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

Final Up to date on: April 27, 2021

It’s been an extended 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 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 by way of every day with out cracking at the 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 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 enables folks to enroll to obtain updates, behind the scenes movies, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Lots 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 working.

A lot 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 help solely. So as an alternative of every tier providing increasingly more 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 each 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 a tremendous feeling to have a neighborhood of individuals asking to help 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 folks 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 put up.
  • Early entry to podcast particulars, Authorized Nomads website 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 fowl, considered one of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this put up – 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 preserve 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 kind with the intention 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 stream that displays my current.
  • Common help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous because of the next fantastic folks, 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 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 E-newsletter

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 turning into value prohibitive at a time after 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 share). Since I at all times plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to modify over.

I’ve achieved three up to now and so they observe the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a few subject of curiosity, private updates, the perfect 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 checklist, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In the event you assume 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 eager about receiving it, please enroll beneath.

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

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This website not displays the particular person 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 alter. I don’t plan to alter too a lot given my restricted bandwidth however will begin with the fundamentals: the homepage, among the class stream, 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 thing, identical because the publication. The principle theme color will probably be a green-blue, beneath. I’ve additionally chosen a mascot, a raven I’ve named Arthur, since corvids are insatiably curious identical to this neighborhood.


Legal Nomads | Curious About Everything

The principle web page may have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by at present?” 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 somewhat 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” folks. Until 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 principally went feral. When the tingly, “I want to jot down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to top off on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with pals. I might overlook to eat, reside, 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 put up now, and realized I missed one thing I used to be speculated to do at 8pm… as a result of I bought 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 laborious 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 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’ve got 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 saved out of your questions, which incorporates learn how to be extra resilient, learn how to be much less anxious, and learn how to sleep higher.

That’s it for now! Thanks for all of your help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by way of this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying secure and effectively.


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