February 10, 2011

Why I ask our writers to pay $1/month to read elephant journal.

We’re asking everyone including myself to pay $1/month…interns have paid…that said if you don’t want to that’s perfectly alright. It’s not a question of appreciation. Here’s what we sent all columnists when we first created our paygate.

Read the bottom link (if you can).

We’ve put up a paygate so we can hire an editor and stop being broke and begging. It’s $1/month for everyone, including me and interns and columnists. If you don’t want to pay, that’s fine, just let me know. Just read the link below if you can first and let me know—either way is awesome.

Paygate is live: a moment of celebration.

With deep gratitude to our man Colin for hours (okay, weeks) of volunteering to build our backend, we now have a toll gate on elephantjournal.com, which asks readers to pay $1/month on the fourth article of the day. This will only effect 5% of our most loyal and avid readers. It’s still free to read a three articles every day, plus our home page (which doesn’t count as one of your three reads), and we’re encouraging folks to follow us on twitter and Facebook to choose which links to click up.

Our paygate is just $1/month. We want to keep it affordable for all.

Everyone, without exception, is being asked to pay. For more: elephantjournal.com/2010/11/elephants-new-paygate-less-per-month-than-one-cup-of-black-coffee/

Click here if you’d like to pay.



Waylon Lewis – founder: elephantjournal.com | host: Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

Ft. on 20 sites, incl. Huffington Post.

Waylon Lewis – founder: http://www.elephantjournal.com | host: Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis. Ft. on 20 sites, incl Huffington Post.
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312,000 unique readers this month, 605,000 articles read: Google Analytics.Treehugger: Reader’s Choice “Eco Ambassador in Culture & Celebrity” and 2010 “Changemaker”  Discovery Network’s Planet Green: “Green Hero”  Shambhala Sun: “Prominent Buddhist”  Naturally Boulder: “’07 Entrepreneur of Year”  5280 Magazine: “Top Single ’09”  MNN: Top 10 US Green Video Blog  Beliefnet: Top 10 Buddhist Blog Shorty Awards: #1 Green Twitter in US

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.