Welcome to the 85th edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. As always, this newsletter comes to you from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. This newsletter comes with tidings of eight new New Leaf Journal articles and several leaflets, recommendations from around the web, and other varied news, notes, and leaves.
Without further ado, let us turn to the table of contents.
I published eight articles since I mailed the previous newsletter. Thursday (May 26) saw two articles to make up for a couple of very short posts throughout the week.
In addition to eight new articles, I published several Leaflets. I will note a few of those Leaflets here.
Let’s see what is 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 21-27 was the twenty-first newsletter week of 2022.
|#||Article Title and Link||Author||Date||22Top5|
|1||Man Uploads 2,000,000 YouTube Videos||N.A. Ferrell||5.8.22||1 |
|2||Lukol Search Engine Shows Up in Logs||N.A. Ferrell||4.28.22||1|
|3||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||N.A. Ferrell||3.14.21||21 |
|4||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||N.A. Ferrell||11.27.21||21 |
|5||Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth||N.A. Ferrell||4.29.22||3|
The unusual top of our ranking should betray that it was an unusual week. Two of my Leaflet microposts made the first page of Hacker News. Our top-ranking post of the week, my paragraph on a man who uploaded 2,000,000 videos to YouTube, had the most views of any New Leaf Journal article in a single day, surpassing the record set by my post on RSS as a Facebook Alternative in March 2021. The Hacker News duo had down-stream effects on our ranking. My post on the meaning of tsuki ga kirei finished outside the top two for the first time since August 2021, and my piece on installing on Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 lost its streak of 31 consecutive weeks in the top five (going back to 2021), which was the second longest streak behind my tsuki ga kirei post’s ongoing streak of 57 consecutive top fives.
Finally, this week marked the first week wherein a majority of the top-five articles were published in 2022.
While conducting some research related to my ongoing al|together visual novel review project, I stumbled upon a site for a different project called The July Society. I came across The July Society site while I was looking something up related to True Remembrance, the crown jewel of Insani’s (the most prolific visual novel translator in the 2005, 2006, and 2008 al|together festivals) collection, and a story that I plan to review in late 2022. But in addition to extra True Remembrance content and an alternative version of the game, The July Society has produced several other translations of freeware Japanese visual novels. I will have to dig into the collection a bit to see what we may want to review at The New Leaf Journal.
The previous week turned out to be the highest traffic week in New Leaf Journal history with two short posts unexpectedly appearing on page 1 of Hacker News.
Interestingly, our Google hits went down a bit while we received a ton of visitors from Hacker News and Twitter. But I expect that we should see some downstream benefits from the Hacker News backlinks going forward.
I did have one unfortunate issue involving broken permalinks to our Leaflet posts - including the two that were receiving a large number of visits - on May 26. I explained the issue and my solution here. After figuring out why some of my custom post type links were failing on occasion, I resolved the issue and added a new “Resource” custom post type. I plan to convert some of our pre-existing resources from pages to new Resource posts, and I look forward to adding more Resources over time.
It certainly was an unexpectedly busy week at The New Leaf Journal. While we officially launched in April 2020, May 2020 was the first month in which we published meaningful content. I suppose it is fitting that we are ending May 2022 on a high note. I look forward to reporting to you with new news for the beginning of June next week.
Until next week,
Cura ut valeas.