World's 'oldest' blogger dies

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The 108-year old woman from Australia who was promoted as the world's oldest blogger died on Saturday, July 12, two weeks after writing her 74th and final post.

Olive Riley, who picked up blogging at the age of 107 through the encouragement of a tech-savvy friend, filed posts at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au and later http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com.

"She will be mourned by thousands of internet friends and hundreds of descendants and other relatives," said a posting on her website.

Olive Riley of Australia, a 107-year-old great-great-grandmother, started blogging on Feb. 16.
Born in the remote mining town of Broken Hill in 1899, Riley blogged regularly about her life growing up in the Outback.

She was also the subject of a documentary, All About Olive, directed by Australian filmmaker Mike Rubbo. Rubbo, who also helped Riley set up the blog and type her entries, worked at the National Film Board of Canada for 25 years, making the films as Waiting for Fidel, Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller and Vincent and Me.

Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Rubbo said Riley's death was unexpected, despite her age.

"We're very shocked because Ollie had become such a big part of our lives and we loved here so much," he said.

Riley took the presumptive title of world's oldest blogger from Spain's Maria Amelia, who was 12 years her junior.