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 finest as I can.” What else can all of us do? These are fairly uncommon, excessive instances, and truthfully I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it via 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 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 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 whole lot 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.

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 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 (under), 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 day after day output a lot that I’d quite 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 group 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 — principally bird-related or soup-related, which appears about proper!

The launch video is under. 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 submit.
  • Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website redesign, and information.
  • Capacity to vote on future episode matters 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 chook, one among Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this submit – 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 power sickness into audio type so as 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, brand, and website circulation that displays my current.
  • Normal assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous because of the next fantastic individuals, who took the time and power 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 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 turning 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 share). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to modify over.

I’ve carried out three to date they usually comply with the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Beloved missives: some musings a couple of subject of curiosity, private updates, the very best studying from across the internet that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.

For those who had been on the Hyperlinks I Beloved checklist, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. For those who suppose you had been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please test your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And in case you’re curious about receiving it, please join under.

You may take a look at the archives right here, first.

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This website now 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 now not me.

This time, colors, brand, 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 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 Every thing, identical because the publication. The principle theme color might be a green-blue, under. I’ve additionally chosen a mascot, a raven I’ve named Arthur, since corvids are insatiably curious similar to this group.


Legal Nomads | Curious About Everything

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. 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 just a little 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 below deadline, my writing held the identical sort of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I principally went feral. When the tingly, “I would like to write down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to refill on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I’d overlook to eat, reside, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted all the pieces out.

It sounds manic, I’ll provide you with 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 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 inventive 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 mentioned 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 known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the title to be “The Approach By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting via the ups and downs of life. You probably have matters 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. 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 via this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying protected and properly.


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