Welcome to the 91st edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. This newsletter, like all of the newsletters before it, comes to you from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. In this newsletter, I will review our content from Independence Day week, refer you to interesting content from around the web, and go through news and notes about The New Leaf Journal.
I published four new full articles since mailing the previous newsletter. Before I get to the list, I must note that the featured content from this week was about American history, while the featured content from the previous week was an English-language visual novel review. Where else will you find such variety?
I published four short Leaflet posts since our previous newsletter, including a couple that were more substantive than your ordinary Leaflet. I will list three below while reserving one for the Around the Web section of the instant newsletter.
Let’s see what’s going on around the web (and our fourth leaflet)…
Let’s check in on 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 2-8 was the 27th Newsletter Week of 2022.
|1||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.27.21||27 (7)|
|2||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||27 (19)|
|3||Calvin Coolidge On Why We Celebrate Independence Day||NAF||7.2.21||NEW|
|4||Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth||NAF||4.29.22||4|
|5||How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes||NAF||6.19.21||10|
The surprise of this week’s listis my 2021 article on then-President Calvin Coolidge’s Independence Day speech on July 4, 1926 (that also happened to be his 54th birthday). It accrued a large number of visits on Independence Day (I believe most came from DuckDuckGo/Bing) to not only post its first-ever top-five, but also nearly take the second spot in the ranking from my tsuki ga kirei post. The list was rounded out by two articles making their first top-five appearances in several weeks. One notable absence was my post on installing Ubuntu Touch, which missed the top five for only the third week out of 27 in 2022 (it came in sixth).
I came across a terrific resource for improving personal security online and in personal computing generally that I thought was worth sharing with newsletter readers. Ms. Alicia Sykes’ Personal Security Checklist walks users through improving their security and privacy profiles in twelve different categories. It has useful information for beginners and tech-savvy users alike.
Ms. Sykes carefully explains each recommendation and assigns it a priority level. Ms. Sykes also produced a shorter, bullet-point version of the list. You will also find links to additional lists (e.g., recommended alternatives to popular platforms) in the resource.
While I made no notable changes to The New Leaf Journal proper in the last week, I did take some time to try to clean up some issues that we may be having with Google search. While it will take a few weeks for the changes to fully pay off (assuming I correctly diagnosed the issues), we did have a few relatively strong search days in the last week. With hope, this will help The New Leaf Journal return to the search numbers it saw in March 2022, which remains our strongest month in terms of search engine impressions and conversions.
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Until next Saturday and newsletter 92,
Cura ut valeas.