That Man Behind the Curtain: August 2013

And now, we delve into the secret cockles of our dark hearts.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($50.00)
Art: ($193.11)
Advertising: ($45.00)
Paypal Fees: ($8.74)
Donations: $0.00
Ad Revenue: $0.34
Book Sales: $3.62
Total: ($309.95)
QTD: ($585.71)
YTD: ($2,721.42)
All Time: ($6,037.47)

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.

Our main new thing is that we sent in money to advertise in GeekGirlCon’s program. Kind of a new approach for us. Dawn will also be vending there, and I’ll be helping to watch the table and stuff. You should totally come by and see us. Totes, as the young folk say.


In July we received 27 submissions, a pleasant up-turn from the lull of the summer. 18 of those were exclusives, 9 classifieds and 9 short stories. Of this bounty, we accepted 18 stories: 3 general submissions, 6 exclusives, 9 classifieds. A 67% acceptance for the month, 55.97% all-time.

This gives us enough content for the site through the end of the year, and enough exclusive stories to last us through June of next year.


August had a total of 1,405 visits. Our traffic consisted of 875  unique visitors and 2,988 page views. Our highest daily traffic was 192 visits. I’m hoping this is a sign that the summer slump on traffic is over.

August’s search engine term for the month is “pickle dissection.” There are some other gems, like our persistent unicorn related search results. But this one stands out for me because it resulted in two hits to the site instead of the single hit most of our crazy search engine hits get. I would like to believe that two completely different people are looking for pickle dissection information, not just the same person twice.

That’s it for numbers today. See y’all next month!

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