A Blogger With No Internet
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Welcome! A fellow blogger, Tasha Agruso from DesignerTrapped.com made a comment to me recently: “A blogger with no internet? I AM INTRIGUED!”
Are you intrigued as well?
Yes, I am a blogger with no internet at home. Although carrying its own set of challenges, it is possible. I know because I’m doing it.
My blog site has only been live since June, 2016, so in many ways I still consider myself a newbie with much more to learn. In fact, 2017 is my year to learn more in what I’ve dubbed my own “Blogger’s University”. To see what courses and resources I’ll be studying in 2017, go to this article—2016-Sharing My First Blogging Months.
Quick Step Back
But let’s take a quick step back and explore the basics of blogging with no home internet. Yes, I’m one of the few who can’t afford home internet or even have a cellphone. We have a landline phone that costs us $32/month. Maybe that is why one focus on my blog is Poverty Issues.
So How Do I Blog With No Internet?
Well, for one, the local coffee shop that offers FREE WiFi is my favorite hangout. And on occasions when I need to really focus and concentrate over the conversational gossip, I go and access the FREE WiFi at the local library. In fact, if I have a lot of uploading or downloading to be done—the library is much faster for this than the coffee shop.
Accessing the library WiFi has several benefits.
- It is a quiet environment
- I can also plug my laptop in and keep the battery charged. Then after working there for a couple of hours, I can still go and enjoy a cup of coffee with my husband and friends. At the coffee shop I can then check up on Facebook notifications and the like.
- Yes, one of the following links is an affiliate link source, and if you click through and decide to make a purchase, I will be paid a commission, at NO COST TO YOU, but that is not why I’m recommending it. I’m recommending this resource because for me—it helped!! And as the blogging world loves to share—I’m sharing with you! If I have a lot of uploading or downloading to do, then the library system is much faster. For instance, I was trying to upload my Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook to (affiliate link) My.pCloud account, so when people purchase it they can instantly download it. However, when I tried to upload it at the coffee shop, it said it would take 12 hours or more. Went to the library and by the time I saw the notification that it would take 2 minutes—it was uploaded.
How To Write Posts With No Internet
Now as you may have guessed, I can’t write all my posts while at the coffee shop. Take right now. It is 6:30 am and I’m sitting in my favorite living room chair with pen and paper. Some of you will snicker at the pen and paper, but hey, I’m 53 and old school habits are hard to break. In that sense, I am a writer.
So I rough out my blog post on paper. Then I have a laptop table that basically just sits across my knees. Place laptop on top, turn it on and get ready to transcript my post to the laptop.
For this purpose, I have installed a FREE word processing program. It is called OPEN OFFICE 4.1.3. and you can download it here. I have found this program to be a vitally important time saver for me. I use it not just for blogging, but also for writing my e-books, printables, and more.
When I open a new document page, I go up to the toolbar at the top, and click on the View. Under the View tab, I click the Web Layout view. This way I’m all ready formatted to copy and paste onto my blog site when I do get on the internet. I type my post into the program. It is now possible to change fonts, size, add H2 and H3 headings and much more. By using the Word Count under the Tools bar I can keep track of how long my post is. I can also highlight a section and discover if it is longer than 300 words. If it is, I look to see how to add another H3 heading.
I can even do all my hyperlinks at this time if I happen to know all the URL’s. If not, I just highlight marker those words to remind me to grab that information the next time I’m on the internet.
So now that I’ve got the view set to Web Layout, I’m now ready to start typing my post.
How Do I Lay It Out
- On the first line I simply identify the category or categories that this post will be listed under. In this case, I typed, How to blog, as this is the category this post will be filed under.
- On the second line I type Tags: and then list all the tagging words I can think of.
Putting this category and tag information right at the top even though it won’t be seen here in the final post—it helps for when I get on the internet. When I’ve copied and pasted this document into my post site on my blog dashboard, this information can be identified quickly. Then I’m able to input this information into the sidebar boxes where it really belongs. Then I can just delete it out of the written post area before publishing.
- Now for the third line, I adjust it to be an H2 heading. Then I simply type the title of the post. In this case it was: A Blogger With No Internet.
- After that, I just simply type in the blog post and add H3 headings where appropriate.
Keeping The SEO Happy
The more I blog, the more I learn how to please my Yoast SEO plugin when I copy and paste my OpenOffice document into a new post. I’m getting better at understanding the writing style that is needed to immediately get “green” lights after I’ve pasted my post onto the blog site. Yeah! That is a time-saver so I don’t have to totally redo or rework the article again. As my time on the internet may be short, I have to be able to take a post and have it ready to launch in about 5 minutes. This includes downloading and inserting images too. How I prepare images offline for posting will be discussed in another article soon.
So now that my post is loaded, images in place, all that is left is skipping down to the Yoast SEO section at the bottom. Type in my keywords, adjust the mega description, confirm my “no followed” links and any other links. Did I get the second green light?
If yes, I’ll go up and save my draft. Then I pop over and preview my post. Is it good to go? If not, I go back and adjust and make changes. Once I’m satisfied with how the post looks, I decide to schedule it for later or publish immediately.
Benefits Of No Home Internet For Blogging
There are several benefits to blogging without home internet.
- I can compose the whole blog post without other internet distractions. How can you blog properly with all the popups in the corners of your screen with Facebook messages, Facebook updates, Pinterest notifications, and more? So being “unplugged” from the internet to initially compose my posts works very well for me.
- The WiFi is FREE! FREE! FREE! I like FREE. Did you guess? So whether at the library, coffee shop, or other location, as long as you can kind of go “noise deaf” and focus—you can get a lot done in a short period of time.
- People are seeing me blogging in public and ask me questions, which I’m happy to answer.
- Great excuse for a coffee and get out of the house 😉
Drawbacks Of No Home Internet For Blogging
Now to discuss the drawbacks and challenges of trying to blog with no home internet.
- With a battery life of a couple of hours, sometimes my fingers don’t fly fast enough to get everything done. Especially if a lot of our regular clients are needing my attention and need humanitarian aid appointments. They come first in these cases.
- Because time is short and limited, often I’m unable to partake in webinars and such that I’d like to take. Even missing the replays.
- By the time I do bare basics of site management and dealing with normal social interactions, I find I don’t have the time I’d like to better develop my connection to other bloggers yet.
- Time restrictions again limit my ability to implement techniques I have studied such as Pinterest board strategies. If I get to pin a couple of my own pins I’ve done well. But in 2017, my focus will be to put Pinterest higher up the priority list.
- My learning curve will take longer as I can’t access everything when I need it. Sometimes it means making a detailed research list and squeezing it in over a week or more to learn one new technique to implement into my blog site.
- Security concerns—someone is bound to bring that up. Yes, I’m aware that blogging on unsecured WiFi locations can be risky—I do not save my passwords with any connections, not even Google. I try to make sure I log in and log out of all sites properly. I run MalWare checks regularly. Quite simply, I try to be safe.
Can You Blog Without Internet?
YES !! Blogging without internet is possible.
Just recently in my attempts to better connect with other bloggers, I shared my no internet challenge in one blogger group. That is when Tasha Agruso from DesignerTrapped.com simply said, “A blogger with no internet? I AM INTRIGUED!”
It was that comment that actually led to me writing this particular post. Were you intrigued too? I trust that I have been able to answer some of your questions. If you have more questions, feel free to comment below.
Psst, Check This Out
Yes, one of the following links is an affiliate link source, and if you click through and decide to make a purchase, I will be paid a commission, at NO COST TO YOU, but that is not why I’m recommending it. I’m recommending this resource because for me—it helped!! And as the blogging world loves to share—I’m sharing with you!
By the way, check out Tasha’s website of DIY home design and decorating at DesignerTrapped.com and if you are interested in learning more about monetizing a blog—check out her (affiliate link) Advanced Course for Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers.
I’m personally enrolled in this course as part of my own “Blogger’s University” that I’ve designed for myself to take in 2017. Just started Tasha’s course last week. I’ve learned some things already—even on my tight, blogger with no internet schedule.
Yes, You Can !!
So if the thought of blogging with no internet has been stopping you–I’m here to tell you it is possible, and can be done! I’ve even heard of a blogger who blogs just on her cellphone. Hope to find out who someday and check out her blog. I’d like to share some stories with her for sure.
If you’ve been hesitating about entering the blogging world, hesitate no longer. Come on, and join us.