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When There Is NO Internet

November 5, 2013 | By Dee Ann Rice

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We live in a day where most people think they cannot live without the internet. For those of us who work at least part of the time online that is a pretty true statement.

I don’t know about you but I seem to find myself where there is no internet or internet is not easily accessible much of the time.

If you have read my post In My Other Life… then you know that my job offline is to drive a school bus.

I not only drive my route twice a day but I also drive quite a few trips. Sometimes it feels like I spend a good share of my life on a school bus without internet. There are times when I will go and find a coffee shop with free internet if I am going to be somewhere for an extended length of time but most of the time I just sit on the bus and wait for the kids to play their game or do what ever it is they are there to do.

Being without the internet when I have comments to reply to, posts to write and commenting on others posts to be done, is a real hardship for me and I am sure for anyone else who finds themselves in a similar situation.

I have been looking for ways to be able to do some of these things off line. This would solve a lot of problems.

I have found several ways that work very well to do my blogging chores offline .

Commenting On Posts While Offline

Figuring out how to read posts and write comment off line was the first chore I set out to solve. I have been doing this for about a year now.

When I first started reading posts and commenting off line I would go to every post I needed to comment on, copy the entire post, paste it in an email and email it to myself. Then I would open the emails on my iPad while I had internet. This allowed me to access the posts when I did not have internet. I would then read the posts and write a comment on the post in a reply to that email. When I was back to where I had internet the reply would automatically be sent to me. Then I could get on my computer, go to the post for the reply and paste the comment in the comment box.

This all worked very well but was quite time consuming coping all of those posts.

Adrienne came to my rescue when she was doing some research for a post and found Pocket. For more about Pocket read Adrienne’s post Where There Is More Content Than Time. She goes into how to use it.

Pocket is great because I can use it on my computer, iPhone and iPad. It is very easy to use after it is set up. I can right click on any link and save it to Pocket. Then later on when I am on the bus I just pull out my iPad or iPhone, open Pocket and there are all of the posts I want to read. This saves me so much time collecting the posts.

I am still writing the comments in an email on my iPad and that works really well.

Writing Posts Offline

I had mastered reading posts and writing comments offline but one day I needed to work on a post while offline. This proved to be more challenging as most of the apps I found for the iPod required an internet connection to write a post.

After some research I found the iPad app BlogPad Pro. What a lifesaver this is. This app is compatible with WordPress.com and selfhosted WordPress.org sites. I can compose my posts, read comments and reply to comments while offline. It is very easy to use and works great.

What about you?

Are there times you wish you could write a post or comment on someone else’s post but there is no internet? Do you have more suggestions as to how to blog when it is not always possible to be connected to the internet? Maybe you have other suggestions about blogging that would be helpful.

Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. I love to get comments and would love to hear from you.

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1 Adrienne
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November 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

Hey Dee Ann,

I can’t imagine having that much time offline and knowing you have SO much to do online. I know when you told me what you use to do I thought to myself my gosh, that’s so much work but when you really have no other option then I guess that’s what you have to do.

I was SO excited to find Pocket and I immediately thought of you. I love the fact that you can read the posts without internet connection. I know you live in the country so internet isn’t as readily available for you then it is for us here in the city.

I have a data plan but if you just want to read content and not use that then this is a great solution. I came across a few other people who were doing the same thing you were so I know this will help them as well.

Thanks for sharing with everyone what you do when you’re offline so you can try and keep up with what needs to be done online. I’ve never written a blog post via my mobile device but that’s a great solution for if that time does come. Thanks for sharing that solution too.

Have a great week and talk to you later.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Adrienne,

Thank you so much for finding Pocket for me. That saves me so much time. It is so easy now to collect a bunch of posts so I can read and comment on them on the bus.

I have a data plan also but it is not enough to be able to spend a lot of time online. The other part is many of the places I am going have marginal to poor cell service not to mention internet. I have actually been some places that have not cell service at all. So Pocket works great for me.

I think it is interesting that other people are also doing similar things as I am in order to work off line. I thought that I was the only one who would need to do that. I guess it shows we are not alone in anything we do. There is always someone else that has the same issues.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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3 Jane November 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for the great and so-true post Dee. We are in an age where times without internet are really killing. And to our pain, all the nice business ideas and excellent things happen only while we are offline.

I’ve tried out Pocket earlier and dropped it, but Adrienne’s tips turn out to be super. I’ll give Pocket another shot.

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4 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Jane,

We definitely live in an internet world today and yes everything seems to happen if we are off line.

Adrienne did have some great tips for using Pocket. I love that software. It has saved me so much time and has made it so much easier for me to work off line.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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5 Kathy Henderson-Sturtz November 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’ve got an Android. Pocket and Evernote are my go-to apps. I think it won’t be long when someone will create an app that may allow us to choose what threads we want to follow, log in and download them, so we can reply when timing and circumstance suits us. We had that back in the pre-Internet-as-we-know-it days of early dial-up CompuServe and AOL with software called TAPCIS and OZWIN.

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6 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Kathy,

An app that would allow us to subscribe to a particular thread and then down load it would be great. I did not realize that those existed in the preinternet days. That would make sense though.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann

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7 maxwell ivey November 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

Hello; Well, in my past life I travelled with my family’s carnival. A lot of places that hold county fairs are not the biggest towns in their own right. Some of them didn’t get good cell service much less internet. I used to use a data card with my laptop and sometimes i would have to ride to the next town to update my website something that is much easier since i switched to wrodpress as the ftp uploads took so much longer than it takes to update what changes i’ve made to the new wp site. I use mars edit on my computer. its the best $29 i ever spent. You can do everything including embed photos and add html code and when you get internet service just press publish and you are done. And it works great with the screen reader i use. and though i don’t have any kids thanks for being out there taking care of them and looking after them going to and from school and their other activities. keep up the great work, max
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8 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Max,

I will have to look into mars edit for my computer. I am using my iPad right now and these programs work great. It also saves me having to carry my computer everywhere. The iPad so much smaller and easier to carry.

I know what you mean about towns with little or no cell service much less internet. I took a trip a couple of weeks ago to a town in central Idaho and there was no cell service at all. When we live in bigger cities we forget that there are still lots of places around the country with very marginal or no cell much less internet.

Thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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9 Jeevan Jacob John November 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

I depend so much on the internet that I can’t think about living without internet (especially now, since I do all my tasks, and track everything online – diaries, notes, ideas etc).

I wouldn’t be able to do much without internet (heck, I wouldn’t be able to do many of my tasks without my laptop). Past weekend, I had to give my laptop to my dad. I still had computer access, but it didn’t feel the same (I depend upon a lot of apps on my laptop. I could have replicated everything – create a new account in the desktop, download all the apps etc. But, I didn’t it). I wanted to see how it will go.

In the end, it went great. I had lots of free time – I didn’t know what to do.

I do blog offline – write down ideas etc in my yellow pad, but I haven’t necessarily written blog posts/comments offline (Well, maybe a few. But, in those cases, I did have the internet. But, I chose not to use it).

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10 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Jeevan,

That is where I am. I can not do anything without the internet. That is why I searched out software I could use off line. Unfortunately I have many times when I do not have internet for a number of hours.

Sounds like your time without the internet was good for you. You got to relax and enjoy life for a weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts.

Dee Ann

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11 Reginald November 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

Now let me see. I can’t live without Internet! Haha~

Anyway, I love to do my blogging in parts. This means that I focus on using evernote, Google drive and a few more to draft my articles. So, when everything is done, copy paste would do.

Also, don’t forget about mobile tether. I use that too!

Just my 2 cents.
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12 Dee Ann Rice
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November 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Reginald

I also tether at time but do not have that plan all all the time. I usually upgrade to it when I am going to be away from the internet for several days.

Sound like you have your plan down. That is grea.

Thanks for stopping by and for your input.

Dee Ann

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13 Cheryl November 8, 2013 at 7:12 am

Dee Ann,

I’m not sure if you already know this, but here’s some info I kind of wrestled from Verizon Wireless – if you have a data plan on your iPhone, it can serve as a WI-FI hotspot for your iPad. You basically become your own ISP! No extra fees, no extra cost for a dongle (which they sell, BTW), no per-device fees or anything! So yes, I pay a little extra every month, but when we’re going to be doing lots of waiting with the kids or I need to get a discussion post done for school, it’s a lifesaver! (There’s almost nothing worse – or louder – than a non-verbal 3-year-old and a stubborn 7-year-old fighting over an iPad.)

Cheryl

PS – will call you soon!
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14 Dee Ann Rice
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November 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Cheryl,

I also have a data plan but do not have a big enough on or the one that has the ability to be a hot spot. I sometimes upgrade to that plan when I am going to be gone for several days so I have access to the internet but I do not have it all of the time. It is a great way of staying in touch on the internet though.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was great to see you here. We will have to talk and catch up.

Dee Ann

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15 Huzaima Khan November 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

I never faced such a situation that I don’t have internet. In home, or in university, I have full access to internet. I usually write posts and check comments from university in free time.
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16 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Huzaima,

I can see if you are in University that you would almost always have internet. Unfortunately I have many times when I do not.

It is great to use the internet when it is free. Free is always good.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann

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17 Cole Wiebe November 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

My favorite tools for writing blog posts are Ulysses on the Mac and Daedalus on the iPad. I don’t need the Internet while I write in these programs. Later, when I’m back online, I copy and paste into WordPress. BlogPad Pro sounds like a solution I need to revisit. I had it installed on my iPad a while back, but never really explored all of its features.

- Cole

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18 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Cole,

I have never tired Daedalus but it looks interesting. I do not have a Mac so did not look at the other one.

I love BlogPad Pro. I makes editing posts so easy and I can do it off line which works out great for me. I may have to get Daedalus also as it would be nice to have a text editor as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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19 Ray November 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I grew up in northern Minnesota. I don’t get back that way very often anymore, but last time I was they still have quite a few dead spots. Similar with internet. High speed internet was limited in certain areas. Hard to imagine if you live in or around a larger city, but there are still parts of the U.S. that lack both. Same thing when I drove through Montana and North Dakota.

I live near a larger city now in the pacific northwest so I don’t have a problem with lack of internet. I do write everything with the plain old Windows notepad though. I guess it’s an old habit. Then, I add it to my sight later with just copy and paste when I am content with it. I never had the need or thought about commenting offline though.
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20 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Ray,

There really are a lot of rural areas in this country that still do not have very good cell or internet service. I have lived in Montana and Wyoming and I am sure some of the places I lived do not have either today.

I spend a lot of time where I do not have internet and would like to be able to work. The tools I have found work great for what I need to do. I could get a cell plan that allowed me to connect that way but that assumes I can get good enough cell service in order to actually do anything. I actually took a trip a few weeks back and the town we went to have no cell service at all. It sat down in a deep valley and just did not get any signal.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your thoughts.

Dee Ann

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21 Sarah November 21, 2013 at 8:04 am

i will die if there is no internet…
just joke :)..

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22 Dee Ann Rice
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February 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Sarah,

It is not fun not having internet and blogging but I have learned to work around it.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. Sorry this reply is so late.

Dee Ann
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