We just started our new “Quality” section, which used to be called “Editor’s Picks,” thanks to this thread–and moved it up above Popular on our font page, http://www.elephantjournal.com . Thanks to this r/yoga for the critical support. Now support those writing quality by slowing, and reading!
We’re starting a new “ecosystem,” where we’ll be paying writers for quality in the new year. It’s not quite live, yet.
We’ve been named #1 in the US on twitter for #green, and also focus on Buddhadharma, adventure, the arts, cycling, family, politics, activism, wellness, relationshps and sexuality, equal rights, animal rights, conscious consumerism, and organics.
Our “Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis” has hosted Shiva Rea, Robert Thurman, Dean Potter, Rabbi Zalman Shalomi-Schachter, Khandro Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham, Dr. Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, John Friend, Seane Corn, Joan Halifax Roshi, Paul Hawken, Richard Freeman, Deepak Chopra, Bill McKibben, Arianna Huffington, Sister Helen Prejean, Alice Walker, Michael Franti, Chris Sharma, Amy Goodman, Ram Dass, Howard Dean, congressmen and governors, and is going national in 2013 via our youtube channel and a live tour.
While we have a million readers a month, we make (as I calculated in the recent yoga thread re how elephant could improve in quality, not just reach) 1/40th of peer web sites, mostly because we’re supported by independent, small mindful businesses, not car and alcohol ads. We put our paygate (not paywall) in place two years ago, which asks those who want to read a lot of elephant to consider paying $1/month, or come back and read for free tomorrow, or subscribe free to our weekly email “Best of” newsletter with free article links, http://www.elephantjournal.com/join-the-cause
I’m a “Dharma Brat,” raised by my mom in Boulder Colorado, I don’t own a car, I live downtown, I support local and enjoy it. I have a half-hound all-trouble rescue named Red. I’m 38 and want to help change the world for the better, and myself along the way, and have a good time doing so. I’m nearly done with my first book, Eco Boy vs. Yoga Girl, a romantic but raw send-up of the world many of us know so well here.
EDIT: Still taking questions as long as they’re out there, checking in a few times a day. If I don’t get right back, I will soon.