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 occasions, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it via 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 will have requested about methods to help me at a time the place I can’t bodily work the way in which I used to. Patreon is a good 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, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Lots of you on this neighborhood have instructed 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 help 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 day after day 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 neighborhood of individuals asking to help me from far off locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as nicely, to supply month-to-month goodies that I can add to the tiers — principally 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 publish.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website redesign, and information.
- Potential to vote on future episode matters for the podcast.
- Month-to-month video or audio AMAs on Patreon, as my well being permits. You’ll be able to submit questions that I’ll reply.
- Shorter movies with updates about progress for the podcast, redesign, and another updates within the Authorized Nomads universe.
- Supporting me with a steady revenue at a time the place I’m bodily unable to work as I used to.
- A thanks picture of your tier fowl, one in all Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this publish – I really like them a lot.)
I could add increased 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 initiatives afloat.
- Supporting the launch and manufacturing of my new podcast, that can permit 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 with a purpose 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 website movement that displays my current.
- Basic help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
An enormous due to the next great individuals, who took the time and vitality to preview the web page, the video, and provides suggestions alongside the way in which (together with many testing-of-the-banner-image-on-mobile makes an attempt) for this large 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) publish that I might be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was changing into value prohibitive at a time once I wasn’t capable of work, and Substack’s choices are free except you cost in your publication (at which level they take a share). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to modify over.
I’ve finished three to date they usually observe the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Beloved missives: some musings a couple of matter of curiosity, private updates, the most effective studying from across the internet that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.
In the event you have been on the Hyperlinks I Beloved checklist, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In the event you suppose you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please verify your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And if you happen to’re desirous about receiving it, please join under.
You’ll be able to take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This website now not displays the individual I’m, or the life that I lead. I find it irresistible, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years via the iterations and redesigns, but it surely’s now not me.
This time, colors, emblem, and structure are going to vary. I don’t plan to vary too a lot given my restricted bandwidth however will begin with the fundamentals: the homepage, among the class movement, and the about web page and primary textual content.
Additionally altering? The slogan. I’m not telling tales via 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 All the pieces, identical because the publication. 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 neighborhood.
The primary web page can have comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in as we speak?” to browse them. Aside from that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I could make adjustments little by little however the content material from the final decade will stay. I’m excited to have a website that displays a bit extra of my current mindset, although after all curiosity is what fuelled my lifetime of journey all alongside.
I used to be by no means a type of “I’m going to put in writing 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Except I used to be below deadline, my writing held the identical type of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I would like to put in writing” feeling began, I knew I wanted to refill on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I might neglect to eat, dwell, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted the whole lot out.
It sounds manic, I’ll provide you with that, but it surely 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 all the way down to my laptop computer however discovered the enjoyment partly within the technique of my mind’s wandering.
(Living proof: I stood as much as write this publish now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be presupposed to do at 8pm… as a result of I obtained 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 exhausting to not have it in my life. I’ve realized voice-to-text doesn’t carry me the wanted tinglies, nor do different lodging for my CSF leak. In order I mentioned in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads publish, 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 Method By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting via the ups and downs of life. In case 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 through my contact web page. Up to now, I’ve a listing I’ve saved out of your questions, which incorporates methods to be extra resilient, methods to be much less anxious, and methods to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate via this difficult time. I hope you’re staying secure and nicely.