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<p>Bloggers in Edmonton have earned themselves a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as close to 100 of them took part in the largest community blogging event in the world yesterday.</p>

Web users unite online to form group blog



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Tamara Aschenbrenner, 21, helped set a world record for the largest community blogging event at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts yesterday.





« Blogging is absolutely the easiest publishing platform — not just to develop, but to use. This event shows people that blogging is really quite easy. »




Bloggers in Edmonton have earned themselves a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as close to 100 of them took part in the largest community blogging event in the world yesterday.



Volunteers from Grant MacEwan College and other web users powered up their computers from home or at the Nina Haggerty Centre to post opinions, views, community news, or their new year’s resolutions online at www.myalbertanews.ca and www.eventnews.ca in order to be a part of the event.



"Blogging is absolutely the easiest publishing platform — not just to develop, but to use," said event founder Marilyn Jones.



"This event shows people that blogging is really quite easy and it will hopefully encourage them to continue on."



In one posting, one blogger vowed to obtain a Class 7 licence as a new year’s resolution while another predicted Albertans will go to the polls after February to choose a new government.



"One of the things that have become painfully apparent is the fact that 50-somethings are fearful about publishing online," said Jones, who has taught workshops on blogging for the past three years.



"Blogging is a way of bringing all of those generations (together) and it helps our community be more computer literate."



Organizers are planning on turning the blogging feat into an annual event since Edmonton bloggers were the first group to ever set the record.



"We want this to be an annual thing because it could be challenged next year," said Jones.




jeff.cummings@metronews.ca


 
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