Hey, I just wanted to let everyone know, it took AGES but I finally just recorded and posted the first Chump Lady podcast over on Patreon!
It’s a half hour with yours truly and Mr. Chump Lady, discussing all the fun that is going to court. Mr CL is a trial lawyer, and the sort of perverse person who actually enjoys the stylized violence of litigation. (Which is really weird if you know him personally, because he’s the nicest guy.) But when Nice Chump Guy persona meets Trial Lawyer, what you get is some really terrific hand-holding about appearing in court. And some banter between us, because hey, we’re married.
Mr. CL (in typical lawyer fashion) would have you note the disclaimer that the podcast is NOT to be construed as legal advice — please see your own attorney for your situation. It’s just BTDT from two chumps, one of whom sues people for a living. The other of whom spent a lot of time in family court being sued pro se. (Good times… )
Hey, why is this for subscribers only?!
Because about 350+ of you support the other 33,000 (yes!) that come here each week.
But you’d really get your message out there if you made FREE podcasts!
Well, you’re probably right, but the unicorns will have to pay for the hosting costs and write columns and pay the nice lady at Arlington Independent Media for studio time and sound editing.
We were just thinking of you.
I know. I should do many, many things to promote CL and CN and I fail to do them because I work a full-time job.
But you should do THIS full-time.
Well, I thought of that. And I got thiiiiiiiiis close. But then I was offered a really good job. And faced with the decision between a 401K and nice benefits versus freedom and a tip jar, I went with the 401K. (People, I just turned 52. Retirement savings is real.) So I do both.
Okay, I subscribed to Patreon, but then stopped because you promised stuff and all I got was some posts and a lousy ringtone. Oh, and a video cast that looks like you made it from the Russian front.
First, thank you for supporting me. Thank you for supporting CN. And it’s totally okay to bow out. I dread disappointing anyone. It’s totally okay to donate once, or for a bit, and stop because you’ve done your part. You’re way ahead of the other bazillion who get it for free.
I will say, I’m working out the bugs and now that I’m past the hurdle of podcasting and learning to never EVER rely on my home wifi for video casts (ethernet cable!) no matter what the speed test tells you. I shall be better at new Patreon content.
The real bugbear is time. I wake up every morning and write or rerun a column (which still involves some set up). Then I go to work, and when I come home and just want to eat dinner and get in yoga pants and watch Escape to the Country… I open up my laptop and see:
That’s my inbox after 8 hours.
Boo hoo. Suck it up, Chump Lady. Where’s my UBT?
There. Right next to my free time.
I started CL when I was a freelancer. It was going to be a little hobby, you know, keep me off the RIC sites yelling “RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!” Simply a brain dump of what I learned about infidelity. Draw some cartoons. Then Huffington Post called. Then I wrote a book… then this thing flipped a million… then I met people who told me how much it helped them… Then I got invited to Australia… and met GLOBAL chumps…and now we’re closing in on 23 million.
So, you created a monster?
I hope I created a movement. But guys, please understand I’m stretched thin. And I’m thinking of ways I can preserve CN but bring content in new, original ways. And in ways that benefit the supporters.
Yes! Like podcasts! You want to hear my adorable, badass husband give not-legal-legal advice? About how not to lose your cool in court when the other side tries to paint you as batshit crazy? Then pony up $10 and support the blog for a month. And maybe the month after that.
Lots of new people wash up on our shores. It’s a BIG job to change a narrative. Thanks for listening.