This post aims at explaining why some things are what they are. Why sometimes you "📮 READ →" and sometimes you "🧩 READ →"? Why some pages are styled yellow while others are blue? And why the song attached atop the hero image has nothing to do with the content?
Answering all these questions here for fun and, hopefully, your inspiration.
You've probably noticed the player on the hero image of every article I have.
I took the
iframe provided by Apple Music (you can go to Share → Copy Embed Code to get one). For every post in Notion, I take the song sharing link (Share → Copy Link) and provide it to the iframe. The only thing you need to do is to replace
/embed.music. in the song link.
I mostly work with the music turned on. I just share what is playing at the moment I create a blog page in Notion. That's it. No deeper reasons. But I won't lie to you, sometimes I switch songs until I find something more suitable.
I was heavily inspired by the content structure Chris Biscardi describes in his post. I did a few changes to it though. There are 5 types of content I currently have an emoji for:
- 🧩 - small snippets and bits of advice, answering a specific question
- 📝 - notes for future reference. They are intended to be put together with other notes and/or snippets, and recycled into guides
- 🔖 - these serve the purpose of being referenced from other places. Terms, abbreviations, foundational things explained, and other stuff goes here
- 📕 - guides, that are composed from snippets, notes and references, to cover a topic in detail
- 📮 - an unrelated topic that is not intended to be used elsewhere. Personal things, website pages (like the one you are reading right now), etc.
They are values of select property in Notion. I ignore the color (it's set to default) and use the text, which is an emoji.
See the reason in the Why of the next part.
Different articles have different colors. These colors denote categories to which the articles belong. For now, there are:
- blue - articles related to coding
- green - productivity and management
- orange - about architecture
- purple - personal ones You can see the colors in links, and at the bottom of each card in the post grid view. There is no other reason for them to have these differences, but I just wanted to point out that they work this way.
They are values of a select property in Notion, but instead of the text, I use the label color.
The main idea is to create a mental model that doesn't require any explanation for those who don't care. If you don't need the details - that's totally fine. I also try to organise ideas and findings in a way that will accelerate content making of the future me, because I'm currently stuck with the blank page and I hope it will help me at least a tiny bit. After all, it's easy to do. 🤷