It’s been an extended whilst since I’ve written on Prison Nomads. When other folks ask how I’m doing, I’ve taken to pronouncing, “I’m striking in as highest as I will.” What else are we able to all do? Those are lovely peculiar, excessive occasions, and in truth I’m simply inspired with any individual who makes it thru every day 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 truly rewarding issues, which I’m excited to percentage with you right here.
1. I’ve Introduced My Patreon
Lots of you’ve got requested about tactics to help me at a time the place I will’t bodily paintings the way in which I used to. Patreon is a good way to take action.
I launched my Patreon to the sector throughout the final 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 group have prompt I get started one up, and in my tiny running increments I used to be in a position to get it up and working.
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 a substitute of every tier providing increasingly more 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 candies (under), as a result of there are nonetheless many a laugh issues I will supply inside of my restricted state.
I structured it this manner as a result of ache limits my each day output such a lot that I’d somewhat be completely positive that I will ship what I promise, vs. developing prime financial tiers and smash that promise.
It’s an important feeling to have a group of other folks asking to help me from a ways flung puts. I’ve had artists and photographers succeed in out as smartly, to offer per thirty days candies that I will 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.
Regardless that this can be a support-only Patreon, everybody does obtain a number of rewards!
- Your identify on the Patreon thanks web page on Prison Nomads.
- Your identify on an Instagram thanks publish.
- Early get admission to to podcast main points, Prison Nomads web page redesign, and information.
- Talent to vote on long term episode subjects for the podcast.
- Per 30 days video or audio AMAs on Patreon, as my well being permits. You’ll be able to publish questions that I can resolution.
- Shorter movies with updates about development for the podcast, redesign, and another updates within the Prison 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 chook, certainly one of Bob, Fiona, or Arthur (those are the birds within the header of this publish – I like them such a lot.)
I would possibly upload upper tiers with explicit rewards later. There also are a laugh candies 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 finances:
- Investment my running prices in order that I will stay my internet sites 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 continual sickness into audio shape in an effort to cause them to extra available to others (I can rent a valid engineer to do that).
- Redesigning Prison Nomads to incorporate a brand new house web page, emblem, and web page waft that displays my provide.
- Basic help for me as I navigate this new, restricted, way of living.
A large because of 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 giant 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 E-newsletter
I discussed in my final (August 2020) publish that I might be restarting my publication on Substack. I did so as a result of Aweber was once turning into price prohibitive at a time once I wasn’t in a position to paintings, and Substack’s choices are unfastened except you rate on your publication (at which level they take a proportion). Since I all the time plan for my publication to be unfastened, it made sense to change over.
I’ve completed 3 to this point they usually observe the strains of my former Hyperlinks I Cherished missives: some musings about a subject of pastime, private updates, the most productive studying from across the internet that month. The following one is going out on the finish of February.
In case you had been at the Hyperlinks I Cherished record, I’ve introduced you over to Substack. In case you assume you had been however didn’t get the brand new newsletter, please take a look at your unsolicited mail folders on February twenty eighth! And when you’re occupied with receiving it, please join under.
You’ll be able to take a look at the archives right here, first.
A Prison Nomads Redesign
This web page now not displays the individual I’m, or the lifestyles that I lead. I like it, and I’ve loved writing on it for a majority of these years in the course of the iterations and redesigns, however it’s now not me.
This time, colors, emblem, and structure are going to switch. I don’t plan to switch too a lot given my restricted bandwidth however will get started with the fundamentals: the homepage, one of the most class waft, and the about web page and elementary textual content.
Additionally converting? The slogan. I’m now not telling tales thru meals any more. I’m additionally now not a prison nomad, however after 12 years right here I am sticking to the area. The brand new slogan is Curious About The entirety, similar because the publication. The primary theme color can 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 group.
The primary web page can have identical classes as at the moment, however will ask the query, “What are you interested in as of late?” to browse them. Instead of 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 page that displays a bit of extra of my provide mindset, even though in fact interest is what fuelled my lifetime of go back and forth all alongside.
I used to be by no means a kind of “I’m going to write down 4000 phrases each and every morning” other folks. Except I used to be beneath cut-off date, my writing held the similar roughly whimsy as my travels: when inspiration struck, I pounced. After which I mainly went feral. When the tingly, “I wish to write” feeling began, I knew I had to replenish on snacks, get a bath in now, and cancel plans with pals. I might fail to remember to devour, are living, and do day by day duties; writing blotted the whole 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 adventure would lead me. I by no means had a suite arc sooner than I sat right down to my pc however discovered the enjoyment in part within the means of my mind’s wandering.
(Living proof: I stood as much as write this publish now, and learned I ignored one thing I used to be meant to do at 8pm… as a result of I were given misplaced in writing.)
My level is this is that the act of writing is itself one of these giant a part of what makes me really feel inventive and alive, and it’s been very arduous 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 mentioned in my 12 years of Prison Nomads publish, I’m going to be transferring towards a podcast as a substitute.
The podcast was once going to be referred to as Ask a Jodi, however I’ve modified the identify to be “The Method Via” – as a result of at its core, this can be a podcast about getting in the course of the ups and downs of lifestyles. When you’ve got subjects you’d like me to hide, I’d love to listen to from you! E mail me at jodi-@-legalnomads .com or by way of my touch web page. So far, I’ve an inventory I’ve saved out of your questions, which contains easy methods to be extra resilient, easy methods to be much less nervous, and easy methods to sleep higher.
That’s it for now! Thank you for your entire help, love, and exuberance as I navigate thru this difficult time. I am hoping you’re staying secure and smartly.