voices.com finally honors the apostrophe

I can’t remember when I first signed up with Voices.com but I think it was 2004….pretty early into their creation. I tried it for a couple of years and then went back to my free listing. I wonder if they will be starting an old timers or founding members club soon? 6 years is like 60 years in web years.

All along the way, the company has always worked hard on their customer service. And über-web geek David Ciccarelli (co-owner of the company with his wife Stephanie) has always tweaked and improved the site.

But alas, the software program they were using had conniption fits if I tried to use an apostrophe in my last name or my company name on a title page (some computers and web browsers even today show a diamond with a question mark where apostophes should go…makes me think no Irishmen or Italians were involved at the start of the internet). David himself some years ago tried a work around with me on that challenge but no go with that software version.

Instead of O’Connell, it might be listed as the very inelegant OConnell or even worse Oconnell (ugh!). And did you ever watch somebody try to pronounce audioconnell? As audio’connell they seem to have a better time with it. Certainly not end-of-the-world stuff, all this, but it still makes you wonder whose alphabet and symbols these early web lords were using when they started the interweb? Oy!

Well I was on the Voices.com site recently and low and behold I saw some OConnells WITH apostrophes in their names! As I am not a paid subscriber I wouldn’t expect to know of any such updates when ever they happened (maybe they themselves missed that minor update tweak) but I did get on the phone to Voices.com make sure I could make the update with no problems.

I had the good fortune to speak with Scott at Voices.com who (true to company form) was very helpful in making sure there wouldn’t be any computer glitches. He could not have been nicer.

So NOW when you search Peter O’Connell on Voices.com I’m the first listing. When you search O’Connell on Voices.com I am the LAST listing (although I am ((puff, puff)) the most often listened to of all the Voices.com O’Connells) but I think my last place listing there is because mine’s just a free listing which is understandable.

I even tried using the K. as in Peter K. O’Connell in the listing change with Scott, which is what I use professionally, but we went back to just Peter O’Connell in the page title because the upgraded software evidently didn’t like middle initials or periods and dropped my search results way down in both types of searches.

Whoa is the poor period! Flummoxed is the lonely middle initial! What ARE the Peter K. O’Connells, the Michael J. Fox’s and other short, middle aged voice actors to do?!

Work around it like we always do! But at least I got my apostrophe. Alls right with the world.

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6 Responses to “voices.com finally honors the apostrophe”

  1. Peter!
    Thanks for the info on middle initials. Now I have to do some research, myself.

    All my best,
    Jamee T. Perkins

  2. Peter,
    You have your apostrophe…I have my two-word name that doesn’t start with a capital letter! oy. 😉
    Although it was never an issue with Voices.com, it is in many other systems.

    Peace!

    Liz

  3. Hi Peter,

    I’m pleased that this is now resolved for you 🙂 I know how it had bothered you in previous years. Thanks for letting everyone know about your apostrophe-related Voices.com experience and your good conversation with Scott Lumley. This is very exciting. What a journey, eh?

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie

  4. Jamee,

    We middle initialed lead a tougher existence than most but I think it only makes us stronger!! 😉

    Best always,
    – Peter

  5. And then we’ve got the whole pronunciation debacle…O’Connor? Connelly? I don’t even want to guess what you been subjected to Liz!

    Don’t they know who we are and how important we is?! 😉

    Best always,
    – Peter

  6. Well Steph I know even David found it funky when we were working on back in the late 1960’s (or it seems like that long ago anyway.)

    Some programs still list O’Connell as O’\Connell. It’s weird. Oh well, it’s just my pathetic cry for attention I suppose! 🙂

    Best always,
    – Peter

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