Today marks the end of May 2023. The end of the month means that it is time for our regular New Leaf Journal month-in-review post wherein we recap our new May articles and most-visited posts of the last 31 days. Without further ado, let us begin the review.
Regular May 2023 Articles
We did not quite match our May 2022 output (33 articles), but counting the instant post, I posted a respectable 18 regular articles in May 2023. I (N.A. Ferrell) wrote all of the May 2023 articles, so I will not include author information with each individual entry.
(Bold articles are my “Editor’s Choice” picks of the month.)
- May 1: Rose at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (2007)
A red rose from my collection of 2007 photographs.
- May 2: Peekier redirects to Kagi Search
A search tool I reviewed in 2022 (more on that in our most-visited articles) is no more.
- May 6: Two ducks in a drizzle at the BBG (2007)
My second 2007 photo post featured two ducks in the rain.
- May 10: The NCCIH’S AI-like melatonin-COVID note
Wherein I wonder whether AI has infiltrated the U.S. federal government.
- May 11: Thoughts on WordPress Categories and Tags
Written just after I finished re-working our tags.
- May 11: Introducing our Osmosfeed Aggregator
- May 15: Installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a
Having previously written about installing Ubuntu Touch and LineageOS, I took on the security-focused AOSP fork, GrapheneOS.
- May 16: Social webs of personal websites
The ideal social media starts with one.
- May 17: Martha Stewart, SI Swimsuit, High School Memories
I dare say that this is my most intriguing headline of the month.
- May 19: Streaming from Android to PocketBook
It technically worked.
- May 20: My great deep sea expectations
If they first go unfulfilled, find a different article.
- May 23: Substack Notes’ Twitter clone war
Twitter with a coat of Substack paint.
- May 24: 1883 Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge
Our longest and most-researched article of May 2023 was published just in time for the 140th anniversary of the opening of the United States’ most iconic bridge.
- May 25: Crimsoness — Visual Novel Review
I review the 3-minute visual novel about (literally) splitting the Earth in two.
- May 26: Squirrel without French fry in Manhattan
My missing the golden photo does not mean you miss the story.
- May 29: Flowers for Brave Soldiers — Memorial Poem
Honoring America’s fallen.
- May 30: I, Too, Saw Dreams Through Air — VN Review
Reviewing two free visual novels for the (free) price of one.
Short 2023 Articles
I published 24 short posts in may 2023 between our Leaflet and Leaf Bud sections. You will find links to the short posts below.
- May 1: Thoughts on a Bing jail escape story (We are unfortunately still in Bing jail…)
- May 4: Ulauncher stops launching for me (I forgot this happened in May…)
- May 5: Webster’s Second and Danganronpa 3 (I am probably the first person to combine these topics)
- May 8: House centipede on my rocking chair (The good guys come in all shapes, sizes, and number-of-leg configurations)
- May 11: On the Google Nexus 7 (2013) Tablet (A good tablet still in my collection)
- May 18: Dasung Link Phone E-Ink Monitor Starts at $299 (My May 19 article took a stab at a more economical solution)
- May 18: Mix season 2’s Haru no Oto ending is good (I listed my favorite anime ending songs of 2023 without revealing which one is my actual favorite — stay tuned for year-end review in 6-7 months
- May 19: The best Nintendo controllers (I chose three winners for three categories)
- May 22: Shocker: Cats don’t like being studied in labs (Someone thought this needed to be said)
- May 23: Uzbek snap elections and presidential term limits (Creative end-arounds)
- May 27: Building ONScripter-Insani on EndeavourOS (Some visual novel engine development news)
- May 1: Microsoft supports right to repair bill (They will not, however, support fixing their bad search engine)
- May 2: uBlock Origin Available for Thunderbird (Thunderbird news)
- May 3: Links to English Ubunchu manga chapters (On my to-do list)
- May 9: WP ACF Vulnerability Patched (Not news for us since we don’t use ACF)
- May 12: Annoying TikTok story reminds me of snack (Thinking of Fruit Roll-Ups)
- May 15: The Alvinston (Canada) Honey Bee (I think it wants a hug)
- May 16: Lost Rooster Detained in New York City (They actually named him “Chad”)
- May 17: Notes on Kirby’s friends in Dreamland 2 (The notes weren’t news to be but I cannot remember why)
- May 21: Thoughts — Porn Hub blocks access in Utah (Some heartwarming news for readers)
- May 22: Praising UpdraftPlus for WP Backups (It is good)
- May 25: Webmentions and Substack (Mark me down as being in favor)
- May 26: Misguided parking ticket-income idea (Parking ticket equity was not on my to-do list)
- May 31: Sugar Apple Fairytale S2 preview thoughts (Looking ahead to the second season of a 2023 anime that I had yet to write about)
I created a new custom post type called Collections. Our Collections will feature related posts by series and topic in one convenient place. You can find all of our collections here. I published one new collection in May 2023:
- al|together Visual Novel Reviews and Posts
All of my al|together visual novel reviews, essays, and short posts.
I published four new newsletters in May 2023. Below, you will find links to The New Leaf Journal syndicated versions. Each newsletter recaps New Leaf Journal articles from the previous week, links to twelve interesting articles from around the web, covers the most-read New Leaf Journal posts of the week, and features other news and notes. You can sign up with your email, add the newsletter’s RSS feed to your favorite feed reader, or wait for the syndicated version on The New Leaf Journal. See all of our options here.
New Leaf Journal News and Notes
I made several additions to The New Leaf Journal in May 2023.
- Added my first collection post
- Added meta descriptions to all categories and tags (see article)
- Created off-site New Leaf Journal feed aggregator (see article)
- Updated our feeds hub page (see hub)
Most-Visited NLJ Articles of May 2023
I have taken to publishing a list of our 24 most-visited articles at the end of each month. All statistics come courtesy of our local, privacy-friendly analytics solution, Koko Analytics (see review). I will give our 12 most-visited articles feature billing on a table and list spots 13-24 in a more simple manner.
|1||Peekier Search Engine Review||NAF||2.26.22||3 (+2)|
|2||Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage||NAF||2.3.23||1 (-1)|
|3||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||2 (-1)|
|4||Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth||NAF||4.29.22||BR|
|5||How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name||NAF||3.11.21||6 (+1)|
|6||The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis||NAF||1.18.22||4 (-2)|
|7||Heights in “The Dangers of My Heart” Anime||NAF||4.2.23||BR|
|8||The Last Stand of Constantine XI||NAF||5.30.20||7 (-1)|
|9||Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013)||NAF||7.5.21||5 (-4)|
|10||The Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime||NAF||5.6.21||8 (-2)|
|11||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.28.21||10 (-1)|
|12||Peekier redirects to Kagi Search||NAF||5.2.23||NP|
13-24: 13 The ideal phone, e-ink and QWERTY (NAF: 2.23.23). 14 An 1882 Poem on Apple Blossoms (NAF: 5.23.22). 15 An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search (NAF: 10.18.22). 16 Installing LineageOS on a 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) (NAF: 7.28.21). 17 Ghostwriter Markdown Editor Review (NAF: 10.7.21). 18 The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review (NAF: 3.30.23). 19 The Chinese Dragon Gang Origin Story (NAF: 10.22.22). 20 A Follow-Up Post on the Meaning of “Blob Dylan” (NAF: 4.12.21). 21 Review of the Teracube 2e Smartphone (NAF: 11.19.21). 22 How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes (6.19.21). 23 Futaba Igarashi’s Hair Is Naturally Green? (NAF: 11.23.21). 24 Building a Big Joe Williams-Inspired Nine String Guitar (VVG: 3.12.22).
My 2022 review of the now-defunct Peekier search engine (or tool, it largely relied on Bing’s index) surprisingly took its first-ever top spot on the monthly ranking, posting its best month in terms of views by a wide margin. Its feat was helped by weak months from my Fire Emblem Engage essay (the leader for the previous three months) and my perennially present 2021 article on the phrase tsuki ga kirei.
While some regulars had weak months, my 2021 article on the name of the forget-me-not flower is on the upswing, posting its best month in terms of views for the second consecutive month and also posting its best-ever relative finish, coming in at fifth. This month’s top twelve included several other notables and surprises. My 2022 post on presidential ages and birthdays surged in early May and was close to finishing in second, but settled for fourth (it had a strong January but faded in the next three months). Other surprises in the top twelve include our first Leaflet/Leaf Bud top-12 of 2023 in my short post on the ongoing anime series The Dangers of My Heart and my update post on the demise of Peekier. One notable absence from the top-24 is my 2020 review of the Persona 4 Golden digital artbook, which had been in the top 24 for every month going back to December 2020.
Most-Visited Articles of March-May 2023
Below, you will find our most visited articles of the three-month period covering March to May 2023. I am keeping track of these statistics since I will feature them in our year-end review (see my 2022 review for last year’s numbers). The changes indicated next to each entry reflect the change in rank from the previous three-month period of February-April (see April 2023 review for those stats).
- Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage (NAF: 2.3.23) [No Change]
- The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei (NAF: 3.14.21) [No Change]
- Peekier Search Engine Review (NAF: 2.26.22) [No Change]
- The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis (NAF: 1.18.22) [No Change]
- Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013) (NAF: 7.5.21) [No Change]
- Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth (NAF: 4.29.22) [+13]
- How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name (NAF: 3.11.21) [+2]
- The Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime (NAF: 5.6.21) [-2]
- The ideal phone, e-ink and QWERTY (NAF: 2.23.23) [+2]
- Review of /e/ – An Android Alternative For Mobile Phones (NAF: 11.21.21) [-3]
- Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021) (NAF: 11.28.21) [-3]
- The Last Stand of Constantine XI (NAF: 5.30.20) [No Change]
- Heights in “The Dangers of My Heart” Anime (NAF: 4.2.23) [NEW]
- Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam) (NAF: 11.15.20) [-1]
- An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search (NAF: 10.18.22) [NEW]
- Ghostwriter Markdown Editor Review (NAF: 10.7.21) [+1]
- The Sega Dreamcast Controller Joystick (NAF: 6.14.22) [+6]
- A Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok Frontend (NAF: 5.14.22) [No Change]
- Familiar song in Angel Next Door anime (NAF: 3.25.23) [+1]
- Understanding Hair Color in the Kimi ni Todoke Anime Series (NAF: 8.19.21) [-9]
- Nintendo Power’s 1999 Yoshi in Pokémon April Fools Prank (NAF: 4.1.21) [-6]
- Building a Big Joe Williams-Inspired Nine String Guitar (VVG: 3.12.22) [No Change]
- The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review (NAF: 3.30.23) [NEW]
- A Follow-Up Post on the Meaning of “Blob Dylan” (NAF: 4.12.21) [NEW]
May did not have a dramatic effect on our three-month ranking because many articles were lumped together after spot 14 (and even more so outside of the top 20). Thus, while my presidential birthday (+13) and forget-me-not flower (+2 to 7) articles saw substantial jumps on account of having very strong months, other articles held their positions despite not featuring in the May 2023 article at all. Some of this parity is the result of our ongoing Bing de-indexing situation, which increases the influence of Google’s algorithms over our statistics.
Looking ahead to June 2023
In addition to publishing new articles (including moving toward finishing my long running al|together review project in August), I plan to re-implement our Blogroll and Guestbook sections in June. It promises to be an exciting month as we approach the half-way point of 2023, and I hope that you look forward to it.