quarterly report from beyond the visible stars

Once upon a time, you could find a fresh post about comic books nearly every single day here at Mars Will Send No More. That rigorous publishing schedule has declined in recent months, and we expected that to correspond with a decrease in the stats we bloggers love to obsess over so very much. This assumption turned out to be completely wrong.

Even after periods of hardly posting at all for one to three weeks at a time, the Martian archives still hold many undiscovered treasures for legions of internet users around the world. Whether it’s orginal content like last week’s Guide to Getting Started Selling Comic Books on eBay or the scans we found, cleaned up, and organized from the KISS Marvel Comics Super Special two years ago, certain posts seem to take on a life of their own.

On the art and poetry side of the mix here on Mars, we’ve already covered how our art sales are doing within the last week. Other minor successes related to this blog include earning, at last, both Top Seller and Power Seller status on eBay in June. The dark cloud of selling off our beloved comic book collection at least has that silver lining, and our success as sellers has earned us a few commissions from friends to sell some of their stuff online, too. It isn’t like we make a single dime from doing this blog, but the experience of pursuing our passionate obsession with comic books and comic book art has certainly opened some doors for us in other areas of life.

We like to chart our activity over time, so let’s have a chart already!

mars monthly stats june 2014

June 2014 exceeded 85,000 page views by more than 10,000 visitors. This topped May, which had already set a new high by breaking 80,000. June also saw a new high where daily page views broke 8,000 for the first time. All of that put us well over the top of 1,500,000 lifetime page views, a number we now absolutely love quoting to potential customers in our professional sphere.
LOL let’s just hope they don’t actually READ this lunacy!

And now, Ellie the Studio Cat. Long live the resistance.

ellie at her watering hole - Copy

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9 responses to “quarterly report from beyond the visible stars

  • Paul O'Connor

    Love to learn of your continued blogging success, Mars, and I am right behind you on the conveyor belt to eBay power seller status … which I should hit right about the time the last comic leaves my own Secret HQ.


    In a weird, Phillip K. Dick alternate reality, you and I would discover that we have been selling comics only to each other these past several months, and that all of our web hits come only from you and I visiting each other’s pages.

    And then, on the last page, we’d learn we’re really the same person!


    • Mars Will Send No More

      We did look at your newly updated page of available lots and runs. You really do have some nice sets, and your description sounds like they are all in attractive Fine+ to VeryFine+ grades on average: perfect for someone like us that wants to enjoy reading classic series in their original form without spending an arm and a leg on NM copies, but still have great looking covers and intact books.


      • Paul O'Connor

        I listed everything I had, because it was just easier that way … but with no real intention of selling everything. Still, if I bring myself to sell off a critical bulkhead like my nearly-complete runs of Tomb of Dracula, Captain Marvel, and Master of Kung Fu, then I might as well let ’em all go.

        I think I’m OK with that. I’ve got digital, and some key reprints, and all this bulk does weigh me down. If the books go to a better home that’s probably a good thing.


        • Mars Will Send No More

          Well you probably already thought of this but… the sub-sub-category Collections on eBay might be worth trying out. Rather than issue by issue, see if you could get a bite for the entire Longbox Graveyard as a kick-butt bronze age archive. Just an idea.


          • Paul O'Connor

            Prevailing wisdom is that you should buy in lots, but sell individually, and I’ve been doing that. I have a little time now and it hasn’t been too terrible. I do risk winding up with a real rump end of the collection once the good stuff is gone, though.


    • bsknoelk

      I’ll prove you wrong Paul by commenting. But… then you’d have to prove I’m not you, too. Oh, this is a vicious cycle.

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