At 108, Olive Riley might be too weak and frail to get up from her bed, but that hasn't stopped her from doing something that doesn't need too much exertion - becoming the world's oldest blogger. Her own website, The Life Of Riley, has proved a smash hit since it was launched in February, earning more than one million hits.
"I'm definitely the only resident in my retirement home with a website. But the Internet is perfect for us older people because we're not mobile and it's a great way to stay in touch," The Sun quoted her, as saying. "It's so nice to get emails and messages from people all over the world. I've had thousands from Australia but also as far as away as Iceland, Russia, America and the UK," she added.
AdvertisementOlive, who was born in 1899, has fans spread all over the world. She was recently invited to appear on top US talkshow Jay Leno, but couldn't make it because of her weak condition.
Olive, who unknowingly refers to her blog as "blob," is one of a new wave of senior citizens, called The Silver Surfers, who have fallen in love with the Internet.
However, she admits that she isn't the most net-savvy granny. "I write about all sorts of things in my blob," she said.
Topics in her blog, which range from what hair products she's buying to details about her late and great relatives, have drawn thousands of people towards her. But, recently Olive's fan list shot up dramatically- 353k registered in just 24 hours - when she was rushed to hospital in November - with.
At 108, Olive, who lives in Australia, is full of passion when it comes to using the web to meet new people, and she indeed recommends it to other people of her age. "People ask me why I do this blob," she said.
"I say it's because I can lie in bed just before I go to sleep - that's when I do most of my thinking - with a smile on my face enjoying all the things that have happened," she added.
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