Online event makes it to Guinness entry



marc bence/for metro calgary


Twenty-one-year-old Tamara Aschenbrenner, along with nearly 40 others, helped set a world record for the largest community blogging event, which took place in Edmonton yesterday.


Tech-savvy Edmontonians have earned themselves a mention in the Guinness Book of Records yesterday as close to 100 of them took part in the largest ever community blogging event in the world.

Volunteers from Grant MacEwan College and other bloggers powered up their computers from home and at the Nina Haggerty Centre to post opinions, views, community news, or their New Year’s resolutions online at www.myalbertanews.caand www.eventnews.cain 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.”

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

Organizers are planning turn the blogging event into an annual one since Edmonton bloggers are the first ones ever to set the record.

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

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  • In one posting, a 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 provincial government.