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A Patreon, a New Publication, and a Website Redesign

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 truthfully 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 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 a good 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 individuals to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Quite a lot of you on this neighborhood have prompt 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 totally different than the norm, as a result of it’s assist 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! 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 fashion as a result of ache limits my day after day output a lot that I’d relatively be completely certain 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 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 — 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 title on the Patreon thanks web page on Authorized Nomads.
  • Your title on an Instagram thanks publish.
  • Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website redesign, and information.
  • Capability 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 hen, one in every of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this publish – 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 hold 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 as a way 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 assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous due to the next great individuals, 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) publish that I might be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was turning into value prohibitive at a time after I wasn’t in a position to work, and Substack’s choices are free except 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 accomplished three to date they usually observe the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a couple of subject of curiosity, private updates, the perfect studying from across the internet that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.

For those who have been on the Hyperlinks I Liked record, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. For those who assume you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please verify your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And for those who’re enthusiastic about receiving it, please join beneath.

You’ll be able to try the archives right here, first.

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This website now not displays the particular person I’m, or the life that I lead. I like it, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years by way of the iterations and redesigns, however it’s now 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, a few of the class movement, 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 All the things, similar 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 similar to this neighborhood.


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The primary web page could have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by at present?” to browse them. Aside from that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I could make modifications little by little however the content material from the final decade will stay. I’m excited to have a website that displays somewhat extra of my current mindset, although after all curiosity is what fuelled my lifetime of journey all alongside.

Podcast Progress

I used to be by no means a type of “I’m going to write down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Except I used to be beneath deadline, my writing held the identical sort 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 might neglect to eat, dwell, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted every little thing out.

It sounds manic, I’ll provide you with 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 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 publish now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be purported 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 an enormous a part of what makes me really feel inventive and alive, and it’s been very onerous 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 stated in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads publish, I’m going to be shifting towards a podcast as an alternative.

The podcast was going to be known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the title to be “The Method Via” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by way of the ups and downs of life. When 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 assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying protected and effectively.


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