The learning curve for Notion can be vertical, let’s not even try and make out that it’s not!
I wanted a space where people could drop anonymous questions that I could answer on my live streams, or be able to email them back, without worrying how they might appear to other people.
It’s important to me to be available to the Community and this is a great way to be able to ask something that you’re struggling with in a way that won’t ‘expose’ you, if that’s what you’re worried about.
People forget that we were all new to Notion once upon a time, and this is a great way to be able to ask anything without worrying!
How I Made This Page
This page, is a normal Notion page, with the ‘Share’ set to public and duplication turned off (that’s important lol).
This is super helpful for pages like this, where it’s important for people to be able to ask a question. Questions asked don’t show up on this page, so there’s no fear of ‘looking silly’ or anything ridiculous like that (I ask questions all the time – it’s a good thing!), questions submitted appear in a database inside my space and no one can see them but me.
Have to love FlatIcon for their range of playful icon options! I know it’s a desk lamp, but I’m choosing to view it as a spotlight, as in to spotlight questions. Tenuous I know, but let’s just go with it!
The title isn’t pithy, it isn’t a play on words or anything like that, because if it were a play on words that made sense in my head, that might be the only place that it makes sense! The title is straight and to the point and is exactly what it should be!
Then I have a line that I created on Google Draw. The great thing about using Google Draw is that you can change the hex code of the image that you want. Unfortunately, Notion’s native divider (created by typing — in a block) can’t be edited, either the colour or the width. So we have to get creative if we want colourful pages & dividers!
Then I have a Canva graphic. Again, in Notion natively, you can’t change the colour of the text to be what you want it to be, nor can you make it centred, and their choice of font is limited to 3, enter Canva! You might have noticed that I’m utterly in love with Canva! If you want Notion to display something in a certain way, and it simply doesn’t do it natively, don’t be scared to get creative and think outside the box!
Then I have another pink line, because why wouldn’t I?!
Then I have a wonderful Chilipepper form (I use these a lot in my public pages), which, as I’ve said above, links to a database inside my Notion that only I can see. I’ve also offered options for the input, so if someone wants to use their Twitter handle instead of their name, I’ve put it front and centre that this is ok. I want to remove as many barriers as possible for people to ask me questions about Notion. I’ve also added the option for people to add their email address. If this isn’t added then I’ll answer their question in a YouTube video, Tweet or Live Stream, but if they want their answer in an email, that’s an option too!
Under this form are my socials and other links.
Because I have pretty links on my website & domain host, I can add whatever links I like to my pages, so this page has the URL of esmecrutchley.com/ama. The reason for doing this is so that it’s linked to my brand and domain. It’s also far easier to remember & share than the native Notion URL!
Using a custom branded link is also really good for SEO, because you’re using your own domain rather than an outside source. This means that all traffic is routed through your domain and not the other company’s. Just something to bear in mind!
I will point out here, that if you’re hosting your whole website through Notion (with something like Super or Potion) then you’ve probably already created pretty URLs for your pages, and using a URL rebranding service probably isn’t necessary. As I don’t host my website on Notion (much as I tried!), and only have a handful of public Notion pages, this way works well for me.
Important Things To Note When Creating a Public Page
One caveat that I would add at this point, (and I’m adding it because I’ve made this mistake), don’t use white or black text in a Canva graphic!
I use Notion exclusively in dark mode, so I created the graphic with white text (because it looks awesome inside my space), but when I opened the page in an incognito window, I couldn’t see it.
This is because all public Notion pages, generally render in light mode. Be aware of this and check in an incognito window when creating a public page, just to make sure it looks to other people how it looks to you!
Because I have a specific hex code that I use (literally everywhere!), it made sense to use that hex code for my text. Pick a colour that you like & make it standard across all your spaces!
Also, you’re going to want to make sure, that if you want the graphic to appear as part of the page, that you download whatever you’re going to embed with a transparent background (otherwise you’ll have a white background on it).
In some spaces this looks fab, but when working with text, it’s best to have a transparent background, then it’ll look good no matter how Notion decides to show the page!
It is possible within Notion, to set the public page you’re viewing to dark mode, by pressing on a Mac (I haven’t used a Windows machine for years – apologies). If this happens, you don’t want your gorgeous text graphic to have a huge white background on it and spoil your aesthetic!
As this is a public page, I haven’t made it full width. Only one of my public pages that is (my Chronicles page), and there’s a very specific reason for this.
I have a bloody huge great monitor that I do 90% of my Notion work on (no, that’s not a flex). Which is awesome and wonderful and great. The problem is, because it’s fucking huge, I can view my space in a way that other people might not be able to.
I can set things up beautifully for me, but for someone viewing my pages on a screen smaller than mine, having it in full width just won’t work for them (as I have a habit of using #allthecolumns!).
If you have a public page in full width you have to make sure that it works in a smaller screen and that it works on mobile and flows how it should. Keep public pages slimline as much as possible!