Everything I do on the computer is connected to the internet somehow. Even down to listening to music, which sends what I’ve listened to to my last.fm account so it can give me song recommendations based on my preferences. It’s tracked every song I’ve listened to since I was 18.
When we don’t have the internet available to use for a long period of time, things can get difficult in our lives. Especially for bloggers or social media addicts! I am convinced I get a headache if I’m not within wifi range for longer than 30 minutes.
The struggle is real.
I wanted to put some tips and tricks together so you can still blog or do blog related things even if you don’t have the internet for reasons such as:
- Moving house
- Changing internet provider
- Going on holiday
- Being on a long haul flight
I got the inspiration from this post following my holiday to Florida, where I used the time on the airplane to write some blog posts. When I came back, I had 6 blog posts written up to publish over the next few weeks!
Save your research before.
If you want to write a blog post the requires some research, search for it while you’re still connected to the internet. You don’t need to read it all there and then, you can either copy and paste into a word document or simply save the webpage straight from the browser.
When I went on holiday, I knew what posts I wanted to write on the plane, for example – a post about staying positive. So I saved around 10 webpages on positivity.
During my flight, I read through them and used the information to help type up my post in a word document.
Take and edit photos.
You don’t need the internet to take and edit photos for your blog post – you can do this while you’ve not internet and have them ready in a folder to upload as soon as you’re online.
Make a list of blog ideas.
You don’t have to just write a blog post – but you can also make a list of blog ideas or even organise your editorial calender with blog posts you would like to write over the next few months.
Use iPhone hotspots.
You can create a hotspot from your phone and use it was a wifi spot – this means if you’ve wrote a post in a text document, you can quickly jump online and paste it into a post on your blog, then upload and photos you’ve already edited and your post is ready to publish or schedule!
Plan a coffee shop trip.
If you’re going to be offline for more than a few days – you might want to plan a trip to somewhere with wifi. Just as above, with your posts ready in word files and pictures ready in photos, you can spend an hour or so preparing a few blog posts to schedule over the next few days.
Make use of scheduling programs.
Like I mentioned in this post – you can use many websites to schedule tweets. When I went to Florida, I used Twuffer to send out 2 tweets per day during the two weeks I was on holiday. This kept my stats up when I wasn’t there to promote my posts.
Have a backup dongle.
You can get pay as you go internet dongles that plug into your computer via USB. These can cost around £30 if you don’t want to buy into a contract and you can get 1GB of data for around £10. This is great if you run into a lack of internet on a regular basis but might not be worth the cost if it’s just a one off situation.
Plan a break.
The time away from the computer might be good for you. You could also plan to use the time to take a break from blogging and the internet. Read books, go for walk, spend time watching movies and other activities you put aside for your blog.
You can always schedule blog posts for your down time if you don’t want to leave your blog with no posts! A bit of time away might be refreshing.
Could you cope with no internet?