Today marks the end of the November 2023 (for there is no November 31). The end of the month means it is time for our monthly month-in-review. Despite getting off to a late start, November proved to be our busiest month in some time. This is our 19th and final article of November, which is the most regular articles we have published in one month since January. It was also our busiest month in terms of site traffic of 2023 to date, surpassing January. Below, I recap our new November content and other news and notes from the month that was.

November 2023 Articles

Below, I present links to and brief descriptions of our new November 2023 articles. Because I wrote all of the articles, I will omit author information. I highlighted four articles as my editor’s choice recommendations (but I of course recommend reading all of the articles).

In addition to the articles, I created a new collection page for all of my articles on hair color in Japanese anime, manga, light novels, video games, and visual novels. I also included a couple of articles on real hair color-dress code stories from Japan.

As always, I published our Saturday newsletters. The newsletters feature original content including links from around the web, so I recommend giving them a read even if you are already caught up on our new articles. See this month’s newsletters: CLIX, CLX, CLXI, and CLXII.

Finally, many of the short posts that I had been publishing here as Leaflets and Leaf Buds are now being published on our sister site, The Emu Café Social. You can see all of my November posts over there in our monthly archive.

Most-Visited Articles

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 November 2023 and also of the period from September 1 to November 30.

Author. Date.
3 Mo.
1An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search
N.A. Ferrell. October 18, 2022.
2Installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2023.
3Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)
N.A. Ferrell. November 28, 2021.
4Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013)
N.A. Ferrell. July 5, 2021
5The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis
N.A. Ferrell. January 18, 2022.
6The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei
N.A. Ferrell. March 14, 2021.
7Peekier Search Engine Review
N.A. Ferrell. February 26, 2022.
8The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review
N.A. Ferrell. March 30, 2023.
9Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage
N.A. Ferrell. February 3, 2023.
10The Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime
N.A. Ferrell. May 6, 2021.
11Installing LineageOS on a 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
N.A. Ferrell. July 28, 2021.
12The Story of Billy Possum, President Hoover’s Pet Opossum
N.A. Ferrell. November 30, 2021.
13Height differences in anime romances
N.A. Ferrell. March 22, 2023.
14Heights in “The Dangers in My Heart” Anime
N.A. Ferrell. April 2, 2023.
15Reviewing FrogFind: A Search Engine For Vintage Computers
N.A. Ferrell. July 24, 2022.
16History of Thanksgiving Proclamations in the Philippines
N.A. Ferrell. November 23, 2022.
17The Last Nintendo Wii Games
N.A. Ferrell. August 1, 2023.
18Review of /e/ – An Android Alternative For Mobile Phones
N.A. Ferrell. November 21, 2021.
19How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes
N.A. Ferrell. June 19, 2021.
20The Last Stand of Constantine XI
N.A. Ferrell. May 30, 2020.
21How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name
N.A. Ferrell. March 11, 2021.
22Review of the Teracube 2e Smartphone
N.A. Ferrell. November 19, 2021.
23N.A. Ferrell. October 7, 2021.22
24Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam)
N.A. Ferrell. November 15, 2020.
N/RA Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok Frontend
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2022.
N/RFlying 12-Foot Witch in Carroll Gardens
N.A. Ferrell. November 2, 2022.
N/RPerforming Site-Specific Searches With DuckDuckGo
N.A. Ferrell. August 8, 2021.
N/R = Ranking outside the top 24 for the time period in question

November was our best month of 2023 thanks in large part to two factors. Firstly, we matched our best Google performances from the early months of the year. Secondly, we saw our performance with Bing and DuckDuckGo come close to the numbers we were seeing in early January prior to our lengthy and unexplained Bing-ban. Finally, smaller referrers, namely Yandex and Brave Search, added a meaningful number of visits. According to our Koko referrer stats, we set a new Yandex record in November 2023 and it did not trail too far behind Bing for third place.

The breakout star of the month was my 2022 Norton Safe Search review, which followed monthly ranks of 9, 7, and 5 in the previous three months with a dominant first-place showing. The distant second, my article on installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a, would have been our first-place article in August, September, and October. Ranks 4 through 6 and 7 through 9 were bunched closely together and the top-12 separated itself from the rest of the pack. But we saw generally strong performances from top to bottom in the top 24, balancing out a slightly overall weaker showing from the top-six than what we saw in our now-second best month of 2023, January.

The trend of tech articles dominating the top of the ranking, which has generally held since our being re-indexed by Bing and DuckDuckGo, continued in November, with four of the top five articles having a clear tech focus. However, non-tech articles performed much better in November than in the previous two months. My tsuki ga kirei article matched its October numbers and only dropped in the ranking due to better competition. The month saw a new record for my Angel Next Door anime review, which may have room to improve as we await the second season. I was pleasantly surprised to see my long 2022 history of Thanksgiving in the Philippines, which previously failed to garner much attention, post a strong month (it would have made the top 12 in many 2023 months). One article that I will be watching is my post on the last Nintendo Wii games, which posted its best month and notched its first appearance in our three-month ranking in just its fourth month online.

I am not sure that we will match our November numbers for December since I am skeptical that my Norton Safe Search review will continue its current level of performance through the end of the year. But if it does, or if we see another article or two break out in December, we may have a chance to end 2023 with our two best months of the year. In any event, it is good to see our site’s search position returning to normal after struggling all year due to Bing issues.

Looking Ahead to December

After having planned to finish my al|together visual novel review project in both October and November, December is the month. I have a couple of reviews to publish before writing the grand finale. That will be my priority for the early part of December.

Another definite project for December is a review of the first two seasons of the Kimi ni Todoke anime series, which I expect to publish within the first three weeks of the month. On the subject of anime, I will publish my 2023 year-in-review article (following 2021 and 2022) close to the end of the year. I think that I will most likely publish it in the first week of January 2024, but it may come at the end of December depending on whether I have enough time after the end of the fall season series that may feature prominently in the article.

I have many other ongoing projects, including some stemming from books that I am reading, but I am not entirely sure which ones I will publish in December. On account of that uncertainty and in the interest of leaving some surprises, I conclude my December preview here.