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Photo of cherry blossoms taken by Nicholas A. Ferrell at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on April 26, 2007. Cover photo for the "About The New Leaf Journal" page.
Photo taken by N.A. Ferrell on April 26, 2007. Edited for publication by V. Gurbo.

This is the “About the Site” page for The New Leaf Journal. This post will explain who we are, what we do, and how we fit in the vast sea that is the internet. You will also find links to site resources and some examples of our most notable content.

For answers to more practical questions about the site, including a list of the best ways to follow our content, please see our new FAQ page.

I originally wrote our About the Site article in May 2020, and I recently decided that we were due for an update. I revised the About page wholesale on March 20, 2021.

Introduction to The New Leaf Journal

We launched The New Leaf Journal, a general interest online writing magazine, on April 27, 2020. Our mission statement is narrow: We write about what interests us, and we work to ensure that all of our content is worth a little bit of our readers’ time. We invite you to turn over a new content-consumption leaf with us, and consider our articles for your morning reading, an afternoon break, or bedtime-fare. While we cordially invite readers to consider us in the midst of insomnia as well, we would prefer that everyone achieve a good night’s sleep.

The New Leaf Journal’s Place on the Internet

The internet has shortage of content competing for all of our time. It has made available to the general public, often free of charge, the corpus of great literature and incisive content by contemporary writers, artists, and thinkers. But for each piece of timeless or pleasant content, there is voluminous content that is neither timeless nor pleasant. From frivolous clickbait to meaningless fluff that exists for no purpose other than to monetize the idle clicks of malaise-ridden computer- and phone-owners, the internet too often has a tendency to direct our attention to things that are not worthwhile. Worse yet, the contemporary glorification of performative online living seeps into the offline world, causing poor outcomes for individuals and for society as a whole.

The New Leaf Journal is a small-but-growing online magazine that is less than a drop in the bucket of the greater internet. We certainly do not expect to solve the issues that I noted above. We do, however, hope to keep our own house clean and to focus on producing interesting content in a variety of areas that always respects the time and attention of our readers. If you enjoy our work, we hope that you consider making us a regular part of your content consumption.

Learn More About Us

Victor V. Gurbo wrote a long article explaining what The New Leaf Journal is back in May 2020. It holds up very well today.

On the first day of 2021, I published an article listing our most-read content from 2020. This post is a good starting point for seeing what our site has to offer.

We celebrated The New Leaf Journal’s first birthday with an April 27, 2021 article recapping the website’s first year. That post includes a chronology of major events at The New Leaf Journal along with links to our most-read content and interesting content that people may have missed.

What Kind of Content Does The New Leaf Journal Create?

New readers may be a bit confused when they first find The New Leaf Journal. Our very first Guestbook commenter stated that he expected to find a website with Animal Crossing tips. Another reader from May 2020 commented on our Facebook page that she could not discern our site’s purpose. That is fair – most websites focus on a single topic or idea.

We post full articles, creative writing content, and musings from our writers and editors. One look through our growing archive – which now cumulatively includes more than 300 posts, pages, microposts, and newsletters– will reveal that we cover a vast array of often-unrelated topics, including, but not limited to: Society, culture, technology, music, arts, photography literature, history, video games, anime, current affairs, personal anecdotes, and quite a bit more. One section on site – The Emu Caféis dedicated to content centered on the themes of aesthetics and the life lived well.

The Fibers that Link Our Content

Our writers write about what interests them, but carefully craft this content in order to convey those interests and thoughts to readers in an engaging way. It may be unlikely that any individual reader will be interested in every topic that we cover, but we are confident that every reader will find that we cover many topics of interest to him or her. Furthermore, we might suggest that our variety of content presents a good opportunity for people to learn new things about topics they had not previously considered.

It is precisely because we write about a disparate and vast array of topics that we believe that The New Leaf Journal has something to offer just about everyone. From challenging essays to breezy musings, from discourses to creative works, you never know what you may find posted on any given day. Our site’s tag-line 〜Where the leaves are perennially virid〜 was chosen with intent. This tagline articulates the fiber that joins our content together. No matter what we post about on a given day, we work to ensure that the content is meaningful, fresh, and in some cases, evergreen.

Learn More About Our Slogan

In October 2020, I explained my inspirations for the site slogan , including how the slogan was inspired by a Pokémon town motto.

A Somewhat Representative Selection Of Our Content

The New Leaf Journal has hundreds of pieces of content. It may be difficult for new visitors to decide where to begin finding what interests them. To help you begin your search, I will post nine notable articles from The New Leaf Journal that cover a wide range of subjects. Please note that this is not any sort of ranking, but rather a list that is designed to give visitors an idea of the scope of our content. You may also find our 2020 year in review article helpful, as it includes links to all of our most-read articles from 2020.

I will update this list every few months. The current version was created on March 20, 2021.

“The Last Stand of Constantine XI”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. May 30, 2020.

Content.

Constantine XI was the final Roman and Byzantine Emperor. He fell with Constantinople on May 29, 1453. This article recounts his final days preparing for the Ottoman siege and his ultimate fall with the city.

“Persona 4, Coffee, and Children”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. June 26, 2020.

Content.

A feature article on a heartwarming family scene in the classic Japanese role-playing video game, Persona 4.

“The Little Stream Mushroom”

By Victor V. Gurbo. August 4, 2020.

Content.

Life always finds a way, or so Victor V. Gurbo thought when he photographed a mushroom growing on a stick that was floating down a stream.

“Building an Airline Res-O-Glas Guitar Copy”

By Victor V. Gurbo. August 26, 2020.

Content.

Victor V. Gurbo tells the story of the classic Airline Res-O-Glas Guitar and his efforts to build a replica.

“Nineteenth Century Autumn Dress Trends”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. October 3, 2020.

Content.

Let no one say that our content is not varied.

“On Children and Internet Sharing”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. November 27, 2020.

Content.

An opinion piece on the subject of sharing photos of and content about minors on the internet, with a particular focus on social media.

“Anime Recommendations of the Decade (2011-2020)”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 29, 2020.

Content.

The longest New Leaf Journal article – a list of anime recommendations from the universe of series that aired between 2011 and 2020 (inclusive). One of the selection criteria was whether the series would potentially appeal to an individual who does not ordinarily watch anime.

“‘Mondrian’ – Victor V. Gurbo on his Original Song”

By Victor V. Gurbo. February 25, 2021.

Content.

Victor V. Gurbo posted a video of his performance of his original song, “Mondrian.” In so doing, he covered a number of subjects, including the life and times of renowned artist Piet Mondrian, the great photographer Andre Kertesz, and his own views about how to relate to music.

ATW 〜 The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei”

By Nicholas A. Ferrell. March 14, 2021.

Content.

As the story goes, the renowned Japanese novelist, Natsume Soseki, once translated “I love you” from English to Japanese as “Tsuki ga kirei desune,” which translates back to English as “the Moon is beautiful, isn’t it?” It is unclear, however, if this ever happened at all. This article provides what the author believes is the definitive English-language account of the story of “Tsuki ga kirei.”

Thank You For Reading

On behalf of everyone who works on The New Leaf Journal, I thank you for taking the time to read our new About page. We hope that you become a regular visitor here at The New Leaf Journal. If you have feedback on our content and what we are doing , we welcome comments in our Guestbook.

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