World's Oldest Blogger is 104 – and Still Going Strong
The world’s oldest blogger is Dagny Carlsson. She started to blog just four years ago at the age of 100 and immediately took the internet by storm – not just in her home country of Sweden, but all over the world.
She’s been featured on the Swedish TV show Skavlan and on websites EverythingSweden and Stellanaija – to name just a few of the many interviews she’s done.
Take a look at Dagny’s site Blog with Me!, or Blogga Med Mig! in her native Swedish, which is closing in on two million visitors in just four years. Google will translate it for you into just about any language you can think of if you’re not familiar with Swedish.
Dagny’s philosophy is that a long life is due to two main components: good genes and curiosity. Given the activities she pursues at her age, she clearly was fortunate enough to receive good genes.
As for the second component, she considers curiosity to be the way to stay mentally young. She demonstrated this by taking a computer course for the first time when she was 99 years old. Why? To satisfy her curiosity about computers.
As a result of that course, Dagny started a personal blog on SimpleSite in 2012 and continues using the SimpleSite blogging platform today.
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Dagny signs her blog posts as Bojan – her pen name. She looks at herself and her past history in musings with a little humor, but considers herself to be a blunt person. She likes to write stories that compare how things are now with how they were years ago.
Popular on FacebookDagny is not only popular with mainstream media. On Facebook she has a fan page with more than six thousand followers. Take a look at this video posted on April 20th showing her trying out a virtual reality device for the first time. More evidence of her curiosity.
What Is So Fascinating About Dagny's Life?You might be thinking something to the effect that “Well, if she can do it, I guess I can, too.” But then the naysayer inside your head reminds you that there’s nothing particularly exciting in your life to blog about.
At that point, you probably ask yourself “What is so interesting in her life to blog about?”
The answer is that Dagny Carlsson leads a life that is probably not very different from the lives of most people. What sets her apart is the manner in which she presents her life to the public. The popularity of her blog can be attributed to the heartwarming and optimistic attitude that she expresses in her posts. She shares everyday activities with her readers in an endearing tone, such as –
- memories of her childhood
- the desserts she likes to make
- tips on managing personal finances
- pictures of her home
- Swedish traditions
- her gratitude for life in general
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What Next?Since Dagny claims that a person gets old when she stops being curious and learning new things, she says that blogging will not be the last thing she learns. She mentioned checking out Instagram next.
Sweden became synonymous with IKEA many years ago. Now, Sweden is famous for Dagny Carlsson, the oldest blogger in the world.
Has this post motivated you to start blogging? You can join Dagny on SimpleSite and set up your own FREE blog. Just click the green button to begin.
Author: Kate Benzin