That Man Behind the Curtain: October 2015

Hipster Beauty and the Beast

Your editors, as Hipster Beauty and the Beast.

Welcome to our latest installment of behind the scenes!

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($70.00)
Art: ($196.16)
Advertising: ($30.00)
Processing Fees: ($16.45)
Printing: ($44.13)
Donations: $114.00
Ad Revenue: $0.84
Book Sales: $85.62
Total: ($547.14)
QTD: ($547.14)
YTD: ($10,689.77)
All Time: ($37,558.92)

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 as best I can. Paypal has made it more difficult, so I’m not as capable of covering international fees.


October saw 13 submissions, all classified ads. We also accepted 12 of the classifieds, which makes the month’s acceptance rate 92.3%. All time acceptance rate is 48.84%.


Number of followers in social media as of the end of last month.

Facebook: 1,029 (+13)
Twitter: 408 (+0)
Google+: 59 (+0)
Tumblr: 116 (+4)
Mailing List: 45 (+1)
Patreon: 10 (+0)


Our traffic was down further in October. We had a total of 781 visits. Our traffic consisted of 502 users and 1,461 page views. Our highest day of traffic was 57.

This month’s search engine term is “chicken wire ghost glow.” And quilt patterns are back.

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