DeveloPassion's Newsletter #125 - A sea of opportunities

Edition 125 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #125 - A sea of opportunities

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

Welcome to the 125th edition

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

This week, I couldn't work on Knowii. I had my hands full with the sale of my current house, the process to obtain a loan to acquire a new one... Hopefully, I should move sometime around September. This weekend I went to the Belgian coast, and it was delightful. I really needed fresh air!

But of course I found some time here and there to make progress on my side projects. To make progress, the only way is to take "small bites" every day.

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

A big decision that I've made this week is to remove the paywall in front of all my articles and newsletters on I'll keep publishing my articles behind a paywall on Medium and Substack, but not on my own domain. There are multiple reasons behind this decision:

  • I actually hate the idea of gating access to my content. I love open source and open content
  • I want as many people as possible to benefit from what I have to share, and I don't want money to stand in the way
  • I hope to boost visits to my website, and consequently, increase product sales
  • I hope my "fans" will still consider becoming subscribers to support my work

I think it's a good move, both for myself and for everyone else.

I've also decided to join Daniel Vassalo's "Small Bets" community. I need to be surrounded by more indie hackers like me. I need to learn more about the way they approach things, what works for them, what doesn't, etc. That's the power of community.

In the past month, my side projects have generated ~$1K in revenue. The PKM coaching sessions are a ton of fun, and I have more and more requests coming in, which is great. I love helping people reach the "Aha" moment. Although, I don't want to end up doing that full time, as it prevents me from focusing on building more passive sources of income (which I prefer).

On other news, I've released version 1.8.0 of the Obsidian Starter Kit. It mainly improves support for task management, but also includes a few new plugins, templates and tweaks. To celebrate, I've launched a new promotion that I also want to share with you. You can use the "releaseparty" promo code to get a 25% discount.

Aside from that, I've updated the Personal Knowledge Library with a bunch of new resources. I've also added an upsell on Gumroad to help raise awareness about the Obsidian Starter Kit for those who stumble upon the library. It's yet another way to strengthen my existing flywheel.

I've also sat down to generate article ideas, and came up with about a hundred titles I want to write in the coming months/years. There's an endless stream of cool ideas to share ❤️

I reached a new high on Google Search 🎉

New articles

No new articles this week!

Quotes of the week

  • "Study the science of art. Study the art of Science. Develop your senses. Especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else" — Leonardo Da Vinci
  • "Have more than you show, speak less than you know" — William Shakespeare

Thinking and learning

Everything I wish I knew when starting to use Obsidian — Nicholas Seitz Photographer
I made plenty of mistakes when starting out with, and it took me months to find high-value workflows. Hopefully, you can skip some of the pain I experienced and get off the ground even faster.
Distilling Your Notes Is Critical
Here’s where the true value can be found
Obsidian: Search Effectively & Efficiently
Ef·fec·tive successful in producing a desired or intended result.
How to write accessibly and make your content better for everyone · Reproof
Accessibility for Writers
“We go to many schools” and the decentralization of education
My 5 year old said to me the other day as we were driving to one of their “schools”. “We go to a lot of schools, don’t we?” And I said, “Yes we do. Are you happy about that?” “Yes, mama.” And then my heart proceeded to melt. 🫠 And maybe

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Guerilla marketing techniques:

✉ Guerrilla Mail - Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address
Don’t want to give them your real email? Use a temporary email. No registration, lasts 60 mins. Protection from Spam

Dare to fail:

Improving SEO performance

How to Measure SEO Performance & Results (The Right Way)
Know what to focus on.
Build Your Thing
The Podcast For Content Creators


Good tips about building large-scale software systems

My Approach to Building Large Technical Projects
How to write great one-pagers, PRDs, Specs, and more
When building a product, it’s important that everyone on the team has a shared understanding of what to build, why it’s important, and a…

The FOSDEM 2023 videos are online (It's been a while actually :p)

FOSDEM 2023 - Events


TED Talks
TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. Ideas free to stream and download.
Theory of Mind May Have Spontaneously Emerged in Large Language Models
This page accompanies the Arxiv preprint: Hosted on the Open Science Framework

We need less noise and more signal:

AI is making it easier to create more noise, when all I want is good search
We use Notion for the bulk of our knowledge management at CodePen. I have no use for an AI that can write for me.
AI vs. AGI vs. Consciousness vs. Super-intelligence vs. Agency
GPT-4 surpasses all sane definitions of “Artificial General Intelligence.” AI (without the “G”) is a fancy way of saying machine learning - finding patterns within giant datasets in order to solve a single problem. E.g. analyzing billions of interstate driving miles to build Autopilot, billions of p…