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A Patreon, a New E-newsletter, and a Website Redesign


Final up to date on April 27, 2021.

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 occasions, and actually I’m simply impressed with anybody who makes it by way 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 may 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 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, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Quite a lot of you on this neighborhood have urged 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 assist solely. So as a substitute 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 (under), 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 everyday output a lot that I’d relatively be completely positive 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 assist me from remote 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 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.
  • Capability 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, 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 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 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 continual 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 dwelling web page, emblem, and website circulation that displays my current.
  • Normal assist for me as I navigate this new, restricted, lifestyle.

A giant 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) put up that I might 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 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 accomplished three thus far and so they comply with the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings a couple of subject of curiosity, private updates, the perfect studying from across the net that month. The following one goes out on the finish of February.

Should you have been on the Hyperlinks I Cherished checklist, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. Should you suppose you have been however didn’t get the brand new publication, please test your spam folders on February twenty eighth! And when you’re interested by receiving it, please join under.

You possibly can try the archives right here, first.

A Authorized Nomads Redesign

This website now 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 way of the iterations and redesigns, but it surely’s now not me.

This time, colors, emblem, 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, among the class circulation, and the about web page and fundamental 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 All the things, similar 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 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 in at the moment?” 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 a little bit 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 put in writing 4000 phrases each morning” individuals. Until I used to be below deadline, my writing held the identical form of whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I want to put in writing” feeling began, I knew I wanted to top off on snacks, get a bathe in now, and cancel plans with buddies. I might overlook to eat, stay, and do day-to-day duties; writing blotted all the things out.

It sounds manic, I’ll offer you 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 technique 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 received 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 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 stated 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 title to be “The Manner By” – as a result of at its core, it’s a podcast about getting by way of the ups and downs of life. If in case 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. To date, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved out of your questions, which incorporates the right way to be extra resilient, the right way to be much less anxious, and the right way to sleep higher.

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



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