After I bombed my "Notion Websites" livestream, I re-recorded a video where I built my personal website from scratch in 50 minutes.
Shared: Nov 22, 2020
By Tem Nugmanov
Here’s the final product: optemization.com/temirlan
Last Wednesday, I bombed my “How to build a website on Notion” livestream.
It was one of the more embarrassing moments of my life. I barely scrambled through the live build while 159 people watched me say “umm”, “you know” and “right” way too many times. My self-consciousness was exacerbated by the very few chat messages and a dwindling number of active participants. If you attended, I’m sorry you had to witness this.
I bombed because I didn’t prepare enough. The idea was to introduce folks to the mechanics of building a public Notion website and then, actually create a personal portfolio website from scratch. Yes, write the copy and design from nothing, at the same time. Turns out, it’s a shit plan because when I opened an empty Notion page, I panicked and couldn’t flex my brain to come up with anything.
I should have pre-written the copy and at least came up with a design wireframe or mockup beforehand. That’s what I did on the second session, which was better but still sucky due to streaming tech issues. Ten minutes into the talk, I realized that Firefox doesn’t play well with Crowdcast on two desktops, so I had to break up the event to fix that.
Anyway, I still think that the idea of this video is pretty good because it shows how easy and fast it is to build a Notion website, so I re-recorded it here. Take a look and let me know what you think :)
I also mentioned these tools:
- SnackThis to create cool text-based cover images
- Pastebot to sequentially copy/paste and look up stuff clipped
- Alfred to search my mac and fast
- TextExpander to save and paste common phrases and URLs
- Super for Notion hosting
Thanks for reading, happy Thanksgiving and ttyl 👋
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