The newest elderblogger sensation, as many of you have pointed out to me via email over the past several days, is one Peter, a 79-year-old widower living in the U.K.
Well, actually, he is on YouTube where he is known as geriatric1927 and has turned out nine five- to six-minute videos in one week about his long life.
The latest star of YouTube is a charming fellow and it is easy to see why he has garnered so much attention from young YouTubers. Yahoo! News via Reuters posted this story about him on Sunday saving me the effort of plowing through thousands of comments and video responses:
“’It's great that someone from your generation has chosen to share their views on life, and a shame more elderly people don't too,’ wrote one commentator.
“’I don't have a grandpa, but if I could choose, I'd want you to be mine!’ says another.
“A few who mocked him were quickly rebuked by the rest of the online community.”
The news story also notes:
“Peter…has received wide praise for his videos and for proving technology is not just for the younger generation.”
Hear, hear. Although, with no disrespect meant to Peter, thousands of elderbloggers have been proving that for years including Millie of My Mom’s Blog who has been producing videos with her son, vlogger extraordinaire Steve Garfield, for a couple of years. It shouldn't be such a surprise to the media that elders are part of the blogosphere.
But what is most important, and what Peter’s new-found celebrity is helping to do, is make the point that elders are out here in the blogosphere producing words, audio and video that is as compelling as anything 20-somethings do. And while it is apparent that those 20-somethings and younger are born these days with a mini-computer mouse clutched in their tiny fists, age is no barrier to learning a new skill when there is a need or desire.