DeveloPassion's Newsletter #137 - Video gogo

Edition 137 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #137 - Video gogo


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

This week, I only had one day to work on my own projects, so I tried to make it count! I've focused my energy on marketing the Obsidian course, and recording new video content for my YouTube channel.

Apart from that, I've played some Diablo IV, and finally decided to play Red Dead Redemption 2 (better late than never... 😂).

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

Since I've been busy recording and editing videos for my Obsidian course, it was a good opportunity for me to leverage the momentum and continue recording. My plan is to finally publish video content more regularly on YouTube (by the way, now is the time to subscribe!). I want to cover various PKM-related questions (methods, processes, systems, plugins, tools, etc). My not-so-hidden plan is to bring more people into the community, help more people move forward with their journey, and of course sell products and services along the way. Honest win-win. We'll see how that goes! One thing is for sure: I need to learn a lot more about video editing (or hopefully hire someone to help me real soon :p).

The best news of the week is that I've hit a new record with my indie projects. I've made 50 sales this month, leading to $1800+ of revenue. I couldn't be happier. Well, I mean, I could if I hit 10K, but I'm patient 😂

So far, I've sold 600+ copies of the Obsidian Starter Kit, 200+ of the PKM Library, and still ~20 of the Obsidian Course. I also continue to organize regular coaching sessions.

As a new experiment this week, I've enabled an interesting option on Gumroad:

This one recommends products from other creators as part of the checkout form for my own products. Surprisingly, this has generated interesting revenue this month:

The algorithm also recommends my other products, which is always nice, especially when combined with upsells.

New content

This week, I haven't published any new articles, but I've recorded and published a new YouTube video:

In this short one, I explain how to fully automate the filing of notes in Obsidian. It's one of the many cool things I have included in the Obsidian Starter Kit. I think that automation is the holy grail of productive note-taking/note-making. The more we can focus on writing, the better we can think!

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Quotes of the week

  • The two most powerful warriors are patience and time — Leo Tolstoy
  • None of us chooses how we start this life, but we have a big role in deciding how we finish

Thinking and learning

Do you also feel the same oppression?

The Linear Oppression of Note-taking Apps
What we lose when our digital notes remove the freedom to move

I'm exploring different AI plugins with Obsidian. Smart Connections seems like a very interesting one:

An interesting exploration/evaluation of long form content creation with Obsidian:

Writing Long Form Content With Obsidian
An evaluation of the viability of using Obsidian for long form content as opposed to tools like MS Word, Google Docs, & Scrivener.

Yes, Obsidian can be a cool Outliner:

Demystifying Obsidian’s Outlining Superpowers
An Obsidian Guide for the Outliner

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

I've listened to an interesting podcast episode with Rob Walling. In the episode, he explains how successful he was with his blog, but realized that he was just a "commodity". His articles went regularly on the top of HN, but his readers did not know him. He was just one more interesting source of articles read via RSS, and people didn't care about who he was. He then goes on to explain that it's only after starting podcasting/YouTube that people started to know him, recognizing his voice, his face, etc. I thought this was an interesting observation, and it motivates me to create more video and audio content.

I personally believe that Open Source is a great way to move forward with Indie projects. I just need time to prove I'm right 😂:

Is open source the right move for indie hackers? Open-source founders weigh in.
Just about everyone likes open-source software, but few founders choose to build it. I did some digging to find out whether it’s actually a good option…
From FT employment to a $6,500/mo “full-time side-hustle” within 6 months: A peek at an indie hacker’s finances
Brad Adkins left full-time employment to create rap beats professionally, but he soon went into debt. After another stint with full-time employment, he…
How I Capture Content Ideas and Create 500+ Pieces of Content Per Day
Unapologetically analog

A slap in the face of the software craft. Happy customers > code quality 😂:


The new Mojo programming language looks super interesting:

Mojo 🔥: Programming language for all of AI
Mojo combines the usability of Python with the performance of C, unlocking unparalleled programmability of AI hardware and extensibility of AI models.
Together AI Unveils Llama-2-7B-32K-Instruct: A Breakthrough in Extended-Context Language Processing
A multifaceted challenge has arisen in the expansive realm of natural language processing: the ability to adeptly comprehend and respond to intricate and lengthy instructions. As communication nuances become more complicated, the shortcomings of prevailing models in dealing with extensive contextual…