Tuesday, 15 Jul, 2008 Current Events

World's Oldest Blogger Wrote Her Last Post at the Age of 108


A woman from Australia, who became very famous as the oldest blogger in the world, passed away at the age of 108. In her blog she left one last post where she wrote about her poor health but at the same time she also mentioned about her singing a happy song every day.

Her name was Olive Riley. She was living in Woy Woy, a coastal town 50 miles north of Sydney. Olive started blogging in February 2007. She enjoyed sharing stories about her life during the two world wars and the way she raised 3 children by herself.

Though her body was physically week, her mid was sharp and she managed to win the love of an international audience with her blog, entitled "The Life of Riley" , where she posted YouTube videos where she talked and sang.

Riley was born in 1899 and in October it would have been her 109th birthday. She was 12 years older than another blogger from Spain, Maria Amelia.

"She enjoyed the notoriety - it kept her mind fresh. She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while." said Darren Stone, her great-grandson from Brisbane.

Since February 2007 the Australian woman had over 70 entries on her blog. The blog was set with the help of one of her friends, who also helped Riley in entering posts on her blog. She described a lot of great moments of her life, including the washing days when she was a little girl and the days when she had to search for firewood in order to heat the large copper tub.

"That was my job - and it was real hard work for a small kid," recalled Riley.

Mrs Riley was there when the Sydney Harbor Bridge opened in 1932.

On June 24, 2008 she wrote her last post where she told about moving into a nursing home. He commented on her poor health, saying: "I still feel weak and can't shake off that bad cough." Then she added that she sang a happy song with a guest in her home, just like she did every day. Then Mrs Riley mentioned that she had "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.'"

On Saturday Mrs Riley passed away in the nursing home.

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57 votes

//11 Mar 25, 2009 09:47 AM | posted by: Sarah
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

48 votes

//10 Oct 06, 2008 05:40 PM | posted by: sharaeff [InfoMANIAC]
Yeah..this woman inspires respect!!!no matter how old you are, you should be always young in your soul!!! and who said that blogs are just for youngs??
It's great that she always had a love for life and the desire to share this love with people!!!I wish to read her stories!
46 votes

//9 Jul 19, 2008 01:39 PM | posted by: Brian
Very cool, just goes to show you don't have to be young to blog. My respect goes to Olive, and her family and friends.
52 votes

//8 Jul 19, 2008 08:22 AM | posted by: Mordechai
Kept kicking my arse in Counter Strike..
lol jk ...Rest in peace Olive.
53 votes

//7 Jul 19, 2008 04:56 AM | posted by: daniel
wow 108 is really remarkable to be blogging
56 votes

//6 Jul 19, 2008 04:14 AM | posted by: Applerust
Words cannot express the respect this woman deserves in life or death. Olive Riley, rest in eternal peace.
52 votes

//5 Jul 19, 2008 04:03 AM | posted by: Chris
If that's not a life well lived, then I don't know what is. She was 108 years old, still had her mind with her, and was keeping a successful blog right up until the end. My respect goes to Mrs. Olive Riley and all of her living descendants. May she rest in peace.
53 votes

//4 Jul 19, 2008 12:12 AM | posted by: P
Yeah could use the sources. I wanna see her you tube videos.
49 votes

//3 Jul 18, 2008 11:24 PM | posted by: C
Would you mind maybe linking to the blog? Citing sources is always a good idea.
41 votes

//2 Jul 18, 2008 09:29 PM | posted by: Dan
Thanks for informing me of this wonderful lady.
50 votes

//1 Jul 15, 2008 07:27 PM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
amazing!!!!! keeping a blog at 108! tons of respect grandma!

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