I published our final October 2023 article on October 19. I spent most of the last two weeks of October feeling sub-par and working on assignments related to my day job. For that reason, October turned out to be a light month at The New Leaf Journal. Moreover, I was not able to publish our month-in-review on Halloween. However, the month-in-review tradition must carry on, so for the first time since October 2020, I present a late month-in-review post.

Articles Published in October 2023

I published nine new articles in October 2023. You will find links and summaries below.

The events that caused my publishing shortfall at The New Leaf Journal in October resulted in the same at our fledgling sister publication, The Emu Café Social. But I was able to publish several interesting short posts as I work out some final issues with the new site. First, I offered my thoughts on the announcement of a live action version of Teasing Master Takagi-san, which happens to be one of my favorite anime series (both the upcoming live action show and the anime are based on a manga series). Next, I used a post about potatoes and darkrooms to offer a joke. Third, in a relatively long short post, I highlighted the importance of offering sources for claims in the wild to avoid giving the impression of making a strawman argument. One day later, I wrote a short post on baseball stats which is tangentially related to my August essay on Barry Bonds’ intentional walks records from 2001-2007. Finally, I wrote a follow-up piece on Matter of Salama which serves as an addendum to my main article here at The New Leaf Journal..

We also published newsletters on October 7, October 14, and October 21. I skipped October 28, but returned to form on November 4.

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 October 2023 and also of the period from August 1 to October 31.

Oct RankArticle
Author and Publication Date.
Aug-Oct Rank
1The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis
N.A. Ferrell. January 18, 2022.
1 (+2)
2Peekier Search Engine Review
N.A. Ferrell. February 26, 2022.
4 (+2)
3The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei
N.A. Ferrell. March 11, 2021.
2 (=)
4Installing Ubuntu Touch on a Google Nexus 7 (2013)
N.A. Ferrell. July 5, 2021.
7 (+2)
5Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)
N.A. Ferrell. November 27, 2021.
8 (+2)
6Installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2023.
10 (+3)
7An In-Depth Look at Norton Safe Search
N.A. Ferrell. October 18, 2022.
5 (+2)
8Flying 12-Foot Witch in Carroll Gardens
N.A. Ferrell. November 2, 2022.
21 (NEW)
9The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten – Anime Review
N.A. Ferrell. March 30, 2023.
12 (+2)
10The Nice Boat 〜 A Look Back at the School Days Anime
N.A. Ferrell. May 6, 2021.
11 (-3)
11Height differences in anime romances
N.A. Ferrell. March 22, 2023.
3 (-2)
12A Look at ProxiTok, a TikTok Frontend
N.A. Ferrell. May 15, 2022.
22 (+1)
13Installing LineageOS on a 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
N.A. Ferrell. July 28, 2021.
18 (+2)
14How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes
N.A. Ferrell. June 19, 2021.
15Review of /e/ – An Android Alternative For Mobile Phones
N.A. Ferrell. November 21, 2021.
13 (-1)
16“Uncle Susan is a Wolf” – A Graffiti Photo and Research Project
N.A. Ferrell. December 29, 2021.
17The Last Stand of Constantine XI
N.A. Ferrell. May 30, 2020.
14 (+1)
18Performing Site-Specific Searches With DuckDuckGo
N.A. Ferrell. August 8, 2021.
24 (NEW)
19Abraham Lincoln’s 1851 Letters on Work to John D. Johnston
N.A. Ferrell. November 4, 2021.
6 (-2)
20The Story of Billy Possum, President Hoover’s Pet Opossum
N.A. Ferrell. November 30, 2021.
19 (NEW)
21Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage
N.A. Ferrell. February 3, 2023.
9 (-4)
22Heights in “The Dangers in My Heart” Anime
N.A. Ferrell. April 2, 2023.
15 (-4)
23The Last Nintendo Wii Games
N.A. Ferrell. August 1, 2023.
24Nintendo Power’s 1999 Yoshi in Pokémon April Fools Prank
N.A. Ferrell. April 1, 2021.
>24Using Web Archives To Get Around CAPTCHAs
N.A. Ferrell. August 12, 2022.
16 (+3)
>24Persona 4 Golden Digital Artbook Review (Steam)
N.A. Ferrell. November 15, 2020.
17 (-1)
>24How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name
N.A. Ferrell. March 11, 2021.
20 (-3)
>24Ghostwriter Markdown Editor Review
N.A. Ferrell. October 7, 2021.
23 (-2)

October was a soft month for The New Leaf Journal thanks to a decline in Google referrals (we saw an uptick in Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Yandex, albeit not enough to make up for the Google drop). One effect of the decline in Google in conjunction with the return of DuckDuckGo is an increase in views for our tech articles relative to non-tech articles. Tech articles took five out of the top seven and nine out of the top fifteen spots in October, which was the best relative showing for the class in 2023.

The break-out star of October was my 2021 post The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 – Statistics and Analysis, which not only notched its first monthly first-place finish after narrowly missing the title in August, but also took the top spot in our three-month ranking. It was a strong month for outdated tech articles with my posts on a defunct search engine (second), installing Ubuntu Touch on a device that no longer supports it (fourth), and a 2021 review of open source Android apps (fifth) all making the top five. One fun surprise this month was one of my Halloween photo articles, this one featuring a 2022 12-foot flying witch in Carroll Gardens, coming in eighth and posting what was by far the best month for Halloween photo post. I missed out on the fun in 2022 since I published it in November 2022, so perhaps it will be a mainstay in October rankings to come.

Looking Ahead to November

It is hard to look ahead to November since it is already November, but I will give it our best shot. After posting some October leftovers (including two Halloween photo posts), I will prioritize finishing my al|together visual novel project which I am a bit behind on, but had already planned to finish in November. Beyond that, I look forward to returning to a normal publishing flow after our unplanned break in October.