Vocal + Assist 2023
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Hi my name is Rick Henry Christopher. I'm a novice writer and a youtube talk show host. I created Vocal + Assist on March 8, 2022, to help me cope with the grief I was experiencing at the time.
Coping with Grief
Most people that know me know that my mom became very ill in November 2021 and my brother, Christopher, and I took the honor of becoming her 24/7 caregivers. Shortly after in January 2021 my brother became unexpectedly sick, and he passed away. That was grief on top of grief.
Then in January 2022 my mom and I both ended up with COVID. We both became very ill. My mom spent eight days in the hospital. I did not think she was going to survive. But my mom is a tough little cookie and she made it through.
When my mom came home, she was paralyzed from the neck down. I was devastated and was thrown into a further depth of grief. It killed me to see her unable to move or talk or anything. I could tell she was very sad and confused. Caring for her was very rough on me during this period. But I did it. I saw this through. I did not put her in a nursing home despite how hard it was. I worked through it and I nurtured my mom back to health. It took a while but she regained her ability to use her hands, sit up, move her legs, eat solid foods and speak. It was during this time of extreme grief that I created Vocal + Assist. This group brought me an escape and a modicum of joy.
The Vocal + Assist Vision
First and foremost, Vocal + Assist (V+A) is about community.
V+A is a slow growing group as the group admins closely screen every person that requests membership into the group. We do this to ensure every member in our community will bring value and friendship to the table.
V+A has been designed to accomplish a few different things. One is to create community and develop friendships. The other is to increase reads and give every person in the group an opportunity to be noticed. There are other things - but I'm sure you don't expect me to give up all my secrets. 😎
Every Voice is Heard
We strive to ensure that each member is on equal footing. Everybody has the same opportunity to get reads and be noticed.
When the V+A Admins notice someone new in the group that isn't getting reads we read their works then push their post to the top of the feed so others can notice it. We strive to give new writers a chance. This is one of Loryne Andawey 's main focuses as an admin with V+A.
Everybody in the group is a superstar. We do not elevate a chosen few to a status higher than anybody else.
V+A encourages its members to support each other.
Our Recent Accomplishments
Over the past few months, we have been working toward making V+A a hub of information, knowledge, and encouragement.
The foundation is there for our hub. We have Writer's Workshops, Author of the Day, Top Story Recognition. We're currently in the development stages of two exciting new features which are directly designed to be part of the Vocal + Assist Hub (the name is in the works).
In recent months we have accomplished a few things through our committees. We have encouraged people to start using Content Warning labels and we have addressed plagiarism and brought some very good ideas to Vocal.
Our Author of the Day (AOTD) feature reaches out to people that may not have been active for a while. After they are AOTD the writing flame is rekindled. We have brought several people back to writing.
Loryne acts as an advocate for the group members. She generally works through issues with them and assists them with any problems they have with Vocal Media. Recently, for one of our members, she was able to get Vocal to issue a payment that was taking longer then usual.
Let me introduce our Admins:
When Rick invited me to join the Admin team I was reticent. I did not know what the role entailed and, while I knew I wanted to contribute to the community, I did not expect it to be in that capacity. But when I learned that being an Admin meant helping writers grow, I accepted. That’s because my own growth on the Vocal platform was thanks to the support of my fellow writers and I was looking for a way to return the favour. Being an Admin on Vocal+Assist allows me to do so. It is my absolute pleasure to support you in any way I can.
If there is something you want to know more or better, find out the behind the scenes. Being an Admin on Vocal+Assist allows me to hone my skills as a life coach and budding creative writer. I experience personal growth by instituting practices of patience and creating harmony with others.
Vocal + Assist has opened a new avenue for me, one that I am so glad to have been accepted into. The banter between the team members is enjoyable. This support from the Admin group is not only for others but for me as well. One of the pro’s is ‘Author of the Day’, it has opened my eyes to so many talented people that I may have missed in the past.
I wasn’t sure about accepting the admin role at first, being lazy and having the attention span of a goldfish, but once I met everyone and realised the good it was doing for the community I was all for it. Even just flagging up the Author of the Day once a week and seeing people react to it is a buzz. It’s gonna sound corny but it’s remarkable how effective being nice can be. Who knew?
Vocal Assist + has managed to maintain exactly what members have been begging for; community. I have been in many groups dedicated to Vocal, and writing in general, but have yet to see one inspire and support writers in such a consistent and meaningful way. Though I am just starting out as a member of the admin team here, I can already see the dedication, organization, and effort that goes into making sure community is prioritized. I cannot wait to see how the group continues to flourish.
About the Creator
Rick Henry Christopher
Writing is a distraction for me. It takes me to places unknown that fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and a soothing of the breaks and bruises of the day.
Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!
Compelling and original writing
Creative use of language & vocab
Easy to read and follow
Well-structured & engaging content
Original narrative & well developed characters
Expert insights and opinions
Arguments were carefully researched and presented
Niche topic & fresh perspectives
Heartfelt and relatable
The story invoked strong personal emotions
Zero grammar & spelling mistakes
On-point and relevant
Writing reflected the title & theme
Glad to have found you all! I've dipped in and out of Vocal for years, having a community is definitely inspiring me to be more consistent. It's a really cool well to discover other writer's work as well. Lovely to find out a bit more about the motivations and the admins!
You've nurtured a great space, Rick, thank you. It's one of the most active and welcoming groups I've come across. A real credit to you, and an achievement in itself 😁
I understand fully about your mom. I lost mine in February after caring for her for six months. I am so glad this group came out of you processing your grief. This group is probably the best one I am in, and I am in most. Y'all do a great job, and I thank you for it. Thanks for introducing the admins too.
I'm so excited for the two new upcoming features! That's an amazing group of people you got there, as Admins. Hoping for the group to grow and help even more writers! Congratulations on your Top Story!
Firstly to Rick my sincere condolences: the death of you brother and the life threatening ill health of your Mum. If only others would take the time for such devoted care. Yet through the weight of grief and intense sorrow you created Vocal + Assist. As a new member thank you for creating this group with a focus on community - and an impressive administrator team to contribute their wisdom and experience! I’m looking forward to not only returning to writing after a hiatus due to ill health - also to reading the work and interacting with other creatives. Pauline 🌸
You've got a great team there, brimming with talent and positivity :) Congratulations on Top Story!
I love the Vocal+ Assist page! I'm not on social media often, but I am always excited to jump on there when I am and grateful for the opportunity for community. Thanks to everyone who commits their time and energy to a fantastic group, and thank you, Rick, for creating! Congrats on Top Story!
Thank you to everyone
I’m so happy I joined the Vocal Assist group! It’s great to read different stories from people. Congrats on top story!
Sorry it seems I had to re-subscribe. Love your work and the vocal assist group. It given me a lot of confidence and helped in making new connections! I’ve only been in the group for two months. Thanks for sharing an insight into your personal life and what made you wish to start the Vocal + assist group. 😊✨
Great article! I love this group so much and getting to know more about it and the amazing people who make it possible makes it that much better. Thank you all for all that you do to support our amazing and talented community and congrats on the well deserved top story!
Awesome article, Rick!! Thank you so much for all the work you guys do. Congrats on Top Story!!
Amazing work to all of you, I’m very impressed and proud of this community!! Congratulations 🎊 on top story
Rick you did it, top story. So well deserved, you work your a$$ off and encourage us to take the role serious. Geez I'm good looking, lol. People really do enjoy Vocal + Assist. because we really mean to help and encourage everyone.
It's so fun getting to know more about my fellow admins. I never knew V+A started so recently. You've managed to develop a really stellar group in a short amount of time, Rick. Congratulations on Top Story!
Thanks to you and your team for making this group. I’m transitioning from a 9-5 to a full time writer and trying to build a fan base. Toss heels a great deal. And I get to meet some wonderful writers.
Great post, Rick. A big shout of gratitude to these wonderfully talented admins for their support and encouragement. The daily featured author has introduced me to so many hidden gems on Vocal. Community is so important. I am so thankful to be a part of it. You all ROCK!
MANY LOUD APPLAUSE
Exponential WOWS!!! There just aren't enough adjectives here! Absolutely A-star job Rick and the entire Vocal Assist Team! You all give "rocking it" a whole new meaning.
Great Team host , thank you Vocal + Assist Admin for your dedication and communication to your members . ❤️👍👌👏
💯Lovely and Thank you all for being ❤️😉 Wonderful helpful and creative populace❗
This group was truly a godsend to me during my grieving period last year. It always felt like family! Kudos to the incomparable Rick Henry & his fabulous Admin. team! I've had to take more time away from FB for personal reasons but I've been checking in/reading group work periodically and I've been very impressed with the groups progress and material! My hats off to you all!
Thank you Rick and Team for all you do! ❤️
Really glad you put this together. It was nice to hear from everyone, and to hear the background. I had no idea that this was how it all began. I’m glad you’ve been able to be given this community and this happy place to tap into, and in doing so, created just that for many other people! Truly a well done job by you and all involved in this!