Will Pay for Words: elephant journal’s August Incentives.

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on Aug 1, 2013
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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re paying (in actual dollars—nearly $9,000, so far) for personal, enlightening, inspiring, important, practical work.

Minimum: four new blogs a month (at least two in first two weeks, at least two in second two weeks).

Want to get paid to write quality, & share it beyond the choir? 4 articles a month, minimum: poetry, photos, adventure, green, videos, family, meditation, Dharma, politics, activism, conscious consumerism, contemplative arts, oh my: you can share anything that connects with our mission: to share the mindful life beyond our choir.


  • $50/month if you put up 4 or more a month if you total 5000 readers or more in the 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 10,000 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.

  • $400/month if you put up at least 4 or more a month for 40,000 readers in the month.

  • $750/month if you put up at least 4 or more a month for 100,000 readers in the month.

Some general 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.”

Send your article to:


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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. Seriously).

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July winnings went a little something like this:

Kara-Leah Grant

articles: 4

total views: 9,281



Freya Watson

articles: 4

total views: 7,534



Michelle Marchildon

articles: 4

total views: 15,154



Ira Israel

articles: 4

total views: 7,505



Marthe Weyandt

articles: 7

views: 10,880



Erica Leibrandt

articles: 8

views: 15,116



Michelle Margaret

articles: 6

views: 10,548



Jennifer White

articles: 17

views: 46,288



Prior month and winners here.


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10 Responses to “Will Pay for Words: elephant journal’s August Incentives.”

  1. edieyoga says:

    I just want to say congrat's to all! Great job. I keep trying….

  2. You've had some really popular (and truly inspirational) pieces go up lately! Crossing my fingers and sending you good vibes for August!

  3. Thanks, elephant journal! I still sometimes can't believe that I set my blogging sights on writing for you and just barely get set up with my new columnist account, only to discover that elephant's aim is to pay writers. (Such a novel idea 😉 I feel so lucky, because I would write for you (and have) without so much as a penny involved.

    Thanks again!

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Just got a message from a great longtime writer who is frustrated she's not getting paid. My reply:

    Everyone can get paid, including you! You just have to send your total by noon on the 1st of each month. We just started this, this is I think our fourth month ever doing this, in fits and starts. We've now paid out $9,000, nearly. We haven't been able to pay up until now, so this is a happy thing for us to be able to do.

  5. kimberlylowriter says:

    Was I entered into this? I thought I entered.

  6. You have to send in your view totals yourself.

  7. kimberlylowriter says:

    Rats! I did not know that. (*kicking myself*) I had just over 20K. 🙁

  8. You'll rock it in August! You're already kicking out the views!

  9. kimberlylowriter says:

    Thanks, Jennifer! Love your posts, BTW.

  10. Just saw this article, and the list of writers who are playing – love that. Makes me feel like part of a community, and also makes me curious to see what everyone else is writing. Any chance of making the author's names active links in the article?