A Patreon, a New Publication, and a Web site Redesign

Final up to date on April 27, 2021.

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 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 assist 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 folks to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Numerous you on this group have instructed 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 completely 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! 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 manner as a result of ache limits my everyday output a lot that I’d somewhat be completely certain that I can ship what I promise, vs. creating excessive financial tiers and break that promise.

It’s a tremendous feeling to have a group of individuals asking to assist me from faraway locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as nicely, 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 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 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 earnings at a time the place I’m bodily unable to work as I used to.
  • A thanks picture of your tier chook, certainly one of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this put up – I really like them a lot.)

I’ll 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 may 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 persistent 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, brand, and web site movement that displays my current.
  • Common assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous because of the next great folks, 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 massive 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 might 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 except you cost to your publication (at which level they take a proportion). Since I at all times plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to change over.

I’ve carried out three thus far they usually comply with the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings a few subject of curiosity, private updates, the very best studying from across the net that month. The subsequent one goes out on the finish of February.

Should you have been on the Hyperlinks I Cherished listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. Should you assume you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please test your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And for those who’re occupied with receiving it, please enroll beneath.

You’ll be able to take a look at the archives right here, first.

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This web site now not displays the individual 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, nevertheless 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 number of the class movement, and the about web page and primary 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 All the pieces, identical because the publication. The principle 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 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 in immediately?” to browse them. Apart from that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I’ll make modifications little by little however the content material from the final decade will stay. I’m excited to have a web site that displays a bit of 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 kind of “I’m going to jot down 4000 phrases each morning” folks. Until I used to be below 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 replenish on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I might overlook to eat, reside, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted all the things out.

It sounds manic, I’ll provide you with that, nevertheless 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 means of my mind’s wandering.

(Living proof: I stood as much as write this put up now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be alleged 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 a giant 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 mentioned in my 12 years of Authorized Nomads put up, I’m going to be shifting towards a podcast as a substitute.

The podcast was going to be known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Method 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! 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 how you can be extra resilient, how you can be much less anxious, and how you can sleep higher.

That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your assist, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying protected and nicely.


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