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Shameless plug for my newest blogging effort.  I’m considering moving it to it’s own site when I move this blog in the near future.  Do drop by, leave a comment, heckle me a bit, or find a way to send money. 🙂

Feel free to leave me suggestions, requests, or comments at the new site. It’s for you, my readers, to enjoy your time online just a bit more.

See you there.

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Comment Moderation – What’s your plan?

 Moderation?Kurt Greenbaum at Virtual St. Louis has posted a thought piece on comment moderation. His take on that can be summed up by this quote.

I’ve always considered that a small price to pay for the instant gratification a reader can get by seeing a comment immediately.”

That’s a bold choice in these days where spam bots can quickly overrun a blog.  However, modern blogging software and hosting systems have become much better at sorting out spam comments.

The WordPress hosting service has captured hundreds of spam comments for my blogs. There have only been a handful of false positives where a true comment went to spam.

A bigger concern isn’t spam, but hateful or malicious comments.  In the case of Virtual St. Louis, a blog focused on a very opinionated community, it’s likely that the comments will get heated at times.  The question then becomes should the occasional over the top comment be allowed in order to reward the majority of commenters with seeing theirs right away.

Blogging tools offer various ways to moderate comments.  In the tools, the blogger can require all comments to be moderated, only first time commenters to be moderated, or no moderation to take place.  Also, the number of links in a comment can be set to trigger its moderation.

So far those options have worked well here at The Broad Brush, and apparently well enough at Virtual St. Louis.  As spammers get more sophisticated and our tolerances change, will these tools be enough?  Will blogs like Virtual St. Louis be able to keep their open comment policy?

What measures have you taken towards spam prevention and comment moderation at your blog? Are they working? Will they stand the test of time?

Coloring in an online life

A forgotten joy

I’m sitting here and reminiscing about coloring books and crayons.  I used to love those as a kid; didn’t you?  The clean, colorless world of those pages, just waiting to be brought to life by us and our imaginations.

Yet those pages weren’t blank, nor were they unscripted. In contrast, each page told a story, or part of a story. The stories could be short and happy, longer and dramatic, and likewise the scenes simple or complex with many turns, and twists, and corners.  They all lacked one thing though, life.

Those stories weren’t truly told until we’d put crown to paper and told our version of the story.  Our sky could be purple, and our grass orange, while the cat was pink, and the water black, all just for us. We took those simple tools, the crayons, and breathed our life into those pages.  Each one uniquely our own. Each a mix of our experience and vision.

I’m coming to visualize the Internet and social media the same way, like a huge coloring book.  The pages are blogs, YouTube, Utterz, Facebook, and more.  What do we color them in with? Our own hands, voices, spirit, and experience. Our own vision.

YouTube is the story of sharing videos, and it’s only one coloring books worth though. It’s waiting out there for you and I to take our own pack of colors to it, and make reality  of our experiences and dreams.  We don’t have to have blue skies, and brown dogs when we flesh out a video, ours can be a world of the mildly different with funky colors, all the way to the supernatural, with ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Facebook and Utterz are special coloring books if you will. In these, you can use all types of crayons, from video to voice, text and more.  There are many avenues of expression there.

So many choices, and so little time? Which book will you pick, and what color will your skies be?

Special thanks to Daniel Johnson Jr for dragging me into ooVoo to chat about blogging, podcamps and more.

Social Media Bring Us Poetry and Prose

Social media mavens talk about doing something useful with it, but we often here more talk about than actual making of media.  Or the media created is more navel gazing than content.  Live Readings aims to fight that tide.

The Live Readings blog is all about individual contributors from around the world contributing  by reading aloud poetry and prose.  An ever growing number of contributors have taken time to record themselves reading the favorite poems, sonnets, and short literary excerpts.

Voice readers of all stripes are welcome. Don’t be shy; be a contributor.  Anyone can join in the fun.

It’s easy but does require a small amount of effort:

1. Join

2. Sign up or be invited to be a contributor on the Live Readings blog.

3. Join Utterz

4. Set up an Utterz connection so you can post there.

5. Record your reading on Utterz and Share It to the blog. Voila!

All of the Live Readings contributors are using that method.  You can ask questions in the comments here or over there.  Drop me an email if you’d like as well. tojosan —

So what has social media brought to you today?

Blogs should meet a need


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Check out the event blog here. It gives the details, but basically it’s a free ride to the conference.

How can you help your favorite blogger that’s attending the convention? Simply by following links from their blog to the SOBCon08 site. That’s right; the clicks count. Ever wanted to show me how much you care? Then check out the SOBCon08 site and see what it’s all about.

They’ll be featuring some of my cartoons there as well. Keep your eyes open; they may not all show up here till closer to the convention.

So please follow the links above and show me some love.

PS – the full size toon is here.

Social Network Friends – Quantity or Quality

So you’ve joined up on Facebook and Twitter, and the contacts and friends are rolling in. The steady stream of updates has gone from fun to near overwhelming. Your in person friends are getting lost in the shuffle. However, you know all about the latest Podcamp now, and can tell where the next Pulver breakfast is at without even thinking. Is it madness? Too many contacts?

What’s a person to do in this situation? It’s time to trim down my friend. Stop; don’t balk now. You are moments away from relieving the stress of too many contacts. Too many? Yes, too many, and no arguing that there are so many interesting folks out there. Heck, I’m one of those.

Got your attention? Ready to cut down? But how, that’s the question. Who can you cut from your social networks? You can’t leave Aunt Suzie off right? Well how about Scoble?

It’s time to figure out who you’ll be benefit from following. Here’s a few tips to help out:

  1. Unfollow celebrity types that aren’t following you. This one will be the hardest for most folks to follow because of fear of missing out. Here’s a little tidbit; most of the folks are not just putting out their stuff on Twitter or Facebook, they also have a blog or blogs that they are posting too, often daily. Robert Scoble is an excellent example. He not only uses socnets, but all of his real productive work is show on his blog, FastCompany.TV, Ustream.TV and his KyteTv channels. If you want to follow him, follow him there.
  2. Unfollow all non celebrity types that aren’t following you. A little easier sacrifice to make for most of us. These are the folks that you’ve probably added because your friends have them as a contact, or because they are friends of the celebrity types you were following. JUST DROP THEM ALREADY! Apply the rule of what are they doing to move you along your path here. Chances are, very little.
  3. Unfollow companies on your socnets. Unless they are honestly engaged in two way conversation and you are honestly an active participant in that conversation, drop them. It’ll clean up your stream of plenty of stuff you weren’t probably reading anyway. Again, these companies most likely have blogs you can follow via RSS rather than the random Twitter or socnet update.
  4. Unfollow your prolific friends. That’s right, your friends. Question whether they too are engaged in conversation or just sending out tones of updates. Heck, I’m one of those sometimes. I’m very prolific on a couple of my socnets, and some of my friends have had to unfollow me because they can’t see anyone else’s updates or at least they are harder to find in the flood.

If after doing those four things you still have too many updates coming your way, then maybe it’s you that needs fixed. Get yourself some caffeine, a little ginseng boost and dig in. And maybe, just maybe take a reflective look and see if you are one of those that someone else might have to unfollow or unfriend.


Todd, tojosan just about everywhere, follow me if you dare

Domain Decision – Tojosan.Com wins out

Lots of feedback was received on the domain as well as about ice cream, and won out.  It’s easy to spell, it’s a dot com address, and it’s me.  All pluses according to the feedback.

Picking a host is next, and there appear to be lots of good choices.  Some that were mentioned might be a little too professional for me, but none were bad suggestions.  As a note though, there should be an idiot’s guide to choosing a host.  A side by side chart would be great.

Thank you everyone for your support and thoughts on the subject.  Your other comments on ice cream and mentioning sex on the blog were also appreciated.



That’s me in the corner, choosing my domain name…

Okay, it’s not that dramatic, but yeah, I’m looking for a new domain name before I move to host the blog off WordPress. Since I’m no genius in this area, I figure it’s time to solicit help from my friends online.

Yes, that’s right, I’m calling on you for advice. Yeah, that lady with the sexy twitter voice, and you, the guy with the out there avatar, and of course, those with pink boas.

What do you need to do to help? Just answer a few questions for me. Heck, I’m even going to be flexible about how you can answer, since I’m a online sort of guy.

First the questions, and boy are they easy…

1) Domain name – funny or serious?

2) Go with .com? .net? .org? or .name?

3) Favorite ice cream flavor

4) Is it okay to talk about sex on my blog?

Please answer any, all or only one, but I’d really appreciate the feedback. You can answer in the comments, drop me a tweet @tojosan, call me and leave a message at 636-486-4723, or email me tojosan –

There’s free ice cream for the first best response. 😉



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