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Building a blog with Notion & Next.js

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We wanted to start a blog for a long time. We had experiences with Markdown when it came to building blogs. While this is a solution that works for a lot of people, we missed the rich content editing from Notion. Why not build a blog that uses Notion as a CMS? After some research we found the following repository from Vercel. They already did what we wanted: They built a blog using Notion and NextJS. After some more digging, I stumbled on chorale.app, a Notion Page renderer. It takes Notion pages and renders them. These projects are example implementations but they don't contain a wrapped up package that could be easily used. Thats why we created react-notion.

 

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Render Notion pages in React with react-notion

react-notion is born
react-notion is born

I loved the idea of being able to display Notion content inside React apps. That's why we started building our own renderer, which is now open-source under react-notion. We took inspiration off the projects mentioned above and built a minimal package that can render nearly all block types of Notion.

All you need is to provide a blockMap to the react-notion Component and it will render the your content.

 

Access the Notion API with notion-api-worker

To get the blockMap, which is the internal data structure of Notion, you would need to to query the complex private Notion API. That's why we created a serverless wrapper. It's based on Cloudflare Workers and due to their caching mechanism we are able to provide best response times all over the world <100ms

 

Building a simple blog

For this example we are going to use Next.js, react-notion, and notion-api-worker

 
Example blog setup
Example blog setup

Create a new Notion page with a table database template. You can duplicate this page. Each row represents a single blog post.

Every Notion page has a pageId in the URL. We need it to query all posts later on. For this example we get following id out of the link: 1099525da7e5405c961706de56622ccd

 

Setup a new Next.js project using the guide provides by Vercel: https://nextjs.org/docs/getting-started and install react-notion to the project. After you have created your first page in /pages/index.jsx we will start implementing our blog overview page.

Creating the blog overview page

Let's fetch all blog posts from Notion so we can render a list of them with getStaticProps.

 

/pages/index.jsx

import Link from "next/link";
const NOTION_BLOG_ID = '1099525da7e5405c961706de56622ccd'
export const getAllPosts = async () => {
return await fetch(
`https://notion-api.splitbee.io/v1/table/${NOTION_BLOG_ID}`
).then((res) => res.json());
}
export async function getStaticProps() {
const posts = await getAllPosts()
return {
props: {
posts
},
};
}
function HomePage({ posts }) {
return (
<div>
{posts.map((post) => (
<Link href="/[slug]" as={`/${post.slug}`}>
<div>{post.title}</div>
</Link>
))}
</div>
);
}
export default HomePage

We now successfully implemented the blog overview page

 

Now we need to create another page to render the content of each blog post.

/pages/[slug].jsx

import { NotionRenderer } from "react-notion";
import { getAllPosts } from './'
export async function getStaticProps({ params: { slug } }) {
// Get all posts again
const posts = await getAllPosts();
// Find the current blogpost by slug
const post = posts.find((t) => t.slug === slug);
const blocks = await fetch(`https://notion-api.splitbee.io/v1/page/${post.id}`).then((res) => res.json());
return {
props: {
blocks,
post,
},
};
}
export default ({ post, blocks }) => (
<div style={{ maxWidth: 768 }}>
<h1>{post.title}</h1>
<NotionRenderer blockMap={blocks} />
</div>
);
 

Last, we need to implement getStaticPaths in [slug].jsx to tell Next.js were to find all blog posts.

 
export async function getStaticPaths() {
const posts = await getAllPosts();
return {
paths: posts.map((row) => `/${row.slug}`),
fallback: true,
};
}

The only thing missing now are the stylesheets (CSS)

With Next.js we need to import them in a custom _app.jsx

import "react-notion/src/styles.css";
import "prismjs/themes/prism-tomorrow.css";
export default function MyApp({ Component, pageProps }) {
return <Component {...pageProps} />;
}

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Once you sign up, you should see a script tag appear on the dashboard. Copy and paste it your next head section.

 
import Head from 'next/head'
function Main() {
return (
<div>
<Head>
<title>My Blog</title>
<script async src="https://cdn.splitbee.io/sb.js"></script>
</Head>
<p>Hello world!</p>
</div>
)
}
export default Main
 

You did it!

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way on Twitter @linstobias.

 

You can find the full code on Github: https://github.com/splitbee/react-notion-blog

 
🔥
You now have a blog that is powered by Notion.
 
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