That Man Behind the Curtain: May 2016

Flying home over  Seattle.

Flying home over Seattle.

Now’s the time that we look back at the numbers for May!

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.
Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($90.00)
Art: ($360.00)
Advertising: ($20.00)
Processing Fees: ($25.18)
Printing: ($274.69)
Donations: $42.71
Ad Revenue: $0.60
Kickstarter: $50.00
Physical Book Sales: $108.00
Online Book Sales: $29.58

Total: ($556.04)
QTD: ($2,304.64)
YTD: $3,199.49
All Time: ($13,215.06)

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.

The amount for the Kickstarter represents money added by backers in Backerkit.


We were closed to submissions in May. All time acceptance rate is now 45.16%.


At the end of May:

Facebook: 1,342 (+9)

Twitter: 450 (-14)

Google+: 60 (+0)

Tumblr: 145 (+2)

Mailing List: 60 (-2)

Patreon: 11 (-1)


May saw a another drop in traffic. We had 957 visits, involving 735 users and 1,518 page views.

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