elephantjournal.com paying quality writers: July!

Via on Jul 8, 2013

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Imagine: make money sharing worthwhile writing! 

Minimum four new blogs a month (at least two in first two weeks, at least two in second two weeks). More the better for you (and indie media). Must be quality. Must connect with readers. Must be shared and shareable and fulfill our mission.

We’ve now paid out a total of $8,000 since starting this program!

Here’s what we’re paying this month.

> $100/month if you put up 4 or more a month (I spend say 10 minutes to 30 minutes on a blog, so that’s in the range of $50/hour) if you total 5,000 readers or more in the month.

> $200/month if you put up at least 4 blogs a month for a total of 20,000 readers a month.

> $300/month if you put up at least 4 or more a month for 50,000 readers in the month.

> $500/month if you put up at least 4 or more a month for 100,000 readers in the month.

Some guidelines:

Writers deserve to get paid.

You have to be >consistent< to “win.” Secondly, we will not share anything that’s not >quality<, making it difficult for 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 1.85 million, this month: Google Analytics). If you don’t want to get paid, you don’t have to play. 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: I reserve the right to disqualify anyone who is not writing or sharing in the spirit of our mission. It’s great to say: “help support my work on elephant, here’s an article about xxx yyyy” or “help me, friends, by reading and sharing if so inspired.”

Colin has been busy building up our new web site design (check the front page:elephantjournal.com) and until we have our “Ecosystem,” I want to in some way encourage our friends to share up the good word about “the mindful life.”

Send your article to:

elephantjournal.com/submit

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(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.”

Also: if you wish to collect your winnings, you must email your total as of the last day of the month by noon MST on the 1st to editorial @ elephantjournal dot com. Even five minutes late, and nada).

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Here’s what we paid out last month:

Paid Writers for the Month of June

Ira Israel
Number of articles:     4
Total views:        6,615
Payment due:    > $100/month if you put up 4 or more a month (I spend say 10 minutes to 30 minutes on a blog, so that’s in the range of $50/hour) if you total 5,000 readers or more in the month.

Benjamin Riggs
Number of articles:    4
Total views:        6,142
Payment due:    > $100/month if you put up 4 or more a month (I spend say 10 minutes to 30 minutes on a blog, so that’s in the range of $50/hour) if you total 5,000 readers or more in the month.

Tara Lemieux
Number of articles:    27
Total views:        41,289
Payment due:    > $300/month if you put up at least 4 blogs a month for a total of 20,000 readers a month.

Jennifer White
Number of articles:    16
Total views:        57,153
Payment due:    > $300/month if you put up at least 4 blogs a month for a total of 20,000 readers a month.

Stephanie Vessely
Number of articles:    7
Total views:        5,850
Payment due:    > $100/month if you put up 4 or more a month (I spend say 10 minutes to 30 minutes on a blog, so that’s in the range of $50/hour) if you total 5,000 readers or more in the month.

Tracy Crossley
Number of articles:    5
Total views:        21,358
Payment due:    > $300/month if you put up at least 4 blogs a month for a total of 20,000 readers a month.

Kate and Waylon also blogged up a storm, but are on staff so don’t get to play.

Details from last month.

About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive. Questions? info elephantjournal com

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7 Responses to “elephantjournal.com paying quality writers: July!”

  1. Jennifer S. White Jennifer White says:

    I have to say a huge thank you to you, Waylon, for paying like this. It's absolutely appreciated.

    I'd also like to thank the editors who always, always, always have valuable input and great ideas that certainly help make articles popular with the readers.

    Yet, mostly, I'd like to just say thanks to the other writers who take their valuable time to write for this site that I so love reading.

    I became an elephant journal columnist before you announced the first writing contest several months back, and I'm forever grateful to have a community who I can share my thoughts, and words, with.
    Thanks, all!

    • elephantjournal says:

      Hopefully this will prove, through refinement, to support the work (and play) of all those dedicated to sharing up "the mindful life" through consistency, quality and popularity–all three–we need to reach beyond the choir, far beyond. And like I said, writers of quality, consistency and accessibility or connection or popularity deserve to be paid, and I'm happy that we're able to begin, if only slowly, to do so.

      Just wait for the ecosystem!

      • Jennifer S. White Jennifer White says:

        You know, this mission of elephant journal (of you) and the fun yet serious way in which it's delivered—that's what drew me to writing for this community.
        I've had this thought recently that before the contest/contest rules I very regularly wrote things like "view and share this if you think x, y or z" when I shared my articles, but now I find myself not doing this. I think there's a fine line, for me at least, with writing from the passionately obsessive place within that I do and also not having it seem like I'm doing it for the money. Yet I find this ironic too. What's wrong with wanting to make needed, and earned, money? Is it not wanting to be tacky? More than that, I think it's wanting my articles to be seen for what they've always been: thoughts and ideas that I believe in sharing with others. Thanks again for giving so many of us a great place to do it.

  2. Kimberly Lo kimberlylowriter says:

    Hey, can I play? I've been writing a lot. I already have 3 this month, and I did not share them on the FB page. Do I email you directly? Or is this enough to enter. Thanks!

  3. Tamara says:

    Hey there! I've had a few articles that hit that click mark but have only been submitting via the dashboard and submitting for review. Please let me know what else to do… http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/06/10-things-

    Thank you!
    Tamara

  4. Brooke says:

    Hey!
    How do we participate in this contest? Do we have to subscribe?

    Brooke

  5. Awesome – I like the way you incentivise it all and reward consistency and articles that do well. Only just found about about this, but will be playing for August for sure.

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