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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 17-23 Winners

#1 Amanda Van Graan Editor's Pick

This Brené Brown Quote Kicks my Ass & Changes my Life—Every Day.

#2 Sharon A. DeNofa

It’s Not Really Sex that we’re After.

#3 Lora O'Brien Editor's Pick

I Refuse to Raise a People Pleaser.

#4 Naomi Boshari

I’ve Finally Realized What was Missing—& it Wasn’t Love.

#5 Mary Margaret Conway Sullivan Editor's Pick

A Lesson in Letting Go (& 4 Things to Throw into the Metaphorical Burn Pile).

#6 Renee Fesser

This type of Connection is Intense—& Rare.

#7 Sarah Draper

No One Belongs to Anyone: Shattering the Myth of the Twin Flame Relationship.

#8 Judy Walker

If we Choose Monogamy, are we Missing Out?

#9 Emmy Bidois Editor's Pick

How finding BDSM Healed Me.

#10 Sarah Draper

Monogamy isn’t “Natural.”

#11 Dr. Klara Adalena

Dear Soul Mate, this is Why you Never found Me.

#12 Andrew Singer

The Truth about Sober Dancing & How it Changed my Life.

#13 Lydia Kristin Lampert

Pride can be a real B*itch & Why I Choose to Bury Mine Today.

#14 Kathy Bolte

New Study shows that Climate Change is Scaring the Sh*t out of our Kids.

#15 Cassandra Michael

3 Ways to Start Healing Anxious Attachment.



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