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 occasions, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by way 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 got 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, personal podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. A variety 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 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 a substitute 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! In contrast to 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 moderately 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 help me from far off locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as effectively, 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 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 title on the Patreon thanks web page on Authorized Nomads.
- Your title on an Instagram thanks put up.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads web site 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 every other 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 put up – I really like them a lot.)
I could 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 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 persistent sickness into audio kind with a view 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, brand, and web site circulation that displays my current.
- Basic help 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 way in which (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 E-newsletter
I discussed in my final (August 2020) put up 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 to your publication (at which level they take a proportion). Since I at all times plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to change over.
I’ve finished three to this point they usually observe the traces 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 subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.
Should you have been on the Hyperlinks I Beloved record, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. Should you suppose you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please verify your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And when you’re fascinated with receiving it, please join beneath.
You’ll be able to take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This web site 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 way of the iterations and redesigns, however it’s not me.
This time, colors, brand, and format 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 circulation, and the about web page and fundamental 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 principle 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 similar to this group.
The principle web page could 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 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. 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 principally went feral. When the tingly, “I want to write down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to refill 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 all the things out.
It sounds manic, I’ll offer you that, however 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 put up now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be imagined to do at 8pm… as a result of I received 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 put up, I’m going to be transferring towards a podcast as a substitute.
The podcast was going to be referred to as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the title to be “The Method By” – 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 by way of my contact web page. So far, I’ve a listing I’ve stored out of your questions, which incorporates tips on how to be extra resilient, tips on how to be much less anxious, and tips on how to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying protected and effectively.