It’s been an extended 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 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 could have requested about methods to assist 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 permits individuals to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, personal podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Quite a lot 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 operating.
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 assist 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 (beneath), as a result of there are nonetheless many enjoyable issues I can present inside my restricted state.
I structured it this fashion as a result of ache limits my day after day output a lot that I’d relatively 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 neighborhood of individuals asking to assist me from remote locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as properly, to offer 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 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 submit.
- 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 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 secure 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 every of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this submit – 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 may 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 power 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 dwelling web page, brand, and website move that displays my current.
- Normal assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.
A giant due to the next great individuals, who took the time and power 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 Publication
I discussed in my final (August 2020) submit that I’d be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was turning into price prohibitive at a time once I wasn’t in a position to work, and Substack’s choices are free until you cost in 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 finished three up to now they usually comply with the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings a couple of subject of curiosity, private updates, the perfect studying from across the internet that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.
If you happen to have been on the Hyperlinks I Cherished 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 case you’re all for receiving it, please join 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 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 move, 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 part, similar because the publication. The primary theme color shall 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 primary web page can have comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by at the moment?” 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 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 jot down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Until I used to be underneath 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 would like to jot down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to fill up on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with pals. I’d 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.
(Living proof: 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 received 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 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 submit, I’m going to be transferring 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 way 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. To date, I’ve a listing I’ve stored out of your questions, which incorporates find out how to be extra resilient, find out how to be much less anxious, and find out how to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying secure and properly.