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Set up a Blog with Notion and Vercel in 10 min

kojikanao profile image Koji (he/him) ・2 min read

This post will show you how to set up a blog with Notion and Vercel in 10 minutes. For doing that, we need to use the following repo, notion-blog. Of course, you can do this without paying 😜

GitHub logo ijjk / notion-blog

A Next.js site using new SSG support with a Notion backed blog

Notion Blog

This is an example Next.js project that shows Next.js' upcoming SSG (static-site generation) support using Notion's private API for a backend.

Note: This example uses the experimental SSG hooks only available in the Next.js canary branch! The APIs used within this example will change over time. Since it is using a private API and experimental features, use at your own risk as these things could change at any moment.

Live Example hosted on Vercel: https://notion-blog.now.sh/

Getting Started

To view the steps to setup Notion to work with this example view the post at https://notion-blog.now.sh/blog/my-first-post or follow the steps below.

Deploy Your Own

Deploy your own Notion blog with Vercel.

Deploy with Vercel

or

  1. Clone this repo git clone https://github.com/ijjk/notion-blog.git
  2. Configure project with vc
  3. Add your NOTION_TOKEN and BLOG_INDEX_ID as environment variables in your project. See here for how to find these values
  4. Do final deployment with vc

Note…

Step 1 Create accounts

Need to create a notion account and a vercel account. Both of them don't need to pay or register your credit card. This step won't take so much time. Also if you don't have a GitHub account, please create it.
If you don't want to use GitHub, you can use GitLab or Bitbucket

Notion

Vercel

GitHub

Step 2 Import a Git Repository

This step sounds a little bit complicated, but actually it's very easy since this step only needs to click a button.

Step 3 Set up

You just need to follow the images.

3-1 Click Continue

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3-2 Select your GitHub account

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3-3 Name your repo

In this case, I named koji-notion-blog. Of course, you can change the name later.
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Step 4 Set Env variables

We are almost there.
Probably, this step is a little bit tricky, but if you know Developer Tools, it shouldn't be difficult.

We need to fill out two things.
The one is BLOG_INDEX_ID and the other is notion's token_v2
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HOW TO GET BLOG_INDEX_ID

https://github.com/ijjk/notion-blog#getting-blog-index-and-token

HOW TO FIND YOUR NOTION V2 TOKEN

https://www.redgregory.com/notion/2020/6/15/9zuzav95gwzwewdu1dspweqbv481s5

Then click Deploy.

Now you can access to vercel's dashboard like below.
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Click Visit button to check your blog.
If everything goes well, you will see this.
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The setup process is done 😁

You can use notion desktop app or notion website to write an article. Once you edit an item on the table and check published, your article will be published in a couple of minutes.

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Customize your blog

notion-blog is made by next.js that is the react framework for SSR(server-side rendering). So if you are familiar with reactjs, customizing your blog isn't very hard.
You can use a custom domain for your blog.

Hopefully, this will be useful to you!

My notion-blog is here
https://koji-notion.vercel.app/

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