We have a few more indie science fiction and manga books to review for you this month here at MWSNM. Between our Master’s coursework and art projects, it takes us a little while to give our review submissions the time they deserve, but we still encourage creative teams to contact us with new work. We’re always happy to hear from you!
Oh, check this out. We found one remaining copy of the thank you notes from last year’s big comic book sell-off on eBay. Many variations of these little creations of the Mighty Men and Monster Maker made it into our early shipments, nearly a year ago this week.
To everyone – including many MWSNM readers in the states and abroad – who bought part of our personal collection, thank you! We wouldn’t have made it this far without you. Along the way, we earned Top Seller status on eBay and have 100% positive feedback. This trusted status allowed us to sell a few things for friends and neighbors, which really helped keep the lights on here at the Martian headquarters. Thank you, dear reader!!!
If we had one tip to those who do send us friendly press releases and preview copies, here it is: include in your email just a few interior pages as .jpg files. Pick ones that really showcase the artwork and characters. If we can give people a look inside your work, it generates more interest. And if you choose the images, it makes it easier for us to make a review.
That’s a minor criticism, and we should say the majority of indie creators that contact us have great press releases and helpful descriptions, and URLs where people can buy the books. Even if we don’t use the exact text you send, it helps gives us the perfect starting point to compose what we want to say. So, thank you.
Okay, so normally we do a site review for these quarterly reports. Thanks to discussion forums, Reddit, blogs, and Facebook sharing by our readers, our archives of more than 1500 posts enjoy a steady stream of visitors. Traffic has hit a new plateau above 60,000 tracked page views per month from around the globe, with two of the last six months topping 80,000. Of those total page views, a unique visitor on any given day averages about 10 page views. So, 60,000 views represents more like 6,000 unique, tracked visitors. People drop by, they look around, they flip through some pages. Ellie the Studio Cat wants to show you the historical graph now!
This quarter, total page views for the site topped 1,800,000. You can bet we put that number on our professional resume now. It does a lot to suggest we might know something useful about building an online presence from nothing, and it makes a good talking point with our customers who want to understand maximizing their use of social media and blogs.
That being said, our most popular posts feature the work of other artists. We cannot congratulate ourselves on anything other than making a useful platform for people to share a common enthusiasm. Our most popular posts reference pop culture artifacts. They have a different role on the web than commercial product-driven sites. Still, administering this blog has taught us much about the importance of tagging posts, posting consistently, labeling images, features of wordpress that benefit any type of content, building solidarity by communicating with others through blogs, and how to mine stats for useful data that can help you improve your search rankings with only minor adjustments.
That run-on sentence is a sign we have spent too much time writing academic papers! Oh, so you know we like cats, especially our little Ellie the Studio Cat who posed for the background of this month’s stats image. And of course our obsession with pumas has reached epic proportions. Well, Fort Hays State University sent us a free t-shirt with a tiger on it! Yeah! You know, we have never had a mascot for ANYTHING we could relate to before. At long last, we belong to an organization represented by AN AWESOME CAT. Sweet!
So anyway, they sent their online ‘virtual college’ students a free t-shirt in exchange for sending them a picture of us in the shirt, so they can put it on websites and stuff. Do you think they will actually post this? It’s doubtful. So we’ll post it here first. Mountain Lions Forever! Go Tigers!