Updates and Clarification

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to give you guys an update since I haven't written anything here in a while. I also want to clarify a few things...


  • I'm more optimistic about a May re-opening date than I am about April. That will mean that we'll only have one VC per book this year. Sorry, guys!
  • The Fifth Wave was going to be one of the five new BTFAs—unfortunately, it was announced just a few days ago that the lead roles have been cast. (ARGH!)
  • Uglies is in advanced negotiations to become a TV show.


  • Almost all of you are referring to what I'm working on as a "new" site...but it's not. It's the same Ning network we've always had with a slightly altered appearance. The main changes I'm making are to our policies, voting schedule, BTFAs, the overall "polish" of our pages, and PR strategies.
  • Aside from a few old groups, none of your content has been deleted.
  • It's probably not the epic overhaul that you think it is. Please don't get your hopes too high—like I said, it's more about changing the content and policies than the design/underlying structure!

I'll be honest: these last couple of weeks have been tough. There are many days where I feel like UBC has run its course and that it's time to let it go. I've been enjoying not having to worry about the site and being able to go for long stretches of time without the internet. I started off strong at the beginning of my overhaul efforts, but I'm getting discouraged by how so few members have expressed any discontentment/sadness about the site going offline. (The implications of that worry me.) What also worries me is that I'm committing myself to a full-time, unpaid job—hell, I actually have to PAY to do it. This was fine when I was in high school and college, but it isn't going to work now because, well, money. I needs it for rent and stuff.

Basically, I'm re-assessing what I can realistically do to make UBC not suck while being able to work and have a life. There are definitely ways for me to simplify routine things I'll need to do to promote Voting Cycles, and that's the kind of stuff I need more time to develop. (By creating templates for everything in advance—particularly stuff like emails, pre-formatted posts for bloggers, Finalist videos, and promotional graphics—I'll be saving my future self's ass! It's just a ton of work up-front.)

Hang in there, people. I'm sure I'll figure it out.


  1. Is there anyway you could get an assistant to help you out? i don't know much about website caretaking/making but if it's mostly online things, maybe a big UBC member you trust could help you manage it.

  2. I can't wait for the site to come back up. (If it does). I'm so bored without it, it's like my second life and I was really sad when it shut down, took me a while to find the blogspot website. But I'll understand if you don't put the site back up, I know you feel like so little of us care about the site but I can assure you a lot of people care and can't wait for it to be back online. Also, I don't know if you saw my other comment on the other page or not, but since The Fifth Wave has been casted maybe we can consider HoO. I don't know if there's any movie news but that's just one suggestion I have.

    1. We could also consider Unremembered, the rights were sold earlier this week. I have the book though I haven't read it, it's supposed weird in a good way.