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 finest 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 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 assist 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 past 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. Lots of you on this neighborhood have advised 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 totally different than the norm, as a result of it’s assist 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 daily 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 neighborhood of individuals asking to assist me from faraway locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as properly, 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 put up.
- Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website 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 some other updates within the Authorized Nomads universe.
- Supporting me with a steady earnings at a time the place I’m bodily unable to work as I used to.
- A thanks picture of your tier chook, one among Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this put up – 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 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 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, brand, and website circulate that displays my current.
- Normal assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
An enormous because of 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 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) put up that I’d 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 until you cost on 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 completed three up to now they usually comply with the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a few subject of curiosity, private updates, one of the best studying from across the internet that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.
In case you had been on the Hyperlinks I Liked checklist, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In case you suppose you had been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And should you’re serious about receiving it, please enroll beneath.
You may take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Authorized Nomads Redesign
This website 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 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, a few of the class circulate, 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, similar because the publication. The primary theme color will likely 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 neighborhood.
The primary web page may have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in immediately?” 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 little bit 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 type of “I’m going to jot down 4000 phrases each morning” folks. Except I used to be beneath 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 jot down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to replenish on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with mates. 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, 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 put up now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be purported 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 an enormous 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 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 identify to be “The Manner By means of” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting via 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 through my contact web page. To this point, 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 assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate via this difficult time. I hope you’re staying protected and properly.