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Oh, there ain’t no rest for the wicked, Money don’t grow on trees. I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed, There ain’t nothing in this world for free... A record month for the blog indeed, for traffic, posts and profits. I must confess that I’m very pleased.

Profit and loss

Advertising revenue was stronger in February, and got stronger still in March. Also, on the basic principle “Don’t make it hard for people to give you money”, I added support for Flattr as well, at Peter Stindberg’s suggestion – you’ll note the widget over on the right there, as well as at the bottom of posts. That has also proved profitable, and while it has one of those new-fangled vowel-challenged names, it’s actually a cool concept.

A couple of you have been asking for additional options, and I’ll see what I can arrange.

Mind you, figuring everything out from multiple sources and currencies at the end of the month is a wee bit tricky. Nevertheless, including all sources the net profit is $171 plus change for March, or approximately $2.11 per post.

Posts and traffic

Apparently I wrote 81 posts for March! I have no idea quite how that happened. More than 11,000 unique readers turned up over the course of the month.

The integration of Reddit and Facebook buttons during the month drove some extra traffic each. Certainly not a lot compared to Plurk or Twitter, but more than enough to make the effort of setting those widgets up worthwhile.

zFire Xue and RedZone certainly contributed a lot to posts and traffic this month, as well as a few posts on New World Notes (and Second Thoughts as well, apparently – though I’m not a reader myself, so I don’t know what’s over there) that boosted both Twitter followers and blog subscribers for me. Welcome aboard, all of the new readers.

The statistical charts was the single, most-frequently-visited destination, and RedZone and pieces relating to privacy and alt-detection generally dominated, though Jane’s Story continues to perform very strongly, and looks to eclipse all of the RedZone kerfuffle, as far as readers go. Another piece of that is coming.

The Linden Weekly Account Changes also performed strongly despite my accidentally missing a week, that I made up in the next post.

In closing

I’m looking forward to the rest of April, and I hope you are too.

We’re going to make this a musical entry today.

(video link)

I was walking down the street,
When out the corner of my eye
I saw a pretty little thing approaching me.
She said “I’ve never seen a man
Who looks so all alone,
Could you use a little company?
If you pay the right price
Your evening will be nice,
And you can go and send me on my way.”
I said “You’re such a sweet young thing
Why you do this to yourself?”
She looked at me and this is what she said,

“Oh, there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
I got bills to pay,
I got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know I can’t slow down,
I can’t hold back,
Though you know, I wish I could.
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”.

Not even fifteen minutes later
I’m still walking down the street,
When I saw the shadow of a man creep out of sight.
And then he swept up from behind
he put a gun up to my head,
He made it clear he wasn’t looking for a fright.
He said “Give me all you’ve got
I want your money not your life,
But you try to make a move I won’t think twice.”
I told him “You can have my cash
But first you know I got to ask
What made you want to live this kind of life?”

He said “There ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
I got bills to pay,
I got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know I can’t slow down,
I can’t hold back,
Though you know, I wish I could.
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good”.

Well now a couple hours passed
And I was sitting at my house,
The day was winding down and coming to an end.
So I turned on the TV
And flipped it over to the news,
And what I saw I almost couldn’t comprehend.
I saw a preacher man in cuffs he’d taken money from the church,
He stuffed his bank account with righteous dollar bills.
But even still I can’t say much
Because I know we’re all the same,
Oh yes we all seek out to satisfy those thrills.

You know there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Money don’t grow on trees.
We got bills to pay,
We got mouths to feed,
There ain’t nothing in this world for free.
I know we can’t slow down,
We can’t hold back,
Though you know, we wish we could.
Oh no there ain’t no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good.

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