July 15, 2008

Olive Riley, the world’s oldest blogger, passed away July 12th. She was 108 years old and lived in a nursing home in Australia. Olive started her blog at the young age of 106. Youngster, 95-year-old Maria Amelia of Spain, who is now the oldest blogger by default, helped to inspire the journal. Though Olive wasn’t able to type out her own blogs the stories were all hers. She was read the comments and dictated her stories to 70 year-old, Mike Rubbo, who documented her life in All About Olive.



Though Olive sometimes referred to her blog as a blob she enjoyed the technology and the many friends whose lives she was able to influence with it. I know that I could learn a thing or two about blogging from her. Olive actually had 350,000 visitors one day. The most that I’ve had was 34.


There are so many things that we can learn from Olive. She shared her life with her readers. Stories about what it used to be like a century ago. What a wonderful way to do it. In small increments updated a few times a month she shared her history. Pictures, movies and words were used in order for her readers to get to know the octogenarian. We can learn a lesson from this. Why not have older people share their stories through this medium? There is so much to learn from those that have come before us. This is a great way to unite young and old. New technology embracing wonderful older stories is a perfect fit.


Olive was able to inspire others with her stories. Because of her, others dipped their feet into the vast resource that is the internet. They learned that while the unknown, technology, can be scary it can also be very rewarding. Of course, the inevitable question must follow. If a woman of 106 can start using the internet, why can’t McCain? If Tracy Russo’s grandmother were Olive Riley she’d be showing him how.


Blogging Anyone?

March 28, 2008

What do blogs and St. Lucia have in common? The answer would be cricket. Out of the 11 posts on Globalvoicesonline 3 of them involved cricket. The most recent discussed how the hey day of cricket had passed in the Caribbean. There are no great stars as there once were. This does not seem to have put a damper on the love of the sport though. Two more earlier blogs also discussed cricket. One discussed a local game ending with information on when the national season started. Yet another blog on cricket discussed a volcanic disturbance. The most frightening part of the eruption though didn’t seem to be damage to person or home but instead the possibility that the cricket game scheduled for the island might not happen. It was an historic event since St. Kitts had never before hosted an international cricket match. The volcano, however, had erupted many times before making it commonplace.  I guess it’s just about what you’re used to.


Another topic discussed was a Caribbean blogging roundtable. It basically sounded like our Social Media course in a nutshell. A podcast started the presentation followed by a google search, setting up a blog, and discussion of various social media outlets. They discussed Flickr, Technorati, Wikipedia, and RSS feeds. Sound familiar to any of you out there? It seems, in a nutshell, that the conference was discussing the importance of web 2.0 and how blogging could help define the Caribbean culture to outsiders.

 The most recent Global Voices blog on St. Lucia was during April 26, 2007 so I’m not sure how well the roundtable spread its message.