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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 weekly payments to the top 15 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).

New: Want to see the front-runners for next week’s Ecosystem Contest? Our new Contender Leaderboard is available here.

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

August 27th to September 2nd Winners

#1 Billy Manas $200 Editor's Pick

Can we just Normalize “California Sober” Already?

#2 Melissa Toy Ozeas $108 Editor's Pick

6 Signs you are a People Pleaser (& How to Hold Good Energetic Boundaries).

#3 Mersa Auda $108

Life is an Imperfect, Spontaneous Dance of Uncertainty. 

#4 Melissa Steussy $108 Editor's Pick

5 Tricks to Say Goodbye to the Jealousy Monster.

#5 Benjamin Watson $75 Editor's Pick

7 Ways to Give Less F*cks & Age like a Boss.

#6 Keri Mangis $75 Editor's Pick

We Don’t Need to “Feel Better.” We Need to Feel This—All of It.

#7 Lisa Kumagai $75

Grief is a Complex Son of a B*tch.

#8 Asia Parvez $50

Maybe your friend Isn’t “Toxic.”

#9 Sharon A. DeNofa $50

I’m a Heartless B*tch: Breaking Down the Walls Around our Fragile Hearts.

#10 Brant Kingman $50

A Gift for my Dad he didn’t Expect.

#11 Sharon A. DeNofa $50

The Art of being Screwed: How to Fail like a Rockstar.

#12 Priscilla Rouillon $50

Hello, Monkey Mind—Silence Please?

#13 Socary Rodriguez $50

5 Mind-Blowing Steps to Rediscover Joy during a Divorce.

#14 Safa Bee $50

7 Ways to Balance Life’s Demands & Navigate Overwhelm.

#15 Katya Lovejoy $50

The #1 Self-Care Modality for Healers.



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