Welcome to the 93rd edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. This newsletter comes to you as always from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. While I only published three new full-length articles in the last week, I did publish a good number of leaflets and revamped our on-site blogroll section. To make up for the small amount of new content, I have a great list of recommended content from around the web and other news and notes for you in this issue of our weekly newsletter. Without further ado, let us move on to the content.
I published three regular articles since I mailed the previous newsletter…
Things were a bit busier on the Leaflet side of things last week. I published nine new Leaflets, listed and very briefly summarized below.
I spent part of this week reorganizing my feed collection and creating a new reading workflow (or reading-flow), so I would have no excuse if I provided newsletter subscribers with a substandard slate of links from around the web…
While I did not publish many full-length articles last week, we do have more than 600 articles in our archive…
I list our most-visited articles of the previous week in each newsletter. In keeping with our newsletter schedule, these “Newsletter Weeks” begin with Saturday and end on Friday. The statistics come courtesy of our local and privacy-friendly analytics solution, Koko Analytics - which I reviewed on site. The week of July 16-22 was the 29th Newsletter Week of 2022.
|1||Fediverse Clone Wars and Decentralized Social Media||NAF||7.12.22||1 (1)|
|2||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||29 (19)|
|3||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.27.21||29 (7)|
|4||The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis||NAF||1.18.22||2|
|5||A Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok Frontend||NAF||5.14.22||2|
For the second consecutive week, we have an article debuting at number one in the top five ranking, and it is unsurprisingly owed in part to a Hacker News share. However, my new article on the Fediverse and decentralized social media did not make page 1 of Hacker News, so its performance was far more modest than the previous week’s number one, and it is in fact the lowest number of page views for any weekly top-ranked article in 2022. However, our overall performance on the week was fairly strong owed to the fact that many articles performed well to more than make up for the unusually weak weeks of my tsuki ga kirei article and F-Droid app review, both of which continued their streaks of appearing in every weekly top-five in 2022.
Other than the surprising top article of the week, our ranking produced no major surprises. I will note that the two articles published before and after my Fediverse article were also shared on Hacker News, but they did not sustain their visitor numbers after an initial jolt and came in at sixth and seventh respectively on the week. I will note that it appears that articles published in 2022 are beginning to feature more in our rankings. As of the end of July 22, six of the top-twelve most-viewed articles of July were published in 2022 (albeit, only eight out of the top-25).
I will use today’s Notable Leaf Journal section to preview a future article topic. I note the existence of “Kill the Newsletter!” - a free and open source service to convert newsletters into ATOM feeds. The steps for using the hosted version, which is also free as in free of cost, are as follows (note that it can be self-hosted):
Kill the Newsletter! provides two benefits for those who use feed readers to read content. Firstly, it allows people to receive newsletters in their feed readers instead of inboxes. Secondly, for those who do not have a designated inbox for newsletters and marketing or those who do not use email aliases, it preserves privacy by preventing them from having to use their primary email address to subscribe to newsletters.
Do note that it does not seem to work everywhere. One newsletter I tried did not accept the Kill the Newsletter email. Also note that some newsletters offer RSS/ATOM feeds, which is always the best option for feed-subscriptions if they are available. For example, this very newsletter offers an RSS feed. All Substack newsletters offer feeds by default.
For those who wish to go the other direction (subscribe to feeds as newsletters), there are a number of options. Cortado is a free feed-to-newsletter service, Blogtrottr offers a freemium solution, and Mailbrew is a fully paid service.
I am working on improving and organizing our on-site Blogroll. To that effect, I am now sorting resources and links by category, ensuring that we are presenting the best versions of feeds, and I added a table of contents. As of July 23, 2022, it is not quite ready for prime time, but I am continuing to improve it.
Thank you for joining us for another edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. If you enjoyed the content and have not signed up already, you can sign up to this newsletter via email or RSS feed. I also syndicate the newsletter to my blog on Bearblog along with other New Leaf Journal content.
Until next week (when I hope to have more full-length content to share),
Cura ut valeas.