The first thing you'll notice is that Vocal takes a very minimalist approach to its interface, which is extremely refreshing in the constant glut of the millions of bells and whistles we are faced with in most interfaces. To start...
1) Click Create PostThis will take you to a "blank" editor page ready for your input.
2) Add Title, Subtitle, Image/Video
- You are allowed to do these in any order you wish and at any time during the writing process. BUT YOU MUST HAVE ALL THREE filled out to be able to publish.
- Titles of series should include "part" or "chapter" numbers (e.g. My Life as a Vocal Creator (Part 1)). Do not put these in the subtitles. They MUST go in the Title itself.
- Subtitles are meant to entice readers to your piece. If not overly long, the opening sentence, or a part of, might be a nice way to start.
A Note on Images - Clicking on the image itself will bring up a menu. Within the menu are several options.
- Add Alt Text to the Image - Click on the image to add "mouse over" text to the image.
- Image optimizing for different screen sizes also available in this menu. As well as a Cloud Upload option (but I'll be honest, I don't know what it does as I haven't used it).
- Upload New Image - if you don't like the image you've uploaded, you can upload a replacement image here.
- Add a Caption - This is an optional step. You may add a caption to the photo you uploaded.
3) Start writing
- You must have 600 or more words, otherwise it won't pass the review process, and thus not be published.
- Highlight words for text/format options such as BOLD (B), ITALICS (I), URL LINKS (#), BLOCKQUOTE ("), ORDERED LIST (1.), UNORDERED LIST (.) and REMOVE FORMATTING (X)
- At the bottom of the text insertion area, you will find a row of icons that allow you to insert a variety of different media into your piece such as INSERT CONTENT, INSERT GALLERY, INSERT IMAGE, INSERT PRODUCT, INSERT VIDEO. Once you add one or more of these, they also all have their own options.
- Like with Windows PCs, Control-Z will allow you to undo your last action, and if that was a mistake and you'd like it back, Control-Y will allow you to restore it.
- While the editor page does have an automatic spellcheck function for regular paragraphs, it does not have a grammar check, moreover spellcheck does not seem to currently work within ordered/unordered lists.
4) Save ChangesYou can Save Changes anytime -- this is a save draft function. When you come back your draft will be saved for you in the Drafts section, and you can edit it simply by clicking on it there. Moreover, once you have saved, the Save Changes icon in the upper right corner will change to No Edits icon until you change your work in some way. Always Save Changes often. There is no auto-save and changes WILL NOT BE SAVED IF YOU DO NOT! And no, the site doesn't prompt you to save either, so if you click out of your current draft, your changes WILL NOT HAVE BEEN SAVED.
- Once you have saved, click Draft, you will see ALL the drafts you are working on. Click a piece to continue working on it. You may take as long as you like to work on a piece. You may even add changes to a piece during the review process. Though in general, you should not rely on being able to do this, and make sure the piece is ready FIRST.
- None of your Published pieces will be in the Drafts section. They will be under a tab titled Published. You cannot edit Published works.
- If you wish to Delete a work, you may do so in Drafts. You do not have the direct control to delete a Published work.
6) Submit for Review
Once you have completed all the steps (and saved), you will see a new button take place of the Save Changes button: Submit for Review. Press this ONLY WHEN YOU ARE TRULY READY to do so. Once you click the button, you will be asked to choose the Community and Category you wish to submit to. You can only submit to one each. You will choose your Community first, then Category which is a "subcategory" of Community of itself.
Filthy (the world of sexuality)
Geeks (video games, comics, movies, TV, et al.)
Longevity (wellness, health, medicine)
OMNI (science, science fiction, technology, art, culture, design, et al.)
Potent (cannabis culture)
Proof (drinking-related culture) and Swamp (politics)
Categories - Categories are "beneath" Communities and cannot be chosen until you have chosen a Community. They are a "sub-category" of Communities.
Tags - Luckily these are limited and presented in a menu. You can click as many as you like. You may not create your own.
For Monetizing on Vocal, read this short article by Vocal Staff.