CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian woman renowned as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 108, with her last posting talking about her ailing health but also how she still sings a happy song every day.
Olive Riley, of Woy Woy about 50 miles north of Sydney, began blogging in February last year, sharing stories from her life during the two world wars, raising three children on her own, and working as a station cook in the outback.
The physically frail but mentally alert Riley won an international audience with her blog, The Life of Riley (www.allaboutolive.com.au), and series of videos posted on YouTube with her talking and singing.
Riley was said to be the world’s oldest blogger as she was 12 years older than the previous titleholder, Spain’s Maria Amelia. She was born in 1899 and would have turned 109 in October.
“She enjoyed the notoriety — it kept her mind fresh,” her great-grandson Darren Stone of Brisbane told local newspapers.
“She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while.”
Riley had posted more than 70 entries on her blog — or “her blob” as she jokingly called it — since February last year. She set up the site with the help of a friend who entered her posts for her.
In her last and 74th post (here) on June 26 she spoke of moving into a nursing home and of her ill health, saying: "I still feel weak and can't shake off that bad cough."
She spoke about singing “a happy song” with a visitor to the home as she did every day and said 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.”
She died in the nursing home on Saturday.
(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)
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