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The TN Team Blog’s top posts of 2011

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Best of 2011

As 2011 winds down, I thought it would be fun to look back upon our first year of blogging here at TN and see which posts readers liked the most. So, based on various social media and Google analytics data, here are the best posts of 2011:

Most comments: Win Free Concert Tickets!
What concert do you NEED to see?

This one doesn’t surprise me, since people love free stuff and all you had to do was comment on the post with the concert you just HAD to see and you’d be entered to win! Still, it’s good to know people like our contests…makes us want to do more in 2012!

Most Stumbleupon views: Daniel Radcliffe: J. Pierrepont Finch vs. Harry Potter

I did not expect this one to take off like it did, but my comparison between the two major characters that have been portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe got almost 9,000 views on Stumbleupon! We never did figure out the ultimate winner of this showdown…

Bieber Fever Flowchart

Most Facebook likes: Funny Flowchart: Do you have Bieber Fever?

This is one of my personal favorites, and apparently it was also a favorite for the Facebookers among you. Not sure if you have the Fever or not? Take our handy dandy quiz! What’s better than a flowchart? (click the image to enlarge the flowchart)

Most page views: 17 funny yet possibly effective pickup lines

This one came from one of our questions during the blog kickoff contest way back in May. One of our readers suggested the post, and we made it happen. I really enjoyed these random Friday-ish posts.


Before They Were Famous: YouTube All-Stars

This one appeared in second place for a few of our metrics, so I wanted to make sure I mentioned it. Check it out for some crazy flashbacks from some of your favorite celebrities.

Halloween is approaching: vampires vs. werewolves

Who doesn’t love vampires and werewolves? Or at least debating which one could take the other one in a fight?

Happy Fourth of July! Best things about the July 4th holiday

This topical post from July 4 made it into the top 10 out of over 125 blog posts for the year. Not bad, Tim!

Which blog post was your favorite of 2011? What would you like to see in 2012?

Black Friday shopping tips and tricks

Black Friday sales

As you all know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving, but for many people that is NOT the highlight of the week. For in the wee hours of Friday morning (or even the late hours of Thursday night) thousands will be lining up for Black Friday sales. To help you out in your shopping adventures, we turned to the TN team and Facebook to give you some tips on how to survive Black Friday while getting the best deals.

  • Get a head start by shopping Thanksgiving Day instead of Black Friday. You can find a list of store opening times here. (The TN Team does not guarantee accuracy of said store hours).
  • Watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” for a purely factual account of the behind-the-scenes happenings.
  • Have a plan. Lay out all of the sale ads on Thanksgiving and figure out where you want to go and in what order. Go to the stores that open earliest first and to stores where things might sell out quickly.
  • Map out stores ahead of time so you know where everything is.
  • Bring a friend and use him/her strategically. You can split up the store, guard carts, save places in creative.
  • Bring a snack to keep up the energy and avoid food court lines.
  • Avoid dressing room lines by buying multiple sizes and returning the ones that don’t fit, or dress in layers and try sweaters and other items on over tank tops.
  • Wear steel-toed boots; people can get crazy.
  • Perfect the art of hip-checking and have no mercy.
  • Bring a fanny pack to keep all of your Black Friday essentials: coupons, ads, a whistle, pepper spray, etc.

And, of course, if you're not a Black Friday shopper:

  • Stay home, sleep in, eat leftovers, and wait to shop online in your pajamas on Cyber Monday.

Do you have any tips for Black Friday shopping? Tell us in the comments!


The Fourth of July celebrates one of the most important moments in United States history: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In the 235 years since that day, July 4th has come to mark a lot more than that. For some, the holiday just means another day off from work, while others love the picnics and fireworks.

There are a lot of fun things about the 4th of July holiday, so here are just few of the best.

Over-the-Top Fireworks Displays

Who doesn't love a good fireworks show (other than my dog, who will find the nearest bed to hide under)? Fireworks have a little bit of something for everyone. If you like beautiful colors that light up sky or if you just like things that go boom, you like fireworks.

Even those who don't enjoy fireworks would admit that they are synonymous with the July 4th holiday. So just put your ear-plugs in and enjoy the show!


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Best Katy Perry moments—Mohegan Sun, June 25, 2011

Katy Perry on a swing

Katy Perry has been one of my favorite artists for a while, but I’d never seen her in concert until this past weekend. I’d heard mixed reviews: either she would be amazing or terrible. Turns out, the concert was pretty great overall, but there were five moments that stuck out as the best of the night. Check them out below.

  • Multiple costume changes: I counted 16 different costumes throughout the two hour concert, but the most impressive part was during “Hot and Cold,” when she changed about six times during the song. It was kind of like a magic show, but with pop music.
  • Justin Bieber dig: At one point KP asked for a guy to volunteer to come up on stage, and one guy happily obliged…until she told him he’d have to leave his shirt in his seat. He chickened out, and she quickly got another volunteer. But the best part was as she was thanking the second guy for being a good sport and being way cooler than that “Justin Bieber wannabe.” You could tell this was an off-the-cuff comment, meaning Katy’s pretty funny on her own.
  • Katy Perry peacock
  • Beatlemania girl: You know those videos of Beatles concerts where teenage girls are screaming and fainting because they can’t control their excitement? I had never seen it in person until one song when Katy brought a bunch of fans onstage to dance. One girl had her hands over her mouth the whole time, and two or three times suddenly ran over to give Katy a hug. It was adorable, and Katy took it in stride (instead of, you know, calling security).
  • FB update pic: This is the part where I realized Ms. Perry was a really cool person. After she brought fans onstage, she picked one and let her take a picture of the two of them for her Facebook profile, even making sure it was a good picture and letting her take a few extras to make sure everything came out ok. She was very gracious and down-to-earth with her fans.
  • Fireworks
  • Girl with glittery shoes: Okay, this has nothing to do with Katy Perry besides the fact that it took place at her concert, but one girl walking by told my friend he’d clearly forgotten to bring his glittery shoes, pointing to her own bright silver, sparkly shoes. I liked the shoes, and also the look on my friend’s face as he tried to come up with an appropriate comeback.


TN's Mr. T Party

Last Friday we at TicketNetwork paid homage to the great Mr. T for his 59th birthday! His real birthday was Saturday, but for our 2nd annual party we had to celebrate "Mr. T Day (observed)." Check out pics below and also a video of the gang singing happy birthday to the guest of honor!

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Our beautiful Mr. T cake beforeOur Mr. T cake after some celebrating

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