It’s been a protracted whereas since I’ve written on Authorized Nomads. When individuals ask how I’m doing, I’ve taken to saying, “I’m hanging in as finest as I can.” What else can all of us do? These are fairly uncommon, excessive instances, and truthfully I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by way of every day with out cracking no less than as soon as.
Whereas I haven’t been writing a lot right here, I have been working (in 20 minute standing increments!) on some actually rewarding issues, which I’m excited to share with you right here.
1. I’ve Launched My Patreon
A lot of you might have requested about methods to assist me at a time the place I can’t bodily work the best way I used to. Patreon is an effective way to take action.
I launched my Patreon to the world over the last week of February. For these unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a membership platform that enables individuals to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, personal podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Lots of you on this group have recommended I begin one up, and in my tiny working increments I used to be capable of get it up and operating.
A lot of my journey running a blog friends have began one, however my Patreon is a bit completely different than the norm, as a result of it’s assist solely. So as a substitute of every tier providing increasingly more rewards for what you join, my marketing campaign has every tier receiving the identical entry and advantages because the others. However! In contrast to many support-only Patreons, it nonetheless does have enjoyable goodies (under), as a result of there are nonetheless many enjoyable issues I can present inside my restricted state.
I structured it this fashion as a result of ache limits my daily output a lot that I’d relatively be completely positive that I can ship what I promise, vs. creating excessive financial tiers and break that promise.
It’s an incredible feeling to have a group of individuals asking to assist me from remote locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as nicely, to offer month-to-month goodies that I can add to the tiers — largely bird-related or soup-related, which appears about proper!
The launch video is under. Patreon web page is right here. We’re as much as about 170 individuals now, on the time of writing.
Although it’s a support-only Patreon, everybody does obtain a bunch of rewards!
- Your identify on the Patreon thanks web page on Authorized Nomads.
- Your identify on an Instagram thanks submit.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads web site redesign, and information.
- Skill to vote on future episode matters for the podcast.
- Month-to-month video or audio AMAs on Patreon, as my well being permits. You possibly can submit questions that I’ll reply.
- Shorter movies with updates about progress for the podcast, redesign, and some other updates within the Authorized Nomads universe.
- Supporting me with a secure earnings at a time the place I’m bodily unable to work as I used to.
- A thanks picture of your tier chook, one in every of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this submit – I really like them a lot.)
I’ll add greater tiers with particular rewards later. There are additionally enjoyable goodies within the works as I discussed above.
I noticed this on the web page itself, however right here’s how I plan to make use of the funds:
- Funding my working prices in order that I can preserve my web sites and tasks afloat.
- Supporting the launch and manufacturing of my new podcast, that may enable me to create and share content material with you thru a extra manageable medium given my present situation.
- Serving to me convert my weblog posts about power sickness into audio kind in an effort to make them extra accessible to others (I’ll rent a sound engineer to do that).
- Redesigning Authorized Nomads to incorporate a brand new house web page, emblem, and web site circulate that displays my current.
- Common assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
A giant due to the next great individuals, who took the time and vitality to preview the web page, the video, and provides suggestions alongside the best way (together with many testing-of-the-banner-image-on-mobile makes an attempt) for this massive launch: Ella Frances Sanders, Audrey Scott, Catherine Bodry, Christopher Nowakowski, Dalene Heck, Derek Earl Baron, Jim Fricker III, Kate McCulley, Marta Bethencourt De França, Mike Sowden, Reine Gammoh, Shannon O’Donnell, Tasha Mary, and Tim Van Der Linden.
A New E-newsletter
I discussed in my final (August 2020) submit that I’d be restarting my e-newsletter on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was changing into value prohibitive at a time after I wasn’t capable of work, and Substack’s choices are free until you cost on your e-newsletter (at which level they take a share). Since I all the time plan for my e-newsletter to be free, it made sense to change over.
I’ve carried out three to this point they usually observe the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a couple of subject of curiosity, private updates, the very best studying from across the internet that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.
In case you have been on the Hyperlinks I Liked listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In case you assume you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And for those who’re focused on receiving it, please join under.
You possibly can take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This web site now not displays the particular person I’m, or the life that I lead. I adore it, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years by way of the iterations and redesigns, nevertheless it’s now not me.
This time, colors, emblem, and structure are going to alter. I don’t plan to alter too a lot given my restricted bandwidth however will begin with the fundamentals: the homepage, a number of the class circulate, and the about web page and primary textual content.
Additionally altering? The slogan. I’m not telling tales by way of meals any longer. I’m additionally not a authorized nomad, however after 12 years right here I am sticking to the area. The brand new slogan is Curious About The whole lot, similar because the e-newsletter. The primary theme color will probably be a green-blue, under. I’ve additionally chosen a mascot, a raven I’ve named Arthur, since corvids are insatiably curious identical to this group.
The primary web page could have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in at this time?” to browse them. Apart from that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I’ll make modifications little by little however the content material from the final decade will stay. I’m excited to have a web site that displays a bit of extra of my current mindset, although in fact curiosity is what fuelled my lifetime of journey all alongside.
I used to be by no means a kind of “I’m going to write down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Except I used to be below deadline, my writing held the identical sort of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I would like to write down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to replenish on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I’d overlook to eat, dwell, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted every little thing out.
It sounds manic, I’ll offer you that, nevertheless it labored for me as a result of I by no means knew the place the writing journey would lead me. I by no means had a set arc earlier than I sat right down to my laptop computer however discovered the enjoyment partly within the strategy of my mind’s wandering.
(Working example: I stood as much as write this submit now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be presupposed to do at 8pm… as a result of I bought misplaced in writing.)
My level is right here is that the act of writing is itself such a giant a part of what makes me really feel inventive and alive, and it’s been very laborious to not have it in my life. I’ve realized voice-to-text doesn’t convey me the wanted tinglies, nor do different lodging for my CSF leak. In order I stated in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads submit, I’m going to be shifting towards a podcast as a substitute.
The podcast was going to be known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Means By way of” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by way of the ups and downs of life. When you have matters you’d like me to cowl, I’d love to listen to from you! Electronic mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or by way of my contact web page. Up to now, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved out of your questions, which incorporates how one can be extra resilient, how one can be much less anxious, and how one can sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this difficult time. I hope you’re staying protected and nicely.