December 5, 2013

“Write for elephant journal, get Rich!” Here’s who won last month, + $$$ for December.

May it be of benefit! Thanks to all for all your joy-sharing in 2013! Peace on Earth!

elephant is dedicated to sharing the good word re: “the mindful life” beyond the core or choir and to all those who might give a care. We focus on anything that’s good (& fun, or sad if appropriate) for others, our planet, & ourselves.

Love writing and want to hit paydirt? Just wanna make some extra dough to pay for your knitting or woodworking habit? Keep reading…

Go on…

The Rules:

Minimum: four new blogs a month—at least two in the first two weeks, at least two in the second two weeks (no squeaking posts in at the end of the month). (This post is posted late, so you all can get four posts in any time this month, as long as not all in the final week)

What makes a mindful contribution? Poetry, photos, adventure, green, videos (a great way to, a la Upworthy, share quality with minimal intro—that said, a video plus a quality article, is a consistent winner), family, meditation, Dharma, politics, social good, conscious consumerism, contemplative arts…oh my. You can blog up anything that connects with our mission: to share the mindful life beyond our choir.


Last month we paid out $5500 to our consistent writers!

Casual Contributor level: Free 12-month gift subscription to elephantjournal.com for yourself and a friend if you put up 4 or more a month and total 10,000 readers or more in the month. Already have a subscription? Then you get two gifts.

$75/month if you put up 5 or more this month (I spend say 10 minutes to 30 minutes on a blog, so that’s in the range of $50/hour) reaching 20,000 readers or more in the month.

$200/month if you put up at least 6 blogs a month reaching 40,000 readers a month.

$400/month if you put up at least 7 blogs a month reaching 80,000 readers in the month.

$750/month if you put up at least 8 or more a month reaching 160,000 readers in the month.

$1,200/month if you put up at least 9 or more a month reaching 320,000 readers in the month.

$2,500/month if you put up at least 10 or more a month reaching 640,000 readers in the month.

General guidelines:

Good writers deserve to get paid!

First, you have to be >consistent< to “win.”

Secondly, we will not share anything that’s not >quality<, making it difficult for pointlessly sexy (lascivious) or kitteny (cute) posts lacking other merits to win. Thirdly, if your consistent and quality writing is popular, we’ll pay you for your work and I’m happy to be able to do this, based on our growth (Elephant’s doing well, growing to 6.3 million, this month).

If you don’t want to get paid, you don’t have to play. Writing for the sake of love and sharing is wonderful.

Writers who are playing can not share their own posts on FB main page, but can on our appropriate focus pages.

Anyone who shares anything like “help me win so I can make money” will be disqualified: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who is not writing or sharing in the spirit of our mission. A more mindful approach: “help support my work on elephant, here’s an article about xxx yyyy” or “help me, friends, by reading and sharing if so inspired.”

You dig? Send your article to: elephantjournal.com/submit

(Note: editors and volunteers are eligible, but can not share their own articles on our main Facebook page [you can, however, share the article once per day on appropriate focus pages] if you choose to “play.”

Note: if you wish to collect your winnings, you must email your total by 12pm MST on the 31st of December at the latest to editorial@elephantjournal dot com. Five minutes late? You get nothing. Seriously.
THE DEADLINE IS FIRM (yes, it’s CAPS LOCK firm—no joke): No exceptions. If you submit early, we’re cool. If you submit late, we can not and will not be able to pay you (don’t blow it).


Who won in November? Here they are:


Renee Picard: 5 articles; 14, 551 views for a payout of $50




Ronna Holtz: 10 articles; 45, 466 views for a payout of $300




Kimberly Lo: 27 articles; 80, 045 views for a payout of $500




Jennifer White: 38 articles; 153, 482 views for a payout of $500




Victoria Fedden: 5 articles; 15, 924 views for a payout of $50




Heather Grimes: 10 articles; 12, 200 views for a payout of $50




Rebecca Lammersen: 4 articles; 77, 669 views for a payout of $50




Marthe Weyandt: 8 articles; 49, 847 views for a payout of $300




Laura Kutney: 5 articles; 11, 203 views for a payout of $50




Kara-Leah Grant: 5 articles; 20, 190 views for a payout of $100




Saraswati J. Miller: 4 articles; 123, 637 views for a payout of $50



Dana Gornall: 9 articles; 34, 140 views for a payout of $100




Michelle Marchildon: 5 articles; 23, 176 views for a payout of $100




Erica Leibrandt: 36 articles; 95, 387 views for a payout of $500




Michelle Margaret: 19 articles; 104, 480 views for a payout of $500




Gerry Ellen Avery: 9 articles; 10, 669 views for a payout of $50




Candice Holdorf: 8 articles; 80, 000 views for a payout of $500




Lynn Shattuck: 6 articles; 31, 683 views for a payout of $300




Ann Nichols: 19 articles; 43, 208 views for a payout of $300




Brentan Schellenbach: 13 articles; 35, 079 views for a payout of $300




Daniel Scharpenburg: 9 articles; 13, 652 views for a payout of $50




Yoli Ramazzina: 7 articles; 10, 055 views for a payout of $50




Licia Morelli: 7 articles; 24, 749 views for a payout of $100




Jes Wright: 11 articles; 12, 767 views for a payout of $100




Jillian Locke: 4 articles; 20, 500 views for a payout of $50




Laura Ashworth: 11 articles; 41, 778 views for a payout of $300





Anne Clendening: 5 articles; 20, 993 views for a payout of $100


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