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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

A Patreon, a New Publication, 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 instances, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by every day with out cracking not less than 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 could 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 a good 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, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. A number of you on this group have advised 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 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 slightly 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 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 — largely 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 identify on the Patreon thanks web page on Authorized Nomads.
  • Your identify 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 possibly can 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 earnings 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 greater 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 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 type in an effort 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 website circulation that displays my current.
  • Basic assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

An enormous due to 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 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) submit that I’d be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was turning into price 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 share). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to change over.

I’ve achieved three to date and so they observe the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Liked missives: some musings a few subject of curiosity, private updates, the most effective studying from across the internet that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.

For those who have been on the Hyperlinks I Liked listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. For those who suppose you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please examine your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And in case you’re all for receiving it, please join under.

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

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This website not displays the individual I’m, or the life that I lead. I adore it, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years by the iterations and redesigns, however it’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 All the things, similar because the publication. The primary theme color shall 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.


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The primary web page can have comparable classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in right this moment?” to browse them. Apart 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 a bit of 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 type of “I’m going to put in writing 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Until I used to be beneath 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 want to put in writing” feeling began, I knew I wanted to replenish on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with pals. I’d overlook to eat, stay, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted the whole lot out.

It sounds manic, I’ll offer you 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 technique 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 speculated 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 a giant a part of what makes me really feel artistic and alive, and it’s been very arduous 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 mentioned 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 known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Means By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by the ups and downs of life. When you’ve got matters you’d like me to cowl, I’d love to listen to from you! E mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or through my contact web page. Up to now, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved out of your questions, which incorporates how one can be extra resilient, how one can be much less anxious, and how one can sleep higher.

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


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