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As we waved goodbye to 2020, we will be very honest: We hoped there would be way more chill in 2021. With news of multiple COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide, we certainly had reason to believe we were turning the page on dark days. And as we waltzed confidently into a new year, we were cruelly reminded that the stroke of midnight on January 1st was not the "magic wand" that a lot of us were hoping that it would be.
The "Holiday Season," as it is often defined, has looked very different for us in 2020. Usually, this time of year is marked by a frenzy of holiday parties and drinks and gatherings spent with crowds of friends and family.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: "we must have chaos within to give birth to a dancing star." As the chaos rages on, the Moderation Team at Vocal has continued to see an influx of creative ideas from our talented community, proving that chaos does, in fact, inspire.
What a week it's been. Between election anxiety, the unnecessary presidential drama, and another spike in Covid-19 cases, it's been hard to focus on anything else, but we managed to round up yet another awesome collection of stories to share with you today.
"What day is it?" we used to ask every morning. Now we ask, "What year is it?" and the answer, sadly, hasn't changed in a very long time.
Time for another roundup from the Moderation Team! Reading your stories continues to be the highlight of our days, as it brings us closer to the creators and voices that fuel Vocal. As always, we've been hard at work giving ♥️s and tips to all our favorites. From penguin photography to the dreaded and ongoing "War on Tomatoes," the stories featured below are a few of the best. Let's get to it.
This roundup begins and ends with stories about food. We didn't plan it. It just happened that way. It's fitting though, isn't it? Humanity begins at home, and often enough, it begins around the table. For many, the best memories start with the smell of food wafting from the kitchen. For others, that smell is a reminder of those who failed to show up for dinner.
Much like the rest of 2020, this week has felt more like a month than a mere seven days. It's tough out there right now, but for the next 10 minutes, we're going to do our best to help you cope. If you can't handle this decade anymore and want to get lost in a 50s retrospective, read on; we've got you. If you need some fresh advice to prep for a slowly reopening world of casual dating, read on; we've got you. If you're reeling from the passing of Chadwick Boseman and want to pay your respects to his many contributions, read on; we've got you.
At its core, Vocal is a platform where creators can be outspoken, creative, and compensated for their many talents. A few weeks ago, we asked the community at Vocal to be just that: Vocal. At the same time, we love to see our community take it a step further and push their creativity to new heights. Largely inspired by our challenges, many creators have been adding layers of complexity and intrigue to their work, as well as including rich media to complement their words. We couldn't be more excited to share more of our favorite stories with you.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
Another fortnight has passed. You probably haven't heard "fortnight" used like this in a long time, but hey, it meant "two weeks" long before it meant "wildly addicting MMO game." Anyway, we're the moderation team at Vocal, and it's time for another roundup of stories that we loved!
Every week, we ask the Vocal community to be just that: vocal. Be vocal about injustice. Be vocal about inequality. Be vocal about climate change, mental health, unemployment, heartbreak — the words you share can touch thousands as we brave these difficult times together.