Justin @ Vocal
Founder and President of Creatd (Nasdaq: CRTD), the parent company of the Vocal platform.
Introducing a New Look for Vocal
You may have noticed that things look a bit different around here. Over the last few months, we have been working on a new version of Vocal that sets a strong foundation for the features and goals we want to accomplish in 2021.
A Thank You to Our Community for 10,000 Vocal+ Members
For the last four years, we’ve worked on building a community that allows you to create, share, and earn from your stories. Since then, over 800,000 creators have joined the Vocal community and shared stories that have inspired millions of people around the world. Our constant mission—to provide the best storytelling tools and communities for creators and help them get rewarded—led us to introduce Vocal+ last year, helping you create better stories, connect with other creators, and maximize your earnings.
Story Partnerships on Vocal
As a user generated platform, Vocal is home to the stories of over 700,000 creators who are creative, authentic, and authorities in their spaces. Whether they are fitness instructors sharing their expertise or beauty gurus giving product recommendations, our creators have a ton of advice and experience to share with their audiences.
Vocal Has Joined Stripe’s Climate Initiative
At Vocal, we’re all about supporting initiatives that make a difference. We do our best to use the platform we have to speak up for change, and to put our money where our mouth is; we support causes we believe in, we incorporate donations into as many Challenge prizes we can, and now we’re excited to announce our most recent effort: Joining Stripe Climate, which allows us to automatically donate a portion of our revenues to efforts to helping the environment.
A New Way to Manage Your Vocal+ Subscription
The introduction of Vocal+ has been, to date, the biggest update for Vocal since we launched the platform nearly four years ago. We first introduced it to you, our community, through Founding Memberships: one year memberships to Vocal+ for our first early adopters, who tested out the membership in exchange for their feedback to help us build a better membership.
To Our Creative Community: What We Want You to Know
We’ve been exceedingly lucky over the past three years to have fostered a platform built on the values of rewarding creativity and coming together over shared passions. You, as creators and as our partners, have made this possible with your support and your sense of community, and we expect to continue helping you share your stories with the world for a long time to come.
Today we’re excited to introduce Challenges, a new way for creators to get inspired and join the rest of the Vocal community in some friendly competition. Starting this week, creators will be able to participate in various Challenges across a range of topics and interests for the chance to win cash prizes, experiences, and much more.
How Challenges Are Judged
There’s no one right way to tell a story. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, and we want to see what yours looks like. Challenges are meant to inspire this creativity, and we want to see you tell a story that’s unique and authentic to you—but there are just a few things we look for across the board to be sure we’re judging every entry consistently and fairly.
Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit a new entry to a Challenge? You can submit an entry to a Challenge right from the Challenge page. Just click the “Create a story” button—then, when you’re ready to submit your entry for review, just choose the Challenge you’d like to enter from the drop down Challenge menu, and complete the submission.
2019: A Year in Review
We've always said that you, our creators, are our partners—you're the ones who make it possible for us to continue to build a community and platform for storytelling. Writers, musicians, podcasters, videographers, bloggers, and creatives of all types have shared their stories with us this year, and pushed us to work hard to make Vocal a better home for your stories.
Introducing Likes on Vocal
We’re always working to create tools that help reward and encourage you. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our newest update: Likes. Now, you can more easily support your fellow creators, and receive support yourself, through liking Vocal stories.
The Future of Vocal+
From building a home for your stories to fostering the growth of an entire creative community, we’ve been hard at work for the last three years helping you create, share, and earn from your stories. A few weeks ago we shipped Vocal 2.0, which along with the new features and updates, sets the stage for the future.