Why Do People Still Buy Pokémon Cards and Other Collectibles?
Recently, there has been a surge in Pokémon card collecting, as well as waves of nostalgia. I know it feels like I'm late to discuss the trend, but I really wrote about it months ago, just not very effective. So here I am, attempting to reformulate those ideas.
Are you scrimping and saving in all the wrong places?
What does it mean to be penny-wise but dollar stupid? We all want to save money, but sometimes our money-saving strategies lead to costly financial mistakes down the line.
Bed & Break-FEAST
Dmitry was looking for an adventure, searching for a sort of relief from his humdrum life. “Work. Work. Work. Life is meaningless without your hard work.” His father, Isaac, would say to him with an exhausted tone and tired red eyes. Those words were meaningless to Dmitry, considering he watched his father work himself into cardiac arrest causing him to collapse into his own grave.
Reconciling With Mistakes: A Football Point of View
2021 had a lot of football moments. The 2020 Euro Cup alone saw more own goals than the whole history of the tournament. And, in most cases, these own goals led to the defeat of the team. This made me think about the mental health issues faced by the players and the ways in which they deal with their mistakes on the ground.
We Went To Our First Comic Con Since COVID. This Is What It Was Like
One of the things that we have missed the most during the lockdown is attending conventions. The first comic con I ever attended was New York Comic Con in 2013, so it was fitting that my first one since COVID would be NYCC 2021. Culture Slate's Clarice Taylor and myself swung by the convention along a cross country road trip from Boston to Los Angeles. This is what the experience was like.
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Get The Gift They’ll Actually Love: The Ultimate Gift Guide For Your Special Gamer
The holiday season is just around the corner, and most of us are starting to look for gifts for our loved ones. If you have a gamer in your life, this can be an intimidating task. But, don’t despair; I am here to help you find the perfect gift for your favorite gamer and level up your gamer gift-giving abilities.
From the One Who Chose Boys Over Girls:
In college, I was that girl who hung out with boys more than girls. Yes, I was even in a sorority and still hung out with my guy friends in the fraternity more than my own sorority sisters. I loved to drink, have fun, party and just sit and hang out. All of my friends, my girlfriends, would tell me that one day the boys will let me down. I never really took it to heart, but looking back at it now, I wish I had. I wouldn’t say I lost my friends because of it, but I am not as close to people I could have been if I had given them more of a chance.
There's WFH and then there's WFH with a needy pup
Arlo Moon is my child. He's a little different in that he has four legs, is furry, can't speak proper English, and has a tail, but he's my son nonetheless. And in case you're wondering, yes, I am a crazy dog lady who spoils Arlo and often prefers his company over that of nearly anyone else. And because I am fully remote, I spend all day, every day, with Arlo (and I wouldn't have it any other way).
10 Fundamental Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography
Are you interested in wildlife photography but you're not sure where to begin? The key to improving your wildlife photography is learning the fundamentals and studying the professionals. This article discusses ten fundamental tips for improving your wildlife photography, from buying a wildlife photography camera to learning about the animals you're photographing, as well as looking at examples from the photographers at Untamed Photographer. We will look at both equipment and technique:
5 Metrics to Know If a Stock Is Right for You
Before we start, you should know that none of the following metrics are useful as a single method of valuation; you may need to combine all of them to get a broader and better view of a stock’s worth.
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Creators We’re Loving
Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Creator Spotlight: Tom Bradbury (In Memoriam)
Tom Bradbury was everything we could have asked for in a Vocal creator. He was diligent and intentional with his craft—always putting every ounce of genuine effort into his stories. He was a knowledgeable and patient resource to others—always teaching and lending a helping hand to fellow creators. He was brilliantly himself—always an authentic glimmer in the greater spectrum of creators on Vocal.
Introducing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards
Since the launch of Challenges nearly two years ago, our mission has remained consistent: inspire great stories and put money directly into the hands of our most unique, innovative creators. Now, we're celebrating two huge milestones simultaneously. As of this week, over 100,000 stories have been entered into Challenges, and we have given away over $500,000 directly to our creators. That's one hundred thousand ways to inspire, and a half a million reasons to celebrate your creativity.
Creator Spotlight: Poems by Kiesha
Poems by Kiesha is a project by creator Kiesha Solanki, an independently published poet who, in the span of only four months, has made a name for herself as one of over 27,000 creators in Vocal's Poets community.
Creator Spotlight: Call Me Les
Lesley Leatherdale, or "Call Me Les" as she's known on Vocal, is a model creator—plain and simple. Gravitating around her larger-than-life presence on Vocal exists a collection of creator resources and auxiliary communities; each serving to promote the same creator-first environment we strive to foster.
We've Updated Our Community Guidelines: Here's What You Need to Know
Vocal's Community Guidelines are the policies by which we protect the Vocal network from hate speech and misinformation, as well as set some standards for quality and professionalism of content.
Introducing Stories You Liked
We launched Likes on Vocal in November 2019 to allow your readers the ability to show their appreciation for your stories. Since then we’ve seen an incredible amount of community engagement through likes, which has helped creators understand what stories resonate with their audience while assisting Vocal’s Curation Team surface and champion remarkable stories.