You know that gut wrenching pain right? The one that leaves your head pounding and your whole body sweating, in a big ball of nervous energy. Yup. That’s the one. It happens to the best of us… when the blasted internet goes down. I say blasted, but I mean something else. Because it’s the pits when it stops working. Because everything else then stops working.
Our remote controlled lights in our house stop working. Our TV stops working. Kids YouTube stops working, which means homework research stops working. WordPress stops working. Then I stop working. I’m sure you get the picture. It’s no fun for anyone.
After months of problems with our pathetic internet provider*, I’ve had plenty of time to work out what can and can’t be done blog wise when you’re offline. It’s actually not that bad when you get over the initial shock. So, if you find yourself in a webless situation, here’s 5 blog things you CAN DO when the internet goes down.
For some weird reason when the internet goes down, I forget that my laptop still works. Then I make up all the excuses about why it’s not a good idea to hand write a possible post. Doh. It’s so important to snap out of that way of thinking, because writing is the most productive thing to be doing when the internet flakes out on you. If I have an idea or 2 buzzing, I force myself to switch on the laptop, open up word and get typing. No matter how rough it is, something is always better than nothing and you’ll be surprised at how productive you are when you don’t have social media pinging at you mid-sentence.
2 Upload Your Photos
Again. When the internet goes down, my brain sometimes follows suit and I will convince myself that nothing works. However, you don’t need the internet to upload your photos onto your PC/MAC from your phone or camera. And, if you’re working with a brand on something, now’s a great time to take your time and go through your captures carefully, and pick out your top picks for your post. Not working with a brand? No worries. How about putting together a week’s worth of Instagram snaps, complete with captions and hashtags.
3 Get that YouTube trailer done *note to self
This is something I have yet to find the time to do. But, it’s definitely worth your while as it’s the perfect way to introduce your viewers to you! Now, this will only work if you don’t use a web based video editor mind you. But, if you do have the right software to hand, head there and get creative. You can always add in a soundtrack and upload it later on, once the internet’s back up again.
4 Make a list
Making lists are often quite cathartic. Why not set yourself a challenge and see how many blog post titles you can come up with. And when you’re done, if the web’s still out, pick one and start writing it.
5 Plan your next big venture
If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands, how about making a plan to do that thing you’ve been thinking of for some time now. Like, starting a new Instagram community, a blog series or even your own tag post.
See… and you thought there was nothing you could do on your blog without the internet.
*Update. Our woeful internet provider finally pulled its socks up and now works amazingly. Strange that. Since it only started working properly following a last ditch attempt involving a bit (a lot) of polite (?) public twitter banter via the good ol’ mobile. Twit Too, thank you. *I wouldn’t personally recommend taking complaints public unless absolutely necessary.
What’s your favourite blog thing to do when the internet goes down?