Week Eleven in Review: Statistics, Publications, and Calls for Submission!

We had some fantastic poems this week–let’s see how we did:

STATISTICS

Interesting statistic: We’ve published over 11,000 words on WordPress (that’s a lot of poetry)!

Basic statistics: We nabbed about 500  views this week from 120 WP visitors (not including return-readers or Google readers). That’s about 4 poems a visitor–which is great news. Not only are we reeling ’em in, we’re keeping them around! We pulled in over 130 likes this week from WP users, and over 60 unique visitors from Google and other search engines, not including the WP visitors listed above.

Trends:

  • Problem: Our follower count has just about stagnated. Solution: (1) We’re going to try and change up our tags to reach new readers. (Until now, we’ve been using the same tags for every post to reach out to our assumed demographic. We may have milked that group dry. Time to switch it up!) (2) Also, a significant portion of our viewers are non-WordPress users, thus do not have the ability to follow us via WP reader. We should add an email-follow button to compensate for this.
  • More people are coming to the site, and they’re staying longer and interacting with more poems! This is great news for our poets.
  • We’ve been pulling in more submissions from increasingly high-profile submitters.

 

SUBMISSIONS

Here are the poems that made the cut this week–great stuff!

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

In case you didn’t catch it last week, we have some great news

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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