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VOX Daily is 5 Years Old!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 22, 2010

Comments (26)

Birthday Cake #5 candleTime flies when you are having fun!

While I never miss my wedding anniversary or family member birthdays, it would appear that I've missed a big milestone for the Voices.com blog, VOX Daily!

Join me now as I take a look at some of the highlights we've experienced together via the wonderful worldwide web that have impacted the voice over industry since December 20, 2005.

Humble Beginnings

The first posting ever made on this blog was about the very first Podcasters Meetup I ever attended. I remember this time and the events surrounding the post vividly. David and I planned a trip to Toronto that included a trip to the Apple Store to pick up a new technology called an "iPod" and also to attend a podcasters meetup that was held by Tod Maffin, someone who works for the CBC.

Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and formally thank Bob Souer, Peter K. O'Connell, Karen Commins, Brian Haymond and other peers who were (and many still are) blogging at that time for their support.

Struggles When Blogging

David was determined that I try this "blogging" thing and I was dedicated from the start, but let me tell you, blogging without an audience is a tough gig! It wasn't until I started sharing the posts with people via email that I started to get comments.

While comments can be used as a metric that somewhat validates what you've said, comments are also a means to gauge interest and build community.

You can only imagine how excited I was when comments became more regular! What was being presented warranted discussion and engaged people... the fact that someone would take the time to respond is amazing and a gift that I am grateful for.

After months of not getting any comments, we decided to become slightly more creative with sharing the content by manually updating the Voices.com My Account area to include a brief tag line with a link directing our members to read the post. After that, a roundup of select articles were featured in our monthly newsletters that were sent out via email to generate more interest and discussion among the voice over community.

Over time, this has grown to incorporate other ways to share with our community via social networks and through social media.

A Significant Date: June 21, 2006

Let's take a journey back in time. The first person to comment outside of David or I (yes, you can laugh) was Glad Faith Klassen on June 21, 2006 followed shortly thereafter by Ken Jackson of Ken Jackson Voice Productions. Other comments began to trickle in from pros such as Brian Haymond, Kathy Williamson, Bob Souer, Tim Lundeen, Bobbin Beam and Johnny George to name just six.

Come to think of it, June 21, 2006 was a very popular day because we raised the question of whether or not people were charging for revisions. Quite a popular topic as you might imagine. This topic encouraged 32 comments to be shared on the blog.

Interesting VOX Daily Facts!

There are a lot of neat things that go on behind the scenes with the blog. Here are some interesting facts and VOX Daily statistics as of December 22, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. EST:

First article: December 20, 2005
Posted articles: 1501
Comments approved: 11,063
Average number of readers per month: 21,978
All-time reads: 1,839,792

Top 10 Articles

According to our Google Analytics, the following represent some of the most popular articles to date on VOX Daily:

1. Disney and Warner Bros. Characters Summoned to Court
2. Antonio Banderas Nasonex Bee
3. Interview with Original Dora Voice, Kathleen Herles
4. The Simpsons Tribute Podcast on VOX Daily
5. Ratatouille Voice Cast
6. Bobbin Beam DIY Home Recording Studio
7. iPad Audio Recording
8. Vocal Warm ups
9. US Regional Accents: Where Do You Fit In?
10. Steps To Take Before Making a Voice Over Demo

Thank You!

I wanted to take a moment now to thank all those who have been subscribing, reading, commenting, inspiring stories and sharing your knowledge with the community here at Voices.com via VOX Daily. We've had a lot of great times together, haven't we? Your support means a lot to me and I look forward to many more years of VOX Daily to come.

Any Comments?

If you are a reader of VOX Daily and appreciate reading the postings on this blog, I'd love to hear from you! Add a comment here on this post or reply via email and let me know what you think.

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    As Customer Care Manager at Voices.com, I will say that VOX Daily is one of the best resources that I can provide to new or existing members. I'm always providing links to articles and pointing users in the direction of this fantastic blog. Steph, you've done such an incredible job compiling this amazing bank of voice over industry knowledge! It truly is invaluable to voice over talent, no matter what stage they're at in their careers. Congratulations on 5 amazing years, and here's to many, many more! :)

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    • Jessica
    • December 23, 2010 8:15 AM

      Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! My goodness how time changes things--5 years ago you were trying to be creative to illicit reader response and now your readers (myself included) can't imagine a world without VOX Daily...and can't wait to contribute!
      We are ALL better for your efforts on our behalf--THANKS!

      Posted by:

        Happy anniversary!

        Posted by:

          Happy Anniversary and thank you for all that you do every day! =)

          Posted by:

            Stephanie,
            Congrats on reaching your 5th Blogging anniversary! WOW! Over 1500 Blogs...you SURE do have lots to say!
            Keep up the good work--even though we may not respond to every one, we read and thoroughly ENJOY your blogging!

            I hope you, David, family & friends have a joyous holiday and
            Happy 2011.

            -JC

            Posted by:
            • JC Haze
            • December 23, 2010 9:51 AM

              Happy anniversary! Merry Christmas to you and David ... and keep up the great work. Thanks.

              Posted by:

                What a wonderful feeling to know that you have successfully endeavored to give so much back to the voice over community. It's been a remarkable feat to labor towards sharing that information through your contacts, conventions, care and concerns. Thank you for helping all of us learn so much about the people, the ideas, and the advice behind the voices. Happy, happy anniversary, a very Merry Christmas, and health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year to you and your family. Thank you, Stephanie! Congratulations!

                Posted by:

                  Happy Birthday, Vox Daily!

                  Congrats Stephanie, for "sticking by the stuff" and seeing the blog become what it is today!

                  A great service to those of us in the VO industry, and we thank you!

                  David

                  Posted by:
                  • David Overly
                  • December 23, 2010 10:29 AM

                    Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for providing the VO community with such a wonderful resource - You are awesome! :)

                    Posted by:
                    • Anne Ganguzza
                    • December 23, 2010 11:15 AM

                      Stephanie,

                      Congratulations on 5 years. Your topics and information are an invaluable tool in all voice artists' daily regimen of education and experience. I have learned SO much and shared SO much from your posts. Keep em coming. Happy Holidays to you, David, and all at Voices.com.

                      Posted by:

                        Happy Birthday to Vox Daily! Best way to start the work day is finding Vox Daily inspiration in my email box...

                        Posted by:

                          Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more years of well-deserved continued success. You give so much valuable information and inspiration.

                          Posted by:
                          • Selena Schopfer
                          • December 23, 2010 11:46 AM

                            Congrats, Stephanie! Vox Daily is such a valuable source of information to the voice over community and to the team members here at Voices.com. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on all things voice over and here's to many more years to come!

                            Posted by:
                            • Lin
                            • December 23, 2010 12:30 PM

                              Congratulations on the milestone Stephanie!

                              It has certainly become a popular place for voice talents to hang out, learn and share.

                              Continued Happy To-BLOG-ganing over the Christmas season and into 2011!

                              Thank you for your encouragement and support in my VO career!

                              Posted by:

                                Thank you for publishing it Stephanie! :) Merry Christmas

                                Posted by:
                                • Chris Burke
                                • December 23, 2010 2:21 PM

                                  Thank you Jessica, Herb, Neil, Peggy, JC, Ed, Linda, David, Anne, Derek, Leslie, Selena, Lin, Ralph and Chris!

                                  I truly appreciate hearing from you and am glad to have been of service. Merry Christmas to all!

                                  Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2011,

                                  Stephanie

                                  Posted by:

                                    Congratulations! Reading your blog has become part of my daily routine and i think is a great hallmark of Voices.com's commitment to not only provide leads but help talent grow and prosper. Thanks for doing such great job!

                                    Posted by:

                                      A finely written, informative and much appreciated feature of Voices.com. Happy 5th!

                                      Posted by:

                                        Hey Stephanie, I had no idea I was the first one to comment on your blog (aside from you and David). I so enjoy VOX Daily, and have taken insights, been challenged, and encouraged by it...and you! Thank You! Keep doing what you do! All the best to you and David.

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                                          I read the Vox Daily, uh, daily. I can't always come up with a topic for my JGC Inc. blog, but you seem to pull it off every day and it's always interesting.

                                          Keep up the great work. The forums around our industry reflect your hard work as ...many are asked, "What is the best P2P out there?" Voices.com comes up first every time.

                                          Merry Christmas to you & David. Let's all look forward to a prosperous and thrilling 2011!

                                          JG

                                          Posted by:

                                            Happy Birthday dear VOX, and Happy Christmas also. It's the FIRST thing to go to... and we're grateful to you.

                                            Posted by:

                                              Congratulations and Merry Christmas from the Philippines! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Pocholo Gonzales
                                              • December 24, 2010 9:04 AM

                                                Stephanie, Congratulations on your excellent and consistent blogging! Be well, Bob

                                                Posted by:

                                                  Greetings, Stephanie!

                                                  Thanks for the shout-out, and congratulations on your 5th anniversary! Like Johnny, I admire your ability to think up new and interesting topics every day. The result is a well-rounded blog that is the best in the industry. Thanks again for all you do for the voiceover industry, and best wishes to you and David for continued health, happiness, and prosperity in 2011!

                                                  Cordially,

                                                  Karen Commins

                                                  Posted by:

                                                    Stephanie,

                                                    Congrats on the 5 Year milestone. What an inspiration!

                                                    Bobbin Beam

                                                    Posted by:

                                                      A very heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to VOX Daily, albeit belated. I truly believe the reason VOX Daily, and Voices.com for that matter, are successful is because it's clear these resources come from a paradigm/business model whereby the focus is outward – always looking for ways to support, encourage & build-up those in the voiceover community, be they talent or those in need of them. This is a perfect recipe for a prosperous endeavor.

                                                      VOX Daily is something I have referred others to many times – especially those new to our industry...they've appreciated the tip too! I might add that Voices.com has been a major part of my overall voiceover plan for many years and I don't see that going away anytime soon!

                                                      Again, Happy Birthday and thanks for making such a positive impact!

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