DeveloPassion's Newsletter #108 - The Future of Community Knowledge Management

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #108 - The Future of Community Knowledge Management

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Welcome to the 108th edition

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

This week, I started working on Knowii, the community tool I want to build. Unfortunately, I had to take a break to take care of my son, who is sick once again. Oh the joys of baby nurseries 😂. But it's okay, it's part of the "contract" I've signed with myself when I decided to become an indie hacker. Happiness and family first!

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Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

Knowii, the future of Community Knowledge Management?

So far, Knowii is still almost entirely in my mind. It's a project that I've been thinking about for quite some time. I would've preferred to deliver focusd first, but I've lost contact with André after my breakup. Now it's been almost a year, so I feel like that project is going to remain frozen for quite some time. Intellectual property is a boon and a bane. Even if I wanted to continue working on it alone, I would have to acquire the IP of the UI/UX we've imagined together, even if it ain't much. And I don't have much energy to start such discussions right now. Anyway, even though I'm convinced that focused productivity deserves better tools, I actually think that helping communities can have much more positive impact on the world.

So, what is Knowii? It's a tool to help communities better store, organize, share and monetize their knowledge. The name stands for "Knowledge, Ideas and Inspiration". Its first goal is to let them curate content (e.g., collections of resources/links). The second goal is to bring the experts, creators and mentors front and center. As I've stated in my latest article, we can learn a lot more about a topic when we know who to learn from. By providing communities with the means to create people directories, linking those with their creations, and voting on resources, my hope is that the most interesting "voices" will be easy to discover.

I first thought about building Knowii when I created the Personal Knowledge Management Library. I realized how valuable community-centered knowledge bases are, and how communities are currently missing out and left without proper tools. As a community "manager" myself, I've felt the pain of not finding anything to help me do what I wanted. That's why I think I can help solve the Community Knowledge Management "problem".

I'll tell you more about the project in the coming weeks!

The lab 🧪

This week, the sales of the Obsidian Starter Kit and of the Personal Knowledge Management Library remained stable, but the revenue dropped after I've enabled Purchasing Power Parity on Gumroad. I don't regret this though, as it gives more people the opportunity to buy my products at a fair price. I'm also happy about the fact that the new landing page of the Obsidian Starter Kit does not negatively impact the conversion rate!

I've reached two awesome milestones this week. First, I've finally got a new paid subscriber:

My newsletter's MRR

It may not be much, but it means a lot to me. I only need to repeat this a thousand times to be free. Ain't that wonderful? 🎉

Second, I've hit 100 subscribers on YouTube:

Hit 100 subscribers on YouTube

Again, nothing earth-shattering, but it's super important to be grateful. Little progress is still progress ❤️

New articles

Meta-learning, the missing link in (your) education
Meta-learning (learning how to learn) might be the key that you need to build a better future for yourself.

Quotes of the week

  • "The highest form of wealth is the ability to wake up every morning and say, I can do whatever I want today" — Morgan Housel
  • "What feels like failure today is often part of success tomorrow"

Book of the week

Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.

Thinking and learning

How Our Environment Affects What We Remember - Neuroscience News
When successive experiences occur in the same environment, they become more deeply imprinted in our brain.
How Scholars Once Feared That the Book Index Would Destroy Reading
When I first began to teach English Literature at university, here is how a lesson would typically begin: Me: Can everyone please turn to page 128 of Mrs Dalloway ? Student A: What page is it in t…
EXPERIMENT 001: Cross-reference Navigation in Obsidian
An exeperiment demoing the concept of cross-reference navigation.
All you need is links
When Tim Berners Lee talks about how he designed the web, he uses an analogy from physics, describing his process as a quest to find “fundamental laws” which can generate a desired system: One of the beautiful things about physics is its ongoing quest to find simple rules that describe the behavior…
How New Ideas Arise
Architect and poet Paolo Belardi traces the many conditions and situations that have inspired extraordinary ideas across the arts and sciences.

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Do you use boilerplate to launch new projects?
It feels that every time I launch a new project I had to build the same stuff over and over again. UIs and business logic to manage authentication, onbo...
My Fifth Year as a Bootstrapped Founder
Five years ago today, I quit my job as a developer at Google to create my own self-funded software business. This is a review of my last year and what I’ve learned so far about bootstrapping software businesses.
How long does it take you to write your newsletter?
Hi guys, So, how long do you spend writing your newsletter, vs publishing and repurposing its content on different social media. which one of them shoul...
How to find good product ideas on Reddit
Most of the posts about finding viable business ideas on Reddit come down to: 1) Find a particular subreddit 2) Monitor for activity/discussions around...
Money-Making Principles I Know at 36 That I Wish I Knew at 21 | Tim Denning
At 21, I was dumb idiot with too much cum and not enough brains. Through dumb luck I managed to build an enormous eCommerce business with 100+ employees. I ...


Scientists Made a Mind-Bending Discovery About How AI Actually Works
Researchers are trying to figure out why AI systems are good at learning so much with so little.
Podman vs Docker: Comparing the Two Containerization Tools
Containers offer portable, lightweight environments for developing and deploying applications. And while Docker has been the most popular containerization tool, Podman has arisen as a compelling alternative. What sets the two tools apart, and when should you use one over the other? Find out in this…
Things I want to see in JavaScript and Frontend development in 2023 • Paul Armstrong
We’re now nearly a month into the year 2023. I’ve started a new job and have been doing a lot of research for new projects and auditing old code. This process has given me time to reflect on what is and is not working – and what I’d like to see going forward this year.
FOSS could be an unintended victim of EU security crusade
Don’t throw the open source baby out with the bathwater

About Sébastien

Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois. I'm an author, founder, and CTO. I write books and articles about software development & IT, personal knowledge management, personal organization, and productivity. I also craft lovely digital products 🚀

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