A Patreon, a New E-newsletter, and a Web site Redesign

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 truthfully I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by every day with out cracking at the very least 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 might have 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 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 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 recommended I begin one up, and in my tiny working increments I used to be in a position to get it up and operating.

A lot 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 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 daily output a lot that I’d fairly 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 help me from remote locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as properly, 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 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’ll be able to 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 revenue 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 submit – I 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 initiatives 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 power sickness into audio type 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 residence web page, emblem, and web site circulation that displays my current.
  • Basic help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous because of the next fantastic 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 large 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) submit that I’d be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was changing into price prohibitive at a time after I wasn’t in a position to work, and Substack’s choices are free except you cost on your publication (at which level they take a share). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to change over.

I’ve completed three to date they usually comply with the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a few matter of curiosity, private updates, the most effective studying from across the internet that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.

In the event you have been on the Hyperlinks I Liked listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In the event you suppose you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And in the event you’re taken with receiving it, please enroll beneath.

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

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This web site 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 the iterations and redesigns, but it surely’s not me.

This time, colors, emblem, 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 circulation, and the about web page and fundamental textual content.

Additionally altering? The slogan. I’m not telling tales by 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, 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 neighborhood.


Legal Nomads | Curious About Everything

The principle web page could have comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in at present?” to browse them. Aside 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 just a little extra of my current mindset, although in fact curiosity is what fuelled my lifetime of journey all alongside.

Podcast Progress

I used to be by no means a kind of “I’m going to jot down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Except 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 mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I would like to jot down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to top off on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I’d overlook to eat, stay, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted every part 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 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 presupposed 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 artistic and alive, and it’s been very onerous to not have it in my life. I’ve realized voice-to-text doesn’t carry 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 shifting 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 Via” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by the ups and downs of life. When you have subjects you’d like me to cowl, I’d love to listen to from you! Electronic mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or by way of my contact web page. To date, I’ve a listing I’ve stored 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 help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by this difficult time. I hope you’re staying protected and properly.


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