• That Man Behind the Curtain: December 2013

    by  • January 15, 2014 • Administrative, Man Behind the Curtain • 0 Comments

    And now, the numbers.

    The Money Aspect

    Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

    Hosting: ($17.06)
    Stories: ($115.00)
    Art: ($200.00)
    Advertising: ($10.00)
    Paypal Fees: ($8.05)
    Donations: $0.00
    Ad Revenue: $0.28
    Book Sales: $5.08
    Total: ($302.66)
    QTD: ($831.57)
    YTD: ($4,196.52)
    All Time: ($7,512.57)

    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.

    December also had some extra expenses for paying for exclusive content and the cover work by Katie Nyborg.

    Despite an increase in traffic (described below), all of our scant income has dropped this month. I’ve started doing some small advertising for individual stories, and that’s helped the traffic. Since we make such low gross income most of the time, it’s hard to know how much weight to give any downturn in income.

    We do have some new things we’ll be trying in 2014, so keep your eyes peeled.


    In December we received 12 submissions, of which we accepted 6. That’s 50% for the month. Our all-time acceptance rate is 55.69%%.

    This gives us enough content for the site through April 2014.


    Traffic increased in December. We had a total of 920 visits, up from November’s. Our traffic consisted of 574 unique visitors and 2,053 page views. Our highest daily traffic was 91 visits.

    December’s search engine term of the month is “ebay 1979’s quilt patterns.” Because I’d like to believe that eBay gained sentience, and traveled back in time to 1979 to sell quilt patterns.

    That’s all I’ve got to say for now.

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