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Not Feeling Completely Lost Without the Internet

20 Jun 2014
Okay, so this may be a slightly dramatic title, but a little incident has left me realising how easy it is (especially as a blogger) to rely a lot on the internet, and the online world in general.

On Tuesday, we attempted to switch internet provider. They intended to cut off our broadband at 8am, and said that it would be back by midnight. At 10 o'clock there was no internet, and no update, so my Dad called up only to be told that our transfer had been delayed for a week. A week. After a few hours of frustration and questioning as to how this was possible, and how such a large internet provider could just cut off our internet with no promise of it being fixed for another week, myself and my sister began to brainstorm ways to entertain ourselves minus the internet.

I know a lot of people who don't rely on these kinds of things, because they aren't particularly interested in technology, they don't own smartphones, and they have barely even heard of YouTube. I am not one of these people, although sometimes I wish that I was!

I have come to realise in these past few days that although the internet is essential for many things nowadays due to the fact that so much is online, it is not essential for entertainment, nor is it essential for happiness.

The conclusion of this little incident is that I have compiled a list of things to do that don't require wifi, to help me in the future and anyone else who relies a heck of a lot on the internet and wants to take some time out to enjoy life without online distractions!

What to do when there is no wifi (and you feel like your life might be over)

1. Read something new
Search the house for books that you may have never gotten around to reading, and text a few friends to see if they have any they would like to let you borrow. I read the whole of The Fault in Our Stars (great by the way, I cried every few pages) in less than a day on Tuesday. I then felt incredibly proud of myself and productive for the rest of the day!

2. Brainstorm, plan, and write lists
Use this time to get seriously organised with minimal distractions. Plan blog ideas, write a travel wishlist, plan your next few friends birthday presents, anything!

3. Get crafty
Normally I would say browse Pinterest or the internet for inspiration... but that obviously requires the internet. So think about something you've never got round to completing, or even starting. I have a DIY post or two that I really want to get a start on and I think it might actually happen now that I have less distractions!

4. Spring Cleaning
It's so therapeutic, trust me! This also goes with number two in the sense that it's a great time to clear your head, and try to organise your life.

5. Have a movie marathon
I haven't watched any of the 50+ DVDs on my shelves for quite some time, so I've been picking out some of my favourites from when I was a teenager and passing some time watching them.

6. Go exploring
Walk everywhere. Wonder everywhere. Don't go back home until you have completely come to a halt.

7. Spend time baking and cooking
I know some of my readers feel like they can't cook or bake, but if you have lots of time on your hands then why not dedicate a big chunk of it to learning some baking basics? Chocolate chip cookies? Cupcakes? A classic Victoria Sponge? Your family and friends will thank you!

8. Edit photos
Unless you use an internet editing program. If you're anything like me, then you take as many photos as possible of something in the hope of increasing the chances of getting a great photo. Then you end up with 200 photos of the same flower to sort through and edit. If you use an offline program then no internet is a great opportunity to focus your mind on producing some great edits and getting those photos organised! 

9. Go outside
No seriously, just leave the house. Or make yourself a nice cocktail, sit in the garden and have a little quality time with your notebook. Be inspired by your surroundings, and hopefully it won't rain or you'll have to scrap this number on my list.

10. Fill in the blank. 
I really can't deal with only having 9 points so here is one for you to think of something yourselves!
(Or you could just find your nearest free wifi coffee shop and sit in there for the whole day. I am currently in Cafe Nero but only to post this, I promise!)

I hope my UK readers are enjoying the sunshine right now! And if you live abroad then let's be honest, if we have sun, then you probably have our sun times two. 
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4 comments on "Not Feeling Completely Lost Without the Internet"
  1. I feel you. I know what it is like to live life without internet, especially when our provider is having malfunctions which then means we can't use the internet. It can be annoying and reeeeeally boring!

    Naturally Jes

  2. It is so annoying when that happens, but I must confess I do enjoy an internet free day or two every now and then!

  3. I struggle with this quite a lot because my internet decides to not work at all sometimes so that list you made it's pretty helpful :) I read TFIOS in 2 days, I had no internet... Sometimes it's great to stay away from the internet :)
    Anna xx

  4. Great post! I've been stuck without Internet for 8 days and will be so for another 8 days and I'm going slightly crazy. A blogger without internet is bad... Obviously I have internet, since I'm writing right now. But it's like 2 hours every few days. So much stress. Been trying to write and knit and read loads!


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