March 9, 2014

Write for elephant, get paid—maybe. Plus, here’s who won $$$ for February!

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Editor’s note: all instructions below on how to win money while writing are old new! See more info about our new Ecosystem here and check the sidebar of any of Elephant’s pages or articles to see a current list of winners! 

“Write for elephant journal, get Rich!”

Here’s who won last month.

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.

Oh words, words, wonderful words!

Want to write, get paid? We believe in paying those writers who consistently contribute quality work to our community.

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.

Note: if you wish to collect your winnings, you must email your totals (list of articles with view counts) by 12pm MST on the 31st of March at the latest to editorial@elephantjournal dot com. Five minutes late? You get nothing.



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 cannot and will not be able to pay you (don’t blow it).





If you miss the deadline, we might pay you, but you won’t be eligible to receive payment again. We’re a business and our accountant wants to pay everyone at once and we need to get these new blogs up the first of each month and Waylon gets to pay an editor who gets to take 12 hours, paid, to total up the totals by the 1st. So:





Elephant (thanks to our subscribers) paid $3,350 to our consistent writers in February.

Levels for March:

> 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 60,000 readers a month.

> $400/month if you put up at least 7 blogs a month reaching 108,000 readers in the month.

> $800/month if you put up at least 8 or more a month reaching 250,000 readers in the month.

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

> $2,500/month if you put up at least 10 or more a month reaching 1,000,000 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 7.5 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 cannot share their own posts on Facebook 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 cannot 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.”

Who won in February? Our hero writers:

Totals go up each month if we grow each month. This month, we grew to 8.3 million readers a month.


Kimberly Lo


Kimberly Lo: 27 articles; 153,631 views for holy cow of $400



Jennifer White


Jennifer White: 14 articles; 49,812 views for besos of $75





Jennifer Moore: 9 articles; 32,694 views for gassho of $75





Victoria Fedden: 8 articles; 96,466 views for jump, skip and a hop of $200



Dana Gornall


Dana Gornall: 7 articles; 30,604 views for a star shower of $75



Erica Leibrandt-1553


Erica Leibrandt: 26 articles; 333,923 views for back flip of $800




Ann Nichols


Ann Nichols: 14 articles; 50,290 views for a hallelujah of $75



Yoli Ramazzina


Yoli Ramazzina: 11 articles; 31,452 views for yeehhhhah of $75





Marthe Weyandt: 6 articles; 65,763 views for a giant broccoli of $75



Gerry Ellen Avery-1496


Gerry Ellen Avery: 11 articles; 24,206 views for spontaneous splits of $75



Keith Molyneaux


Keith Molyneaux: 25 articles; 181,786 views for oh la la of $400



Anna Jorgensen


Anna Jorgensen: 11 articles; 28,776 views for a damn, girl of $75



Daniel Scharpenburg


Daniel Scharpenburg: 6 articles; 41,871 views for a gassho of $75



Cami Krueger


Cami Krueger: 6 articles; 22,968 views for a deep breath of $75



Tom Grasso


Tom Grasso: 10 articles; 108,865 views for a bear hug of $200



Lynn Hasselberger


Lynn Hasselberger: 8 articles; 60,539 views for save the planet of $75



Sarah Miller-1468


Saraswati J. Miller: 5 articles; 32,375 views for it’s that time again of $75





David Arenson: 6 articles; 19,801 views for a deep bow of a gift subscription



Heather Grimes-509


Heather Grimes: 9 articles; 22,577 views for a Shambhala bow of $75



Lynn Shattuck


Lynn Shattuck: 4 articles; 17,748 views for you’re the best of a gift subscription



Edith Lazenby


Edith Lazenby: 11 articles;  27,888 views for a smooch of $75



Krystal Baugher-858


Krystal Baugher: 5 articles; 33,901 views for a back flip of $75



 Hannah-Marie Martin


Hannah Martin: 4 articles; 10,183 views for a handstand of a gift subscription



michelle marchildon


Michelle Marchildon: 5 articles; 27,565 views for a smirk of $75



Rebekah McClaskey


Rebekah McClaskey: 5 articles; 48,054 views for a skinny dip of $75



ashleigh hitchcock


Ashleigh Hitchcock: 6 articles; 30,424 views for oodles of noodles of $75



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