In blogging, you have to rely on wi-fi to post. If you’re in an area with unreliable wi-fi, here’s how you can stay on top of your writing schedule.

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How to blog when you can’t find a solid wi-fi connection.
Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash

You may not know this about me, but I live at the Jersey Shore. Some drawbacks of living here include tourists, sunburn, and horrible wi-fi. As someone who writes for a blog, this can be a tremendous problem when facing a deadline. (The wi-fi, not the tourists, annoying as they can be.)

Here are a few backup strategies I’ve developed while blogging with terrible wi-fi. When the wind knocks out telephone wires, or you’re stuck and wi-fi-less, these backup methods can help you keep your writing schedule on track.

Keep a Notebook on Hand

I find that keeping a notebook handy is a good rule of thumb to follow. It’s great when you’re bored in a waiting room or when you have a random stroke of brilliance in a restaurant. It’s a simple way to work on your writing when you can’t stare at a screen any longer without feeling like your eyes are falling out.

It’s also useful when you’re trying to keep blogging, and you don’t have wi-fi. Writing a blog post in a notebook can feel a bit funny, especially if you’re used to relying on SEO. However, writing by hand will still allow you to jot down ideas and get a rough draft. You can polish the article and deal with SEO when the wi-fi comes back.

Write in the Notes App of Your Phone

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Not having wi-fi doesn’t have to stop you from writing!
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The Notes app is, coincidentally, where I do most of my drafts. It’s easy to use, you don’t need wi-fi, and it transfers pretty quickly to any online document. Even if you don’t enjoy writing longhand, drafting a post off the internet can save you some hassle if you live in an area with unreliable wi-fi.

If you’re on the move or in an unreliable wi-fi area, the Notes app can also be an excellent way to keep track of your sources. When you’ve got a good connection, copy and paste photos, information from your sources, or quotes that you’ll use in your blog post into your Notes app. Be sure to include the link, though, since you’ll need it when you move your draft to the internet.

Text Yourself

Did you know you could do this? I didn’t until I got stuck on a six-hour plane ride with my laptop in the overhead compartment. I was already behind on that week’s blog posts, and I relied on the plane ride to get some work done. Worse, it was a really long plane ride, and I was bored

It turns out that if you message yourself on Airplane mode, or without wi-fi, you can record the “conversation.” Texting yourself can be a great way to make the best of a long, boring plane ride or road trip. It’s a little hard to transfer to a document since you’ll probably have to retype it, but it works if you have nothing else to use. Plus, it’s an oddly effective way to generate ideas – just imagine you’re texting someone else.

Whether you’ve got lousy wi-fi, you’re in the middle of a road trip, or just trying to get away from the screen for once, you can’t always rely on the Internet. Try one of these options to keep writing when the Internet fails. Once you’ve written your article, all you have to do is post when the wi-fi comes back!