Monday, July 14, 2008

Cybergranny Signs off

Blogging may appear to be the province of the young and tech-savvy, but one centarian who embraced the medium enthusiastically was Australian Olive Riley who has just died aged 108, and was the world's oldest blogger. (She's also, incidentally, the world's oldest YouTube star!)

Her original blog is down at the moment, probably because of the number of hits, but a temporary site was set up for her here. And what a joy she sounds! The news agency says:
Riley had posted more than 70 entries on her blog from Woy Woy on the east coast since February last year, sharing her thoughts on modern life and her experiences living through the entire 20th century. ... Born in the outback town of Broken Hill on October 20 1899, she lived through two world wars and raised three children while doing various jobs, including ranch cook and barmaid.
How many family stories do we lose because we never helped our parents and grandparents to tell them for us and future generations? Perhaps you have old folks in your own family who might enjoy blogging and need a little encouragment.

(Thanks Twan Eng for sending the link.)

7 comments:

Amir said...

Is Che Det Malaysia's oldest blogger?

Kak Teh said...

Sharon, when I first started blogging, a Brazilian grandmother used to visit my blog. She writes beautiful short stories - calls herself Woman at the Well. She is listed on my sentraalstation. Recently, an article in the BBC webpage complains that there are very few women bloggers of a certain generation. Will try to locate that for you.

bibliobibuli said...

amir - very probably ...

thanks kak teh. have heard of "woman at the well" - maybe from your blog.

Anonymous said...

Sharon, I go regularly to Pak Idrus's blog. He posts beautiful photos and writes about his daily life, family and friends. He makes me feel close to home. He's a gem! Rox

bibliobibuli said...

what's the url, Rox?

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Here's it: idrus.blogspot.com
Rox

Anonymous said...

Anyone notice the "donate" button ? anyone have any old folks I can make money off of ? :)