DeveloPassion's Newsletter #113 - Grains of sand and Mountains

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #113 - Grains of sand and Mountains

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 113th edition

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

This week, I've decided to acquire new camera gear. I've bought three new lenses:

It's certainly not the most reasonable idea given how little I've done for my YouTube channel, but it's useful for different situations. Plus, I love photography, so it's a real pleasure to have new toys to play with. The main reason it's not reasonable is that it eats away the revenue I've made recently, so it reduces my runway and limits my ability to sustain my current lifestyle, should I lose a client or have a big decrease in revenue. But hey, life is short ;-)

The other big news of the week (for me at least) is the release of GPT-4. It's really HUGE. I've shared some resources about the release in my latest Midweek Links edition. My feeling is that we all need to become Prompt Engineers to some extent. In the coming years, those systems will continue to improve. And as they do, our ability to ask good questions will become more and more crucial.

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Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

This month, the revenue for my existing products has continued to decrease. I'm now back to ~$700 over the last 30 days. I haven't put enough effort into marketing recently, and it's quite obvious given how little visits my pages get. Over the last 7 days, I've only had 13 visits to Dev Concepts and 40 to ObsidianStarterKit. Clearly, I need to wake up and re-engage on social networks, in particular LinkedIn and Twitter. I took a break after the clusterf*** that Elon Musk caused with Twitter, and I've clearly lost momentum there. It's hard to get back in that game when you get so little attention ;-)

On Medium, I was glad to have 10 referred members, but unfortunately I've lost two last month. Also, since I don't publish often enough, my articles fail to get much attention there. I'm back down to ~13K views per month, which is not bad, but far from what I reached a while ago. The PKM Journal has the same problem. I need to find more authors to join and contribute content.

About this newsletter, I'm still at $15 MRR so far. It feels really difficult to convince my audience (i.e., you) to support my content creation efforts. Sometimes it makes me wonder why I'm trying so hard, week after week, month after month. But then I remember that I just want more freedom in my life, and this is the path that I've chosen to achieve that goal. So I'll keep trying 🚀

New articles

The poison of Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a poison. It’s a disease that we need to understand and fight against. Here’s why.

Quotes of the week

  • "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things" — Robert Breault

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. It's also why I love the "Gratitude" section of my daily notes and weekly reviews. Taking note of seemingly unimportant, but positive events in my life makes a big difference in how I look back. Appreciating the little things is key to happiness!

Book of the week

This is the book that I'm currently reading. The Business of Belonging is a book dedicated to community building and community "management". I'm about halfway through, and I really like the content so far. I firmly believe that community is at the core of everything, and we need to be more aware of that and more willing to contribute.

How cool is that?!

Pixel Perfect: RTX Video Super Resolution Now Available | NVIDIA Blog
Learn how RTX Video Super Resolution uses AI to improve streaming video in latest Game Ready Driver for GeForce RTX 40 and 30 Series GPUs.

Thinking and learning

Obsidian quick start for a new job
I recently started a new job and took the opportunity to start using Obsidian from day 1. There was a major limitation however — I wasn’t…
Music Theory Cheat Sheet: Keys, Scales, Chords, Notes & Intervals |
An interactive music theory cheat sheet with scales, diatonic chords, notes on the piano, notes on the staff and key signature for all major and minor keys.
Why I built Postcard: A calmer alternative to social networks
During the pandemic, I deleted most of my social media accounts. While social networks started as a great way to stay in touch - the websites evolved into addictive entertainment platforms. But I still wanted to keep in touch with friends and family. S…
Concept maps — creating overview of your permanent notes
The slipbox, or zettelkasten, method is one of the most widely recognized personal knowledge management systems (PKM). The zettelkasten…
Charles Darwin's Note-Making Method from NoteTaking
I’m a very slow thinker | Derek Sivers

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Hacking reddit - how to self-promote without getting banned 💡
Hey guys, As indiehackers, we don’t want to post on reddit because we’ve seen how much downvotes & backlash self-promotional posts receive. I know it ve…
7 tips for Solopreneurs that sound stupid but they actually work
Sick of hearing the same advice “talk to your customers” over and over again? Same here. That’s why I picked 7 tips from our MakerBox journey that initi…
Business Name Generator - free AI-powered naming tool - Namelix
Namelix uses artificial intelligence to create a short, brandable business name. Search for domain availability, and instantly generate a logo for your new business
We’ll take community seriously when it’s embedded into the product experience
🌈 Originally published on Rosieland.
$10 experiments that bring $100,000 return
Is it me, or has “risk” become a dirty word?


This one-page calendar will change how you view the year
It’s simpler, more compact, and reusable from year-to-year in a way that no other calendar is. Here’s both how it works and how to use it.
Natural language is the lazy user interface
A chatbot is the lazy user interface. It puts all the burden on the user to articulate good questions.
Your frontend needs a database
Introducing Service Weaver: A Framework for Writing Distributed Applications
The Next.js SEO Playbook: Ranking higher with Next.js on Vercel – Vercel
SEO is a critical priority in Next.js on Vercel, letting you rank higher in search engine results and better optimize your content for users.

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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