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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.

September 10-16 Winners

#1 Amy Palatnick $200

The Best Dating Tip you Might Not know About.

#2 Donna Yates Ferris $108 Editor's Pick

People don’t Commit Suicide—they Die by Suicide.

#3 Monika Carless $108 Editor's Pick

The Last of Summer’s Full Moons: Pisces triggers Emotions & Relationships. {September 20th}

#4 Kim Kearns $108

When my Husband Confronted Me about my Drinking.

#5 Rebekka Lehmann $75

5 Ways to Find Ourselves after an Emotionally Abusive Relationship.

#6 Lydia Kristin Lampert $75 Editor's Pick

The Fishing Incident that Brought me Closer to my Grandpa: A Tribute to my Pop-Pop.

#7 Nicolene v Rooyen $75

“Forgive others No matter What” & Other Bullsh*t Statements.

#8 Michelle Schafer $50

It’s Not a Bloody Coincidence—it’s a Sign.

#9 Sharon A. DeNofa $50

From the Moment we’re Born till the Day we Die: We all Need Touch.

#10 Dhana Musil $50

This Story is for Anyone whose Child(ren) struggle in School.

#11 Michelle Gutierrez $50

Overcoming the Midnight Tide: When Doubt comes Knocking & our Confidence is Smashed to Sh*t.

#12 Barrett Freibert $50

9 Ways to Recover from Perfectionism & Invite more Flow into our Lives.

#13 Jen Eggerts $50

How to Switch from Judgment to Curiosity—& Why it Matters.

#14 Jane Buresh $50

We don’t need a Dramatic Wake-up Call to Change our Lives. 

#15 Michelle Marie $50

How to Manage a Relationship with someone Battling Mental Illness. 



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