That Man Behind the Curtain: December 2015

Fitting In Kickstarter

Have I mentioned we have a Kickstarter? Because we totally have one.

This is a little late because we’ve been super busy with our Kickstarter. Here’s a look at last month’s numbers!

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($90.00)
Art: ($258.55)
Advertising: ($50.00)
Processing Fees: ($15.09)
Printing: ($353.14)
Donations: $79.00
Ad Revenue: $0.73
Book Sales: $64.55
Total: ($639.57)
QTD: ($1,182.26)
YTD: ($3,579.30)
All Time: ($14,144.04)

Last month I had an error in my spreadsheet that skewed my numbers a lot more than they should have been. Here’s to hoping I worked out all the bugs.

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.


We were closed to submissions in December. All time acceptance rate remains 48.84%.


Number of followers in social media as of the end of last month. Again, in order to better promote backing us through Patreon, we created a new Mad-Scientist-Journal-only Patreon.

Facebook: 1,053 (+7)
Twitter: 416 (-1)
Google+: 59 (+1)
Tumblr: 119 (+4)
Mailing List: 46 (+2)
Patreon: 6 (0)


Our traffic was down further in December. We had a total of 620 visits. Our traffic consisted of 447 users and 1,053 page views. Our highest day of traffic was 36.

This month’s search engine term “mad scientist fanfic”.

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