That Man Behind the Curtain: June 2014

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($75.00)
Art: ($211.60)
Advertising: ($65.00)
Payment Processing Fees: ($4.55)
Donations: $61.00
Ad Revenue: $1.26
Book Sales: $21.26
Total: ($289.69)
QTD: ($1,457.90)
YTD: $568.60
All Time: ($6,943.97)

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.

I’ve included payments from Patreon into these figures under “Donations.” Even though it’s technically to support the work I do, the primary expense I deal with is Mad Scientist Journal. I’ve also expanded the Paypal Fees category to “Payment Processing Fees” to cover things like the processing fees from Patreon as well as the fees from other places (like Kickstarter).

Exciting note: We had a sale in India! I got really excited because it was for 60-something. And then I realized it was in Indian rupees and not US dollars. =P


In June, we received 13 regular submissions, of which we accepted 6 (46%). We also received 29 exclusive submissions between May and June (8 in May, 21 in June), 8 of which were fictional classified ads. Of these we accepted all of the classifieds and 7 of the regular exclusives, and 1 exclusive that we accepted as a regular submission instead.  Our all time acceptance rate is 53.65%.

This gives us enough content for the site through mid April 2015.


Facebook: 833 (+7)
Twitter: 330 (+59)
Google+: 40 (+3)
Tumblr: 23 (+2)
Mailing List: 18 (+0)
Patreon: 5


Despite an increase in followers over the last month, especially on Twitter, our traffic actually dropped. We had a total of 1,238 visits. Our traffic consisted of 849 users and 2,493 page views. Our highest daily traffic was 72.

June’s search engine phrase of the month is “priyanka always keept pink flavour in her pocket.” It’s a useful skill for mad scientists.

That’s all for this month.

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