OK, so maybe ‘survived’ is a little dramatic, but in this day and age internet access is considered virtually essential by most people, and that includes me! Yet somehow I’ve made it to almost three months with no WiFi, which would have been absolutely unthinkable for me a few months ago.
And with no end in sight to my internet-less state, I thought I’d let you in on the secrets of how I’m surviving in the modern age without WiFi…
- I’ve read lots of books.
OK, so I’ve always read a lot of books (that’s why I’m a book blogger after all!), but I don’t think I’ve ever read quite so many as I have since having no internet. You really don’t realise until you don’t have it how much you rely on the internet to entertain you with all its Youtubey, Netflixy amazingness (you can tell I’ve been really missing it, can’t you?), so I’ve had to rely solely on books to entertain me.
Although to be fair, this has actually been one of the good things about having no internet. If you read my post about reading speed a while ago, you’ll know at one point I was really struggling to get through books, so it’s been nice to really get back into into it again.
- I’ve done lots of writing.
Another positive side effect of my internet-less state? I’ve got a lot more writing done than usual. I generally write on my computer, and so it’s easy to become distracted by the likes of Twitter and Facebook when you have internet access. This, however, hasn’t been a problem for me for the last three months, and it has resulted in some serious productivity! Not that you would be able to tell from this blog, seen as my writing spurt has mostly been on the fictional side, but still!
This has kind of made me realise that sometimes being unplugged from the internet can be a good thing – I’d just really rather it not be all the time!
- I’ve used my mobile data.
So it isn’t exactly like I’ve been completely cut off from the World Wide Web. I’ve had access to the internet on my mobile phone, but seen as I only get a limited amount of data a month (without having to pay an extortionate amount for extra!) I have had to avoid anything like watching videos which absolutely eats it up, and it isn’t quite the same as browsing on a full screen laptop. Not to mention the fact that writing a blog post and publishing it on a phone isn’t ideal. Which brings me onto the other sneaky way I’ve been getting round my lack of WiFi…
- I’ve used my parents WiFi.
My Mum and Dad must seriously be sick of me turning up with my (albeit, rather lovely) Sherlock Holmes bag under my arm, containing my Macbook and charger. I actually am going there to see them too, I just so happen to make use of their WiFi whilst I’m there…
I seriously don’t think I would have been able to carry on blogging otherwise though. Whilst a phone is perfect for the social media side of blogging, it isn’t so much in terms of writing and publishing blog posts, not to mention I can’t upload photographs from my camera to my phone. My blogging process these last few months has pretty much been – write blog posts at home, save them and then post or schedule them on my laptop whilst at my parents. It isn’t ideal, that’s for sure, and I miss the convenience of being able to easily do all this at home (not to mention watching Netflix! There’s a whole series of Pretty Little Liars out there that I haven’t watched!), but at least I’ve been able to keep it up, even if I haven’t been posting as regularly as I would like.
Post update: By the time I moved out of this third-floor flat where no WiFi could apparently be installed, I’d actually survived 6 months without WiFi…yes I am a hero!
So how do you think you’d fare without internet access? Am I a bit sad for finding this so hard, or do you think you would feel the same? Any survival tips?