Welcome to the 83rd edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid growing 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. This newsletter comes packed with links to our seven new articles, recommendations from around the web, and other miscellaneous news and notes. Let’s get to it.
For the second consecutive week, the newsletter comes with tidings of seven new New Leaf Journal articles.
|Date||Author||Article and Link|
|5.7||NAF||A School Poem By Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr|
|5.8||NAF||Squirrel With Walnut at Brooklyn Bridge Park|
|5.9||NAF||1923 Ad For The Nonpareil Laundry Co.|
|5.10||NAF||Reviewing the Mastodon Twitter Crossposter|
|5.11||NAF||Our Town: “Pretty Enough For All Normal Purposes”|
|5.12||NAF||EnBizCard Review - FOSS Digital Business Cards|
|5.13||NAF||Perspectives From Japan On Watching Movie Credits|
I wrote a number of Leaflet microposts over the last week. I will cover a few of those small posts below that will not otherwise appear in the instant newsletter.
Let’s see what’s going on around the world wide web…
Let’s dig into our archives…
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 May 5-11 was the nineteenth newsletter week of 2022.
|#||Article Title and Link||Author||Date||22Top5|
|1||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices||NAF||11.27.21||19 (4)|
|2||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||19 (15)|
|3||Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth||NAF||4.29.22||NEW|
|4||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)||NAF||7.5.21||19|
|5||The Last Stand of Constantine XI||NAF||5.30.20||7|
The surprise of the week was the sudden appearance of my two-week-old article on taking the time that elapsed between a president’s birth and taking office and subtracting that time from the date of the president’s birth. It was the most-viewed article for the last three days of the week, and its still unexplained strength in search engines pushed it to a debut top-five placement at third place. The rise of my presidential survey ended the strange 14-week third-place streak of my review of installing Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 tablet, which dropped to fourth. We also had a change at the very top of the ranking, with my F-Droid app review taking the top spot for the fourth time in 2022, dropping my post on tsuki ga kirei to second by a single page-view (the second time they have been separated by one view in 19 weeks).
I came across an interesting application called Feather Wiki. Feather Wiki is a single HTML file that runs in your web browser. You download the file from Feather Wiki, open it in a local browser, edit, and then save the new version to your computer. The HTML file can also be hosted on a webserver that serves static-HTML files. Feather Wiki is essentially a lighter version of the more robust TiddlyWiki, and it is easier to save versions of it without any set-up. I have not had much time to try it yet, but I may mark it as a project for The New Leaf Journal down the line.
I made a few changes to The New Leaf Journal that visitors should notice.
Firstly, I reorganized our header menu. I created a new Sitemap page that you can use to find all of our site’s pages and sub-pages. I then stream-lined and re-ordered our header and footer menus to account for the addition of the Sitemap. See my explanation.
Secondly, I changed the content that displays on the sidebar (desktop) or below articles/archives (mobile). The most recent microposts and most-read content over the previous 3 days will now only appear on our homepage. For all other pages on the site, you will find an easy-to-use navigation menu. I am planning to modify the footer menu outside of our homepage to remove any duplicate content.
In the background, I am working with our caching solution to try to improve The New Leaf Journal’s performance when it is hit by search crawlers. I also changed how we serve user profile images to make them smaller and more compressed than they were before.
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Until May 21,
Cura ut valeas.