Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
Probably just like most of you, this week has been quite loaded. I had very little time to think, but I couldn't skip my yearly review, and I didn't want to leave you without a last newsletter for 2023! 2023 is almost over, and I can't wait to start a new year, work on cool projects and share ideas with you all ❤️
I wish you all to enjoy these last days of 2023. And don't forget to make plans for next year! Periodic reviews remain one of my top recommendations for anyone willing to evolve and progress.
Alright, let's gooooo 🚀
The lab 🧪
So far, I've sold 1026 copies of my products on Gumroad. This is something I'm really proud of, because it means that I have helped more than a thousand people improve their lives in some way. This is much more than I could ever have with my day job ❤️
Surprisingly, I already sold 40+ copies of the Knowledge Worker Kit, which is much more than I had anticipated. Especially given that it's still in beta.
This adds positive pressure for me to deliver, which is why I'll focus on that project during the first months of 2024.
This newsletter continues to be my favorite side project, as it enables me to meet many cool people, and I'm always psyched when I get feedback and ideas. You are almost a thousand following me and engaging regularly. It is extremely gratifying and motivating. I think of you all as my one thousand fans ;-)
That being said, only six of you have decided to become paid subscribers, and I continue to wonder how to provide more value to you all. All ideas are welcome!
No new articles this week.
Quotes of the week
- An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence — Honoré de Balzac
- Desire is my enemy. No matter what I want, it causes me to be unhappy right now because I'm in need
Plans for 2024
I'm still 100% focused on getting rid of my day job, and replacing it with more fulfilling alternatives. At this point, bootstrapping still feels like the best way for me to reach that goal.
Here are my plans for the first semester of 2024:
On the media business side, I intend to focus on the Knowledge Worker Kit, become more active on social networks (mainly X, LinkedIn and Substack). I also want to continue publishing articles about PKM. In addition, I'll also write more and more about Personal Organization and Zen Productivity. I will most probably start working on a video course to complement the Knowledge Worker Kit. I also want to start working on a book about Personal Knowledge Management. There is clear demand for that, and I have enough expertise and ideas to share on that topic. Last but not least, I want to continue growing this newsletter, my YouTube channel, and launch a podcast 🚀
I will also set some time aside to work on Knowii. I realize that it's more of a passion project, but I continue to believe that the world needs more Community Knowledge Management tools.
On top of all that, I'll also continue maintaining and improving the Obsidian Starter Kit, which is still my best-selling product, and the one I've received most praise about.
Thinking and learning
This week, I've finally dived deeper into the Smart Connections plugin for Obsidian. I find it extremely valuable and useful. It will certainly be part of the next release of the Obsidian Starter Kit.
Being able to discover more opportunities to link notes together is super useful to strengthen your knowledge base and spark new ideas.
Check out this video if you want to learn more about it:
Ready to get to the next level?
If so, then check out the Knowledge Worker Kit, the Obsidian Starter Kit, the Obsidian Starter Course, the PKM Library, a PKM coaching session with me, my collection of books about software development and the IT Concepts Wall 🔥.
If you want to discuss, then don't hesitate to join the Personal Knowledge Management community or the Software Crafters community.
Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois (you can follow me on Twitter 🐦).
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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