DeveloPassion's Newsletter #106 - Oops

Edition 106 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #106 - Oops

Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois, your host. You're receiving this email because you signed up for DeveloPassion's Newsletter. Thank you for being here with me ✨

Welcome to the 106th edition

Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

This week, I've had a great time with the kids and family. We watched a ton of movies, played together, had dinner, went out and had fun. It's the kind of week that's both calm and crazy, tiring and relaxing. And it's also exactly the kinds of joyful moments that I want in my life. It's not all about productivity, achievements and vanity numbers. Life can be surprisingly simple, yet incredibly rewarding.

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Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

The lab had some trouble this week. On Wednesday I put on the lights and started recording a new video for my YouTube channel. I wanted to publish it this week, but had unforeseen problems. After recording for about an hour, I plugged the camera into the computer, and then realized that the files were empty! Given that I don't follow a rigid script, but try to improvise for each section (simply following a basic outline), I was really demotivated. I had little sparks while recording, but now they're all lost forever 😂. After that, I couldn't find quiet moments to record again. So, no new video this week, but I'll try again soon ;-)

On other news, I've bought a new domain name: I've quickly set it up with Cloudflare and Carrd. My goal was twofold: finally have a more beautiful landing page for my Obsidian starter kit, and make it easier for me to move away from Gumroad at some point. Given their recent pricing changes, I'm not sure if I will continue using their service for a long time. Now that the site is live, I'm gradually going to replace the links everywhere and see how it affects my sales. Because a change like this can go both ways. Either it will convince more people, or it will kill the sales because of the new format. The thing that worries me most is that I can't easily display the number of stars people have left on Gumroad or the number of sales so far (apart from doing it statically). I'll see how this goes...

On other news, I've apparently broke a new record with Google Search:

Google Search impact

And it's pretty clear that the trend is good:

Google search console stats

As an Indie Hacker, I find it really important to be both transparent and honest. It's easy to look at those numbers and consider those great. But in reality, I'm still far from being able to live with my content creation activity. The bulk of the money I get each month comes from consulting and my day job. I'm also struggling to make progress on the projects I care about. But it's alright, as I have decided to optimize for happiness, not revenue. I had enough stress in my life and now I know how valuable my health and sanity are 😂

New articles

My daily note template in Obsidian
In this article, I want to share the template I use in Obsidian for my daily notes. Introduction As journaling is part of my habits, I use my daily note template every single day. That’s why I like to keep it simple and usable. My daily note template Let me
Showing Obsidian front matter using Dataview queries
How to use the dataview plugin to display the YAML front matter of Obsidian notes as a table

Quotes of the week

  • "Where there's money to be saved, there's money to be made" — Eric Simons
  • "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up" — Pablo Picasso

Thinking and learning

How to Make Yourself Into a Learning Machine
Shopify’s Director of Production Engineering explains how reading broadly helps him get to the bottom of things
GPT-3 Is the Best Journal I’ve Ever Used
My slow and steady progression to living out the plot of the movie ‘Her’
How to draw ideas - Ralph Ammer
Four ways how to use drawing to get more ideas: Study, Explore, Develop, and Show. They will boost your creativity.
PKM in Retrospect – PKM Weekly Jan 22 2023 – Issue 053 – Curtis McHale
🌠 Plugin graphs & academic tools
Tasks now supports custom statuses, table experiences are enhanced, & there are new tricks for emacs users.
Jacek’s Blog · Book Review: Algorithms to Live By - The Computer Science of Human Decisions

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

The only answers to your growth are the ones you find yourself
Avoid getting lost in the sea of advice and find confidence in your actions
🐝 Consulting Skills Mastery Issue 4: Problem or opportunity? Maybe
Welcome to issue 4 of Consulting Skills Mastery! I’m bringing lots of simple practical tips in this one. Things you can put into practice with your clients straight away.
Channel-offer fit
I made up a word to describe why followers ain’t revenue
‘I work just 5 hours a week’: A 39-year-old who makes $160,000/month in passive income shares his best business advice
Graham Cochrane went from living on food stamps to making $160,000 a month in passive income through his educational music blog and online courses. He shares his best business advice for new entrepreneurs.
I make $17,000 a month selling online courses in addition to my day job at Amazon. Here’s how I set up this side hustle that only takes a few hours a week.
Jasmine Katatikarn is a tech artist manager at Amazon and she runs the Academy of Animated Art, which sells industry software courses for up to $736.
From idea, to MVP, to $$$ in 60 days
I finally have a success-story to share. I’ve been working on bootstrapped businesses for the past years, struggling to find users, pleading friends to...


Announcing TypeScript 5.0 Beta
Today we’re excited to announce our beta release of TypeScript 5.0! This release brings many new features, while aiming to make TypeScript, smaller, simpler, and faster. We’ve implemented the new decorators standard, functionality to better support ESM projects in Node and bundlers,
chat-gpt-cheatsheet-nueralmagic/ChatGPT Cheat Sheet.pdf at main · kristopher-wayton/chat-gpt-cheatsheet-nueralmagic
The ChatGPT Cheat Sheet. Contribute to kristopher-wayton/chat-gpt-cheatsheet-nueralmagic development by creating an account on GitHub.
History of Web Browser Engines from 1990 until today
History of Web Browser Engines 1990-2020
A Skeptic’s Guide to Software Architecture Decisions
Skepticism is an architectural superpower that helps you to see through false assumptions before you have followed them too far before they have cost you too much time and created so much work that you’ll never completely recover.
Flying away from AWS – Terrateam
Flying away from AWS
GitHub - ripienaar/free-for-dev: A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of interest to devops and infradev
A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of interest to devops and infradev - GitHub - ripienaar/free-for-dev: A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of in...