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Our Ecosystem makes it easy to Get your message out to thousands—& get paid.

Unlike Instagram or Facebook, Elephant is independent, and mission-driven—and despite having (slightly) fewer resources, we believe in paying our writers to offer quality to our readers.

Elephant was one of the first major sites to pay our best, consistent writers. But it was always hard to measure “best.” Now, we are introducing monthly payments to the top 10 articles on Elephant based on their Ecosystem Score—95% determined by our readers’ actions: reads, hearts, comments, and 5% determined by our Editor’s Picks (so that mission balances popularity). The three runner-up articles will be offered a gift subscription to share with a friend or family member.

Learn more about the Ecosystem via our FAQ. Find our new Contender Leaderboard here.

Note: When folks earn identical scores, we use the number of reads as the tiebreaker.

August Winners

#1 Nunzia Stark $108

The Therapeutic Impact of Music on Mental Health.

#2 Damini Grover $108

11 Signs You have a Genuine Connection with Someone.

#3 Damini Grover $108

When the Wounded Child Takes Over: 10 Signs of Childhood Trauma.

#4 Anna Palmer $100

Pisces Full Supermoon: The End is Just the Beginning. {August 30}

#5 Ashley Franklin $90

The Art of Letting Go: How to Release, Renew & Rediscover.

#6 Michelle Schafer $80

If You’ve Ever Loved & Lost, this Song will Remind you that We may Never Recover from Grief.

#7 Ian Johnson $70

What Quells my Loneliness.

#8 Ashley Franklin $60 Editor's Pick

Why I Gave up Perfection for Happiness: a Guide to Mindful Living.

#9 Karuna Schwartz $50 Editor's Pick

Why Community is the Answer to Everything.

#10 Damini Grover $40

The Struggles of Being a Caretaker that No One Talks About.

#11 Erika Johnson

3 Lessons in Being Human from the Dogs Next Door.

#12 Crystal Tomlinson

The Book that Could’ve Changed my Life.

#13 Lori Blevins

I’m Late for Many Parts of my Life—But I’m not too Late.



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