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Hello there! 👋

A huge shout-out to Ken Haycock, Executive Director of Better Boards. Better Communities, for buying me coffees last week and supporting my projects. ☕❤️

Today, I'm writing to you for the 50th time! Honestly, I think writing a newsletter is one of the best decisions I've made this year. Every single message from you is deeply appreciated and treasured. 

Thank you once again for sticking with me for so long and showing your appreciation by sharing my newsletter, emailing me when I skip sending one, buying me coffees, and in so many other subtle but kind ways! 🙂

I built this newsletter as a hobby using a simple No Code stack, but it eventually became a side-hustle. Although I studied Data Science and know how to code, I have never written a line of code to make all of this possible.

I'm surprised at how far No Code has come and how it empowers Indie Hackers and Side Hustlers like you and me to create and monetize small projects so quickly!

Swapstack (the start-up I work at) helps newsletter writers monetize their work through brand sponsorships. It is built entirely on Bubble, a No Code tool. It still amazes me that we help creators earn over $100,000 per month without writing a single line of code. Plus, we don't even have an engineer on our team (not even part-time)! 🤯

A few months ago, I tweeted about my newsletter landing page stack. Here are a few other No Code tools that make this newsletter possible:
  • Figma for designing a Landing Page.
  • MDX to host my Blog and Newsletter. (I moved away from Carrd for now, but it served me really well. I grabbed their Black Friday offer last month in a heartbeat! Check it out.)
  • EmailOctopus to send my newsletter
  • Notion to store my Newsletter Archive
  • Google Sheets to accept sponsors
  • Testimonial to host my Wall Of Love
  • BuyMeACoffee to receive coffees and love from you guys!

All of this was made possible only after I became active in the "No Code" community on Twitter and learnt from the best!

I partnered up with Seth from No Code MBA to bring you today's issue with an exciting offer! If you're interested in exploring No Code, there's no better place to start. So, here's a word from our sponsor:
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Curious Pick 🔮
Text Blaze: Eliminate repetitive typing and mistakes. ⌨️
Text Blaze
Text Blaze: It's a text expander tool. Keep things simpler and faster with Text Blaze.

If you're sending that same "Thank You" email or a "Follow-up" email over and over to your acquaintances, this will save you tons of time in the long run!

Easy-to-use templates with endless customizability and powerful automation. All with full control at your fingertips.

👍🏻 Advantages of using Text Blaze:
  • This is especially useful if you're a writer, freelancer, marketer, editor, basically it's for you if you spend most of your time on the keyboard. Now a days, who doesn't?
  • It has a free chrome extension for all its users.
  • One of the cool features about Text Blaze is that you don't have to remember all the shortcuts you create. Just right click on any text field and it will show all the shortcuts for you.
  • I use it for Thank You emails, Onboarding emails, DMs when I reach out for any help, promoting a product, etc. It all depends on how creatively you want to use this tool to save time.
  • You can also customize it with different attributes like Names, Places, etc.
  • You can simulate clicks and key presses with Text Blaze. 
  • They also have "Autopilot". It helps you to automate actions in a webpage, submit forms or navigate between different fields.

👎🏻 Disadvantages of using Text Blaze:

Honestly, not many disadvantages I can think of. It delivers what it promises.

My only ask is that they create more tutorials and start something like "showcase" in their community so we all know how to use Text Blaze to its full potential.

✨ Other similar websites to explore:
The Good Stuff ⚡
Tools 🛠
1. Brand Bird App: Beautiful Social Media Images

If you're trying to build in public on Twitter, Instagram, or other social media apps, you gotta try Brand Bird. It makes your images more appealing to look at and nowadays, everyone has short attention span.

So, make a statement within the first 5 seconds.

Did you know that Tweets with images get 313% more engagement?

➡ Visit Website

2. Hive Index: Discover the perfect community!

The internet is full of beautiful communities.

This website is a free resource for professionals, creatives, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, and those that are just looking for some likeminded souls to hang out with.

➡ Visit Website
Interesting Reads 📚
3. A Lesson in Friendship
3 minutes | Farnam Street

This has to be one of the warmest blogs I have read on Farnam Street (a website that usually discusses Mental Models).

Shane Parrish, Founder of Farnam Street, recollects what he thought Friendship was and what he learnt over the years about being a good friend.

Spoiler Alert: Hiding your struggles from your friends is weakness, not strength.

➡ Read the post

4. Nassim Nicholas Taleb Has Never Borrowed a Cent in His Life
3 minutes | Adrienne Westenfeld

Whether you love Nicholas Taleb or you hate the man to your core, he always has something to say that makes you think.

In this article, Nicholas discusses why one shouldn't be in someone's debt and how not having enough skin in the game leads to all sorts of problems.

One statement we both agree with: "Also, I cannot understand why anyone would spend any amount to enhance their social status."

➡ Read the post
Productivity 🚀
5. Replace Your To-Do List With Interstitial Journaling To Increase Productivity
15 minutes | Better Humans | Possible Paywall

A new journaling tactic that immediately kills procrastination and boosts creative insights.

This is a rare article on productivity that doesn't give generic advice and helps you improve your productivity and creativity at the same time.

In a nutshell, interstitial journaling is basically Pomodoro on steroids.

➡ Read the post

6. How I got wealthy without working too hard [Extended]
7 minutes | Amaca

Okay. I don't agree with everything that's being said in this article. Wait, scratch that. I don't agree with almost 80% of it. But I thought this might provide a new perspective for some people, as it did for me.

Any thoughts? Hit that reply button!

➡ Read the post
Creativity 🎨
7. Writer Resources: Go-To Site For All Writer Resources

A comprehensive resource directory that has all the tools and platforms writers and marketers need.

Visit Website

8. 750 Words - Writing. Every. Day.

How many times have you promised yourself that you would post a blog every week? I did it at least a gazillion times! I somehow never prioritize it though.

Morning Pages was the inspiration behind this tool. In addition to joining a wonderful community of like-minded people, it's a great way to learn about yourself while trying to build a regular writing habit.

Give it a try!

Visit Website
Growth 📈
9. Content Marketing Templates
3 minutes | Alfred Lua

I love templates that are actionable yet flexible enough to fit into your workflow.

If you're looking to organize your marketing or content needs, these content marketing templates by Alfred are a great starting point.

They include templates like Content Strategy Doc, Content Planning, Editorial Calendar, and Content Brief.

Read the post

10. Growth Marketing Checklists

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love checklists!

Here's a huge collection of marketing checklists to help with your side projects and startup marketing efforts across various channels.

You'll find:
  1. Activation Strategies Checklist
  2. SaaS Marketing & KPI's
  3. Product Launch Checklist
  4. Content Marketing Checklist
  5. Organic Marketing Checklist
...and more!

Visit Website

Bonus Content 🎁
  1. The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth? + Free Google Sheet! (73 Clicks)
  2. Nat shares a list of books suggested by people who claim that these books created the biggest mental shifts in their lives. (51 Clicks)
  3. Wordtune Read: A revolutionary reading experience. (47 Clicks)
  4. How To Calculate Your Financial Independence Number(44 Clicks)
  5. 500+ Curated Start-up Resources(44 Clicks) 

My heartfelt thanks to Ken Haycock, Rishikesh, Crystal Campbell, Simon, David, Kunal, Carlotta, Sara, Janey, Rosemary, Rahul, Jagadesh, Wilson, Sanketh, Ninan, Veer, Nicholas, John, Vinamra, Saurav, Lakshmi, Jacob O'Bryant, Benamara Younes(4x☕), Dan McCarty, Kirsten Larson, Jishma, Eric, April, Yarty, Jay, Toby, Steve, Sonia, Anand, Lance, Poona, Ash, Pakalavan, Akna Marquez, Deepika, VJ Reddy, Santosh, and Curtis for supporting The Curious Bunch by sharing coffees with me. ❤

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