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How Vocal Comments Can Enhance Our Stories

We Can Enhance Each Other's Stories With Our Comments

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
From Peter Gariel's Secret World


Yesterday I published a story addressing the fact that I might hit two thousand Vocal stories by the end of this year, and I got a lot of comments (for me) with excellent insights and observations. You can read it here.

The song I have included is Peter Gabriel's "Come Talk To Me" from the album "Us". I had forgotten that this song features Sinead O'Connor on accompanying vocals, who we sadly lost yesterday.

What I Took From This

The main thing that I got from this was the affirmation that I am on the right creative path and should keep doing what I am doing.

I do worry at times that my pieces are often so different from each that people will avoid reading my work because they do not know what to expect, but the number of reads I do get implies that people are fine with my modus operandi.

I believe we are all filled with self-doubt at times, wondering whether we are doing the right thing or taking our way into a cul-de-sac of no return.

You can go into the article to see what the comments are but these are a few that I will take on board and made me feel that I am doing the right thing. I have slightly edited some but you can go and check where they came from.

The comments are a way that we can talk to each other and build each other up.

Cendrine Marrouat:

At the end of the day, the big question for you should be: Do I enjoy writing so much? I never feel spammed by you, you always post interesting things for us to read.

Mackenzie Davis

Vocal is a work in progress, but always getting better, imho.

And Mike, I agree with most everyone here. Just write as you want to and post when you see fit.

Julia Schulz

Just write when you are inspired. I like reading a variety of pieces.

Mother Combs

Post away. I will just have some late-night reading if you do.

Dana Crandell

I'll open my notifications, expand them and click back to them each time I read and comment on an article. When I have to pay attention to something else, like w*rk, I'll open it in another tab. It's just my routine, and each of us has his or her own.

Donna Renee

I hear you! I get overwhelmed by many submissions in a row sometimes too. I’m sure I miss comment notifications though because of that sometimes.

Sheila L. Chingwa

I write when I can and read when I can.

Novel Allen

I just choose and go.

Cathy Holmes

Some people have a lot to say, or have the talent and the time to post a lot. I'll read what I can, and what I can't, I'll skip.

Dana Stewart

I say post what you want when you want. I think I’m an avid reader on Vocal but I miss a lot of people's work even though I’m subscribed to them. Plus, I think the notifications are bonkers. Sometimes I didn’t even see a notification


The comments themselves have almost made a complete Vocal Story/Article (does that make me a plagiarist?), but I have done this to illustrate how comments can enhance a Vocal story.

Obviously, Poetry and Fiction are different because the comments will mostly be congratulatory but there are a lot of Vocal stories that will benefit from creator interaction via the Vocal Comments.

I will leave you with Justin's piece that introduced Vocal Comments to us last year for a little more light reading and interaction.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    I loveeeeeeeeee getting comments so much! One of the best things Vocal has done!

  • Mother Combs3 months ago

    I love the comments I get. Sometimes, the feedback is great and helps me improve as a writer.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    As someone who let Vocal lie when comments weren't available, I can say that for me, they have made all the difference. Not only have they provided a way for us to provide feedback, but it's allowed us to build friendships that make the platform even more valuable. In regard to your work, I enjoy the variety you provide and I appreciate that I can disagree in the comments and not be labeled as a troublemaker. I guess what I'm saying is that how we respond to comments is as important as receiving them. Great job an another insightful piece!

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    Feedback is great. I think the comment section was a great addition by Vocal. I try to read and respond to all but I'll admit, I do miss some.

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    When I have time, I read the comments. The comments definitely add a group discussion vibe!!! Wonderful and looking forward to reading more of your stories!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Dana Stewart7 months ago

    Great job, Mike. I enjoy reading the comments too.

  • I love all the comments you shared! Nothing makes me feel better than someone saying my world impact them. Great job Mike as always ☺️

  • Stephanie Wilson7 months ago

    It's always great to get feedback on your work with a comment. "I do worry at times that my pieces are often so different from each that people will avoid reading my work because they do not know what to expect, but the number of reads I do get implies that people are fine with my modus operandi." Writing is sharing a part of yourself with the world. It doesn't always have to be the same part.

  • Donna Renee7 months ago

    Yes! Comments add a lot to the experience for me too, especially if someone has a different opinion on the story than I do or noticed something that I didn’t pick up on (like in poetry!). I’ve had a funny story/resource waiting in drafts for awhile now about comments and how to deal with them 🫣🤣 I’ll probably publish it soon if Vocal changed their mind about wanting it haha.

  • I love to read others comments and insights🫶🏾‼️

  • I don't read others comments on others stories as much as I'd like. But when I do, they almost always add something to the conversation for me.

  • Judey Kalchik 7 months ago

    I enjoy reading the comments on stories where I add a comment. It feels as if we are on a party line and participants in an event where we share ideas.

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