Vocal Creator Chat: 11/28/2023

A place to connect and discuss all things Vocal.

By Vocal Creator ChatPublished 3 months 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.

Every other 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:

  • 📚 We launched the first installment of the Vocal Book Club! Participate in the comment thread here.
  • 🏆 We announced the winners of the Vocal Writing Awards. We are publishing a resource with the full list of shortlisted entries today.
  • 1️⃣ We made a snafu in our Snafu Senryu judging. Yes, another counting mistake. It's become extremely clear that numbers are not our forte. We issued an additional runner-up (congrats Josie Brown) and will shed some more light on this topic in this week's Neolomicro Challenge Winners Resource. We are quintuple checking those winners.

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 every other Thursday 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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  • Ifeoma Ruth Okoronkwoabout a month ago

    how do vocal creator get paid?

  • Mark Stigers about a month ago

    Two day 1/18 to 1/16 I count 18 am I to small to count

  • Mark Stigers about a month ago

    X shows a number link click but you don’t show any, why?

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    I was wondering if Vocal might ever offer a "print your favorite stories" in a book offer? Facebook does that with memories accrued.

  • Are these finished now?

  • Candra G2 months ago


  • Not sure if this will be seen, so will try to submit this feedback on the next one as well, but having just published a story where I discuss a podcast, I think it's an absolute miss that there is no Community for this kind of content. Having looked around, I tried Beat, but the description and tags make it very clear that this space is for *music*, not podcasts. I then looked at Interview, but that one is almost too granular in that it's only for interviews, and this is a horror podcast I'm discussing. This could be as simple as adding a "podcast" tag to Beat, but I can't be the only one finding themselves a bit lost on where this kind of content belongs. For now, I've shoehorned it into Beat with the tag "industry." On a related note, why require a tag before publishing? I feel like this is the least used feature on all of Vocal when it comes to readers searching for content, not helped by the fact you can really only access them by scrolling all the way to the end of a story. There is no other way to actually see stories using a tag than to follow that strange user journey and then save the link for future use. I'd even go so far as to hypothesize that tags have even lower usage than tipping and pledges, and those involve actual money

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    Sorry I'm late! Any chance of a banner for the stories that placed in the Vocal Awards? I'd love ya forever 😘

  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    Dear Vocal, do Honorable Mentions still receive $3 bonuses? I don't see that bonus mentioned on today's (11/29/23) Leaderboard.

  • The Dani Writer3 months ago

    First time reading the Vocal Creator Chat that I can remember...🤔 This is a blast and I will attempt to join in at some point. So humble of you to admit your math challenges but Thavien is right, your alternative runner-up also doesn't have the correct number of syllables to meet the format. Perhaps someone else or an independent team can be hired for task?

  • Thavien Yliaster3 months ago

    Thank You for correcting Your snafu in Your Snafu Senryu Judging. However, by the looks of it You're probably going to have choose another runner-up. The first line has 4 syllables, not 5. The word "twinkling" is a 2 syllable word. It's not split up to be pronounced twing-kuhl-ling. It's twing-kling. I enjoy how the awkwardness of the moment is captured in the poem. It's cute and rather lovely. I think most of us have experienced a moment like that before. Vocal's Curation Needs to double check before They select winners. When it comes to making poems in the 5 -7-5 syllable format I use a variety of tools from the dictionary to syllable counters that conform to the English language. Please, Vocal, double check again. It would be a missed opportunity to not select a properly qualifying snafu senryu, which would become another snafu on Your end.

  • Davina Z. McKee3 months ago

    Hi, I’m late to the chat… but at least two of those listed in the new compilation of shortlisted stories for the awards were also on the winners list. (For haiku and romance… possibly more.) That means the actual creators of the shortlisted stories still aren’t being recognized. Hopefully it gets corrected so we can leave them some love. 💕

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Love that you all did the spotlight on the VWA shortlists! Will the winners/shortlisted authors get any sort of badge on their profiles?

  • Matthew Fromm3 months ago

    Hey Friends (and new friends), Matt here. Despite pulling back from publishing this last month as I've worked on some larger projects, it's been my most productive month with 3/5 of my stories hitting top story, so a big thank you to all of you beautiful people. With that said, this was my favorite piece I wrote this month: https://vocal.media/fiction/shattered-swords The Vocal team has been doing a great job, so thank you all for your service. If I had one change to make, it would still be a change to the "Creators we are loving" real estate where we can really bring creators to life. I can think of fewer things that would help combat AI/Inauthentic content in one go than that.

  • Mohammed Darasi3 months ago

    Hello vocal (and everyone here). I'm mohammed, and I've been trying to be more active on vocal in recent month (after a few years' hiatus 😅). I don't know if it in the worklist, but it is still not possible to write and post stories from chrome on android. When you write or even paste words, the work counter doesn't count them and thus the submission option doesn't appear. There has been times when I wanted to post a quick poem but had to wait to get home on a computer 😅. Also, Donna Renee's suggestion of a block button is a really good one. There are too many AI accounts popping up and it gets annoying

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Vocal are you considering a delete option on the right side of notifications? Help! I am up to my neck in notification alligators

  • C. H. Richard3 months ago

    Maybe revitalize the leader board to be a weekly awards voting of three favorite stories from the past week. They do not have to be Top story or recently published. I wasn't sure about the community voting when it was first announced, but I think Vocal staff did a phenomenal job with it.

  • Cyrus3 months ago

    Do non vocal+ creators get bonuses for 5 or 10 posts?

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    Hi :) Just curious if it's stated somewhere or if it will perhaps be revealed in the short list compilation of how many entries there were per category for the Vocal Awards. Inquiring minds and all that... Thanks!

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    Thanks for owning the mistake! And thanks for all your hard work here, we do appreciate you even if we whine a lot :) PS Please make a block button top of the priority list? I got another new subscriber who apparently posts all AI-generated content without disclosing it (yes I reported it) but I do not want to directly feed my writing to them and other such accounts. Thank you!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Howdy from Texas! There has been discussions regarding the same people appearing on the Leaderboard category wins. In order to recognize more creators, Vocal's rule of consecutive wins in a category should be changed to one category win per month. Creators should be recognized and it is important. By limiting one win per month, we would see new names on the leaderboard.

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Hey, Vocal community. Not a lot to say here. I'm Paul, the word misuser, poetry rulebreaker, and fiction writer. Still trying to NanoWrimoing to the very bitter end. Wanted to say hi and also to Team Vocal, well done for taking responsibility and holding your hands up to the mistake. No system is ever perfect, and the fact you keep correcting, makes me happy. Anyway, Hope everyone is fine?

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