FtB is going hyperplastic!

hyperplasia |ˌhīpərˈplāZH(ē)ə|
the enlargement of an organ or tissue caused by an increase in the reproduction rate of its cells, often as an initial stage in the development of cancer.

Get ready — we’re expanding. We’re launching a whole new army of bloggers at FtB this week, so it’s going to get hectic and confusing. Some are leaving, even more are being added, so expect to see strange new blogs popping up in the list on the left sidebar, and lots of “Hello, World!” articles appearing in the Recent Posts list. I’m doing the grunt work of installing the new blogs so I may not be saying much here for a while — once the dust is settled we’ll do proper introductions and try to acquaint you with all the new people.

Until then, feel free to welcome the new mob as they trickle in.


  1. says

    I don’t know who you all are yet, but congratulations, new bloggers! So exciting.

    Barely awake here, but I’ll work on getting Affinity up and running in the next few days. So scary.

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Sniff, ah, the smell of change in the air.
    One year, our annual cGMP training was all about change, and being able to adapt to it.
    I’ll have to take a look as the new bloggers start posting.

  3. says

    There was no “rejection” — there was a group of people going mad evaluating the overwhelming number of applicants, a bit of ranking by various criteria, and an arbitrary cut off point. We encourage everyone who didn’t get in this time to reapply.

    The most common problem with applicants was a lack of experience. Just blog somewhere, build up a track record, and try again.

  4. Tethys says

    Wow, that is a lot of new blogs. I recognize some of the bloggers, and I am intrigued by those names. Death to squirrels? I will be certainly checking to see how much squirrel it will have in it.

  5. says


    The most common problem with applicants was a lack of experience

    Well ya, I mean the invitation did say stuff like:

    Don’t be discouraged if you have little blogging experience; we’re interested in providing opportunities to new voices. If you are inexperienced, we may give you a temporary account on our guest platform to give you a chance to try it out.


    In fact I specifically advertised this aspect when I told people about this opportunity. Maybe I misread “inexperienced” to mean “no experience” but it was supposed to mean “only a little bit of experience” or something.

  6. says

    Yes…but then what happened is a legion of applicants descended on us, and we had to put together criteria to rank them, and we had this swarm of people who already had a track record. We are also bringing in a few of those inexperienced people at a time in a group blog (in case you were wondering what that “New Frontier” thing was about) to get experience, but we didn’t want to have a group blog of 10 people in which all the voices would get lost in the cacophony.

    I’m serious when I say people should apply again in the next round. This time we had novelty driving an almost totally indigestible mass of applications. Next time I’m hoping it will be more manageable.

  7. says


    There is no hurry, he says after scrambling to add 13 blogs just this morning (with a few more pending).

    Oh, I don’t envy you. I think I won’t be set up and posting until the end of this week, though. I’ll be away from home tomorrow, and today is filled with rat related problems.

  8. nahuati says

    The FtB network expansion looks great! I’m looking forward to hearing from the new bloggers.

  9. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    Caine has a blog here?! That’s great.

  10. says

    Aaw, thanks, Beatrice! I hope you stop by and hang out when you can. I will have a dedicated social thread for people to chat about whatever they want. I’ll have that in place next Tuesday. I think.

  11. says

    Yeah, the sidebar and the main page are a mess. Next week, I’ll be pruning defunct or departed blogs, and also, sometime when I’ve got more time, will be tinkering with the main page.

  12. says

    Though I got to say that letter you sent was fantastically written.

    No joke. I’ve gotten less professionally written emails from big companies.