December 16, 2018

You’re a writer with message & a community? You deserve to be paid.

There’s a movement calling for writers to be paid what you’re worth. I’m a writer.

If you’re writing for free on Instagram and Facebook, check yourself. Elephant (a big but comparatively puny independent site) has paid $4k to 12k a month for many years, because genuine writers like my father, a journalist, deserve to make a living when they offer work of value.

We’ve long received big ups for calling for readers to pay (after two free reads a day, enough for 90% of our readers to read free—our paygate preceded that of the NY Times, and was created by a handsome volunteer, we were so broke) and writers to get paid, and though we’re small we’ve spent big (for us) on paying our top (consistent, quality, reader-favorite) writers. But we can and must do more. Thus, I’ve created the Ecosystem, which will be “finished” this Spring. The Rating is already up and live, and reflects quality, not just popularity.

If you’re a reader calling for writers to be paid but you don’t subscribe, check yourself. This month, we paid everything we can. Our Ecosystem will eventually enable readers to directly and indirectly “tip” writers for helpful articles.

Write, reach a new audience beyond your choir, get more fans to your Insta/youtube/retreat/offerings: elephantjournal.com/post (instantly)

If you share your article up, we then edit and promote it to our Magazine section, and share it with some/most of our 5 million fans on 60 FB pages, our Newsletter to 100,000s, our award-winning twitter, and feature it on our Front Page at elephantjournal.com.


If your article does well with readers and editors, it will be eligible to get paid. To see November’s paid writers (click here)


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Lila Shirey-Pritchett May 11, 2019 11:44am

So glad a friend recommended this to me. I have been growing my instagram since I left home to travel the world 2 years ago and recently started blogging. Can’t wait to publish my expierence and share knowledge, tips, and tricks in such a groovy ecosystem!

hayleyemberey Dec 17, 2018 7:02am

The time really is now to reward writers whom do a lot wise work behind words, change people’s lives, use writing for therapy, delivery, self service and service for others. Why love what EJ do because unafraid to share subjects which the world really needs to wake up to right now, if they want to that is. Way to go Waylon and would love to send some of my work through and actually get a bit of recoup on it, but only if it was helpful, worthy of it. Season’s greetings to you all.

Stacy K Dixon Dec 17, 2018 12:56am

This is excellent, what a brilliant idea. I have been writing and publishing articles for almost three years now and have yet to be paid but continue because it’s a passion and cathartic. I think other publications should follow suit. I’d love to write for Elephant Journal so I’ll pitch something and see what unfolds. Thank you for taking action to get writers compensated!

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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.