DeveloPassion's Newsletter #122 - PKM Coaching

Edition 122 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #122 - PKM Coaching

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Welcome to the 122th edition

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

I have huge news to share: I'm buying a new house. It's smaller, it's in a city (first time for me!!), but it's lovely and cozy. I can't wait to get the keys! 🎉

This week, I wanted to prepare for the semi-marathon I'm going to run, but my back did not agree with me. It decided that folding clothes was too much already. Back pain is a real motivation killer. I tried focusing on work and progress, but all I could think of was "gee, this hurts!".

Needless to say, I'm not prepared for the semi-marathon coming up this Sunday. But I don't want to give up. I'll give it my best, and hopefully I'll reach the finish line. If you don't hear from me next week, then I guess it's because I failed and need more time to recover 😂.

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

Two weeks ago, I launched a PKM coaching offering. Basically coaching around note-taking, note-making, knowledge management and learning. It's something that I've done basically all my life and enjoy a lot, so I guess that I have a few lessons learned and ideas to share! A few customers booked some sessions with me, and so far it's been a lot of fun.

On other news, I've increased the price of the Obsidian Starter Kit. It's probably the last time I increase the price before I launch the accompanying course.

I made a few decisions too:

  • I will translate the Obsidian Starter Kit and user guide to French
  • I will create a video series for the Obsidian Starter Kit, and it will be an optional buy (upsell). Hopefully, it'll help some folks get started even more quickly and/or better suit their learning style

In the past 30 days, my indie projects generated ~$875, which remains more or less in line with the previous months.

I haven't made progress on Knowii. I'm still working on the first iteration, which aims to let people create or join communities. Within communities, members will be able to create and share collections of resources. At first, those resources will be Web links. Thus, v1 will be similar to the defunct We're getting there!

New articles

I've published an article in which I've shared 10 practices that I consider key to improving your PKM skills:

Ten Personal Knowledge Management Practices to Explore and Master
Ten practices that you should explore to improve your Personal Knowledge Management skills

Quotes of the week

  • "Only the mediocre are always at their best" — Jean Giraudoux
  • "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" — Jon Kabat-Zinn

Thinking and learning

Do you suffer from Verknüpfungszwang - the compulsion to find connections?
by u/atomicnotes in Zettelkasten
How to Summarize Books Using ChatGPT: 7 Experiments in AI Distillation
Tiago Forte experiments with using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically create a high-quality book summary of Tom DeMarco’s Slack.
Obsidian: Create your own Web Clipper
This article shares how to create your own Obsidian web clipper. It will allow you to send web content of your choosing to your Obsidian…
Why and How I use “Org Mode” for my writing and more
I find myself telling people that they will have to pry org-mode from my cold dead hands. Which befuddles me. Why, as an ingrate software nerd who has soured on software technology — talk about biting the hand that feeds — do I evince such strong sentiment about a software program?!
Is great story the same as great education?
I’ve been studying storytelling for my whole adult life. Theatre, Film, Writing, Digital.. you name it, I’ve studied it. ( Literally I have…

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Why I Pulled the Plug on My Startup After Just 6 Months
Hi there, I am Andrei, a full stack developer, building SaaS products on the side of my 9-5 job. I am here to share my experience of shutting down my fi…
If you don’t build in public, you’re wasting your time
During this past month, I’ve been thinking about building my first product. I’ve read a lot of articles about tips, strategies, and founder stories in a…
Five Lessons from my failed SAAS Startup.
Have you tried building something and failed?


Have you looked at the new React docs yet?

The library for web and native user interfaces

Tailwind keeps pushing forward! From what I've seen on Twitter, Adam Wathan is wondering about removing the need for PostCSS. That would be cool!

Tailwind CSS v3.3: Extended color palette, ESM/TS support, logical properties, and more - Tailwind CSS
Tailwind CSS v3.3 is here — bringing a bunch of new features people have been asking for forever, and a bunch of new stuff you didn’t even know you wanted.

Cool IBM courses

Develop Skills with Free Courses in Tech | IBM SkillsBuild
Are you future-ready? Learn tech skills with IBM SkillsBuild free courses - from AI fundamentals to data science and security, all backed by industry experts!


Building Trustworthy AI - Schneier on Security

Interesting take on LLMs

Tony Seale on LinkedIn: #machinelearning #datagovernance #llm #gpt #semanticweb #knowledgegraph… | 82 comments
Large Language Models (LLMs) have erupted onto the scene like a volcano🌋! They have caused a seismic shift in the field of Machine Learning and beyond, with… | 82 comments on LinkedIn

An all-in-one LLM client (ChatGPT, Bard, Bing, Claude, etc):

GitHub - chathub-dev/chathub: All-in-one chatbot client
All-in-one chatbot client. Contribute to chathub-dev/chathub development by creating an account on GitHub.
Image shows world has changed forever
GPT-4, the new iteration of Chat GPT, is changing the world right before our eyes.