Australia: Farewell to Oldest Blogger

I speak sometimes about Olive Riley to people who insist on throwing the “only kids and geeks use social media sites” at me.

Olive Riley blogged at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au and was a popular blogger. In the same vein as geriatric1927 on YouTube I guess. The article from SMH (hat tip: Gary Hayes)

World’s oldest blogger makes final post

Olive Riley and Mike Rubbo.
Olive Riley and Mike Rubbo – Farewell Olive, your posts will live on in our hearts.

The Australian woman renowned as the world’s oldest internet blogger has made her final post, aged 108.

Olive Riley, of Woy Woy on NSW’s central coast, died in a nursing home just after 6am yesterday.

She will be mourned by family and an international readership in the thousands.

“It was mind blowing to her,” her great grandson Darren Stone, of Brisbane, told AAP last night.

“She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while.”

Olive had posted more than 70 entries on her blog, or as she jokingly labelled it, her “blob”, since February last year.

The ardent Sydney Swans AFL fan shared her day-to-day musings and her life’s experiences raising three children on her own, living through two world wars and the Depression, her work as a station cook in rural Queensland and as an egg sorter and barmaid in Sydney.

In her final post, dated June 26, an increasingly frail Olive noted she couldn’t “shake off that bad cough”.

She also: “read a whole swag of email messages and comments from my internet friends today, and I was so pleased to hear from you. Thank you, one and all.”

Olive’s musing live on at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au and more recently at http://worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com.

She was born in 1899, and would have turned 109 on October 20.

“She enjoyed the notoriety – it kept her mind fresh,” Mr Stone said.

“What kept her going was the memories she had, and being able to recall those memories so strongly.”

Olive’s funeral will be held at Palmdale Cemetery, on the NSW Central Coast, late this week.


Oh and speaking of geriatric1927, here’s his The Zimmer’s My Generation cover. I love this video!

I wonder if I’ll still be blogging and creating content when I grow up? *muses*

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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  1. Hello,

    My name is Julie Schwietert Collazo, and I am a writer and editor for the online travel magazine, MatadorTravel. I am in the process of interviewing 50 bloggers around the world regarding their opinions about the US presidential elections: how they think the outcome of the elections will affect them and their countries, and who they would vote for if they lived in the US. I’d like to know if you’d be interested in participating as an interviewee; a link to your blog would be featured in the article as well. Please contact me at writingjulie@gmail.com if this is of interest to you. Thanks in advance.

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