February has come to a close and with that it is time for our regular month-in-review. You may notice a change with the timing this month. With the exception of October 2020 and October 2023 (for different reasons), I published all of my month-in-review posts going back to August 2020 on the last day of the month being reviewed. That has been tricky since I started including most-visited article rankings for the month since it all but forces me to write the review pieces in the evening of the last day of the month. Thus, going forward, I have decided to start publishing my month-in-review articles on one of the first two days of the month following the month being reviewed. Thus, we begin here on March 1, 2024, by reviewing the month that was at The New Leaf Journal in February.

New February Leaves

I published 15 new articles at The New Leaf Journal in February. I list below from first to last. I have designated five of the 19 articles as my personal “editor’s choice” picks, but I humbly recommend taking a look at all of them.

I also published about the same number of new posts on our sister site, The Emu Café Social. I will not list them all here (maybe ECS needs its own month-in-review going forward…), but I will point you to some of the highlights.

Finally, I mailed four new editions of The Newsletter Leaf Journal in February. I recommend taking a look (if you have not done so already) because each newsletter comes with original content in addition to weekly recaps. You can sign up via email or simply use its RSS feed.

Finally, I introduced a new secondary newsletter called New Leaf Daily. This is technically just a Standard Notes blog powered by Listed, but I intend to use it for (somewhat) daily posts. I am still working out a format and my posting frequency has been less than daily, but feel free to give it a follow if you want to see how it developes.

Most-turned leaves of February 2024

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 February 2024 and also of the period from December 2023-February 2024.

(Author. Published)
3-Month Rank
1Itsuomi’s Hair Color in A Sign of Affection
N.A. Ferrell. February 5, 2024.
2An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search
N.A. Ferrell. October 18, 2022.
3Yuki’s Hair Color in A Sign of Affection
N.A. Ferrell. February 2, 2024.
4The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis
N.A. Ferrell. January 18, 2022.
5Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)
N.A. Ferrell. November 28, 2021.
6The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei
N.A. Ferrell. March 14, 2021.
7Installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2023.
8Heights in “The Dangers in My Heart” Anime
N.A. Ferrell. April 2, 2023.
9Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013)
N.A. Ferrell. July 5, 2021.
10Cycling Doping Fallacies
N.A. Ferrell. January 5, 2024.
11Broken Optical Audio Cable Door “Fix”
N.A. Ferrell. September 16, 2023.
12Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam)
N.A. Ferrell. November 15, 2020.
13The Last Nintendo Wii Games
N.A. Ferrell. August 1, 2023.
14Organizing RSS and ATOM Feed Sources
N.A. Ferrell. February 1, 2024.
15Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage
N.A. Ferrell. February 3, 2023.
16Height differences in anime romances
N.A. Ferrell. March 22, 2023.
17The Dangers in My Heart S1 Anime Review
N.A. Ferrell. December 28, 2023.
18The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review
N.A. Ferrell. March 30, 2023.
19Installing LineageOS on a 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
N.A. Ferrell. July 28, 2021.
20Performing Site-Specific Searches With DuckDuckGo
N.A. Ferrell. August 8, 2021.
22Hair Color in The Apothecary Diaries Anime
N.A. Ferrell. November 15, 2023.
23The Story of Billy Possum, President Hoover’s Pet Opossum
N.A. Ferrell. November 30, 2022.
24Hair Color in Raven of the Inner Palace
N.A. Ferrell. November 15, 2023.
ORThe Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime
N.A. Ferrell. May 6, 2021.
ORMy Default Apps as of December 2023
N.A. Ferrell. December 7, 2023.
ORReview of /e/ – An Android Alternative For Mobile Phones
N.A. Ferrell. November 21, 2021.
OR = Outside top 24 for the applicable period

February was our best non-Hacker News aided month to date on a views-per-day basis, although February’s short length prevented it from being the best Hacker News-aided month in terms of absolute page views. It was a unique month in our history because of how much new articles contributed. Two of my three articles on hair color in A Sign of Affection took the first and third spots in the monthly ranking, marking a historic moment for my anime hair color project. A third February 2024 article, my piece on methods for organizing feeds, checked in with an impressive 14th-place finish. This month’s ranking did not feature too many major surprises outside of the A Sign of Affection duo dominating the top of the chart. While it was a good month for anime articles generally, two ranking stalwarts, my reviews of The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten and School Days, had rough months, with the former falling from posting consecutive top-fours to 18th and School Days falling out of the top-24 (albeit not by much) for the first time since 2022.

Final Thoughts

February 2024 was a fun month at The New Leaf Journal. I published a number of new articles that made an immediate splash and I hope to see a couple that did not (namely my studies of the meaning of ai ai gasa and presidential middle names) attract some new visitors in the future. I have also been putting work in behind the scenes, re-writing article captions and meta descriptions in order to improve our on-site search and related article features to help visitors find writing that interests them. I have some big projects in store for March and April, so I hope that you look forward to them and consider adding us to our organized RSS/ATOM feed collection.