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Edmonton bloggers break world record, boost computer literacy

A group of 100 Edmontonians has blogged its way into the Guinness World Records book.

A group of 100 Edmontonians has blogged its way into the Guinness World Records book.

The group set the record for largest community blogging event in the world on New Year's Day for posting news about community events and local issues on blogs which were then compiled into one online journal.

Organizer Marilyn Jones says because it's a new category,  it didn't take many people to set the record.

Jones runs workshops for non-profit groups.

"What I really want to have happen is for people to be a little bit more aware how easy it is to publish on online," said Jones. "I've given workshops to about 350 people and I can tell you about 300 of them have no idea how easy it is to publish online."

Some of the people who took part in the world record had never blogged before. 

"I felt like it was a great opportunity to learn," said Cassie Stocks, one of about a dozen people who set up in an art studio just north of Edmonton's downtown to take part in the three-hour event.

"I personally have a nine-year-old son and felt like I was falling behind, fallen off the technology turnip truck."

Jones said she would like to see another group break the record.

"This allows people to communicate with each other for free anywhere in the world," she said.