I made a newsletter! I also dive into how you can view perspectives and I found a great read on paywalls.
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Welcome to issue #036 of The Slice. If you missed last weeks issue, check it out here.

Okay, so this week I have made it officially. No more gifs. Sorry to those who did enjoy them, but the art just makes more sense. It also makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I see something that is just aesthetically pleasing like art 😆

In other news. I made a new newsletter!

As you may know, I have a tiny blog that I occasionally write on when I'm in the mood, So I thought why not have a tiny letter to go with it. 

Its called Nic's Letter, and its a place where I share my writings, my thoughts, my learnings and basically anything on my mind - No bullshit. Simple. Just words. 

If you want to receive this letter,
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Having a bad day?
I've come to realise that everything has a perspective. Even if you're having a bad day, it can be easy to look at it from a single gloomy perspective, but there is always another way to look at it.

Credit: Liz and Mollie.

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This weeks catches 🎣
Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.

SpreadTheWorld (Sponsor)

400+ places where to promote your startup! Get your first users and start growing. Save hours of research for the next acquisition channel.


I think this is really handy. It's 2021 and most people do their shopping online. Monote is a tool that lets you bookmark products that you'd  like to buy and lest you get back to them easily.


Shoutout makes it incredibly easy to tap into your existing social proof and turn it into a beautiful "Wall of Love". Capture, curate, and publish a wall in less than 3 minutes.


Have you ever wanted a unique email address that stands out? Mailoji lets you create a custom email address using your favourite emoji!


novelWriter is an open source writing tool that uses markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents.

Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks featured newsletter is Fresh Van Root. A newsletter about helping curious marketers and creators to stay ahead of the curve.

It's a newsletter that I've recently been enjoying myself lately and its written by Rolf. Every edition has couple of app/tool tips and some interesting reads covering SaaS, productivity, tech and design. 

Here is a weblink
to a past issue that I enjoyed.

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
Commenting vs Making 
I gained a lot of appreciation for people who make things, and lost a lot of tolerance for people who only pontificate. I found myself especially frustrated with my past self, whose default was to complain and/or comment, then wonder why things didn’t magically get better. Read more

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free
Paywalls are justified, even though they are annoying. It costs money to produce good writing, to run a website, to license photographs. A lot of money, if you want quality. Asking people for a fee to access content is therefore very reasonable. You don’t expect to get a print subscription to the newspaper gratis, why would a website be different? Read more

How to be more productive without forcing yourself.
Imagine you could work more and be wildly productive. And the best thing about it? You wouldn’t need to force yourself to work.
There are people exactly like that who sit down and work without pushing themselves to do it. They even look forward to working. The good news is that you can learn to do it too.
Let’s get to it. Read more 
Learnings 💡
3 Word-of-Mouth tactics that work [with founder examples]
Word of mouth can be quite difficult to achieve, but its not impossible. I found a great Indie Hackers post the sums up the best way on how to achieve it. 
Check it out

How to instantly show your value.
Here are some ways to convey a product’s value prop. These apply to products and brands, but feel free to apply this to people too. These work for job interviews, selling yourself as a consultant, etc. 
Read more

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That's all for this week, see you next week, same time, same place!
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