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A Patreon, a New Publication, and a Website 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 means of every day with out cracking no 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

Lots of you have got 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 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 steered I begin one up, and in my tiny working increments I used to be capable of get it up and working.

Lots 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! 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 daily 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 an incredible feeling to have a group of individuals asking to help me from far off locations. I’ve had artists and photographers attain out as effectively, 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 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 web site redesign, and information.
  • Capacity to vote on future episode subjects 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 another 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 fowl, one among Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (these are the birds within the header of this put up – 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 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 power sickness into audio kind with a purpose 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 stream that displays my current.
  • Common help 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) put up 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 after 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 at all times plan for my publication to be free, it made sense to change over.

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

If you happen to had been on the Hyperlinks I Beloved listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. If you happen to assume you had been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please verify your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And if you happen to’re concerned with receiving it, please join beneath.

You possibly can 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 adore it, and I’ve loved writing on it for all these years by means of the iterations and redesigns, but it surely’s not me.

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

Additionally altering? The slogan. I’m not telling tales by means 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 All the pieces, similar 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 identical to this group.


Legal Nomads | Curious About Everything

The principle web page can have related classes as proper now, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by at this time?” 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 web site 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 kind of “I’m going to write down 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Until I used to be underneath deadline, my writing held the identical type of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I want to write down” feeling began, I knew I wanted to fill up on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with associates. I’d neglect to eat, dwell, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted the whole lot 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 all the way down to my laptop computer however discovered the enjoyment partly within the means of my mind’s wandering.

(Working example: 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 inventive and alive, and it’s been very onerous 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 transferring towards a podcast as an alternative.

The podcast was going to be referred to as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the title to be “The Manner By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by means of the ups and downs of life. You probably have subjects 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. So far, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved 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 help, love, and enthusiasm as I navigate by means of this sophisticated time. I hope you’re staying secure and effectively.




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