Yep, you read that right. I’ve honestly no idea what I did to deserve my spell in the tenth circle of hell, but last Tuesday my laptop charger cable literally snapped. (No, I didn’t know they could do that either.) Given that my almost four-year-old laptop’s battery will only last for 15 minutes before giving up entirely, there was absolutely nothing that I could do. I’m actually getting a new laptop for my birthday next week, but my dad very kindly insisted on ordering a new charger – however, it was still going to take a week to arrive.
I’ll be honest: it’s not been the best time of my life. But all the same I’ve learned a lot in the past seven days about how important this little machine is to the day-to-day functioning of my entire life – so to mark my return to the blogosphere (for real this time), here are the top five…
Phones and tablets just can’t do everything
My entire Easter holiday plan was based entirely around getting my blog up to scratch. Literally the day of aforementioned laptop charger disaster (there were sparks and everything!) I’d made an actual Excel spreadsheet planning out blogposts all the way until June and was about to start writing and scheduling, so when I had to stop using my computer I was frustrated. The thing is, as brilliant as smartphones and tablets are, for certain activities a PC is just necessary – sure, I can send emails from my phone, and draft up a blogpost on my tablet, but I need my laptop to edit photos and format everything correctly.
The Bloglovin’ app really is atrocious
Since I access almost every blog I follow through Bloglovin’ at least I’d still be able to read and comment on my favourite blogs via the app – or so I thought. As any other Bloglovin’ app (ex-)users will know, it wasn’t to be. Sure, I can scroll through posts. But when I click on them, I’m taken to another page where the post I want to read is not properly formatted; pictures might not load properly, paragraphs don’t always occur where they should and I can’t navigate around the site itself. What’s more, I’m not giving the blogger whose post I’m attempting to read the stats they deserve and, worst of all, there’s no option for me to comment, either. Eventually I found the link at the bottom to take me through to the original post in the Bloglovin’ frame, but my tablet couldn’t really cope with that, let alone post a comment. I really can’t believe how many posts I’ve got to catch up on, since I gave up on the app after about half an hour of use…
When I don’t have a laptop, I bake
This week has brought fairy cakes, chocolate cakes, Victoria sandwich cupcakes and wholemeal carrot cupcakes. Eventually I worked out that all I really want to be doing is creating at the moment and baking was the most accessible way of doing that – until I started feeling guilty for the amount I was consuming on top of Easter chocolate. Eventually I ran out of eggs which stopped me from doing anything,but there’s something so instantly satisfying about throwing together ingredients to create something delicious.
My whole day’s routine is based around my laptop
Writing it down, I see how awful this looks, but it’s true. Sure, I’ll check my phone first thing, have some food, get dressed, etc, but the moment I sit at my desk and switch on my laptop is when my day truly begins. It shapes my whole day, whether I’m blogging, doing personal writing, editing photographs, watching Netflix, catching up with friends, making plans or just checking out social media; my laptop is always on in the background, even if it’s just playing Radio One, which itself structures my day. Not having it left me at a complete loose end, and in all honesty I’m not sure how I feel about that.
My laptop allows me to be creative, and without that opportunity I really struggle
In the end, though, I realised that isn’t entirely the case. What I struggled with all week was not having a major creative outlet – namely my blog. All I wanted was to create, and since I’m not arty or crafty in any capacity writing has always been my go-to. I think it’s why I turned to baking, but you don’t get back from it in the same way, and whatever I created wasn’t original enough. Not having this opportunity and space to create and engage with the blogging community, added to the fact of me being trapped at home in the middle of nowhere as I don’t drive, left me feeling surprisingly lost and unmotivated to do anything at all.
It’s been an interesting week, especially as I’ve seen just how much my mood is dependent on the technology available to me. In some ways this is problematic, but it’s also been fascinating to explore how important it is to have opportunities to be creative – how much reading and writing blogposts boosts my inspiration, happiness, and self-confidence. Now that I’ve got a replacement charger, I can’t wait to get back to reading every blogpost I can find, and getting stuck into my new routine.
Have you ever had to cope without your tech for a while? Let’s have a conversation – comment below!
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