How I’ve Survived 3 Months Without WiFi

13/04/2016 Blogging, Discussions, Lifestyle, Personal 26

How I Survived 3 Months Without WiFi

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?

26 Responses to “How I’ve Survived 3 Months Without WiFi”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Woah, you are AMAZING to have survived. XD I would go crazy, eek. I love my WiFi. (And I don’t have a phone so without wifi I have noooothing.) But good thing you have marvellous parents you can just drop by to visit. ;D And omg YES it’s so easy to read/write more when there’s no other options. XD Whenever I go on an internet-free holiday I read about 2 books a day. It helps get ontop of that mammoth TBR anyway. XD

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • Laura

      I’m pretty amazed to have survived this long too! Thankfully I haven’t been completely without internet though, through my phone and my parents WiFi. I have definitely been getting through my TBR pile faster though too, so at least there’s that! 🙂

  2. Daniela Ark

    First let me say I so sorry you found yourself in that internet-less state! I don’t think it is too dramatic! I would literally collapse and maybe have to take meds if I don’t have WIFI! good for you for coming up with these great ways to cope and thanks for sharing them! I think it is great that you did a lot of reading and writing! Maybe I can use some internet-less state too! 🙂

    • Laura

      I think it has done me some good being without internet, but it is still kind of driving me crazy! I’m glad it isn’t just me being all over-dramatic though, as it seems from these comments that a lot of people would feel the same without internet.

  3. Blaise

    I think I would find it difficult first due to school because much of my homework is internet-related–however, I spend so much time on campus (where WiFi is definitely a thing) that I might not notice the lack at home so readily. I also have mobile data to access, so my phone is still available to me.

    I do sometimes wish, though, that I were better at restricting myself. I would like to see those boons that you noticed 🙂

    • Laura

      That would definitely be tough having internet-related homework and stuff without WiFi, so at least I don’t have to worry about that any more.
      It has made more more productive without it though, so I think maybe having internet, but restricting it is probably the best thing to do, although I have always found that hard myself! I’m sure as soon as I finally get internet back, I’ll never be off it! 🙂

  4. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    Sometimes I wish I’d lose connection just so I have a very reason to just read and write all day! But it would ultimately be bad because I need internet for my job 🙁 so I probably won’t fare that well.

    • Laura

      Yeah, that would definitely suck if you didn’t have internet when you need it for your job. Thankfully internet isn’t essential for me in that way, I just really miss it (and it would make blogging so much easier!)! 🙂

  5. Terry Tyler

    I think a lot of people go on as if we should feel guilty for relying on the internet so much, but it’s part of our lives now – and I’m in my mid 50s, so spent over 40 years of my life internet free! It’s a GOOD thing, not a bad one (Netflix is one of the best things in the world, ha ha!).

    A few times a year I go to stay with my father for about 5 days, and am internet free. He has WiFi, but uses it somewhat tentatively – well, he’s 86. I kind of like those few days. It’s quiet, we talk a lot, go for walks.. it’s just more peaceful. But I have to say that 5 days at a time is enough. Re the writing, btw, I’ve published 12 books while being an internet addict. The key is to start writing before you turn it on, I find!

    • Laura

      It definitely is a good thing, so I really like what you said about how we shouldn’t really need to feel guilty when it’s so much a part of our lives. That seems like a really good perspective!
      I think breaks from it can definitely be beneficial though, but as you say, a few days is enough, so three months has seemed like forever! I like your tip about getting the writing done first though – i’ll bear that in mind for when I finally get the internet back! 🙂

  6. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I would cry without the internet. Hell, I HAVE cried without the internet. Like, what did I used to do? I don’t know! I do remember that I used to be far more bored though. I don’t know if it’s the internet, blogging, kids, or most likely, a combination of all 3, that make me never, ever bored. I hope that you are able to have an end in sight at least! But definitely take advantage of the writing and reading time for sure!!

    • Laura

      That was what i was like when I first didn’t have internet. I just didn’t know what to do! I just felt so bored. Thankfully I’m a bit more used to it now, but I’m so hoping I can get it sorted soon.
      I’m going to try and take advantage of it whilst I can though. I may as well make the most of it! 🙂

  7. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Yikes! I don’t think “surviving” is dramatic at all, so what does that say about me? Haha. I had no computer for like two weeks recently, so I most definitely know that trying to run a blog from any other device is just hopeless and a major pain. But three months?! Anyway, congrats on actually being productive. That’s awesome that you’re making good use of the time. And good luck getting your wi-fi back soon!

    • Laura

      I’m glad no one seems to think I’m being over dramatic! It really is such a pain having no internet, and it is pretty much useless trying to blog from any other device. It would take so long on my phone! I’m glad you got your computer back up and running though, and I hope it’s the same with my Wi-Fi! 🙂

  8. Lola

    I don’t think I could survive without internet at all, so I agree with Kristen that surviving doesn’t sound too dramatic to me. It does sound like you made the best of it and you probably had a lot more time to read and write now, which does sound nice. It’s nice you managed to use your parents wi-fi now and then and had your mobile data, so you still could use the internet sometimes.

    • Laura

      Yeah, at least I haven’t been completely without internet, and I have been getting a lot more time to read and write which is nice 🙂

  9. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    It is very much surviving when you lose internet access. I don’t care if it sounds dramatic, but I’ve gotten comfortable in a world where information is freely available at a touch of a few buttons and all because of the amazing thing that is wi-fi. Mobile data is good, but I am very much a person that likes to use my laptop or tablet for much of my internet browsing, phone screens may be getting bigger, but they aren’t that big. Parents house is good for scrounging free wifi, I am also a fan of visiting coffee shops to use their wifi and I remember a brief period at uni where we were waiting for the broadband to be set up and we would often relocate to our local pub to use their wifi so we could work (turns out alcohol and uni work are not the best mix).

    It does sound like you’ve been productive with the free time not being sat in front of a screen has created. I do find the internet is the biggest distractor from reading I have. I don’t know why, but I’ll find myself browsing things I would never even care about.

    • Laura

      Mobile data is pretty good, especially seen as you can basically use the internet wherever, but I totally agree that it is no where near as good as being able to browse on a bigger screen. I find it so much easier to type stuff (like blog comments) on a proper full size keyboard as well, instead of a tiny touch screen key pad. Hehe, I can imagine being a student and using a pub’s Wi-Fi didn’t end well! 🙂
      The internet has always been my biggest source of distraction though, so in that way it has been good. I do have a tendency to just end up looking at all sorts of random things too if I have internet access!

  10. Lia Levina

    Ever since my family and I moved to this little apartment we’re living in, we haven’t had a proper wifi installed at home. I had this portable wifi but it wasn’t as reliable as I hoped it’d be as the signal would go on and off. I’ve been relying on mobile data almost most of the time, except when I’m at work. It’s good that you can find other activities that don’t involve internet. I do read books but sometimes I get a reading slump that I need other entertainment, which undeniably a lot of it can be found on the online world.
    It’s definitely nice to hear that it’s okay if we feel like we can’t survive without internet!

    • Laura

      From the comments I’ve had on this post it seems like pretty much everyone feels like they can’t survive without the internet these days, so it’s not just us! I had wondered about getting one of those portable WiFi things, or an internet dongle, but I don’t know how good they actually are.
      I totally get what you mean though about sometimes feeling like you need other entertainment. As much as I’m loving my new found productiveness, sometimes I just want to watch Netflix or Youtube videos!

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