It’s been a protracted whereas since I’ve written on Authorized Nomads. When folks ask how I’m doing, I’ve taken to saying, “I’m hanging in as greatest as I can.” What else can all of us do? These are fairly uncommon, excessive instances, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by 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
Lots of you’ve requested about methods to help me at a time the place I can’t bodily work the best way 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 permits folks to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Quite a lot of you on this group have prompt I begin one up, and in my tiny working increments I used to be capable of get it up and working.
Lots 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 an alternative of every tier providing increasingly rewards for what you join, my marketing campaign has every tier receiving the identical entry and advantages because the others. However! Not like 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 manner as a result of ache limits my day after day output a lot that I’d reasonably be completely positive that I can ship what I promise, vs. creating excessive financial tiers and break that promise.
It’s a tremendous feeling to have a group of individuals asking to help me from remote locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as nicely, to supply 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 folks 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.
- Skill to vote on future episode subjects 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 chicken, one in all Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this publish – I like them a lot.)
I could add larger 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 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 persistent sickness into audio type 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 residence web page, brand, and website circulate that displays my current.
- Common help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
A giant due to the next great folks, 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 Publication
I discussed in my final (August 2020) publish that I’d be restarting my e-newsletter on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was turning into value prohibitive at a time after I wasn’t capable of work, and Substack’s choices are free except you cost on your e-newsletter (at which level they take a proportion). Since I at all times plan for my e-newsletter to be free, it made sense to change over.
I’ve performed three thus far they usually comply with the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings a few matter of curiosity, private updates, the most effective studying from across the internet that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.
For those who had been on the Hyperlinks I Cherished listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. For those who assume you had been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please verify your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And for those who’re concerned about receiving it, please enroll 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 by the iterations and redesigns, nevertheless it’s now not me.
This time, colors, brand, 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 few of the class circulate, and the about web page and fundamental textual content.
Additionally altering? The slogan. I’m not telling tales by 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 Every thing, identical because the e-newsletter. The primary theme color shall 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 comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by at this time?” to browse them. Apart from that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I could make modifications little by little however the content material from the final decade will stay. I’m excited to have a website that displays a little 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” folks. Until I used to be beneath deadline, my writing held the identical type of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I principally went feral. When the tingly, “I want to put in writing” feeling began, I knew I wanted to refill on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with associates. I’d overlook to eat, reside, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted the whole lot 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 all the way down to my laptop computer however discovered the enjoyment partly within the technique of my mind’s wandering.
(Working example: I stood as much as write this publish now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be alleged to do at 8pm… as a result of I acquired misplaced in writing.)
My level is right here is that the act of writing is itself such an enormous a part of what makes me really feel inventive and alive, and it’s been very onerous to not have it in my life. I’ve realized voice-to-text doesn’t deliver me the wanted tinglies, nor do different lodging for my CSF leak. In order I stated in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads publish, I’m going to be transferring towards a podcast as an alternative.
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 the ups and downs of life. In case you have subjects 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. So far, I’ve a listing I’ve stored out of your questions, which incorporates easy methods to be extra resilient, easy methods to be much less anxious, and easy methods to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by this difficult time. I hope you’re staying protected and nicely.