Happy New Year’s Eve (although I will venture that most of you will be reading this post after New Year’s Eve). The end of the year means that it is almost time for The New Leaf Journal’s annual year-end review article. However, that article goes live on January 1, 2024. We have a small bit of business to take care of with our traditional month-in-review article. Because I am working with our fictional dialogue duo, Justin and Justina, to finish the yearly review post tomorrow, our month-in-review article will be concise and to the point.

New Leaves From November

This is our 19th and final article of December 2023, tying it with January and November for the busiest month of the year. Below, I list all of our regular articles. I designated five as my personal favorites with an Editor’s Choice tag.

The Newsletter Leaf Journal

I published five issues of our Saturday newsletter in December. Our newsletter recaps the week that was at The New Leaf Journal, but also includes original content such as 21 links from around the web, a dip into our archives, weekly article rankings, and other news and notes. You can see our five December issues below. If you like what you see, you can sign up via email or add the newsletter’s RSS feed to your feed reader (no sign-up required for the RSS option).

Even if you read all of our articles this month, you will find 105 external links and other goodies in the newsletters. You can also learn about a mishap I had with respect to my collection of external links (spoiler: the collection has been restarted) in a short post over on our sister site: Deleting My Around The Web Links. Speaking of the sister site…

The Emu Café Social Updates

I started a companion site for short-form posts called The Emu Café Social back in September. It is still something of a work in progress, but I published 20 short posts over there in the last month. Since it does not yet have its own infrastructure, I will share 10 of the posts with you below (I wrote all of the post so I am not listing author info).

Most-turned leaves of December 2023

I use an open source, privacy-friendly, and entirely local page counting solution called Koko Analytics to track page views and referrers here at The New Leaf Journal (see review). Each month, I list our 24 most-visited articles of the month and also of the three month period ending with the month in question. Below, you will find our most-visited articles of December 2023 and also of the period from October 1 through December 31.

(Author. Published.)
3. Mo Rank
1Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)
N.A. Ferrell. November 28, 2021.
2An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search
N.A. Ferrell. October 18, 2022.
3The Story of Billy Possum, President Hoover’s Pet Opossum
N.A. Ferrell. November 30, 2021.
4The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review
N.A. Ferrell. March 30, 2023.
5Installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2023
6My Default Apps as of December 2023
N.A. Ferrell. December 7, 2023.
7Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013)
N.A. Ferrell. July 5, 2021.
8The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis
N.A. Ferrell. January 18, 2022.
9Installing LineageOS on a 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
N.A. Ferrell. July 28, 2021.
10Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage
N.A. Ferrell. February 3, 2023.
11The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei
N.A. Ferrell. March 14, 2021.
12The Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime
N.A. Ferrell. May 6, 2021.
13Peekier Search Engine Review
N.A. Ferrell. February 26, 2023.
14Broken Optical Audio Cable Door “Fix”
N.A. Ferrell. September 16, 2023.
15The Last Nintendo Wii Games
N.A. Ferrell. August 1, 2023.
16Review of /e/ – An Android Alternative For Mobile Phones
N.A. Ferrell. November 21, 2021.
17Heights in “The Dangers in My Heart” Anime
N.A. Ferrell. April 2, 2023.
18A Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok Frontend
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2022.
19Height differences in anime romances
N.A. Ferrell. March 22, 2023.
20Performing Site-Specific Searches With DuckDuckGo
N.A. Ferrell. August 8, 2021.
211883 Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge
N.A. Ferrell. May 24, 2023.
22A Boat Named “S-cape”
N.A. Ferrell. December 17, 2023.
23Ghostwriter Markdown Editor Review
N.A. Ferrell. October 7, 2021.
24The Last Stand of Constantine XI
N.A. Ferrell. May 30, 2020.
How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes
N.A. Ferrell. June 19, 2021.
How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name
N.A. Ferrell. March 11, 2021.

This was certainly our most dynamic month of 2023.

My somewhat outdated F-Droid app review from 2021 celebrated its first monthly top-finish after finishing second in five separate months in 2021 and 2022. Conversely, my article on the history of the phrase tsuki ga kirei, which finished ahead of the F-Droid article for all five of its runner-up finishes, posted its lowest-ever full month performance of 11th despite performing close to its October and December levels.

December 2023 was our deepest month on record. Every one of the top 14 articles would have made every 2023 top 12. The 24th place article would have made the February top 12. In some ways this was a bad month to have a break-through performance.

The surprise of the month was my photo-post on a boat named S-Cape. That is the kind of post that tends to get next to no views at all. Yet here we see it at 22nd place despite being online for less than half of what was the most competitive month in New Leaf Journal history. Note that I honestly have no idea what is driving its strong performance.

Another major surprise was my article on the history of former President Herbert Hoover’s pet opossum. It followed up matching its best single month performance (in terms of page views, not ranking) in November with a break-out performance in December, taking a weekly top finish in convincing fashion and threatening to take the top spot overall in the monthly ranking in the final week. I had expectations for the F-Droid app review when I published it on November 28, 2021. I did have similar expectations for the Hoover-possum piece (indeed, it was a spinoff from my significantly less successful article about Calvin Coolidge’s pet raccoon). Yet two years later, it follows the article published two days earlier with a third place finish.

One to watch going into 2024 is my review of the 2023 first season of The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten. It took the final weekly top finish of 2023 and has been the strongest article for the final third of December. The second season of the anime begins in the first week of January, so it may be the article to beat in the early stages of 2024.

Looking Ahead to 2024

I still have a good amount of work to do on my year-end review article, so I will wrap up the December review by pointing you to my December 30 newsletter (see the penultimate section) for a preview of what you can look forward to in January 2024 (we have some big projects on the way). Thank you as always for reading and following The New Leaf Journal, and I hope everyone has a terrific New Year and comes to join us for more fun articles in 2024.