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Welcome to the 91st edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. This newsletter, like all of the newsletters before it, comes to you from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. In this newsletter, I will review our content from Independence Day week, refer you to interesting content from around the web, and go through news and notes about The New Leaf Journal.

Table of Contents

  1. Leaves From The Week That Was
  2. Leaves From Around The Web
  3. The Old Leaf Journal
  4. Most-Turned Leaves Of The Newsletter Week
  5. Notable Leaf Journal
  6. News Leaf Journal
  7. Taking Leaf

1. Leaves From The Week That Was

I published four new full articles since mailing the previous newsletter. Before I get to the list, I must note that the featured content from this week was about American history, while the featured content from the previous week was an English-language visual novel review. Where else will you find such variety?

  • The July 4 Death of James Monroe | N.A. Ferrell | July 4, 2022 | Summary: On July 4, 1831, James Monroe became the the third president of the first five presidents to pass away on Independence Day. This post is not only about his death, but also his extraordinary life.
  • The Life Masks of John Henri Isaac Browere | N.A. Ferrell | July 5, 2022 | Summary: John Browere was a 19th century artist who produced life masks of many great figures of the Founding era and the early Republic, including Lafayette, both presidents Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Van Buren. This post provides a history of Browere's work along with images of a few busts produced from his life masks.
  • John Browere's Death Mask of James Monroe | N.A. Ferrell | July 6, 2022 | Summary: Browere was known for life masks, not death masks. But his artistic corpus included a single death mask, that of the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe.
  • School Days' Sekai Becomes a VTuber? | N.A. Ferrell | July 7, 2022 | Quote: "But that aside, it appears that notwithstanding some of the life-ending events involving Sekai at the end of the School Days anime, she managed to make a new career for herself."

I published four short Leaflet posts since our previous newsletter, including a couple that were more substantive than your ordinary Leaflet. I will list three below while reserving one for the Around the Web section of the instant newsletter.

2. Leaves From Around the Web

Let's see what's going on around the web (and our fourth leaflet)...

3. The Old Leaf Journal

Let's check in on our archive...

  • An Unclear and Indistinct Idea of a Truth Tree | N.A. Ferrell | July 9, 2020 | Summary: While far from our most-read post, this is one of my better pieces of headline writing (and art).
  • A Miniature Portrait of Laura Coombs Hills | N.A. Ferrell | January 15, 2021 | Thoughts: My article on Browere noted that he first worked under the tutelage of a prominent miniature painter. This post is a history of one of the most accomplished American miniature painters of the turn of the twentieth century, Laura Coombs Hills.
  • Reviewing Elephind: A Powerful Newspaper Search Engine | N.A. Ferrell | July 18, 2021 | Thoughts: Elephind not only featured in my research for two of my articles in the past week, it also had its best week (in terms of views) thanks to a Hacker News share. Alas, the success did not place it in our top-five most-visited articles, but it was more than enough to earn an Old Leaf Journal appearance.
  • Review of the Original Persona 4 Artbook | N.A. Ferrell | July 5, 2020 | Thoughts: While my second Persona 4 artbook review has been far more successful in terms of page views, this first review was a more interesting project.

4. Most-Turned Leaves Of The Newsletter Week

I list our most-visited articles of the previous week in each newsletter. In keeping with our newsletter schedule, these “Newsletter Weeks” begin with Saturday and end on Friday. The statistics come courtesy of our local and privacy-friendly analytics solution, Koko Analytics - which I reviewed on site. The week of July 2-8 was the 27th Newsletter Week of 2022.

# Article Auth Pub 22Top5
1 Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021) NAF 11.27.21 27 (7)
2 The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei NAF 3.14.21 27 (19)
3 Calvin Coolidge On Why We Celebrate Independence Day NAF 7.2.21 NEW
4 Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President's Birth NAF 4.29.22 4
5 How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes NAF 6.19.21 10

The surprise of this week's listis my 2021 article on then-President Calvin Coolidge's Independence Day speech on July 4, 1926 (that also happened to be his 54th birthday). It accrued a large number of visits on Independence Day (I believe most came from DuckDuckGo/Bing) to not only post its first-ever top-five, but also nearly take the second spot in the ranking from my tsuki ga kirei post. The list was rounded out by two articles making their first top-five appearances in several weeks. One notable absence was my post on installing Ubuntu Touch, which missed the top five for only the third week out of 27 in 2022 (it came in sixth).

5. Notable Leaf Journal

I came across a terrific resource for improving personal security online and in personal computing generally that I thought was worth sharing with newsletter readers. Ms. Alicia Sykes' Personal Security Checklist walks users through improving their security and privacy profiles in twelve different categories. It has useful information for beginners and tech-savvy users alike.

Ms. Sykes carefully explains each recommendation and assigns it a priority level. Ms. Sykes also produced a shorter, bullet-point version of the list. You will also find links to additional lists (e.g., recommended alternatives to popular platforms) in the resource.

6. News Leaf Journal

While I made no notable changes to The New Leaf Journal proper in the last week, I did take some time to try to clean up some issues that we may be having with Google search. While it will take a few weeks for the changes to fully pay off (assuming I correctly diagnosed the issues), we did have a few relatively strong search days in the last week. With hope, this will help The New Leaf Journal return to the search numbers it saw in March 2022, which remains our strongest month in terms of search engine impressions and conversions.

7. Taking Leaf

Thank you as always for joining us for another issue of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. If you enjoyed the content and have not done so already, you can subscribe to this weekly newsletter by email or add its RSS feed to your favorite feed reader. I also syndicate the newsletter to Bearblog.

Until next Saturday and newsletter 92,

Cura ut valeas.

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