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

It’s been a protracted whilst since I’ve written on Felony Nomads. When other folks ask how I’m doing, I’ve taken to announcing, “I’m striking in as perfect as I will be able to.” What else are we able to all do? Those are lovely abnormal, excessive occasions, and in truth I’m simply inspired with any individual who makes it thru on a daily basis with out cracking once or more.

Whilst I haven’t been writing a lot right here, I have been running (in 20 minute status increments!) on some in point of fact rewarding issues, which I’m excited to percentage with you right here.

1. I’ve Introduced My Patreon

Lots of you’ve requested about tactics to help me at a time the place I will be able to’t bodily paintings the way in which I used to. Patreon is a good way to take action.

I launched my Patreon to the arena all the way through the ultimate week of February. For the ones unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a club platform that permits other folks to enroll to obtain updates, in the back of the scenes movies, non-public podcasts and extra from their favorite creatives, writers, or artists. Numerous you on this neighborhood have instructed I get started one up, and in my tiny running increments I used to be ready to get it up and operating.

Lots of my go back and forth running a blog friends have began one, however my Patreon is just a little other than the norm, as it’s help solely. So as an alternative of every tier providing increasingly rewards for what you join, my marketing campaign has every tier receiving the similar get admission to and advantages because the others. However! Not like many support-only Patreons, it nonetheless does have a laugh sweets (under), as a result of there are nonetheless many a laugh issues I will be able to supply inside of my restricted state.

I structured it this manner as a result of ache limits my day after day output such a lot that I’d reasonably be completely certain that I will be able to ship what I promise, vs. growing prime financial tiers and damage that promise.

It’s an awesome feeling to have a neighborhood of other folks asking to help me from some distance flung puts. I’ve had artists and photographers succeed in out as smartly, to offer per month sweets that I will be able to upload to the tiers — most commonly bird-related or soup-related, which turns out about proper!

The release video is under. Patreon web page is right here. We’re as much as about 170 other folks now, on the time of writing.

Despite the fact that this is a support-only Patreon, everybody does obtain a number of rewards!

  • Your identify on the Patreon thanks web page on Felony Nomads.
  • Your identify on an Instagram thanks put up.
  • Early get admission to to podcast main points, Felony Nomads web site redesign, and information.
  • Skill to vote on long term episode subjects for the podcast.
  • Per month video or audio AMAs on Patreon, as my well being lets in. You’ll post questions that I will be able to resolution.
  • Shorter movies with updates about development for the podcast, redesign, and some other updates within the Felony Nomads universe.
  • Supporting me with a solid source of revenue at a time the place I’m bodily not able to paintings as I used to.
  • A thanks picture of your tier hen, certainly one of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (those are the birds within the header of this put up – I like them such a lot.)

I would possibly upload upper tiers with particular rewards later. There also are a laugh sweets within the works as I discussed above.

I noticed this at the web page itself, however right here’s how I plan to make use of the price range:

  • Investment my running prices in order that I will be able to stay my web pages and initiatives afloat.
  • Supporting the release and manufacturing of my new podcast, that can permit me to create and percentage 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 shape with a view to lead them to extra out there to others (I will be able to rent a legitimate engineer to do that).
  • Redesigning Felony Nomads to incorporate a brand new house web page, emblem, and web site glide that displays my provide.
  • Normal help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, way of living.

A large due to the next glorious other folks, who took the time and effort to preview the web page, the video, and provides comments alongside the way in which (together with many testing-of-the-banner-image-on-mobile makes an attempt) for this large release: 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 ultimate (August 2020) put up that I might be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber used to be changing into price prohibitive at a time after I wasn’t ready to paintings, and Substack’s choices are loose except you fee in your publication (at which level they take a share). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be loose, it made sense to change over.

I’ve accomplished 3 up to now they usually observe the traces of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings about an issue of pastime, non-public updates, the most productive studying from across the internet that month. The following one is going out on the finish of February.

In the event you have been at the Hyperlinks I Cherished listing, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In the event you assume you have been however didn’t get the brand new e-newsletter, please test your unsolicited mail folders on February twenty eighth! And if you happen to’re excited about receiving it, please enroll under.

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

A Felony Nomads Redesign

This web site not displays the individual I’m, or the lifestyles that I lead. I find it irresistible, and I’ve loved writing on it for these kind of years throughout the iterations and redesigns, however it’s not me.

This time, colors, emblem, and structure are going to modify. I don’t plan to modify too a lot given my restricted bandwidth however will get started with the fundamentals: the homepage, probably the most class glide, and the about web page and fundamental textual content.

Additionally converting? The slogan. I’m now not telling tales thru meals any further. I’m additionally now not a criminal nomad, however after 12 years right here I am sticking to the area. The brand new slogan is Curious About The entirety, identical because the publication. The primary theme color will likely be a green-blue, under. I’ve additionally selected a mascot, a raven I’ve named Arthur, since corvids are insatiably curious similar to this neighborhood.


Legal Nomads | Curious About Everything

The primary web page can have equivalent classes as at the moment, however will ask the query, “What are you interested by these days?” to browse them. Rather then that and the look-and-feel of the house web page, I would possibly make adjustments little by little however the content material from the decade will stay. I’m excited to have a web site that displays somewhat extra of my provide mindset, although after all interest is what fuelled my lifetime of go back and forth all alongside.

Podcast Development

I used to be by no means a type of “I’m going to jot down 4000 phrases each and every morning” other folks. Except I used to be below cut-off date, my writing held the similar more or less whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I want to write” feeling began, I knew I had to replenish on snacks, get a bath in now, and cancel plans with pals. I might overlook to devour, are living, and do day by day duties; writing blotted the whole thing out.

It sounds manic, I’ll come up with that, however it labored for me as a result of I by no means knew the place the writing adventure would lead me. I by no means had a suite arc prior to I sat all the way down to my computer however discovered the enjoyment in part within the means of my mind’s wandering.

(Working example: I stood as much as write this put up now, and learned I overlooked one thing I used to be intended to do at 8pm… as a result of I were given misplaced in writing.)

My level is here’s that the act of writing is itself this kind of large a part of what makes me really feel ingenious and alive, and it’s been very exhausting to not have it in my lifestyles. I’ve learned voice-to-text does now not convey me the wanted tinglies, nor do different lodging for my CSF leak. In order I stated in my 12 years of Felony Nomads put up, I’m going to be shifting towards a podcast as an alternative.

The podcast used to be going to be known as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Method Thru” – as a result of at its core, this is a podcast about getting throughout the ups and downs of lifestyles. If in case you have subjects you’d like me to hide, I’d love to listen to from you! E-mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or by means of my touch web page. To this point, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved out of your questions, which incorporates easy methods to be extra resilient, easy methods to be much less frightened, and easy methods to sleep higher.

That’s it for now! Thank you for your whole help, love, and exuberance as I navigate thru this sophisticated time. I’m hoping you’re staying protected and smartly.



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