That Man Behind the Curtain: August 2015

Please do not touch the porcupine.

Some people need to be told.

I’ve been a bit busy with my new Kickstarter, but here are the numbers for the month!

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($167.09)
Art: ($150.00)
Advertising: ($20.00)
Processing Fees: ($22.28)
Donations: $169.40
Ad Revenue: $0.51
Book Sales: $96.32
Total: ($386.63)
QTD: ($836.57)
YTD: ($6028.31)
All Time: ($32,898.46)

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. (This does not apply to special content which does not have a specific month associated with it.) Sales are for sales when they take place, not when it’s actually paid out to me. I also cover Paypal expenses when paying authors and artists.

Sales perked up this month. It may be that cooler weather has resulted in more book sales.


August saw 22 submissions, of which we accepted 7 (31.8%). All time acceptance rate is 47.8%


Number of followers in social media as of the end of last month. Since we broke a thousand on Facebook, I’ll be doing a giveaway later this month.

Facebook: 1,001 (+21) (!!!)
Twitter: 396 (+6)
Google+: 59 (+0)
Tumblr: 110 (+15)
Mailing List: 41 (+1)
Patreon: 9 (+0)


Our traffic was back down in August. We had a total of 1,190 visits. Our traffic consisted of 700 users and 2,084 page views. Our highest day of traffic was 120.

This month’s search engine term is “ghost spam is free from the politics, we dancing like a paralytics.” We had 36 visitors based off of that. 36! Sadly, no hits based on quilt patterns. They may be on to us. (Maybe that’s why traffic is down?)

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