Week Ten in Review: Statistics, Call for Submissions, Competitions, and More!

We had some fantastic poems this week–and quite a bit of reader activity! Let’s see how we did:

STATISTICS

We reached 6,800 all-time views this week (2100 WP visitors) compared to last week’s 6,300 (2000 visitors)–that means we brought in 500 views this week and 100 unique visitors (about five poem-views a visitor). We pulled in over 120 likes this week from WP users, and over 150 unique visitors from Google and other search engines, not including the WP visitors listed above.

We didn’t outperform last week, but these are healthy numbers!

SUBMISSIONS

In my opinion, this was one of the strongest weeks yet as far as sheer quality of our published work is concerned. You have to give these a look!

COMPETITIONS

Our Monthly Paid Competition is coming to a close on the 30th of this month! There’s a lot of competition, so send in your best work. We’re excited to have the ability to pay you for your poems in a world that seldom can, and we hope this contest drives traffic to our site, thus to our talented submitters’ work! You can find more information here.

FINANCES

Donations: Due to our incredibly generous readers and poets and their Ko-fi contributions, we have just enough money left over (since our Plan upgrade, Google advertisement launch, and first paid competition) to start up a second paid poetry competition! We’ll announce it on February 10th, once winners of the January competition are announced. We’re so grateful for your support!

Ad Revenue: The beauty of holding advertisements on this site is not only that they can inform you of publishing opportunities, poetry workshops, anthologies, and the like (with Google’s ad targeting, I presume they will change based on your common searches)–but by merely interacting with them, we get a few cents! Last month we made 74 cents, and I’m pretty proud of it–that’s almost a dollar toward the next competition payout, and it will increase with our readership.


That’s all for this week–stay tuned!

 

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The Vita Brevis Team

“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our journal is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

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