ok i know it’s 2016 but i just have to say that like, if you joined tumblr after 2010 and/or never got involved in the glee fandom you missed out on a core piece of this websites history
like you do not understand the scope, power, influence of the glee fandom. all the “leaders” of current fandoms now are people who were probably big in the glee fandom too. you literally had to be there. it was fucking crazy, it was horrible, the ship wars were endless, the hate was endless, but you know what - i genuinely miss it sometimes because it was the most prolific, engaged, and creative community i have ever seen and been a part of.
like y’all. the art, the fic, the gifs, the manips, everything. this fandom was in a constant state of creation, and we constantly inspired each other. we gave great feedback. the ideas were endless. i once got 823 notes on a like 1 paragraph “fic” after gay marriage was legalized in ny. it would not be uncommon to post something and have literally 1000 people on your blog at once. for something like that to happen now would be astounding but it barely was back then, just pretty cool.
glee had its problems - many many problems - but it did something nobody else had done before, which is that it really tried to serve every single underserved group, meaning everyone got involved. there was never a time when you couldn’t relate to a character or root for a character or empathize with a character - everyone found someone worth defending or loving. what i’m trying to say is it was the pinnacle of obsession & investment. there has literally not been another fandom like it since. and the most insane thing is that most people who were a part of it ended up so disappointed by it that we have tried to sever all ties.
so i’m gonna come out and say i miss glee! except i don’t miss glee, i miss the community and the camaraderie and the creation. i miss always having something new to read or new gifsets to see or new meta or parallels or whatever. it was amazing and terrible and we had the time of our fucking lives before the show destroyed itself past the point of no return. so anyway. i feel now more than ever that something like the glee fandom will never happen again so consider this a tribute post to y’all who were there. solidarity my friends