That Man Behind the Curtain: March 2013

Time flies when you’re stupid busy. March has been the Bataan death march of deadlines. But the Winter 2013 collection is out with (almost) no hitches. Lets look at some numbers.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($195.00)
Art: ($300.00)
Advertising: $0
Paypal Fees: ($21.56)
Donations: $0
Ad Revenue: $0.43
Books Sales: $1.15
Total: ($532.03)
Q/YTD: ($1,165.39)
All Time: ($4,481.44)

As per usual, I try to list costs for art and stories under the month that the stories run on the site rather than when I pay them. I also cover Paypal expenses when paying authors and artists.

Costs seem to generally be in line with any month I’m putting the quarterly collection together.


In March we received 11 submissions, which included 3 classified ads that were submitted after our due date. It seems someone (me) forgot to take it off of the submission guidelines. Since we had time to squeeze them in, I went ahead and accepted them. All told, we accepted 8 stories, which gives us a 72.7% acceptance rate for March and 54.6% all time. We have enough stories to get us through mid-August.


March had a total of 1,121 visits. Our traffic consisted of 859 unique visitors and 1,815 page views. Our highest daily traffic was  157 visits. Not sure what happened with the spike day. It was a Sunday. No new content. All of the arrivals were direct. It was all spread through the site. Spider perhaps?

The top traffic sources continue to be the usual: StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, SFSignal, The Josef K Stories. I’m delighted that, as of this writing, we have 666 Likes on Facebook.

March’s search engine term for the month is “darpa super human trials +sigh up”. Because, really: DARPA? Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency? I’m guessing that this is a typo for “sign up.” Someone wanted to sign up for superhuman trials with DARPA? And they found us? The runner up was “secret asexual organisations”.


That’s all the numbers fit to print. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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