If I want to write for the Petting Zoo's blog, I have to take their blogger training course.
It's some sort of two-hour session where they indoctrinate you about what you can and can't say.
I've been here for two and a half months, and they're just now getting around to telling me that it'd be great if I wanted to blog. Woot! There's another training session coming up, oh, in another month or two.
Things move slowly around here. Have you noticed?
I'd be utterly offended of it weren't for the fact that EVERYBODY has to go through this "training," including Passionate Public Interest Lobbyist (whom I wrote about the other day), who worked as a journalist for longer than I worked in academe before coming here. All the other communications and public affairs people, several of whom have extensive publication records, have to take it, too.
Apparently, scientists have even bigger egos than writers. Possibly it makes them feel better about their own writing skillz if EVERYBODY has to get the blogger training.