An Update on Vocal & Community Building

Empowering creators with new features and engaging community resources.

By Justin @ VocalPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read

Vocal has always been committed to providing a platform for creators to share their stories and connect with audiences worldwide. In our constant effort to help creators reach new heights and grow their readership, we are excited to introduce a few updates we’ve been working on.

Product Updates

In the past few months, we've put in a lot of effort to bring you the latest features, such as Activity Feed, Comments, and our first mobile reader apps.

We're excited to announce that we’re introducing push notifications on both iOS/Android in the coming days, ensuring that you never miss an Activity Feed update again. To see this feature in action, make sure to download the app (Apple / Google Play) or update your existing app to the latest version.

What's coming?

Our team has been working hard behind the scenes on a feature that we think will revolutionize the way you experience Vocal: Exclusive Stories.

Available soon to Vocal+ members only, Exclusive Stories will enable you to publish stories straight to your profile (no community needed), solely viewable to your paying subscribers.

With this update, we will merge Pledging into the Subscribe feature, providing you with the option of offering a free or paid subscription to your supporters.

In the upcoming weeks, we'll reveal more details on the roll out of Exclusive Stories, and we're excited to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below.

Community Updates

After introducing Comments, we've been amazed by the way the Vocal community has come together to encourage and uplift fellow creators through impactful discussions. We've also noticed the influence of the community that has emerged beyond Vocal, including the incredible Facebook Groups that endorse Vocal creators. As a result, we're initiating two new weekly resources, the Vocal Community Chat and the Raise Your Voice Thread.

In an effort to foster open communication and offer valuable insights, the Vocal team and community will come together every Tuesday at 12 PM ET for the Vocal Community Chat. This chat will enable us to share tips, exchange insights, and address any questions that arise. Our inaugural chat will launch on April 11th, next Tuesday, so be sure to add it to your calendar:

We'll also be hosting a Raise Your Voice Thread every Thursday at 12 PM ET. This new resource is designed to provide creators with more avenues to explore exceptional stories on Vocal. As we are constantly on the lookout for emerging and inspiring creators, we hope that this thread will offer a space for us to discuss and exchange the stories that have moved and motivated us on Vocal, together. Add Raise Your Voice Thread to your calendar so you don’t miss out:

We want to keep Challenges fresh and exciting, and we know that the best ideas come from you. That's why we're inviting you to share your Challenge ideas in the comments section of this resource: Share Your Ideas to Shape the Future of Vocal Challenges. We deeply value your ideas and suggestions. If we choose your Challenge idea, we'll send you a bonus as a thank you for your creativity and input.

We also are going to be testing a few things over the next few weeks, including free Challenges for non-Vocal+ members. Think daily writing prompts with smaller cash prizes.

We look forward to engaging with you in the new resource threads, and we’re excited to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Justin @ Vocal

Founder of Vocal. COO/President of Creatd ($VOCL), the parent company of the Vocal platform.

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  • Ramzy Writers5 days ago

    Great read!

  • Fahad5 days ago

    I've recently written a story and I would greatly appreciate your feedback on it. I value your opinion and think your insights would be incredibly helpful in improving my writing.

  • Danielle McGaw2 months ago

    Love the way Vocal is evolving and growing! Keep it up!

  • Roy Stevens2 months ago

    Thanks for your support Justin. That's a big deal to me! Glad to see you're continued innovation also.

  • Fathima Azha2 months ago

    Hey sir How to tip someone my card is getting declined why is it

  • Content Creator2 months ago

    Thank you Justin, I appreciate the update and to know that Vocal is always improving.

  • Thank you, Justin. This is helpful information which was clearly stated. I appreciate the update!

  • Sophia Smith2 months ago

    You have a gift for creating vivid imagery with your words

  • Rachel M.J2 months ago

    I'm so excited for the exclusive stories! I already have a few people in mind that I will defintely be subscribing to. Also, thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts on challenges.

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    Thanks for the first Raise Your Voice thread. The hour went by quickly and I found several new writers with talented content. Now back to the day-job..... lunch is over.

  • Elysia Dawn2 months ago

    And soon, can you Please please please please make the website and app more writer friendly? This is a writing site, is it not? Yet I am still not able to post or paste stories using my android phone unless I change to "desktop site" and it's still riddled with headaches even when I do that. I was hoping the app would make things easier, but it's only for readers and you can't even post stories at all. I'm kind of amazed by this, I just expect tech stuff on websites to be up to date. I write everything on my phone, the only thing I really use a computer for these days is gaming, so this is extremely frustrating to me and almost turned me away from using this site at all. It doesn't seem like it should be a hard thing to fix either, seems like it should be easy and fast to fix the website and add posting ability to the app. Or maybe you guys have your hands full with all the spam, idk.....

  • William Johnson2 months ago

    Good job

  • So the daily challenges with smaller prize amounts will be open to both members and non-members?

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    It's always nice to be inform of the coming up changes and why they are necessary . ☺️Giving us a day in them .❤️

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    Thank you, Vocal! Also, to piggyback on Cendrine's suggestion below...can we also make it so that the Vocal story drafts accept the formatting from our word processors? For example, whenever I copy/paste my story into the Vocal platform, I have to go back and add ALL italics, bolds, etc. It would be really helpful if we could update this! ❤️

  • Carla Alexa Nunes2 months ago

    Exciting news 😊

  • Cendrine Marrouat2 months ago

    Finally, a great batch of updates! You also need to improve the formatting abilities. It's not very friendly for poets and writers who like to play around with space on the page.

  • Edy Zoo 2 months ago

    Exciting updates 😊.

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Sounds exciting. Is there anything that can be done about "Link Bombing" on our stories?

  • Amanda Rue2 months ago

    Sounds great!

  • kapil2 months ago

    nice works

  • Rachel Green2 months ago

    Loving it..

  • F. Leonora Solomon2 months ago

    really excited about push notifcations, they will help me find more writers to connect with. just made a suggestion for the challenges article and am really excited about publishing my own stories straight to my profile. i love writing here! as yet the community i was invited to join on twitter is not quite the same genre as me, but i have found some gems there. building community is so important on a writing platform.

  • Dawn Earnshaw2 months ago

    Hands on heart this is excellent news and great idea 😁

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