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Tips And Guides
The Vocal Community Reacts to Roe's Reversal
The constitutional right to an abortion—granted to all U.S. citizens in 1973 in the case of Roe v. Wade—was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday, drastically altering the future of health care and bodily autonomy in the United States. The Vocal Team recognizes and acknowledges that this is a deeply complex ongoing conversation, and many groups are divided over this issue. While some are celebrating, others are grappling with feelings of hopelessness, confusion, and grief due to the Court's decision. To aid our community, we have created a list of links and resources to inform and facilitate ongoing discussions around the subject of abortion rights in the U.S.
Vocal Stands with Ukraine
As chaos, fear, and tensions mount during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, people all over the world are looking for ways to help. We've all found ourselves talking about this war with friends and family, and there's a big reason for that: those conversations bring visibility to the things that matter and make room for change. They allow us to hope and imagine a future where peace, unity, and safety are accessible to everyone.
We've Updated Our Community Guidelines: Here's What You Need to Know
Vocal's Community Guidelines are the policies by which we protect the Vocal network from hate speech and misinformation, as well as set some standards for quality and professionalism of content.
How To Edit Your Published Vocal Stories!
It happened again. You spent five hours writing the perfect Vocal article. You got so excited by the fact you finished, you accidentally hit "submit for review" before deleting any spelling or grammar mistakes. Or maybe you did check for mistakes, but you missed a couple in your editing session. If only the article wasn't locked while pending for review - you could take them out right now!
How to Use Facebook to Build an Audience and Community
I was a writer on other blogging platforms until I discovered Vocal. I made the switch for good once I realized the extent that Vocal will adapt to support and enable creators of all skillsets to write about virtually any topic in any format their user-friendly editor allows for. On top of the apparent visual and structural advantages to the site, Vocal doesn't limit creators with a paywall like other self-publishing sites—allowing writers, photographers, and even brands to make unlimited amounts of money from the content they create. More reads and engagement for creators means more exposure for the company, creating a win-win-win scenario for readers, writers, and Vocal itself. I find one of the most helpful and rewarding aspects of Vocal to be how effectively their platform inspires a sense of community. This feeling of unity and togetherness is what inspired me to take it one step further and create the Vocal Media Creators Hub page on Facebook.
Stomping Out Toxic Voices and Humanizing Technology
All of us have noticed the rise of toxicity in our social feeds and unfortunately, life in general. I have been a part of the industry that created, supported, and grew today’s major social networks and the advertising economy that surrounds them.
How I Won $1,000 in My First Vocal Fiction Challenge
I recently won the first Vocal Challenge I’ve ever entered, and it was a fiction Challenge! I have to admit—I was shocked when I got that congratulatory email for my short story, Pinky Promise.
A Platform’s Responsibility to Act With Purpose
It’s a conversation that my team and I find ourselves coming back to time and time again. When we talk about the future of Vocal, or conceptualize anything from new features to social media campaigns, it’s essential that we can identify exactly why we’re doing what we’re doing, and exactly who we’re doing it for. If we can’t identify the answers to those questions clearly and concisely, or we aren’t satisfied with those answers, then we know we have a lot more work to do. It’s part of how we make sure that we are always putting our creators first in each and every decision we find ourselves making.
Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation: Where Does Vocal Draw the Line?
Section 10, Paragraph A of Vocal's internal Moderation Protocols begins with the following statement: Vocal takes a cautious approach to the moderation of stories related to conspiracy theories, especially those that contain subject matters linked to real-world violence.
20 Things Our Creators Taught Us in 2020
A lot of things happened in 2020, most of which we couldn’t have predicted, but one thing is for sure: your stories got us through this heavy year. Our platform wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for you, our creators. You’ve proven, once again, that creativity can move and inspire others and give us hope for a better future.
How I've Earned Over $4,000 from Vocal Challenges
After my internship ended early from the coronavirus pandemic and freelance film industry jobs were left in shambles, I found myself with an overabundance of time and a lack of money. Fortunately, I remembered a little website called Vocal where I won a writing Challenge the year before.
Dear Creators: Thank You
This holiday season, we're most excited for the opportunity to thank all of you, our incredible community of creators. The holidays can be a stressful time, and they're a little tougher this year, so we think it’s important to take time to reflect and remind ourselves that there is still plenty to be grateful for. Without you and your powerful stories, this year would not have been as hopeful or inspiring, so we want to say thanks!