with her collection of storytelling videos and he blog. If you include her work interviewing multiple storytellers within the storytelling community then you begin to see that her work is extensive and multilayered. Currently she has cutback for personal reasons – but the work remains among the best…

10. The Art of Storytelling Blog and Podcast

If you reading this post – I’m sure you are reading this post on my blog so I’m sure I don’t need to convince you of the value of this blog on the web. I have tried to bring to this podcast every storyteller of every merit in the international storytelling movement. I only have a few hundred to go – so please spread the word as to the value of this resource. I have been burned out on podcasting recently so production rates have fallen – hence my fall in the rankings – If you want me to publish more interviews I suggest that you try and encouraging me. :-)

11. Wheres My Quarter?

K. Sean Buvala has been writing and telling stories form before I was born. He has stood for the use of the use of the internet to support storytelling in America for decades. He professional blog is to the point blog and deep in his self reflection. Sean is passionate in his beliefs and that’s why I read his blog you should too…

12. Song, story and culture

A blog by Bill Harley – storyteller, singer, author. Sometimes he covers the storytelling of song writing – but hey it’s Bill Harley. He is a mover and shaker in the American storytelling community. Another great example of a professional performer sharing the joys and concerns of living the life of a songwriter and storyteller.

13. Professional Storyteller Ning

A Ning is a new word like Google, Ebay or Facebook – Nings are dedicated online communities with a common philosophical focus. The professional storytelling Ning founded by Dianne de Las Casus includes not just one blog, but hundreds of storytellers blogs all combined into one overwhelming RSS feed. Give yourself the gift of examining what it means to take your storytelling to the next professional level.

This blog has fallen off it’s perch – wounded by Facebook – the amount of participation has been falling off. I would suggest that you that such a fantastic resource should be loved by storytellers everywhere.

14. The Way of the Circle

Medicine Story’s blog on the use of storytelling and community building to build a more just and equitable world. Rare is the man who is both storyteller, native american and community oriented. Story is such a man and his work and commitment to it speaks for it’s self.

15. Limor Storytelling Agora/

Limor’s Storytelling Agora moved form it’s address on Blogspot and she will be taking a break this year – though still a valuable addition to the international view of storytelling in the 21sot century. Sometimes Limor just speaks about her basic experience as a storyteller – like many other storytelling blogs. Then suddenly she will launch into an examination of storytelling itself, why we do it, how we do it or just what it means to be a storyteller in the 21st century. She is currently taking a break from writing actively so she is lower on the list then last time.

16. The Storytellers Camp Fire Blog

An up and coming blogging storyteller – well he has been a storyteller for a while. We are looking forward to some good work to come out of this blog in the next year – one to watch!

17. You decide – please comment below…

Great resources that were previously on the top lists but have stopped publishing.
http://www.dyslexicstoryteller.blogspot.com/
http://www.uncalledfortour.blogspot.com/
http://www.storytellingadventures.blogspot.com/

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8 Comments

  • By Granny Sue, February 6, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Thank you for the shoutout, Eric! I appreciate it. And I’m in good company, I see. I am glad to see you included your own excellent blog.

  • By Limor, August 22, 2012 @ 4:32 am

    Hi Eric! great resources here – thank you thank you thank you! returning slowly, just got tired from the negative impact of as-if-biz-storytelling environment on the web. Cheers,

  • By Karen Chace, October 1, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the shout-out but I have one tiny note…You state, “her producttion has slowed…” In fact, the numbers of my blog posts have increased each year. I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider rewording the synopsis.

    Thanks again for your hard work.

    Kren

  • By Brother Wolf, October 8, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Well – Karen in my defense at the moment I wrote that – the words were true. You output has changed since then…

  • By Rosamaria Durand, January 9, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Im a woman storyteller from México city, I’m so glad that i found your webpage, and all the great ideas that you have to promote this art, to know more about it, to tell stories, to know the brotherhood of storytellers in the world, and to be in contact with you.
    Thank you dear, Brother wolf, storyteller for sharing your way and many unique and wonderfull ways of tell a story.
    Rosamaria Durand, narradora de cuentos. storyteller.

  • By Brady Dale - The World Exists Podcast, January 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Just wanted to make sure our little podcast was on your radar. We do storytelling slightly different, as we do it around a table. One person takes the lead each episode and comes with a story to tell, but we all chime in, interrupt, joke around. It’s a lot different than recordings of one person on a mic. So, dig it:
    http://TheWorldExists.com/

    Also, The Moth is not the only game in town for urban storytelling events. In Philadelphia we have First Person Arts:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstPersonArts/videos?view=0&flow=grid
    (they will have a podcast this year)

    New York has loads of them. Here’s one out of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater:
    http://afunnythingpodcast.tumblr.com/

  • By Jerry Cowling, August 10, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    I’ve added a blog Here’s a Story Just for You to my website. Thought you might want to look at it. I don’t make money at it and don’t expect to, just like to make people laugh.

  • By StoryGirl, July 30, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    Adding to Brady Dales list there is an up-and-coming storytelling series in Oakland, California. They have monthly events and it’s awesome!

    http://www.bustingoutstorytelling.com

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