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DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Growth
By Sébastien Dubois • Issue #35 • View online
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Welcome to the 35th edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week I’ve participated in the Community Growth event of Orbit. It was a week-long, but I only managed to attend the first two days. Hopefully, I’ll play catch-up later and watch the recordings.
I’m really enjoying my journey into community building. This week, the Personal Knowledge Management community that I’ve launched back in August has reached 50 members 🎉
It takes time and lots of effort to turn an idea into a living community, but it’s really motivating to see people coming back and exchanging ideas. A fun part for me is also noticing how this initiative creates bridges between different groups of people I follow. Community building is definitely fun!
Alright, let’s go! 🚀

An overview of the notes I've added to my PKM this week
An overview of the notes I've added to my PKM this week
Paid newsletter
This week I’ve decided to launch a paid version of my newsletter. Here’s what I have in mind for it.
First, don’t worry; the weekly edition of this newsletter will remain free.
As you know, I like running small experiments; small and riskless bets as I like to call these. Creating a paid newsletter is one of those experiments. I’m exploring different possible sources of income, in the hope of being able to dedicate more time and energy to activities that I find more fulfilling, such as writing, sharing knowledge, and creating digital products.
One of the main goals I’ve already set for myself for next year is to read a lot more non-fiction books. I want to read a lot about neurosciences, personal development, motivation, success, community building, communication skills, and many more topics.
As I read through those books, I intend to systematically take notes. I’ll capture the best quotes, the core ideas, and as much knowledge as I can. I’ll write a summary for each book, and I’ll take the opportunity to expand my personal knowledge base.
I’ll share those summaries and lessons learned with all of my paid subscribers. Also, I’ll let them pick what I should read next. This should be fun! 🎉
👉 Curious? Become a supporter now! ❤️
Product development
This week, André and I have continued working on the user interface of our product.
We’re becoming professional designers, one hour at a time 😂.
On a more serious note, we have learned how to use very powerful features of Figma, such as auto layout, how to create components and component variants.
Progressively, we are building ourselves a solid design system:
Some of the components we're working on
Some of the components we're working on
Thanks to this work, our design is getting more polished:
UI progress
UI progress
Aside from that, we have conducted a few interviews, and want to discuss with more productivity nuts like us to help us shape the product.
André and I really can’t wait to start building this app! ❤️
👉 Join the waiting list if you’d like to be amongst the first to try our product:
Recent articles
This week I have published a new article about Personal Knowledge Management:
Personal Knowledge Management organization
How cool is that?!
Welcome to Fleet! | JetBrains News
Tips of the week
Here’s Bill Gates’s Advice to New Programmers
Books corner
This week, I want to share a book that I really enjoyed a while back. If you fancy writing, then you should definitely check it out:
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Quotes of the week
  • “Appreciate what you have, before it turns into what you had”
  • “Fear is the only thing that gets smaller when you run towards it”
Links of the week
Here are a few links that I found interesting this week:
A Comprehensive Approach to Personal Note-taking | by Cameron Flint | Medium
What's New In DevTools (Chrome 97) - Chrome Developers
The Power Of Pen And Paper Sketching — Smashing Magazine
Using tsm as a shebang interpreter in TypeScript - LogRocket Blog
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