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How To Get Noticed On Vocal

What I Do By An Incompetent Writer

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 3 years ago Updated 3 months ago 3 min read
I want you to want me

On an almost daily basis I get asked how can someone improve their performance and get more reads on their Vocal posts. I do not promote myself much on Social media and my work is seldom shared. I also receive a lot of unconstructive criticism telling me my work is rubbish , full of spelling and grammatical mistakes and I should remove my stories and am not welcome in the groups.

That is countered by the sheer amount of love , support and encouragement and constructive criticism that I have received ,recently being asked passionately to supply a part two to a horror story.

So what is my secret? I only have 3,500 reads in 6 months , that is just under 600 reads a month or 20 reads a day or just under 1 an hour. Still think I am successful?

Some of my posts sit on 3 reads , probably deservedly so. Is that the sign of a successful writer?

Someone asked me for advice because their top read story had only 190 reads. My top story had only 104 reads and won't get any more even though it's a top story, but that brought me virtually no extra benefits.

I am sorry if this sounds like I am doing myself down but I am just pointing out some truths.

I am not a good writer (this was written a long time ago when imposter syndrome was strong, I now know I am an excellent writer, thank you Rock), I am undisciplined but still manage to produce 200 stories at an average of 300 words each (that is a guess , poems only need to be 100 words and prose pieces 600) that's 60000 words on Vocal , almost enough for a novella, or it would be if they linked together in some kind of coherent format, but I am not trying to write a novel of Vocal although I do see others successfully doing that.

So what do I do?

I am a member of the group listed below.

When a story is published I sometimes publish it on Twitter and on my Facebook timeline , but usually my normal Facebook friends don't read my stories .

So join the Facebook groups , Five is my limit , any more I would get lost.

Then , where you can post new published stories in these groups but always add an introduction , even if it is taken from your story. People are more likely to read if they know what they are going to be getting .

When other people post , don't just heart or like it , leave a comment and something that struck you about the story that shows you have really read it. I can't be certain but this might cause the writer to investigate you, especially if they ask for a reciprocal link and you provide one.

I find it useful to become Facebook friends with your most engaging Vocal acquaintances , and means you get to know more about them and they about you, and that I believe , will make them more likely to read your posts.

I don't find Instagram particularly useful in sharing your stories, although I have more followers there than anywhere else.

Once I hit my thousand reads I stopped asking for people to read my stuff or subscribe to me. If I can't pull you in through my introductions or others' recommendations then I probably don't deserve anything from you.

I am fine with people boosting ignored pieces.

The main thing is to continually engage with your Vocal friends, make them feel cared for, and I care for all my Vocal friends passionately, but often get things wrong, but also get things right.

Then the last thing is the sheer amount I publish. That causes me to get reads and swell my figures to unnatural levels, but only because I apply all the methods above to my stories.

If you use these methods you may see an improvement in your reads, but it does take effort and time.

I was wondering what song to use and we sort of want others to want us so they will read our stories, so Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" is a perfect one to slot in.

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Comments (2)

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    I engage from a sincere place and when I don't I feel like a shitty person. I have read some pathetic pieces and wonder why someone published these oddities. I concluded that they want to write and are not sure how to start so I offer advice unsolicited; that might make frenemies or flat out un-likers! Other times I find such unbelievably good writing seemingly ignored, with no comments just sitting randomly in the Vocal vat of words. You aren't a shabby writer MikeyD otherwise I wouldn't bother listening to anything you tried to relay as a person to me and others. Cheers!

  • Thank you for your honesty. I will try and engage with more people from now on. Regards from Scotland.

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