Welcome to the 90th 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 (unlike last week, I did not spill anything on my keyboard this week). We happily welcome July and Independence Day weekend with our new newsletter. After two weeks with little new content, I published seven new articles since our previous newsletter. Without further ado, let us proceed to our new content, content from around the web, and other news and notes.
I published one article every day of the last week. Let us jump right in to the new content.
I published six new Leaflets in addition to seven full articles. The show-case Leaflet of the week, linked above, was my post on Kendo Crush!, which complements my ACE Academy review. In another Leaflet, I covered the story of how Mr. Harry Wilson, the gubernatorial candidate who sent me nine full-color campaign mailings in 11-12 days, accidentally included his primary opponent (and eventual nominee), Mr. Lee Zeldin, in a group SMS message discussing his campaign strategy (Leaflet link). On the 28th, I covered a bit of video game news that should be of interest to fans of the Persona series - along with a take about Persona 3. One day later, I called into question a passage about using the yay AUR helper on a Linux distribution called EndeavourOS. Finally, I wrote short posts covering the Oscobo search engine and another ISP search wrapper (please do not use your ISP’s website to perform searches).
It was a busy week at The New Leaf Journal, but we were not the only site producing content. Let us see what was happening around the world wide web.
Because we are two days away from Independence Day, I will link to a selection of my Fourth of July articles for this issue of The Old Leaf Journal.
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 June 25 to July 1 was the 26th Newsletter Week of 2022.
|1||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.27.21||26 (6)|
|2||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||26 (19)|
|3||Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam)||NAF||11.15.20||2|
|4||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)||NAF||7.5.21||24|
|5||Peekier Search Engine Review||NAF||2.26.22||4|
Newsletter Week 26 was a soft week in terms of total visits after a strong Week 25, especially at the top of the ranking. This allowed my 2020 Persona 4 Golden artbook review, which topped the weekly ranking on six occasions in 2021 but had no appearances until last week, to lead the weekly ranking until mid-Wednesday (thanks to a Steam sale) before being overtaken first by my F-Droid app review, which notched its sixth first-place appearance of the year, and then by my post on tsuki ga kirei (which picked up in the second-half of the week) on Thursday. Our top-five was rounded out by my Peekier search engine review, which has had good luck in having solid weeks at the right times to make four weekly top-five appearances since going live in late February.
I have noted in a number of New Leaf Journal articles that I draft all of my content in markdown. My favorite markdown editor is Ghostwriter, which I reviewed here. While Ghostwriter provides what is, in my view, the best writing experience, I note while drafting the instant newsletter in Ghostwriter that other markdown editors may be better for certain purposes. Moreover, Ghostwriter is built primarily for Linux, although there are builds for Windows and MacOS.
Today I will take a quick look at Zettlr, which describes itself as a “markdown editor for the 21st century.” Zettlr is an Electron app that is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux (although note that I have only used it on Linux). It provides an uncluttered UI that, while very much a markdown editor, may look a little bit more familiar to people who are used to working in rich text editors and word processors rather than in some of the more minimal markdown editors. Zettlr has a number of features to make it amenable to academic writing, but the reason that I am using it is because of how it handles directories (or folders, in Windows parlance) and because it allows linking to documents within the same directory. I like the idea of using Zettlr to keep a personal database-less Wiki - but I will see how it pans out.
For those of you who may be interested in trying Zettlr - it is fully free and open source and available to download for your platform of choice free of cost.
I have no additional New Leaf Journal news to report from the last week. Our Google search impressions and conversions are still down from the numbers we were seeing through mid-May (we peaked during March in terms of raw search impressions and conversions). The hit does seem to dovetail with our Hacker News success in May, but I think that it may be related to an indexing issue that involved our new page caching set up and a bad bot prevention measure. I have made some adjustments, so we will see if they lead to the restoration of our prior search numbers as we proceed into July.
I plan to migrate two of our Resource articles that are currently published as Pages on The New Leaf Journal to our new (and still unused) Resource custom post type. In addition to moving and refining preexisting resources, I will use the Resource post type to create collections of New Leaf Journal articles (e.g., visual novel reviews, Justin & Justina dialogues, New York City bridges, etc.) to make it even easier for new readers to find interesting content in their areas of interest.
Thank you, as always, for joining us for another issue of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. If you enjoyed the content and have not done so already, you can sign up for future issues via email or add our newsletter’s RSS feed to your favorite feed reader. I hope everyone who is reading this before July 4 has a good long weekend.
Until July 11,
Cura ut valeas.