Comparison of VOCAL and MEDIUM for Freelance Writers

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A quick assessment of Vocal compared to Medium based on recent experience in both platforms

I admire both Medium and Vocal serving different audiences and offering valuable features to writers and readers. I also contribute to NewsBreak, which is very different from Medium and Vocal Media. I cover it in another article.

Considering my engagement in various content development platforms, some writers asked me about other writing platforms for potential publishing opportunities. You can publish your stories both on Medium and Vocal and earn income based on reading times. I provide details below.

As you may know, there are many writing and content development platforms on the market. I agree to provide my initial experience as both platforms are interesting to me.

Based on recommendations from other fellow writers and my mentors, I recently joined the Vocal Media writing program, which is called Vocal+. It is similar to Medium Partnership Program. However, there are some differences.

In this story, I want to introduce my findings and initial impression of Vocal+. I believe my experience can be informative and useful for you to understand this content development platform, especially for freelance writers. If you are experienced in the Vocal platform, you are welcome to enhance my messages to be informative to the writing community.

My reason for joining Vocal

Let me explain first why I chose Vocal+ to share my stories.

The first compelling point, compared to other platforms, Vocal+ is the closest to Medium from writing experience and operational model perspectives. It was a gentle learning curve compared to other platforms and posed a steep learning curve for me.

Several other programs that I tried had no similarity with Medium. Some of them were extremely difficult to use and too restrictive for creative professionals like writers. I enjoy the flexibility and having options to play with.

The most compelling part of this platform is that it brings creative professionals under an umbrella. I saw great potential for collaboration therefore, I invested my time in writing this article.

My initial findings

Vocal uses the term “creator” rather than writer.

The purpose of this platform is to provide storytelling tools and processes to creative professionals such as writers, filmmakers, musicians, and painters.

Prerequisites to Join

The minimum age limit to participate in Vocal as a writer is 13.

There are no other requirements.

Anyone from any country can join as a writer. To be paid, you need to have a Stripe account.

How to sign up

To sign up, you can go to site on your web browser.

You can sign up using Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts.

Account Subscription and Payment Model

Similar to Medium, Vocal has a free account option as well as a paid option called Vocal+.

Vocal+ subscription price is USD 9.99, almost double the price of Medium.

Contributors keep all the rights to their published stories.

I liked the strong confirmation about copyright for writers documented on the Vocal website:

For all content published on our platform, Vocal also gets a limited license to do things like promote your story or share it on our social media, commonly known as “Universal Rights.” We’ll never share your story without crediting you properly, and we’ll never sell your work, or share the rights with anyone else, without your explicit written permission to do so.

The payment method for Vocal is different from Medium. There are two payment models. Here are the specifics:

For the free account, they pay $3.80 per 1000 reads.

For the paid version (Vocal+), they pay $6.00 per 1000 reads.

Vocal calculates reading times using its proprietary algorithm. The critical point for reading time is based on actual time spent on the page. Their document highlights that just scrolling the page would not count as “read”.

Something Innovative

What is creative about Vocal is the concept of tipping.

Readers can give tips using their credit cards, which can be paid to the writers via a Stripe account.

Tips range between $1 and $20.

The tipping frame in the following screen capture is embedded in each story for the writers.

screen capture by the author from the Vocal account

Something Missing

There are no claps which did not bother me. However, there is a heart button to show your appreciation. The heart button is anonymous, so you don’t know who liked your story.

For me, the missing point was the comments. There is no comment feature.

I am surprised with the no comment option as all other content platforms I used before had some feedback mechanism for the content creators. Maybe Vocal has a reason for not adding this feature, so I keep an open mind about this.

Content Coverage

Vocal accepts non-fiction and fiction as long as the content fits into the communities listed on their front page.

The following screen capture shows the communities.

screen capture from

There are also many topics under the communities.

As I mentioned, I am a new contributor to Vocal. I have published a few stories so far. Moderators placed all of them in the community called Journal.

These three articles are related to different topics. I copy the links and the topics to give you an idea. Even though each story touches on multiple topics, they assign the story to only one topic. There are no five tags like Medium.

This story about Design Thinking was categorized under the “Career”.

Design Thinking for Writers
This is my first story for the Vocal. I am excited to join this community and share my experience in technical and…

This story about Leadership was categorized under “Advice”.

10 Critical Leadership Traits
In this story, based on my practical experience as a leader over three decades and methodical studies on leadership, I…

This story about Quora collaboration was categorized under “Social Media”.

Amplify Your Vocal Stories In a Quora Space
I am a new writer on Vocal. Precisely, this is my third story. It is fun to write on this platform. I have a strong…

Editors versus Moderators

What we call editors in Medium publications are called “moderators” in the Vocal platform. The role of a moderator is to ensure submissions meet the community guidelines.

The moderators perform the role of an editor by fixing formatting and language issues. If the content requires change and further information, moderators send the draft back to the writer requesting updates per guidelines.

One interesting criterion is Vocal does not accept stories under 600 words. I didn’t know about this rule, and my first story was under 600 words, so they returned it with clear guidance.

Moderators don’t keep drafts too long. They respond within 24 hours. I found this reasonable compared to the response times of some large publications on Medium. There were times I had to wait for 10 days to receive a response from a Medium publication. As a new writer on Vocal, I received a response from the moderators within 24 hours.

If there are issues with submissions, the only mechanism to get in touch with the moderators is via email. The email address is There is no private message or chat option.

As a responsible writer, one downside for me is I cannot edit my story after publishing. From another angle, this restriction can be considered a good thing because it aims to prevent the addition of potentially harmful content without the knowledge of the moderator.

Unfortunately, wearing my publication editor hat on Medium, I know that changing content by writers after publishing can be problematic. It happened numerous times in my publication.

Collaboration with Vocal writers

I noticed that many Medium writers also write on Vocal.

To establish a bridge and a collaboration opportunity, I created a Quora Space for Vocal Writers.

If you are contributing to Vocal as a writer, you are welcome to join my Quora Space. I can make you a moderator so that you can add links of your stories to the Quora Space.

I invited Vocal writers and provided instructions on this new Quora Space.

Here is the link to my Quora Space.

Vocal Stories
This space share links to the stories of writers from


This is a preliminary review of the Vocal content platform based on my limited experience. I compared some key features of Vocal with Medium.

My initial impression is excellent.

The learning curve for Medium writers is minimal.

Vocal is a relatively smaller platform; however, the coverage of communities is substantial. There appears to be something for everyone.

The most innovative aspect of Vocal is the tipping opportunity for writers.

The key missing feature is the ability to leave comments for stories.

This is all I can offer now. As I learn more, I will share my specific experience in upcoming stories.

In the meantime, if you are a writer for Vocal, please leave a comment with your Vocal account link so that I can add you to my network, enjoy your stories, and amplify them through my social media tools.

You can access my Vocal account at this link

Let’s stay in touch.

Thank you for reading my perspective.

You can join Vocal as a creator using this link.

Thank you for reading my perspective. Here are my thoughts about my first tip.

The Real Meaning of $1 Tip
How small awards can motivate

Here is the link to join Vocal+

Vocal is a platform for supporting, discovering and rewarding

Disclaimer: This post includes a referral link.

Selected articles on Vocal Media

Here are some eclectic stories I published on Vocal Media. I hope you find some useful stories.

Dealing With Anxiety at Difficult Times

Sustain Your Motivation

How Did I Become Fitter, Stronger, and Healthier

Design Thinking for Writers

10 Critical Leadership Traits

Critical Traits of Distinguished Leaders

Amplify Your Vocal Stories In a Quora Space

How to Become an Ethical Hacker

How Did I Get Rid of Loose Skin?

Digital Twins

A Technical Overview of Internet of Things (IoT)

How I Thrived With Simple Hacks

What Do Followers Expect from Leaders?

How to Benefit of Negative Criticism

What I learned from DNA Tests

Share Your Vocal Stories on a LinkedIn Group

What Can A $1 Tip Do To A Writer?

Energy for High Performers

Technical Overview of Blockchain

Why Epsom Salts Are Magical?

Why Should You Walk Barefoot?

What Is Business Architecture?

Why Every Writer Needs A Bio

Robotics Process Automation

How To Sleep Better

An Inventor’s Perspective to Leadership Growth

Big Data Lifecycle Management

What is Edge Computing?

My Initial Perspectives to News Break

How I Reduced My Abdominal Fat

How To Write Viral Stories in 7 Steps

9 Tips To Make Mitochondria Denser

Why Cross-Pollination Is Important At Work

I Was Thrown Out of An Airbnb House

How To Prevent Gum Disease With A Simple Hack

How Did I Free From Arthritis?

How I Fixed Brain Fog

I Used To Feel Lonely; It Was Unbearable

Calories Don’t Determine Fat Loss

Digital Intelligence

How To Trick Brain To Stop Smoking

Dear Mehmet, I’m Stuck. Please Help.

Life Is C Between B And D

TikTok Concerned Me

A 73 Year Old Man Like A Teenager

Staying Fit While Travelling

How To Make A Six-Figure Income From Blogging and Writing

How To Turn Off Hunger Switch

10 Critical Tips To Unfold Digital Intelligence

What Does Digitally Intelligent Mean?

Reviewing Inflammation From Different Angles

Why Designs And Specifications Require Diligent Simplicity in Digital Ventures

Smart Simplification For Business And Market Competition

Effective Use of Innovative And Inventive Thinking For Digital Ventures

3 Productive And Creative Tools For Mental Fitness

A Simplified Guide To Big Data Lifecycle Management

Hormones Can Cause Fat Gain

How To Orchestrate Your Life For Success And Satisfaction

Emotional Stress In Energy Deficiency

Imagine How It Feels To Be Black Or Brown In A White Country

Revealing Mystery Behind Affiliate Marketing

Principles and Influence For Inspiring Leaders

Content Platforms Started Rewarding Creators

How Can We Deal With Ransomware Effectively And Prevent Them From Occurring?

Why Such A Great Interest In Business Partnerships And Digital Affiliates

What Does It Take To Live Above And Beyond?

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing — Chapter 1

What Do You Mean By Agile? Is it A Thing?

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing — Chapter 2

Cost-Effectiveness For High-Performance IoT Solutions

Impact of Hidden IoT Data On Performance of Digital Venture Production Systems

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing — Chapter 3

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing -Chapter 4

IoT Professionals

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing -Chapter 5

The Power of Digital Affiliate Marketing — Chapter 6

What NFTs Mean To Artists

Big Time Might Be Bigger Than What NFT Gamers Can Imagine

On the Cusp of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution — Preface

On the Cusp of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution — Chapter 1

Why Fat Loss Has Nothing to Do With Calories

Losing 30 Pounds of Fat in Six Months

On the Cusp of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution — Chapter 3

On the Cusp of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution — Chapter 2

On the Cusp of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution -Chapter 4

Quantum Computing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Sample Health Improvement Articles for New Readers

Defeat Metabolic Syndrome and Slim Down Waistline with Three Tips

Why 442 Million People Live Diabetic and What We Can Do About it

Defeat Fatty Liver Disease with Three Doable Tips

Reduce Liver Cancer Risks with Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Lower the Risks of Heart Disease and Strokes in Five Steps

Make Your Lungs Healthier via Lifestyle Approaches

Make Your Pancreas Healthier via Lifestyle Choices

Make Your Kidneys Healthier via Lifestyle Choices

Make Your Brain Healthier with Ten Lifestyle Approaches

Six Tips to Prevent Brain Atrophy and Lower the Risks of Mental Disorders

What Can We Do About NCDs Killing 41 Million People Yearly?.

Five Tips to Prevent Infectious Diseases.

Three Tips to Improve Cardiovascular Health.

Three Lifestyle Habits to Lower Dementia Risks

Reduce the Risks of Neonatal Disorders to Prevent Infant Mortality.

Reduce the Risks of Major Diseases with Healthy Lifestyle Habits

My focus is on joy, happiness, health, productivity, & life satisfaction. I document my five decades of experience in…

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About the Author

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Invitation to New Writers

If you are a writer, you can join Medium, Vocal Media, and NewsBreak as a writer and monetize your content while inspiring a large audience. Repurposing your content on these platforms can save you time and increase your income. You can join my six publications on Medium, contributed by 16K+ writers, as a writer requesting access via this weblink.

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