I’ve written a lot about Vocal Media. While I prefer Medium and my own site for writing, I still find value in cross-posting my site onto Vocal Media as well.
Occasionally, I will achieve the coveted goal of creating a “Top Story” — a post that the editorial team at Vocal Media deem good enough to promote on their front page.
Garnering a Top Story is beneficial to writers on the platform because it increases the visibility of your work, which attracts a higher readership to your writing, which ultimately increases the amount of money you can earn on Vocal…
Recently, I was asked to participate in a research interview for Vocal Media.
(Full disclosure: I was offered $100 for my time, as well as an annual membership to their Vocal+ program.)
I was designated their “standby participant”, and would only be asked to participate if their initial candidate dropped out.
As luck would have it: I only spent 5 minutes with the interviewer before the candidate did in fact show up, and I was bid adieu and told to enjoy my evening. To this day, easiest hundred bucks I’ve ever made.
However, I was disappointed that I couldn’t participate…
I’ve been writing for Vocal Media since January of this year.
Now that it’s August, I figured I would provide my 6-month assessment of the writing platform.
I initially signed up as a means to publish my non-fanfiction writing from Wattpad. I posted a few chapters of Elite & Tawdry to Vocal Media, but abandoned that endeavour when I realized that my chapters could not be linked in a way that would make the reading experience easy for the user.
I then learned about the Writing Challenges — contests held by Vocal Media where the winners would receive a cash…
So, I did it again.
I commissioned an artist for a fanart piece.
I recently read a post on POMEgranate Magazine that perfectly encapsulated my feelings on fanart.
Yes, I AM a grown woman. Yes, I DO have a disposable income. Yes, I AM just a big ol’ fangirl at heart.
Thinking of all the times I’ve commissioned people for fanart, it’s safe to say this is now an addiction.
The first time I did it, it was for a fanfic I was writing, a Hey Arnold! x Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover.
Vocal Media has come under fire again.
Recently, the writing platform announced a Summer Fiction Series: eight fiction writing challenges for a chance to win up to $5000.
It didn’t take long for controversy to rear its ugly head; after the results of The Old Barn Challenge were announced, it was revealed that the second-place winner had exceeded the word count limits by over 800 words!
A quick aside about the Vocal Media word count limits: generally, Vocal Media requires that submissions have a minimum of 600 words. …
I was meeting family for dinner in downtown Toronto, and I found myself retreading familiar ground.
It was the same path I traveled to go to class just 2 years prior, when I was taking a course on Professional Communication at George Brown.
It was the same path I took to go to my part-time job as a deli cutter at the neighbourhood Metro store 10 years prior.
Today I am taking my final course online for my Professional Communication certificate, and I recently accepted my latest full-time job since being furloughed from my last in August of 2020.
I recently posted a video about my “grand return” back to Medium.
I discussed how the changes back in 2018 had spurred me to leave the platform. I had since had a change of heart and returned to Medium at the tail end of 2020, publishing a post that garnered over 30,000 views.
Now Medium is enacting more changes, this time to the Medium Partner Program.
Medium had already made some major moves in the first half of the year, first by buying out a sizeable portion of their editorial staff, then by rewarding the top writers on the platform…
This post will go live on my birthday.
It will mark 10 years since I’ve left my small town to move to big-city Toronto.
I’ve been introspective about my time in Toronto and what it means to me. What I’ve accomplished and what I’ve still yet to do.
I remember the summer when I first moved here, way back in 2011. I wrote my final post on my first blog ‘An Ounce of Shame’:
I want to be able to make something of myself in the process. I want to cultivate my own identity — I don’t want to rule…
It’s finally happened. The 2020 Olympics have finally arrived in Japan.
I watched the Opening Ceremony live on CBC on Friday.
Maybe it watching the lone athlete who missed the qualifiers running on the treadmill, maybe it was hearing Sonic the Hedgehog and Final Fantasy music played via symphony over the Parade of Nations, maybe it was the fact that it was my dream 5 years ago to travel to Japan for the Olympics, but watching the Opening Ceremony made me extremely emotional.
My fiancé woke up at 8AM to see me blubbering hysterically in front of the television. I’ve…
Loki on Disney Plus is a bit of a mind trip of a series.
I recently finished watching season 1. While I still think Wandavision is the superior series, I can see the appeal; Loki has a real Dr. Who-meets-Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy vibe that’s sure to attract its fair share of fans.
The takeaway that I got upon watching Loki (aside from the introduction of Kang the Conqueror and one of the next big arcs of Phase 4) is the emphasis on destiny and purpose.
Throughout Loki, the titular character decries that he is “burdened with glorious purpose”…