Welcome to the 94th 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. The last week was a busy one at The New Leaf Journal. Along with recaps of and links to our own new content, I have plenty of terrific links from around the web and other news and notes in store for you below. Without further ado, let’s cut to the content.
After having only three articles to share with you in the previous newsletter, we rebounded this week. Below, you will find recaps of our seven new full-length articles.
I also published six Leaflet microposts during the past week. Below, you will find links with very brief summaries:
Let’s see what’s happening around the world wide web…
Let’s dig into 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||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||30 (20)|
|2||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.27.21||30 (7)|
|3||An Early Review of Pixelfed - Instagram Alternative||NAF||11.13.20||4|
|4||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)||NAF||7.5.21||26|
|5||The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 - Statistics and Analysis||NAF||1.18.22||3|
The previous week saw a continued flattening in our article view counts. The nearly perennial top two articles both had weak weeks while taking the top two spots, with my tsuki ga kirei article posting its first top ranking since June. While the top articles struggled a bit, the previous week was one of the deepest weeks on record with many articles posting solid weeks. One near surprise was my colleague Victor V. Gurbo’s July 2020 article about the correct pronunciation of the word capo. It came in sixth place on the week and would have posted its first-ever top five if not for a very strong Wednesday showing by my 2020 Pixelfed review, which propelled it to its 2022-high ranking of third (maybe people really are annoyed about Instagram’s UX changes).
Link rot is a serious problem for people who save bookmarks or other links to return to later. Many websites disappear from the web or change their URL structures without setting proper redirects. While a good archive system moots the issue by saving local copies of important web pages, another solution is to find the archived or cached version of a page behind a broken link. For this purpose, I suggest the free and open source Web Archives extension, available for Chrome and Edge (and other Chromium-based browsers), Firefox, and Safari. For any web page, Web Archives provides a one-click path to finding the page on one of several archiving or caching platforms.
I have no major news to report at The New Leaf Journal. I am still making progress on improving our blogroll and preparing Resources pages. I plan to make Resources pages for specific New Leaf Journal topics (e.g., all of my small search engine reviews and notes) to help people find content that interests them.
Thank you as always for reading The Newsletter Leaf Journal and its parent publication,The New Leaf Journal. If you enjoyed our newsletter content and have not done so already, you can subscribe via email or RSS. I also syndicate the newsletter to my blog on Bearblog.dev, which has its own ATOM feed. I look forward to reporting back to you next Saturday with our first newsletter for August 2022.
Until next Saturday,s
Cura ut valeas.