With today being the last day of June 2022, it is time for our traditional month-in-review post. After a record-breaking May in many respects, things settled down at The New Leaf Journal during June. But despite having a bit less excitement, I published a number of feature articles in different categories for readers to enjoy. Without further ado, let us recap the month that was before moving forward into the second half of 2022.

New Articles in June 2022

This is my 19th and last full article of June. Below, I will organize the month’s articles into different categories to assist readers in sorting through our newest content.

Visual Novel Reviews

Seen Around Brooklyn, New York

New York Election Stories

Tech Tips, Tricks, and Reviews

Essays and Commentary


New Leaflets From June 2022

I published 16 Leaflet Microposts in June 2022. These posts are shorter than our regular articles and are often not intended to be evergreen. The format allows me to cover content that I would not otherwise cover at The New Leaf Journal. Below, I will organize our new Leaflets into categories in the same way that I organized our full articles.

To Enjoy After Reading My Full ACE Academy Review

Momentary Musings

Current Affairs

Video Games, Visual Novels, Etc

Tech, Broadly Speaking

News Leaf Journal

Newsletter Leaf Journal Issues

I publish issues of our official newsletter, The Newsletter Leaf Journal, every Saturday. In addition to sending the newsletter by email (it also has an RSS feed), I syndicate all of our newsletters to The New Leaf Annex at Bearblog. Below, you will find links to our four monthly newsletters on Buttondown (our newsletter provider) and Bearblog. If you want to receive our newsletters as soon as they are released, I recommend signing up via email or adding our RSS feed (see sign-up page).

Most-Read Articles of June 2022

Each month, I list our 12 most-visited articles according to our privacy-friendly Analytics solution, Koko Analytics (see review). After all the excitement in May, life was a bit slower at The New Leaf Journal in June. We did not have any dramatic off-site sharing events (although we did have a small Hacker News boost for my post on language environments on Linux), and our performance with Google decreased from prior months (I will need to investigate). 11 of our top-12 articles have previously appeared in at least one monthly top 12 in 2022, but we do have a number of posts that were outside of the top-12 in May.

1The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga KireiNAF3.14.21
2Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)NAF11.27.21
3Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)NAF7.5.21
4Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam)NAF11.15.20
5Review of the Teracube 2e SmartphoneNAF11.19.21
6The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and AnalysisNAF1.18.22
7The Last Stand of Constantine XINAF5.30.20
8Performing Site-Specific Searches With DuckDuckGoNAF8.8.21
9A Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok FrontendNAF5.14.22
10Using an Amiga OS-Inspired Window Theme In XFCE With XFWM4NAF1.2.22
11Peekier Search Engine ReviewNAF2.26.22
12An Early Review of Pixelfed – Instagram AlternativeNAF11.13.20

After two Leaflet microposts dominated the May ranking based on Hacker News shares, our ranking returned to normal, with my March 2021 tsuki ga kirei article leading the monthly chart for the fifth time in 2022. However, my tsuki ga kirei and F-Droid posts, which have been the two most consistent performers this year, both posted their weakest months of 2022. In what is a bit of a blast from the (New Leaf Journal) past, my 2020 Persona 4 Golden artbook review posted its best monthly finish of 2022 (4th) after being in the top-three more often than not in 2021. This month’s ranking was balanced, with five articles from 2021, four from 2022, and three from 2020.

Looking Ahead to July 2022

I did not make any significant changes to The New Leaf Journal in June, so I will conclude by looking ahead to July. I plan to publish more prolifically in July after tree pollin (sinuses) and a few rush work assignments intervened in June. One project that I have on tap is to improve our site’s Resources sections, adding new resources, migrating several resources to a new custom post type, and adding article content collections to help New Leaf Journal visitors find content in categories that interest them (e.g., I will put all of my visual novel reviews in one place).

June brought to an end what has been an exciting first half of 2022. While we ended a bit slowly, the site has still grown tremendously since 2021, and I look forward to introducing new changes and publishing more interesting content as we move into Q3 2022.