Vocal Creator Chat: 05/21/2024

A place to connect and discuss all things Vocal.

By Vocal Creator ChatPublished 23 days ago 1 min read

Have questions about creating stories, growing your audience, and getting rewarded on Vocal? The Vocal community and team are here to help answer your questions and feedback together.

Monthly on Tuesday at 12 PM ET, we'll assemble the Vocal community, as well as our Creator Experience and Product teams, in a thread to respond to creator inquiries for one hour.

Please follow Vocal’s Community Guidelines and don’t spam your own profile or stories in the thread. We encourage the community to report users or comments that break these guidelines.

Some updates and reminders from the Vocal team:

  • Justin @ Vocal said it best: Check out the Vocal Spring 2024 Updates.

Got questions about Vocal or feedback about what’s new? Leave a comment in this thread to join the Vocal Creator Chat.

Also, be sure to join our Raise Your Voice Threads biweekly on Thursdays at 12PM ET to champion inspiring stories and outstanding creators on Vocal. Save it to your calendar so you don’t miss it.


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  • Azeem Writes10 days ago

    I love this subscription feed.

  • Angel Malaika 20 days ago

    Love the subscription feed. However, the notification feature is redundant for new stories with the exception of comment replies. A delete option on notifications is desperately needed. The 🐊 are winning and are eating me up.

  • JBaz22 days ago

    Good day Vocal and all creators. No matter how busy life is I always find my way back to this platform. My question is, is there a possibility in the future to have a feedback from the judges as to what our pieces missed out on (For Challenges). I understand this would have to be a pay for Critique, other wise it would get out of hand. But for those of us who wish to improve i believe a small fee would be reasonable.

  • Amanda Starks22 days ago

    Hello everyone! I hope all is well. ❤️ I've been busy with family matters and publishing classes, and I am currently on a mini vacation! Miss you all! I had a question/proposal of sorts? I know there was mention of exclusive content for subscribers coming out which I think is a really great step toward writers getting more monetary support, but I've been worried for some time now about drawing READERS to the platform, not just more writers. Without a growing reader base, it will be harder for writers to find an audience on the platform and have a reason to keep writing for Vocal. Have the team ever thought about publishing literary journals/ collections or promoting writers' published work? I'm aware of the vocal store and of the compilation of challenge winners being put together a few years ago ( memory is hazy so I could be off here ) but I think it would be a great idea to do some marketing campaigns geared toward getting readers onto the Vocal platform by using established vocal authors & popular stories to reel them in! Just something that's been on my mind, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are already things happening behind the scenes. (: Much love to the team! Thank you for all that you do and have done! Proud to have been here since 2018. 💜

  • Randy Baker23 days ago

    It would be nice if we could change the Community to which a story is published. For example, with the new communities that are rolling out soon, there are several of my existing stories that would be more appropriately homed in one of the new categories. Secondly, there are times when a Vocal staffer manually reviews/approves a story and I have had them change the community from what I chose. That's aggravating and mostly inappropriate, in my opinion. While I understand the need for manual approvals, I don't understand the need to reinterpret *my* written work into another category. This is another case where I'd appreciate the ability to re-categorize my story after publication. It seems like a fairly simple change that could be made, using the existing Quick Edit function. Personally, I feel like Vocal could pare down the number of communities and make them a bit more logical and streamlined. Currently, there is some redundancy and, frankly, it seems a bit chaotic and random. But that is probably a separate discussion for a different time.

  • Jennifer David23 days ago

    Will there be an option to like comments in the future? Not to say I don't enjoy commenting, but I don't enjoy having to comment to respond.

  • Judey Kalchik 23 days ago

    I have no questions. Just been a rather random few weeks personally and missed everyone. So I ducked out of a meeting to read your comments and reconnect for a few minutes. Also, I guess, to publicly thank @Gina/Vocal for removing a creeper that was icking up my happy Vocalization

  • Thavien Yliaster23 days ago

    Vocal, will You allow us to embed stories/articles as thumbnails in our stories or promotional material?

  • Lamar Wiggins23 days ago

    Hello there, Vocal staff and all who grace this page. Hope everyone is having a great week. Was wondering if we will ever have the ability to upload video content directly from our phones. The upload feature for photos is already in place. Seems like an easy step to allow videos to be uploaded under the same feature. But who knows, it might be complicated. Right now the only option is to upload to YouTube then embed the links to vocal. Some of the videos we may want to share for stories we may not want to share on YouTube. Just a thought. Thank you.

  • Mackenzie Davis23 days ago

    Hi! Im curious about the VWAs this year. First, are they happening at all? And second, will they be in the same categories and be set at the same prices and discounts? And third, might I request that the anonymous function be 100% this time? Perhaps a separate submission system apart from Vocal itself? (Posting a story to Vocal from our profiles means that we can remember the author and/or easily find the author thru the Vocal search function even if judging removed the author name.) I think furthering that, it would be ideal if the VWA’s only accepted new stories. Less of a chance for recognition (and therefore, bias, which is the whole point of anonymous judging and voting, right?). My next question has to do with challenge judging. Could we maybe see an updated Respurce on how challenges are judged? The current one seems out of date; it’s 4 yeas old, I think and also, just the content gives me out of date vibes 😅. Im fine if the judging has changed but transparency would be nice, if so. Also, if this resource does come out, I’d like to request that we get judge bios, just like other writing contests have. Info on their careers, credentials, links to their own writing or their tastes, etc. Thanks so much!

  • Cathy holmes23 days ago

    Hi. How goes it? Will we ever get back to weekly challenges, or are these gaps the new normal?

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Love the subscription feed. However, the notification feature is redundant for new stories with the exception of comment replies. A delete option on notifications is desperately needed. The 🐊 are winning and are eating me up.

  • Suze Kay23 days ago

    Also… more of a check in with fellow commenters. How are we feeling about the new AI flagging elements?

  • Good morning . I am wanting to increase my audience

  • Caroline Jane23 days ago

    Hello hello! Now then... look at me turning up and being present and contributing in real time. Goodness... there must be a tremble in the force somewhere! What I am wondering is whether Vocal is going to run a BIG challenge this year. Ya know, something juicy with bells on that ring loud enough to get the writing world slavering, frothing, and eager to chase it down. 😁

  • Suze Kay23 days ago

    Hi, broken record here, checking in once more on VWA feedback. Is that still coming?

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Why is it easier to embed a link after the story is published?

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Was having problems with embedded link. So, I added the link and learned that it loops back to the original story link and not to the linked article. Why?

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Is there a limited number of embedded links that can be added to a story?

  • I see that the stats are still not working and there are errors with the submitted stories option. The editor still has all the previous faults, but it is pointless saying anything because I pointed them all out years back and they have been ignored, sorry, "put on the roadmap"

  • Paul Stewart23 days ago

    Hello...just wondering if there's an update on the new communities that are going to be added, when the notifications updates will be made and when the stats page updates will be made? Oh, hope everyone's well and all that funky jazz!

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