If you know anything about me, it’s got to be that I started a Glee blog with my friend Whitney about 5 years ago. Seriously, that may be the only thing you know, but everyone knows it. Because it… was awesome.
We started TroutyMouth.com (no longer in existence) on March 22, 2011. Same day, we started it’s twitter feed: @TroutyMouthBlog (still in existence). So, from then on, we shortened it to TMB. It was dedicated to our love for the show, and it was never meant to be anything but a fun little side project where we wrote about anything and everything Glee related. It didn’t follow a format. The content wasn’t always consistent. We probably broke every rule about blogging, ever. But, we loved that little blog.
Soon after we joined this little fandom, we started getting a small following. Two months after we started the blog, I just so happened to give myself a little trip to Las Vegas as a graduation-from-college present to myself. Ironically, at the same time, Glee was having their Glee Live dress rehearsals at the same time. Me, being the obnoxious person that I am, hung out outside the Mandalay Bay’s theater for hours with my friend Becky trying to get tickets to the private dress rehearsal screening. By the grace of God, and some incredibly nice people, Becky and I got in. Free food, free drinks, pre-screening to the Glee Live concert. Oh, did I mention, I had just started blogging? If that wasn’t the most intense blogging I’ve ever done (well, at least until a year later). And people ate it up. We doubled in following that night. Becky and I had a blast, although Whitney was a little jealous, but we started to see a little something in what that blog could actually turn into.
That same year, Whit and I had tickets to the Glee Live concert in Chicago, too. I think it was in June because I had just graduated, and this was like my “last hoorah” before I started a real job.
We went up to Chicago for the weekend with like, 22 custom made t-shirts in hand so that we could give to the cast and crew. Continuing our obnoxious streak, we tweeted the shit out of the crew — mainly Telly (sorry Telly!) — so that we could get their t-shrits to them. And we did. And it was fun. And on tumblr, someone posted this picture of Chris Colfer with his TMB shirt back stage… even though we jacked up the line and it should have read “tickle me doe face.” Whatever. Close enough.
During that time, we got more followers, some that were even trying to get us back stage with them. We met some followers because we were camping out all over that place. It was awesome how connected we were to some of these people. I felt like a Trekkie… except a Gleeie. (I guess they call those Gleeks?)
Fast forward like 4 weeks later to the end of the Glee Live tour in the US, and they were having their last show in New York. After about 6 hours of texting back and forth and me really trying to convince Whitney that it was a good idea, we booked plane tickets to New York and flew out the next day for their last US show. Somehow we managed to wrangle up two of our other friends. We had all just started our careers, so we were like “Monies? Let’s just spend it all!”
We didn’t get a hotel, because we were like “we’re literally going to be there one night. No need.” So, since we didn’t have anywhere to stay, we flew into NY, took a car to the arena, and literally tailgated for the day. I just remember walking across the street to a deli, eating the best Philly Cheese Steak sandwich I’d ever had, walking to the gas station next door to buy beer, walking back to the parking lot, and just sitting there eating and drinking beer. I’m surprised we didn’t get in trouble by anyone. It was a beautiful day, thank God… otherwise, I don’t know what we would have done.
We went to the box office to buy tickets to the show and the front-office lady was like “Tickets? Sure, give me all your money, and I’ll put you way up high!” and so my friend Ashley and I were like “Hold up. You have NOTHING else? That price is ridiculous, my friend.” And she was like “oh look at that, these floor seats just opened up for the same price!” and we were like “SOLD!” So like $100/person later, we were sitting 13 rows from the stage dancing our asses off at the concert without a care in the world.
After the concert, we hopped into a cab to go into the city and hang out for a while. And by hang out for a while we meant for the entire night because we had no where to stay.
At about 3:30 am, we decide that we’re all tired, so we’ll go to the airport, sleep on the food court tables for a couple of hours before we hop on our 7:15 am flight out of there. And that’s what we did. And afterward, Whitney looked like this:
When we got back, we were on such a Glee high, we never wanted it to end. So we were like “Let’s continue this obnoxious streak and see if anyone can get us in at Comic Con like.. next week.”
So we tweeted at like the whole cast, and because she’s the nicest person in the world, Jenna Ushkowitz emailed us and was like “I’ll do my best, but don’t hate me if I can’t get you there.” and we were like “Oh Em GLEE, whatever you can do, you’re the best because we only had half an expectation that this would actually work.”
Well, we didn’t hear back and we were basically like “who the F cares, that was incredible. Let’s just bask in this glory forever.”So, we didn’t really mention it again, and we didn’t go to Comic Con that year.
Fast forward to, oh about 11 months later, we get a message from Jenna. Turns out she could get us passes for the 2012 Comic Con year. UH… Is this real life?
Yeah, it was. We booked a trip to San Diego, went to a hotel to pick up the passes, and it turns out we got “press passes” into the Glee panel. We were like front row, sitting 4 seats down from Will Keck and like a row in front of Matthew Hodgson and I was just like “Who are we right now?” It did not feel real at all. Turns out THAT was the most intense tweeting I ever had to do. I was tweeting and Whitney was taking notes for a blog post recap later. I felt like real journalists. It was pretty f-ing cool.
In this time, somehow we managed follows from Harry, Jenna, Matthew Hodgson, and Michael Hitchcock — all part of the Glee family. We felt like we were a direct extension. Almost a direct extension
Well, Glee wrapped up last year. But just before it did, I had one final Gleetastic opportunity when I went to LA. For some reason — maybe because he read our blog every now and then, or maybe because he thought our tweets were funny, or maybe just because he is so damn nice — Michael Hitchcock offered to have lunch with me while I was there.
So, the day I arrived, I went straight from the hotel to my lunch meeting. We talked about everything under the sun: Glee, other TV shows that we liked, what to do in LA, what to do in St. Louis, weather — naturally.
It was awesome. I was super nervous at first, but as the hour or so passed, the conversation grew easier, and I felt like I was talking with a friend.
Now that Glee is over, we don’t really do much with TMB. But it was fun while it lasted. And because it turned into something so special for us, it will live on forever… as Whitney says, “not only because it’s legendary, but also because we inked it on our bodies.” Seriously, though — we both have TMB tattoos.
March 22, 2011 will always have a special day in my heart. Just so happens that March 20, 2015 was the season finale of Glee, so it’s ironic that it ended the same weekend that we started the blog four years prior to its finale. It seems like it all came full circle.
The people, friends, connections, and stories that I’ve gained from Glee will always leave a positive, lasting memory in my mind. And who knows, maybe because of the success of TMB, I’ll turn a blog into something real on another date. The door that it opened brings endless opportunity!
Happy birthday TMB. I’ll always love you.