That Man Behind the Curtain: August 2014

With the fulfillment of our Kickstarter coming to a head in August, things got a little spendy last month. Let’s look at some numbers.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($60.00)
Art: ($678.46)
Advertising: ($60.00)
Payment Processing Fees: ($15.68)
Printing: ($767.74)
Donations: $51.00
Ad Revenue: $0.80
Book Sales: $22.42
Total: ($1,524.72)
QTD: ($1,877.21)
YTD: ($1,308.61)
All Time: ($8,821.18)

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.

This month was extra spendy because of costs for That Ain’t Right. We paid for the final cover art, internal layout, and printing 150 books. So, not a cheap month. September promises to be more of the same, as we ship all of the Kickstarter rewards.


We received 15 stories in August, of which we accepted 10. This puts us at 66.67% for the month, 54.02% for all time.


Facebook: 845 (+3)
Twitter: 323 (+0)
Google+: 43 (+3)
Tumblr: 30 (+4)
Mailing List: 18 (+0)
Patreon: 6 (+0)


Traffic dropped significantly in July. We had a total of 1,157 visits. Our traffic consisted of 778 users and 2,283 page views. Overall an improvement over earlier months. Our highest daily traffic was 97.

Our search engine terms have not been nearly as entertaining as they once were. This month’s term is “invention of fire and wheel”. Because we take things back to basics.

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