That Man Behind the Curtain: August 2016

Pumpkin Spice Editors

Here we are, with a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin spice Italian soda. Because Autumn.

Leaves are falling, we’re drinking pumpkin spice everything, and looking at our numbers!

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.
Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($100.00)
Art: ($248.63)
Advertising: ($40.00)
Processing Fees: ($17.83)
Donations: $37.71
Ad Revenue: $0.26
Online Book Sales: $23.71

Total: ($361.95)
QTD: ($969.73)
YTD: ($1,052.93)
All Time: ($15,196.96)

As 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 August. All time acceptance rate remains at 45%.


At the end of August:

Facebook: 1,373 (+4)

Twitter: 481 (+2)

Google+: 61 (+1)

Tumblr: 164 (+7)

Mailing List: 62 (+2)

Patreon: 12 (+0)


Traffic has continued a downward trend. In August we had 902 visits, involving 680 users and 1,543 page views.

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