Maria Amelia López from Spain, world’s oldest blogger


This video in Spanish is called El Blog de Maria Amelia en España Directo.

From British daily The Guardian:

Poetry, politics and old people’s homes: the likes and dislikes of a 95-year-old blogger

340,000 hits for woman with fans in Alaska, Australia, China and Nigeria

* Giles Tremlett in Madrid

* Saturday September 1 2007

She is billed as the world’s oldest blogger. At 95 years old and with a worldwide following that has seen more than 340,000 hits on her blog, Spaniard María Amelia López has achieved the kind of status that millions of younger internet chroniclers can only dream of.

López, who was introduced to the world of blogging by one of her grandchildren just eight months ago, has become such a global hit that she receives posts in languages as strange and impossible for her to understand as Russian, Japanese and Arabic.

“My name is Amelia and I was born in Muxía (A Coruña – Spain) on December the 23rd of 1911,” she wrote as her first post on amis95.blogspot.com. “Today it’s my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog.”

With a mix of humour, warmth, optimism, nostalgia and feisty outbursts of leftwing polemic, she has won a regular readership of people keen to find out just what this Spanish great-grandmother is going to say or do next. …

López tells stories of her childhood and youth in Galicia. She recalls, too, the terrors of the Spanish civil war, and how her brother was sent to the front aged just 16- and came back with one leg shot off.

She was fined for refusing to show support for General Francisco Franco‘s National Movement. “I must be the oldest socialist activist in Spain,” she said. “I’ve been socialist since I was 16, but my father would never let me actually join the party.” …

Her main loves are poetry, politics, childhood memories, her native region of Galicia, a Jesus Christ who dislikes wealth and, she says, “the workers”. …

In her own words

“Old people need to wake up a bit. Get your act together!”

“Life has to be lived. Don’t take pills and fall asleep in the armchair.”

“Scientists and inventors should try to create something to help the workers rather than inventing cannons and machines that kill and destroy.”

Her blog is here.

List of the fifty most influential [US] bloggers, according to NxE: here.

2 thoughts on “Maria Amelia López from Spain, world’s oldest blogger

  1. From: Eric Shackle, 8 Kourung Street, Ettalong 2257, New South Wales, Australia. Phone 612 4342 3280. From: Eric Shackle, 8 Kourung Street, Ettalong 2257, New South Wales, Australia. Phone 612 4342 3280.

    Re today’s article “Poetry, politics and old people’s homes: the likes and dislikes of a 95-year-old blogger.”

    Maria Amelia Lopez WAS the world’s oldest blogger, but Olive Riley,a feisty107-year-old Australian great-great-grandmother, is the current titleholder. She is probably the world’s oldest YouTuber as well.

    Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars , the Great Depression of the 1930s, and worked as a barmaid, an egg sorter, and a station cook in may parts of Australia.
    Olive’s blog, The Life of Riley, has a huge Internet following. Prepared by her friend, international film maker Mike Rubbo, and based on his interviews with Olive, it attracts hundreds of enthusiastic comments from many countries, and from bloggers of all ages. It’s posted on the Internet at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/

    Links
    Olive’s blog http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/
    Olive’sYouTube http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/
    Mike Rubbo, film maker (Olive’s helper) http://www.mikerubbo.com/
    World’s favourite grandma ftp://ftp.bdb.co.za/olive_riley.pdf
    Life begins at 80… on the Internet http://bdb.co.za/shackle

    Eric Shackle (born in Essex in 1919) is a retired Sydney journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He is author of “Life Begins at 80 on the Internet,” http://bdb.co.za/shackle, writes a regular column for senior citizen webzines in US, UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia, and is copy editor of Anu Garg’s Seattle-based A Word A Day newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 600,000 wordlovers in 200 countries.

    Re today’s article “Poetry, politics and old people’s homes: the likes and dislikes of a 95-year-old blogger.”

    Maria Amelia Lopez WAS the world’s oldest blogger, but Olive Riley,a feisty107-year-old Australian great-great-grandmother, is the current titleholder. She is probably the world’s oldest YouTuber as well.

    Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars , the Great Depression of the 1930s, and worked as a barmaid, an egg sorter, and a station cook in may parts of Australia.
    Olive’s blog, The Life of Riley, has a huge Internet following. Prepared by her friend, international film maker Mike Rubbo, and based on his interviews with Olive, it attracts hundreds of enthusiastic comments from many countries, and from bloggers of all ages. It’s posted on the Internet at http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/

    Links
    Olive’s blog http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/
    Olive’sYouTube http://www.allaboutolive.com.au/
    Mike Rubbo, film maker (Olive’s helper) http://www.mikerubbo.com/
    World’s favourite grandma ftp://ftp.bdb.co.za/olive_riley.pdf
    Life begins at 80… on the Internet http://bdb.co.za/shackle

    Eric Shackle is a retired Sydney journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He is author of “Life Begins at 80 on the Internet,” http://bdb.co.za/shackle, writes a regular column for senior citizen webzines in US, UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia, and is copy editor of Anu Garg’s Seattle-based A Word A Day newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 600,000 wordlovers in 200 countries.

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