So, I’ve been exploring Coda for a short time now (2 or 3 weeks I think?) and there are a couple things that have me puzzled and very curious.
Now that I’ve gone deeper and started building my own docs I find Coda to be exceptionally powerful and flexible, and that other apps I used before don’t even compare. There are a couple key features I’m hoping Coda will adopt, but even without those yet I’m blown away.
I’m coming from the personal task and knowledge management side of things for some context. I’ve used Notion, ClickUp, Airtable, Fibery, Todoist, Evernote, etc etc. If it exists in this area I’ve probably tried it.
When I first stumbled upon Coda, I was SURE it would never be for me. In fact, it took me 5 tries I think to really dive into it. I hated it and thought people who liked it were crazy. Why? I’m not even sure what it was about the first impressions that turned me off so much that I came to that conclusion. Are other potential users experiencing what I did? Why, when Coda’s features fit so well for me did I write it off so quickly?
One thing I can’t help but compare is Notion and Coda, especially the social/community aspect. Why is it, when Coda can do almost everything Notion can, and so much more in other cases, that Notion is blowing up on YouTube and has vibrant communities on pretty much every social platform, and I could barely find anything on Coda?
For example YouTube: there are productivity “influencers” (Thomas Frank, Ali Abdaal, etc) gushing about Notion and countless videos with people showing their setups. ClickUp also has quite a lot of tutorials and channels, as does Airtable. With Coda there is very little content, and what there is is either quite old, or basic stuff from the official Coda channel.
I’m very glad I finally discovered this community because I would have been really lost otherwise!!
So why? Why isn’t the reddit channel active? Why isn’t there an active community on Facebook? Why aren’t people doing tutorials on YouTube and showing off their awesome creations? What am I missing? Is Coda that much newer than the others? Is it the pricing? Is Coda not geared towards individuals? I feel like I’m blind.
Another example: I contacted another app this week to request a Coda integration and their reply was that they have had countless requests for Notion, ClickUp, etc, but I was the first person to ask about Coda and they had never even looked at it! They didn’t even understand that it could be used for personal use. What??
Please don’t take this as complaining or being down on Coda. It’s the opposite really, I love Coda and I want to understand. Maybe Coda has a thriving customer base and social presence somewhere that doesn’t intersect with my circles and I’m just missing it? Maybe I’m lucky enough to be jumping in at the beginning and just need to start a Coda YouTube channel? lol
I don’t know, this is a bit of a ramble, but I’m curious to hear the thoughts of others.