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 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 means of every day with out cracking a minimum of 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 gotten requested about methods to help 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, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Lots of you on this neighborhood have advised I begin one up, and in my tiny working increments I used to be in a position to get it up and working.
Lots of my journey running a blog friends have began one, however my Patreon is a bit totally different than the norm, as a result of it’s help solely. So as an alternative of every tier providing an increasing number of 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 (beneath), 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 everyday output a lot that I’d quite 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 remote locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as effectively, to offer 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 beneath. 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 put up.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website redesign, and information.
- Capacity 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 every 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 fowl, certainly one of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this put up – 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 maintain my web sites and tasks 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 the intention to make them extra accessible to others (I’ll rent a sound engineer to do that).
- Redesigning Authorized Nomads to incorporate a brand new dwelling web page, brand, and website movement that displays my current.
- Common help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
A giant due to the next fantastic individuals, who took the time and power 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 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 Publication
I discussed in my final (August 2020) put up that I’d be restarting my e-newsletter on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was changing into price prohibitive at a time once I wasn’t in a position to work, and Substack’s choices are free except you cost in your e-newsletter (at which level they take a share). Since I at all times plan for my e-newsletter to be free, it made sense to modify over.
I’ve accomplished three up to now and so they comply with the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a couple of matter of curiosity, private updates, the very best studying from across the net that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.
If you happen to have been on the Hyperlinks I Liked record, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. If you happen to assume you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And in the event you’re taken with receiving it, please join beneath.
You’ll be able to try the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This website not displays the individual I’m, or the life that I lead. I adore it, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years by means of the iterations and redesigns, nevertheless it’s not me.
This time, colors, brand, 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 by means 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 Every little thing, similar because the e-newsletter. The principle theme color might be a green-blue, beneath. I’ve additionally chosen a mascot, a raven I’ve named Arthur, since corvids are insatiably curious similar to this neighborhood.
The principle web page can have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by as we speak?” to browse them. Apart 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 kind of “I’m going to write down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Until I used to be underneath deadline, my writing held the identical form 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 fill up on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with mates. I’d neglect to eat, stay, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted all the things out.
It sounds manic, I’ll provide you with 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 strategy of my mind’s wandering.
(Living proof: I stood as much as write this put up now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be alleged 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 artistic and alive, and it’s been very exhausting 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 put up, I’m going to be shifting towards a podcast as an alternative.
The podcast was going to be referred to as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Approach By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by means of the ups and downs of life. When you’ve got subjects you’d like me to cowl, I’d love to listen to from you! E-mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or by way of my contact web page. So far, I’ve an inventory I’ve stored out of your questions, which incorporates the best way to be extra resilient, the best way to be much less anxious, and the best way to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by means of this difficult time. I hope you’re staying secure and effectively.