My Internet was Down for 15 hours – Blessing or Curse – Vote Below

My internet was down for 15 hours.

I market my business online. I follow up with clients online. I do almost everything online. It was so entrepreneur_journeydown, that I couldn’t even access data through my cell phone. There was some huge break in system 250 miles away, effecting a large portion of the state. I have no TV and no Radio, so I essentially was in an information blackout – which is part of the story I will share – AFTER I hear how you would feel.

At first glance , I want to know your feeling. Would it be a blessing for you , or a curse, or a non-issue either way.

How would you feel with no connectivity for a period of time?

Blessing or Curse?

Comment Below to hear the rest of the story – It is really quite poignant in a funny sort of way!


Deborah Tutnauer

Entrepreneur Business Success Coach at Deborah Tutnauer, LLC
Inspiring change in people for over 25 years, Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSWdigs deep to help authentic entrepreneurs move away from the stories that no longer serve them while clarifying and solidifying those that really do! Deborah helps frustrated entrepreneurs get exquisitely clear about meaning, purpose and expertise, then facilitates the creation of a financially sustainable and joyfully structured framework in which business and business people thrive.

Coaching both privately and in groups, Deborah is also a speaker, author, event leader and consultant. Creator of the Foundation and Framework Intensive, Question Master and Leader of the Entrepreneur Business Success Club, Deborah has been called an “Architect of Magical Business and Soul Structure”by her clients because she has a powerful ability to perform alchemy, changing passions and dreams into money and time by design.

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  1. David Plantz says

    It would be a nightmare for me, as I do almost everything online. I do have multiple wireless internet backups on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The wireless data connections are caped and would burn through the caps if I needed to watch a bunch of video. I do have radio and tv here for info if needed.

  2. says

    Hi Deborah,

    If you want my suggestion then, I believe it was blessing… :)

    Let me ask you question:

    Before this 15 hrs, how many hours you have worked for your clients and your business?

    Let me rearrange this question:

    Befor this 15 hrs, how many hours you have spend with your friends, family, pet, neighbours, just looking at the sky for hours and think nothing?

    Yes… you have lost precious time and in online business time is money… But I think you have spend quality time with Deborah Tutnauer… Which is a blessing my dear friend… :)

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  3. says

    Good morning Deborah from rural Australia.

    My rural wireless connection has been down and out so often, it feels like it does regular rounds with Mohammed Ali. And loses.

    Like you, I’m an online business. So it’s very traumatic when it loses its connectivity for long periods.

    The last one was in July. Tor two weeks. While our ISP provider worked overtime to find a solution to the problem.

    Unlike you, we do have radio. And TV. But since both sides of our Australian government are full of hatred, we no longer listen to either because my partner and I don’t want to get caught up in the violence and vitriol in news updates.

    Did I miss Facebook or LinkedIn or Google+? Not for a minute.

    But I did miss Twitter because this is how I catch up on news and world events.

    Living and working from a remote rural property, and totally dependent on my online orders for revenue, I was able to keep my business running because my regional library at Bathurst NSW allows the public to connect to their internet services for two free hours at a time.

    So my partner, Victor Pleshev, and I would drive the 3 hour round trip there and back, three times a week, with my laptop, so I could download online orders and keep my revenue stream afloat.

    The good news is that my ISP provider has provided us with a brand new, just off the assembly line, super duper modem that not only catches a signal. But manages to keep it for long periods. Our outages now run into minutes. Rather than days.

    The aftermath of being off social media? I dropped out voluntarily on the 21st of September and am not sure I’ll return.


    With a customer base of 350,000 customers in 29 countries, I’m not dependent on the roller coaster that is social media for new business. My current customers, who I keep in contact with on a regular basis via email and newsletters, are my best source of new – referrals – and repeat business. My website does all the heavy lifting with brand new customers. Who find me on Google. As I’m on the first page of Google for my best keywords. And I’ve never paid a cent to be there. But that’s another story.

    Therefore my reluctance to return to the incessant demands of social media. That decision is currently a work in progress.

    Now tell us your story, Deborah.


    Carol Jones
    Purveyor of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies. Tantrum free products made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.

  4. says

    In theory I would be fine with this. I have plenty of days where I don’t turn on the internet at all. In practice what usually happens is that our internet goes down right when I’m due to have a coaching call or when I want to log on to a Webinar! And if the TV goes off it’s right in the middle of the Grand Prix which my husband follows with a crazy fervour!

    I think everything being off at once would be more weird than just not being able to connect to the internet. Here in Penang we could just wander down the street and get some food to pass the time :)
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  5. says

    Well, for the first 24 hours it would be a blessing. Unplugging is a great thing to do from time to time but I usually like to do that on my own terms. If a blackout occurred for 24-48 hours I would be anxious but not in a panic. I still have plenty to do off-line so I would get by but with some worry. Over 72 hours and you are likely to find me crying in a fetal position sucking my thumb. If the information grid ever goes down in a big way, Lord help us all. :-)

  6. says

    Hi Deborah.

    I guess this is something common and it takes place all over the globe.
    We just have to grin and bear it – or at least – if we cannot grin, we have to bear it.
    There is nothing else that can be dome.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. says

    Hi there!

    This is so timely for me because it literally just happened to me too. I was down for the whole day and at first I was totally out of sorts wondering how I was going to survive :-)

    However, then I saw the opportunity to create a set of slides for a new program on powerpoint. I think downtime can really help and really, there are always others things to do. I recently spent 9 days without any internet connection. Every year I re-boot myself and just don’t go on it at all. Really helps focus and keep motivated.

    Look forward to reading the post!
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    • says

      Andrew, I often spend time without internet while camping, backpacking, or on vacation and I agree with you how important it is to take a break. Whenever I do this for more than two days – as in a longer overseas vacation – I find the initial “withdrawal” from constant connectivity and information to be weird and uncomfortable. That alone signals to me how powerful the internet has become in our very psyche. But after those first few days, I stop missing it and realize how much of a time sucker social media really is.

      When I travel internationally and have to limit my internet usage, but still need to connect for business, it is amazing how quickly I can get on, be productive and get off – no surfing of basically wasting time “pretend working” on social media.

      As for this story….it’s coming up in a few days….what happened, how I reacted, the next part….

      Hope you enjoying your weekend Andrew,
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  8. says

    Knowing in advance would be helpful but having time to disconnect is essential in today’s world- in my humble opinion……………! great post Deborah Tutnauer-
    warmest regards

  9. Jamie says

    It would be a blessing. I, like most people, am addicted to my phone and social media. A forced break would be nice.

  10. says

    Hi, Deborah,

    Well – after feeling frustrated, I would turn it into a blessing (yeah, you know…Make lemonade out of lemons type thing).

    I’d probably take advantage of the outage and do some fall cleaning, catch up with relatives all over the world via phone, extra shopping, etc.

    That’s only if the outage was during the day. I would probably sleep a little more if it was in the evening or night. :-)

    I know how frustrating connectivity problems are, I can definitely sympathize.

    Thanks for sharing your story, it caused a bit of introspection, which never hurt anyone.

    Hope you have a great rest the week.

    – Carol
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    • says

      Hi Carol,

      Frustrating indeed, but blessing none-the-less! I am as guilty as anyone of gravitating to the screen even when I’ve nothing pressing to accomplish there.

      The time during the internet outage, (which actually continued on and off for two week days in a row), caused introspection on my part as well as to time well spent, versus time just spent!

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts Carol!

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