Added 1 new A* page:Got my taxes done over the weekend, and in totaling up profits and expenses for last year, I found that 2013 was the first year in which A* actually made a profit! And one too small to be taxed, conveniently. : P A great deal of the thanks for this breakthrough goes to my readers, who gave me another year of kindly contributions via donations, ad revenue, and original artwork and other purchases. Thanks everyone, we made a profit, wheee!|
It also helped a bit that I got stingier on spending ad dollars, I suppose, and, maybe because I've started to exhaust some of the obvious things to experiment with, I spent way less on art supplies in 2013 than in 2012—only $875! (It was more than twice that in 2012. : ooo ... It should kinda be coming down in 2014, too, since I've learned to use watercolor inexpensively, but then again this fancy watercolor paper costs like $2 or $3 per A* page, so eh hm maybe it won't be coming down. But I've been able to auction them off to readers for a bit more than before, so hopefully that will offset it. : ))
Getting back to the advertising angle, I popped the TopWebComics ranking/voting widget up on the main page near the comic there; I had it there years ago, briefly, but it didn't seem to make a difference in the number of votes A* got per month, so I decluttered it, relegating it to the "about" page. But over the weekend I had a reader ask if I could put it on the front page so that they won't forget to vote, which is awfully nice of them, and it *has* been a while since I tried it there (and my rank isn't quite as embarrassing as it used to be : P), so I guess I'll give it another shot. I don't save up artwork and stuff to show only to people who vote, 'cause I prefer just to show my artwork to everyone : D, so I don't expect a ton of folks to vote for me, but some people seem to enjoy doing it anyway, and I do it myself religiously every day—twice! ; ) 'Cause you're allowed to vote once every 24 hours from each unique IP address you have, so I vote once from my WIFI, and once from my cell. : D There you have it, the secret of my success!!