It’s been an extended 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 occasions, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by way of every day with out cracking not 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 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 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, personal podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Plenty of you on this group have prompt 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 assist solely. So as a substitute 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 (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 each day output a lot that I’d fairly be completely certain 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 assist 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 beneath. 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 submit.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads web site redesign, and information.
- Means to vote on future episode subjects for the podcast.
- Month-to-month video or audio AMAs on Patreon, as my well being permits. You may 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 revenue at a time the place I’m bodily unable to work as I used to.
- A thanks picture of your tier chook, one in all Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this submit – I really 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 hold my web sites and tasks afloat.
- Supporting the launch and manufacturing of my new podcast, that may 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 so as 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 web site movement that displays my current.
- Common assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
An enormous because of the next fantastic folks, 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 huge 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) submit 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 in a position to work, and Substack’s choices are free until you cost to your publication (at which level they take a proportion). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to modify over.
I’ve carried out three up to now and so they observe the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Beloved missives: some musings a few subject of curiosity, private updates, the very best studying from across the net that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.
Should you had been on the Hyperlinks I Beloved listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. Should you assume you had been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And in case you’re eager about receiving it, please enroll beneath.
You may take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This web site now 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 way of the iterations and redesigns, but it surely’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 movement, 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 Every thing, identical because the publication. The primary theme color can be a green-blue, beneath. 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 may have comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in in the present day?” 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 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 put in writing 4000 phrases each morning” folks. Except 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 top off on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with pals. I might overlook to eat, dwell, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted every little thing 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 right 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 submit 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 a giant a part of what makes me really feel artistic and alive, and it’s been very arduous 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 mentioned in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads submit, I’m going to be transferring 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 Approach By means of” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by way of 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! E 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 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 assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this difficult time. I hope you’re staying secure and nicely.