January 2, 2014

How to Write on Elephant.

Sorry for the confusion! If you’re looking for how to write on Elephant, we’ll fix this link issue asap! In meantime, go to elephantjournal.com/feature



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

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 let your imagination loose? Want to play in the snow all day and write all night long? 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).

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.


Elephant (only thanks to our subscribers) paid $3,725 [lots; see below] to our consistent writers in December!

Levels for January:

> 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 50,000 readers a month.

> $400/month if you put up at least 7 blogs a month reaching 100,000 readers in the month.

> $800/month if you put up at least 8 or more a month reaching 200,000 readers in the month.

> $1,500/month if you put up at least 9 or more a month reaching 400,000 readers in the month.

> $2,500/month if you put up at least 10 or more a month reaching 800,000 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.”

Join the Cause! 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 January 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 December? Our heroic consistent writers:


Renee Picard: 5 articles; 19,173 views for a thank you of $75




Kimberly Lo: 26 articles; 117,582 views for a god bless of $400




Jennifer White: 36 articles; 103,867 views for a wowza of $400




Victoria Fedden: 7 articles; 61,141 views for a nice one of $200




Heather Grimes: 14 articles; 23,053 views for a danke, sister of $75





Laura Kutney: 17 articles; 43,440 views for a besos of $200




Dana Gornall: 9 articles; 29,717 views for a sharing the good word of $75




Michelle Marchildon: 5 articles; 31,964 views for a wink, wink, nudge nudge of $75




Erica Leibrandt: 31 articles; 195,149 views for a dayummm of $750




Michelle Margaret: 26 articles; 101,302 views for a gassho of $400




Gerry Ellen Avery: 13 articles; 21,858 views for a deep bow of $75




Lynn Shattuck: 5 articles; 22,324 views for a hug of $75




Ann Nichols: 16 articles; 29,247 views for a high five of $75




Yoli Ramazzina: 6 articles; 21,040 views for a wow of $75




Jes Wright: 10 articles; 30,563 views for a fist bump of $75




Anne Clendening: 8 articles; 64,880 views for a low five of $200



Edith Lazenby: 15 articles; 26,048 views for a big hug of $75




Kathryn Ashworth: 10 articles; 33,038 views for a mwuah of $75




Licia Morelli: 4 articles; 10,520 views for a casual contributor annual subscription gift.




Francesca Biller: 5 articles; 16,094 views for a casual contributor annual subscription gift.


Brentan Schellenbach: 10 articles; 31,444 views for a you’re an amaaaazing writer of $75




Lynn Hasselberger: 7 articles; 22,089 views for a hey you! of $75




Jamie Khoo: 7 articles; 64,068 views for a love of $75




Marthe Weyandt: 6 articles; 24,207 views for a smooch of $75




Jenna Lyons: 13 articles; 46,688 views for a you rock of $75




Saraswati J. Miller: 5 articles; 11,730 views for a casual contributor annual subscription gift.



Final note: elephant is not about “traffic.” We’re about “readers.” We’re about sharing the good word beyond the choir, and to all those who might give a care about “the mindful life.” We are proud to be able to thank writers in that spirit. We wish we could do more, and we will do so. Thank you for helping share “the mindful life” to so many in 2013. (Bow) ~ Waylon

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