Ode to BlogHer ’09

by Telling Dad on July 28, 2009

I’ve heard quite a bit about the drama that unfolded at BlogHer 2009. Rather than simply rehash the same stories in the written word I decided to take about 20 hours out of my life to put it to song. I didn’t even play Party Bingo or Words With Friends.

Important Disclaimer:

1. No, I don’t think I can sing.

2. No, I was not there. These are the stories I’ve read and been told.

3. Yes, it is totally made in jest.

I hope you enjoy! And if not…you REALLY need to lighten up! :)

Please share with others if you enjoy it. Heck, even if you hate it!

I would love to hear comments and read about re-tweets. :)

Update (11:27pm CST): I want to thank everyone for their kind words. I doubt it will encourage me to sing again (you can all thank me later) but I was asked to create a button inspired from the song. So, have at it! :)
Blog for Peace. Not Swag.
Copy the following code and insert it into your HTML:

Thank you again for all the wonderful feedback. It is greatly appreciated!

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Kim @ What's Th July 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm

That. Was. Hysterical!!!!!!!


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Love. It. Brilliant!

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That was awesome! My son is dancing around the living room to this!


Shan @Last Shreds Of July 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

My husband thinks I'm nuts for laughing so hard over this. But he enjoyed it too! LOL

BRILLIANT!!! I will embed this in my site tomorrow.

I think I just peed my pants…you are supposed to warn me when I need to break out the Depends.


Trish July 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Greg, you crack me up. This was hilarious!


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Lee July 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Okay totally tweeting this, Facebooking this, sending this to all I know. It was brilliant. "Blog for peace not swag".

Lee :)


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I think I'm crushin over here! You ROCK!!! ;)


Alicia July 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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i love it greg!


Cat @ 3 Kids and Us July 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

OMG that was the longest 4 minutes and 12 seconds I've ever spent laughing in my life. Just plain awesome!


Courtney Velasquez July 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Sharing this with my readers! Too funny!


eve @ confesions of July 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm

omg greg- you did GREAT!! LOL even my hubby loved it- and you can rock it!! (tweeted!)


renee July 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

That was great and so true!!


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This was totally awesome!



valmg July 28, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I wasn't there but I LOVE IT! I know what to bring to be ready for BlogHer 2010!

Great job, you're very creative!

I'm enjoying your blog.


Julie @ Angry Julie July 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm



Karen of Sillymonkee July 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

You rocked it Greg! I'm going to send this to my husband. He wants us all to go to Blogher 2010 together as a family. I want him to know what he's getting himself into. :P


Jenna July 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

LMAO! Too funny!


Angie July 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Absolutely hilarious… and SCARILY accurate.


Amy @ Taste Like Cra July 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I found you through a tweet on Twitter and shall be back tomorrow to read through your archives like a creepy stalker.

Thanks for the laugh.

You totally nailed it.


Beth July 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm

loved it so funny me and my sister are just laughing so hard…I wonder if my husband will get it at all…will let you know if we can even get him to crack a smile…great job..and yes you can sing :)


Cheryl July 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

OMG! SO ridiculously hilarious!!! Great job, Greg!


Esti July 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Wish I could have met you at BlogHer, looks like BlogHer10 for me too!!!


Maria @BOREDmommy July 28, 2009 at 4:46 pm

OMG. That was hysterical!!! I would never have thought to take a brick to BlogHer10, so thank you for that!


Donna July 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

You are my favorite Dad blogger! This was so hilarious… I literally lol'd!


Janice (5 Minutes fo July 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

That was very funny! I had a GREAT time at BlogHer and was so busy I barely noticed any drama. But this was very funny. I RTd it.


Kadi July 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

You did the conference justice! Were those my boobies you mentioned or Miss Blondie's? LOL


Angie [A Whole Lot o July 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

"Blog for Peace. Not Swag." That should be BlogHer's new slogan.

This vid needs to be shown at BlogHer'10 with you singing along. Or not. Maybe they'll get Billy Joel.


Nicole July 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

HAHAHAHAHALARIOUS! If I'm lucky enough to get my arse to Bh'10 I totally want a FREE Hug.



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Matthew July 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Greg, I wasn't familiar with your blog before this but I'll be back. This was hilarious and so right on considering you weren't there.

And from a guy who was there, your imagination wasn't far off.


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I wasn't there either, but from all I have read, heard and seen…

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Katie@DomesticDebacl July 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

That was awesome. Even the hubs enjoyed it! Makes me not feel so bad that I missed it this year! HA!


April July 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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Kristen July 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I loved, LOVED the music video! I'll start pumping iron for next year.


daddybookins July 28, 2009 at 4:59 pm

This was comical!! Nice job! Things to look forward to next year! See you there!

Peas Out!

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Susan July 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

That was awesome!!! LMAO


Bridget July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

You should totally make a "Blog for Peace. Not Swag." button. I'd totally put that on my sidebar!


Bridgette July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

OMG. That was HYSTERICAL. Blog for peace. Not Swag. hahahahahha!


Miss Blondie July 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I can't. Stop. Laughing. That was the best thing ever!!

I'm so glad the sugar packets in my cleavage made your song, LMAO!


Jodi July 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

LOL! Too funny! I wasn't there, but I've been hearing some of the stories too. Great job Greg! lol


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I wasn't there, but it was hilarious! I keep hearing about that Swag!


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Telling Dad July 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm

My goodness! Thank you to everyone! I will most definitely be making buttons tomorrow so check back. I'm flattered by the comments and greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave them.

Oh, for the record, I have had no formal vocal training. I only say this because I doubt that was obvious. ;)


Firefly July 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

LMAO it is awesome! Tweeted of course ;)


Stacey @ Tree, Root, July 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

SO FANTASTIC! I RT'd this post! You are SUCH a refreshing contribution to all things bloggy. Seriously. I've never felt so proud to be a blogger (though I am but a speck of dust compared to your meteor-sized talent!).


Allison aka Misadven July 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

You are an absolute freaking genius! Seriously this is the funniest thing I have heard all day, maybe even all week, and if I hadn't heard my step-daughter refer to the MJ song "Man in the Mirror" as "Man in the Liver" (true story) last week then I would venture to say this is the funniest thing I've heard all month!

Great job!


Shannon July 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

That was genius, Greg! My cheeks hurts so badly!


Rhea@mommy23monkeys July 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

THAT was awesome! I wasn't even there and think this is hysterical. Off to tweet. You wanted to go viral didn't you? LOL


Kim @ Beautiful Wrec July 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I wasn't at BlogHer09, but I have read about it and let me say, that this by far is the best post about it so far! I was LMAO. And if I go next year, I will be sure to reference this video for what I need to pack or at least pick up when I get to NYC.


Jill W July 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Oh my God, you really summed EVERYTHING up so well, I am beyond impressed…and trying not to wake my daughter with my laughter. I am linking to this shortly – thanks for the laughs!


Amy July 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Now I'm sad because somehow I didn't manage to meet the funniest person there! DAMNIT!

I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy! You rock. And your singing wasn't SO bad.


Lisa @ Crazy Adventu July 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Frigging brilliant, Greg!


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CaseyDeuce July 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

This is sheer perfection and I don't think that there will be another post that will ever top this one about BlogHer '09.

I'll kneel in your greatness on this one and hope to meet you at '10!!


Night Owl Mama July 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Swinging by from MOMDOT to bask in your brillance glow. Wasn't there either but apparently your in the know LOL.

OK who's blog talks about the punches Flying? You have to give LINKS man we need Links LOL lol


eve @ confesions of July 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm
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Genius! I am a fan!


Sarah July 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Like I said the other day, you are going to be a superstar. This was hilarious.


Lavender Luz July 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Simply awesome.

Hope to meet you in 2010. I missed this year but I'll be back next, with body armor and a fire extinguisher.


Rock and Roll Mama July 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Wow, even those who were there couldn't have captured the drama so well. You did an incredible job, and it's hilarious! But I gotta get in a plug.:)

I was the mic wrangler for the International Scholarship Winners Panel. And I gotta be honest, if I weren't I may not have been among the 20 or so in the room. I may have been off trying to score a vibrator or sneak through the backdoor of a party to snag a swag bag.

But I'm so glad I was where I was.

The four women, from Bolivia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and India, had a common theme-they started their blogs to help solve a problem they saw in their country. And it wasn't as simple as being marginalized or dissatisfied. They face risks of persecution for continuing their blogs, and lord knows no one's giving them free Tide. But they do it, and they speak with gratitude and humility of the service they provide. It moved more than one person in the room to tears. It could not have been more polar opposite from some other scenes playing out. And it will be the moment I always carry with me from Blogher 09. I just wish more could have seen it- next year, those winners should be honored as part of the Community Keynote. They deserved better. Thanks for letting me share, and I truly love your video.


Cindi @ Moomette&#03 July 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

OMG, you need to get syndicated! This is hysterical- I wasn't there but I'm hoping to get to NYC next year since it's right down the road from me!

Hope to see you there! You'll figure out a way to get in, Mr. Mom!


hairstyles for girls July 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm

My poor bladder!! Loved every second of it. When is the record coming out?


Telling Dad July 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Wow wow wow! I wish I could "@" everyone on here but it'd be a mile long. Thank you for the kudos and I'm elated to have brought some laughter to the whole situation.

Don't expect this kind of hilarity out of every post. I can't handle that kind of pressure. But I'm sure you'll spot a few gems if you visit me again. I have lots in store, that's for sure.

Thank you all so much! Feel blessed.


Lisa @ Unfiltered In July 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Now is that mace as in the spray? Or mace as in medieval weapon with spikes? From what I understand, both may be necessary. One to fend off an attack by blinding, and the other to sweep away anyone going for my swag!

I didn't go either. Not going next year (got somewhere important to be). May not go. Ever.


Jenn July 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Hilarious! I couldn't make it this year and was so bummed. Even in jest, this puts it all in perspective. You rock! See you at BlogHer'10!


Toni July 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

This was absolutely hysterical, it gave me a much needed laugh after getting off work. I look forward to future music videos :)


Telling Dad July 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm

@Toni – lol, I wouldn't be holding your breath for those! Maybe one every few months if the mood and inspiration strikes. I'm the last person people want abusing a microphone.

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Maura July 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I don't see how you weren't there, because you NAILED it! Too, too perfect. Thank you for that; now I have a start to my own post. ;-)


Shan @Last Shreds Of July 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

How funny that some of those that this song was a slam about have yet to figure it out, huh? :P



Christy July 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

LOL You ROCK! So glad to have you as "one of the girls"!


Amy @ MomsToolbox July 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Wow! Guess staying home and reading the tweets wasn't all that bad! :) Thanks for the re-cap and promise for hugs at 2010!


Tanya @ Mommy Goggle July 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

I seriously love you, Greg! *bows down* Love it!


Tanya @ Mommy Goggle July 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

BTW: I totally retweeted and blogged you ;)



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Andrea - Mommas Revi July 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Greg, that was absolutely awesome! I will gladly join your free hugs at BlogHer '10 campaign. Because I've decided there should be one!!


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Jessica Smith July 29, 2009 at 1:17 am

This was so fun and so fitting as I'm sure most of us listened to this song and sang all the words in junior high.

Greg, I just went over to the PR side (but still blogging at jessicaknows.com) and would love to connect! Hit me up!


Stephanie July 29, 2009 at 1:26 am

Too funny !


Tammy Munson July 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

That was awesome and completely hysterical !!! ROFLMAO – you totally nailed it for not being there!


Joanna Smith July 29, 2009 at 1:30 am

This is THE BEST VIDEO I have seen in a long time, amazing! So funny and sad at the same time! But, you managed to summize it in the coolest way!! Bravo!


Jen@Balancing Beauty July 29, 2009 at 1:37 am

That was too hilarious, and from someone who wanted to be there but wasn't…it does make it all a "bit" better. :)


Devon July 29, 2009 at 1:54 am

Best video. Ever.

I almost peed on my couch! You rock, Greg!!!!


Em July 29, 2009 at 2:01 am

You managed to make me somewhat happy that I did not attend – well done!! I snagged your button, but I promise, not an elbow flew.


Sabrina @ Twiggles a July 29, 2009 at 2:07 am



Heather July 29, 2009 at 2:09 am

Thank you for sharing…never really felt bad that I wasn't going…not really in the know to go but sounds like quite the affair! Loved the video BTW! I will be back!



Jenn Fowler @ Frugal July 29, 2009 at 2:23 am

That was so funny! But honestly, I think I was at a different conference than everyone else-although I heard rumors of that kind of behavior with a single small exception I really didn't see it. Can't decided if I"m just blessed, or oblivious. Either way it made for a fairly "drama-less" good time for me :)


Christine Cugno July 29, 2009 at 2:25 am

You are absolutely one-of-a-kind. I have to say the mental image of you singing that is almost as funny as the post. Thanks for the laugh!


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Hybrid Dad July 29, 2009 at 2:30 am

You rock. I can only imagine what a dads blogging conference would be like!


Frantic Holly July 29, 2009 at 2:35 am

Okay Greg You owe me a new laptop. Totally spit my drink everywhere. Beautiful song. Off to tweet.


Beth G July 29, 2009 at 2:37 am

Greg, I've read the same stories, and I didn't go. I found myself thinking the same things you sang about(beautiful voice, by the way). I pictured women throwing each other down, stepping on the lil ladies and b*tch slapping to get their swag bags!! Thank God I didn't go, even if it's exaggerated.


Elizabeth July 29, 2009 at 2:39 am

Greg, you are going to have women fighting over your free hugs at BlogHer '10.


Tara July 29, 2009 at 2:40 am

I finally got it to work! whew. This was brilliant, so talented you are Greg! Both my husband I got a giggle out of it. I love "Shapeshifting Drama Queens". Too funny, now I can't wait for next year!


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Beth July 29, 2009 at 2:44 am

I wasn't there either, but that was freaking hilarious, and genius!


Marie July 29, 2009 at 3:04 am

That was hilarious!! Well done sir!


Annie July 29, 2009 at 3:19 am


Liked you so much, I blogged and tweeted you, Stud.


Tiffany July 29, 2009 at 3:21 am

You are AMAZING. Thanks for the laugh, that was a great way to start my day :)


sillygirltree July 29, 2009 at 3:32 am

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Melissa Garcia July 29, 2009 at 3:34 am

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Motherhood Uncensore July 29, 2009 at 3:38 am

I think Billy Joel would have been very proud. Off to buy my combat helmet for 2010. Maybe I can find a sponsor for it.


Liz@thisfullhouse July 29, 2009 at 3:40 am

Awesome round-up coming from someone who, you know, was not there. I think you were, though. Right?


Neena July 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

I think I just peed myself I laughed so hard!


Carolyn Online July 29, 2009 at 3:46 am

I love that you apologize to Billy Joel right off the bat.

That was a fantastic wrap up! Well done.


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Absolutely loved it!




Kimberly July 29, 2009 at 3:47 am

If you felt the ground shake it was not an Earthquake but me falling out of my chair hysterical with laughter!!!!

Thank you for THE MOST entertaining 2 minutes of my life!!!

MORE! MORE! MORE!!!! We want to see more videos/songs from you.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

@Kimberly – Wait a minute here. You said it was the most entertaining "2 minutes" of your life. The song was 4 minutes long. LOL! ;)

Megan (FriedOkra) July 29, 2009 at 3:47 am

So funny and apt I don't even think the apologies to Billy Joel were necessary.


Melise July 29, 2009 at 3:48 am

Fantastic – wasn't even there and I feel as though I was…cheers, MMJ


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Completely f-ing hilarious. Thanks for the laugh this morning!


Anissa @ FreeAnissa July 29, 2009 at 3:48 am

From someone who was there, you FREAKING nailed it!!

Any chance you're cool if we repost your song over at http://www.aiminglow.com with 150% credits back at ya?


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 4:06 am

@Anissa – Absolutely I'm cool! In lots of ways. And feel free to post it. Only 100% credit necessary. ;)

deb@birdonawire July 29, 2009 at 3:50 am

I love you. that is all.


Julie @ The Mom Slan July 29, 2009 at 3:52 am

Hilarious! My kids dug it too.


Jennifer James/ Mom July 29, 2009 at 3:55 am



Danielle @ Extraordi July 29, 2009 at 3:55 am

How truly perfect. How perfectly hysterical. Are you sure you weren't there? You must have had some excellent sources b/c I think you captured every last drop of drama – thank you for making us laugh out loud about the whole thing.

Priceless. Hope you are ready for the free hugs. Bet those will be as popular as the swag.

I will be linking back – and talking about you on MomTV tonight.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 4:07 am

@Danielle – Thank you so much and I promise I wasn't there. I do hope to hit BlogHer '10 and I had no idea tickets need to be bought NOW. That's crazy! And if my Free Hugs are as popular as swag then I'll need police protection.

Laura Scarborough July 29, 2009 at 3:56 am

best non blogher 09 recap ever! now i have a delightful earworm to accompany me all die along with a goofy grin on my face. thanks!

i can't wait to accept that free hug in NYC at blogher 10 which will be my first!


Amy July 29, 2009 at 3:58 am

Best. Recap. Evah. I am looking for you for free hugs next year! :)


Margaret July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am

That's awesome! I no longer regret not going to BlogHer '09. I was thinking of going to '10 since it's pretty convenient, but am now having second thoughts.


Binkytowne July 29, 2009 at 4:01 am

Wow. I would pay BIG MONEY to hear you kick off next year's Keynote doing this live. Simply brilliant (and the singing is not bad, actually.)


Jennifer July 29, 2009 at 4:04 am

That was the most clever thing I have seen in a long time…you are so talented and I definitely think you should make more of these – just about everyday life! I'll be at Blogher 10 and cannot wait to meet you! I will be showing this to my hubby – he will laugh hysterically.


Jane July 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

Just awesome. I wasn't there, either, but it seems you summed up BlogHer '09 perfectly based on the first-hand accounts I've heard. So glad I found your blog today (thanks to a tweet from @mom101) – absolutely hilarious.


rachel-asouthernfair July 29, 2009 at 4:06 am

Hi. I have to intro myself to you because I may now stalk you.

This is brilliant. BRILLIANT.

I loved it. I was there, missed all the drama, had a blast but this.. this is sheer brilliance.



m a m a j o s s July 29, 2009 at 4:11 am

Genius. I think I saw all of these lyrics in some way or another via Twitter all. weekend. long. Nice job…made me spit out my coffee this morning.


j. caroline July 29, 2009 at 4:14 am

That was great! I am so getting a free hug from you at '10. Does a kiss cost extra?

By the way, I'm starting a rumor that I was the naked person on the escalator. I've got some people buying it….(not literally, but I should get a sponsor, yes?)


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Christine July 29, 2009 at 4:16 am

Funny stuff…thanks for making me smile.


Andrea @ MommySnacks July 29, 2009 at 4:17 am

This was hilarious! Missed that drama, but this was just classic!


Colleen - Mommy Alwa July 29, 2009 at 4:17 am

First of all – you're AWESOME and that was funny as hell.

BUT…rest assured that there were MANY of us there who didn't give two sh*ts about swag or drama who had one HELL of a time! (And still came home with lots of free stuff.)


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 5:00 am

@Colleen – I know the nutcases were the minority but no one talks about the orderly and behaved attendees. Plus, there isn't much comedy in people being civil. :)

momtrolfreak July 29, 2009 at 4:28 am



Melisa with one S July 29, 2009 at 4:30 am

That was phenomenal. And GENIUS.

I was one of the ones out taking a walk with no drama (and happy about it). Can't wait for next year, when I'll again be one of the ones out taking a walk with no drama!


Jennifer July 29, 2009 at 4:31 am

My husband and I watched this and we were both laughing hysterically at your wonderful lyrics. I truly hope you choose to do more of these. I love your refreshing and original blog posts. Thank You!


Nancy from Fear and July 29, 2009 at 4:32 am

You rock. My BlogHer experience was not nearly the drama I was braced for, but the naked chick on the escalator? I don't think anyone saw that coming.

See you in NYC.


Nikki from The Guilt July 29, 2009 at 4:33 am

LOVED IT! My 13 yo son was standing here watching with me and he's like "REALLY?" and I'm all like, "Yes. Really." And then he's all like, "… OK. All you bloggers are all crazy." Ah, yes. The wisdom of children. Great Video! I clapped and laughed and cried. You totally need a Best Video award.


Jen Drexler July 29, 2009 at 4:38 am

This is brilliant! LOVE and can't wait to forward on. Already RTed.


TheAngelForever July 29, 2009 at 4:54 am

Love finding fabulous things via Twitter. Thank you so much for putting this out there to break the tension. As someone that did not go to BlogHer and is hoping to go to BlogHer '10 w/blogging hubby it made me smile.


georgie July 29, 2009 at 4:56 am

so your the brain child of this hysterical vid!!! OMGosh you had me in stitches and I have already seen this on many blogs!


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 5:02 am

@EVERYBODY! – Thank you all so much! And I'm quite surprised people have taken it under their wings. But I love that it brought laughter! I wish I could thank everyone individually but the comment roll would be unbearable. My wife already fears a bloated ego. :)

see see so me July 29, 2009 at 5:11 am

it was great~~makes me want to go to bogher 09


Tishia Lee July 29, 2009 at 5:18 am

OMG that was HILARIOUS. Still giggling about it.


Sandy July 29, 2009 at 5:19 am

Greg, that is awesome!


Don Mills Diva July 29, 2009 at 5:24 am

That was funny as hell.

I think I love you.


This Mom Erin July 29, 2009 at 5:42 am

Damn Greg… I think I love you! YOU, my good sir, are a freaking genious! Thanks for being so awesome!


Connie @ Young and R July 29, 2009 at 5:43 am

I feel completely recapped on BlogHer09 now. That was great!


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Preston July 29, 2009 at 5:52 am

That is THE best Blogher post I have read to date. I was laughing my butt off and I wasn't even there. I think this should be the "theme song" for Blogher 10, what do you think? So, do they let guys go to Blogher? Hmmm…


moosh in indy. July 29, 2009 at 5:57 am

I don't LOL easily.

In fact I never admit to LOLing.

I just loled. twice.


Jen July 29, 2009 at 6:15 am

You? Are a genius. That was perfect… and I wasn't even THERE.

My favorite is the list of things for BlogHer '10… I'd better get packing now!


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Melissa July 29, 2009 at 6:19 am

LOL, too funny!


Erin July 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

You, sir, are a ROCK STAR. I didn't go to BlogHer because I had another commitment that I chose over it. If I had any jealousy about missing it, even an inkling, it's gone daddy gone. kthxbai


Diane J. July 29, 2009 at 6:45 am

I didn't attend, but I've been hearing snippets about swag issues. I love your take on it. I'm hoping to be able to attend some year, maybe I should take up some Judo lessons.


Pop and Ice July 29, 2009 at 6:53 am

Great music video! And although this introvert mostly hid out away from the fray and attended sessions, it was still amusing to hear about the drama that probably happened right under my nose and I didn't even notice.

Next year I'm taking my husband and daughter along for protection and to prevent social awkwardness. I need to travel with my support team.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 6:54 am

@ Pop and Ice – Thank you for the comment! And I would recommend that your husband and daughter attend purely as witnesses. They'll come in handy at the deposition.

Marianna @ Green Mam July 29, 2009 at 6:54 am

That was absolutely fantastic and hysterical. Love it! Thanks for that Greg.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 6:57 am

@Erin – No way BlogHer '10 gets this crazy. I think lessons were learned and there will be more restraint. I'm not an "agenda" guy but I hope some see the craziness of it all.

By now, most of the swag they clamored over is probably lost, broken by toddlers, or stored forever in "why the hell did I take this" purgatory.


Mary@The Writer&#039 July 29, 2009 at 7:01 am

Sooooooo hilarious. Thanks for the laugh. Having fun visiting your blog!


Jingle July 29, 2009 at 7:04 am

That is hilarious! Great job!


josslynne July 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

Watching that made my day. Thank you!


Sugar Jones July 29, 2009 at 7:18 am

That was awesome! I was there… and you weren't… and yet you caught it all pretty well. Glad you mentioned that we did have some civility. Those of us that were astonished by the nastiness were debating whether to return. If you'll be there giving free hugs, I'll definitely be there.


torrie July 29, 2009 at 7:19 am

As a blogger and a fan of Billy Joel- That was FANTASTIC.

Every year I am upset that I am not going to Blogher, then the drama starts, and I'm happy to be at home.

Next year I'm going to be there- interested to see what transpires.


Brandy July 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

I love it!!! I was not at BlogHer but the video completely depicts most of what I have heard/read around Twitter and blogs. Great singing too! ;-)


Nichol July 29, 2009 at 7:50 am

That was awesome. Great job putting that together! The singing wasn't too bad either :)


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 7:53 am

@Nichol – You had me at "wasn't too bad".

Clarissa Nassar July 29, 2009 at 7:53 am

OMG you are my fav dad blogger ever! :)

Umm, you forgot to mention the COOKIES–lmao!


Whit July 29, 2009 at 8:06 am

It's funny because it's true. And for the record, your image of the fighting was spot on.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 8:07 am

@Whit – One can dream. :)

@Clarissa – The cookies deserve their own song. Those were cool!

Major Bedhead July 29, 2009 at 8:20 am

Even though I missed all of the drama, I still found that hysterically funny.

Are you going to wear a Free Hugs sign to next year's BlogHer? You'll be much easier to spot that way.


ladystyx July 29, 2009 at 8:22 am

I'm popping in from over at Shan's "Last Shreds of Sanity" blog to say hi and let you know this video of yours is priceless! Loveitloveitloveit!


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 8:26 am

@Major Bedhead – If I do attend, which I hope to, then I will indeed be wearing a "FREE HUGS" T-shirt…same font and everything. I'm not too sure I'll be hard to spot anyhow as I'm 6'7" tall.


Secret Agent Mama July 29, 2009 at 8:33 am



Casey July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

I absolutely LOVED that video. I think it fits very well with some of the stories I have read about. Who knew women could be so…. ah nevermind. :)


Lisa July 29, 2009 at 8:39 am

awesome, I heard rumors of the President's visit, wazzup with that?


marymac July 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

Well played. Loved, retweeted. Glad I was home in pjs with popcorn watching the show. Even wrote a post about starting BlogWhore:
cuzzzz we may as well call it what it is, no?!

Thanks for the giggle! ;)


Sara July 29, 2009 at 8:45 am

I love it – I felt like I was there. I feel more prepared for next year. I will have my mace ready – lol


Elaine July 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

My favorite part? Your image of the "malfeasance." Brilliant (OH, and the same exact thing my husband would post…) HA!

This is awesome. I was there and stayed away from the drama and TOTALLY enjoyed myself.

P.S. Are you sure that wasn't Billy Joel singing? ; )


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

@Karen – As a matter of fact I do have some wedding experience. I sang "New York, New York" with a spoon until the DJ handed me the microphone. Beyond that I've only given speeches.

@Carrie – Hope to see you in NY! Hugs will be doled out liberally.

@Maria – You bet! Just going to try and score some tickets. :)

@Elaine – You are too kind but if that was Billy Joel singing I'd have to think there was something very wrong with him. :)

Maria @ Mom et al July 29, 2009 at 8:50 am

This was AWESOME. I wasn't there, but have read enough about it to know that you captured the thoughts of many perfectly. See you at BlogHer '10!!!


Carrie July 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

I loved this – and no, I wasn't there and I haven't even read the drama…trying not too – but if I ever do get to a BlogHer (or if BlogHer ever comes to Seattle) I'll be sure to check out your "free hugs." Thank you for your observations and clever delivery! :)


Karen July 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

Good Stuff…

Do you do weddings? ; )


mamabearmills July 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

that's rad! come stop by and meet me! ill be at 2010 and cant wait! woot woot. ill be rockin' in NYC baby


Andrea's Sweet July 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

This is AWESOME. And don't think for a minute I won't shove a bitch out of the way to score my FREE HUG at BlogHer '10.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

@Andrea – Oh man, I burst out laughing at your comment. That is classic!

@Bossy, @jennster, @Jona, @Nap – Thank you so much for watching and commenting!

@Chicky – I'll watch for you…with caution! :)

jennster July 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

LMFAO- this is fu**ing brilliant. i think i'm in love with you.


Jona July 29, 2009 at 9:30 am

Okay, now I'm glad I stayed home. You are obviously a sensitive man to have captured the essence of the event. ;)


Chicky Chicky Baby July 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

I am going to personally thank you for the laugh next year at BlogHer. I'll be the one with the brick.


Bossy July 29, 2009 at 9:49 am

That was hysterical. Bossy didn't experience any of the nasty stuff at BlogHer, but then she got to your lyric about "cleavage" and she understood why she had been spared.

Thanks for this.


Nap Warden July 29, 2009 at 9:52 am



Kellyology July 29, 2009 at 10:04 am

I totally see this as the perfect kickoff to the Keynote speakers next year. Do you think you can get Billy Joel's band to back you up? I volunteer to be a back-up dancer. You know. Because I'm a giver.


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

@Kelly – You can be the ONLY dancer. Back-up implies that I'd be dancing. My Flirty Girl Challenge will clearly indicate that I have zero talent in that arena.

Genevieve July 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

That was awesome! A must tweet/facebook!


Kara July 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Funny stuff!


Melissa- Sisterhood July 29, 2009 at 10:16 am

I think I just peed my pants. AWESOME!


Meg July 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

That. Was. Awesome.

I'm with the others who suggested you sing this at the community keynote next year!


Katherine Stone July 29, 2009 at 10:24 am

I didn't get to go to BlogHer this year (total bummer) but your video made me laugh out loud and feel like I got to go anyway. Thanks for that. I hope to be in NY next year!


LemonySarah July 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

Oy. I was there and you got it so right. Brilliante!


Buck "Daddy&#03 July 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

AWESOME! I did not get to go but felt like I was there, hope to NYC and hope we can meet, bring your bat son!


Condo Blues July 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

Fight greedy nastiness with snarky comedy – I love it! Especially when it has a beat and you can dance to it.

I will politely wait in line for my free hug at BlogHer '10. You won't be able to miss me I'll be dressed head to toe by my sponsor – Kevlar.


Amy @ Atlanta with K July 29, 2009 at 11:54 am

ROFL.. OMG. You are genius! It's good recap of what my impression was from reading blogs and tweets this past week.


Rebecca (Ramblings b July 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

That was FUNNY! My husband "sang along," but with the real words. :) Ha! :)

BTW, this is my first time to your blog. I'll be checking more of it out as soon as I post this comment.


@barbarajones July 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Simply brilliant.


@sherigurock July 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

That was really incredible! You're a talented guy. Nice work!!


George G Smith Jr July 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Funniest. Video. Ever


Boston Mamas July 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Holy crap, thank you for that dose of BRILLIANCE! -Christine


Staci A July 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Looks like you're going to giving out a lot of free hugs! You rock, Greg! Thanks for the laugh!


Shan @Last Shreds Of July 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I forgot to tell you I posted about this last night. you even got one visitor from my blog. LOL I like to share. :P



Marie {Make and Take July 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

LOVED it! Thanks for the laugh!


karissa July 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

omg Greg! i finally had a break to check it out and WOW! i am first so utterly impressed, you put it together PERFECTLY, and 2 you managed to fit everything in! even the croc threat. kudo kudos!


Jordan July 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Good work man!!


AJ @ A Little Bit Nu July 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

My face is stuck in a smile. It won't go away! That really was the funniest video ever. You rock! I can't wait for my Free Hug and if I don't get it well I'm going to blog about you :P


Deanna July 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm

This was too funny!!!! Definately putting button on my blog, this deserves an award.


Bellani Kelly July 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm



Sandwiched July 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Loved it!! I was there…fairly accurate from what I heard & saw…


Simplyunique July 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I love it! LOL BlogHer 10 We are so there right!? LOL


Mrs. Wilson July 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Totally awesome. I wasn't there either, but reading the posts … this video was RIGHT ON!

Great job :)


Telling Dad July 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I will be there and I'm currently crafting my musical pitch for sponsors. Should have it ready in 2-3 weeks.


Stephanie July 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Was it really that bad? Yikes!

I didn't attend this year either, but I just wanted to chime in to say that your song was creative and hilarious and brilliant. AND I think your voice is actually really good.

I look forward to more of the same in the future…


Candy @ Serendipity July 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm

OMG that was great. I had no intention of going to Blogher 10 but if you are going then I must be there just to meet you. I may have to bring my husband Greg as well. Wait a minute he will need a sponsor too and he might steal my swag…lol


uppervalleymom @ Kid July 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

This totally rocks! I have been too lazy…er, BUSY…to write up my post-BlogHer 09 thoughts yet. Will be sharing this video as a precursor. Thanks so much for the button code, will also be adding that to my sidebar. Hope to see you in NYC for BlogHer 10.


MummyTips July 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

What a great post. I have linked it in a BlogHer round up that i am doing on my site. Hope you don't mind.



The Redhead Riter July 30, 2009 at 12:25 am

That was too funny.

Enjoy a Totally Tremendous Thursday!!!


Kelly July 30, 2009 at 12:48 am

'Those at home now feel blessed…'

Yeah, pretty much. Thanks for a great laugh at 7:45am!


Tammy July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am

Great job Greg! I look forward to more. I would like to go to BlogHer'10, despite some of the things I heard about '09. I think it would be a great experience.


Kathleen July 30, 2009 at 1:15 am

That was awesome! I'm gonna beat you up cuz it was so good. :) And with my Nikon-gifted purse at that.

Thanks for the laugh…


Lori July 30, 2009 at 1:42 am

Greg, You were always funny and creative. I am glad you are finally sharing it more. You can be a pain as a brother but I love you so.


Shauna July 30, 2009 at 2:09 am

The whole time I was listening to the video I was like "wait, is that Billy Joel singing?" Funny as sh*t. And right on for someone who wasn't there. You take good notes.

I missed the drama too. Thank God.

See you next year in NYC!


BRANDY July 30, 2009 at 2:47 am

HA HA HA HA HA HA STUD HA HA HA HAHA would LOVE to hear Heathers remarks on that LOL. Seriously though it was GREAT! Kirsta said WOW he can sing I didn't know that!! DUH you have only seen him a few times lol


Tonya July 30, 2009 at 4:11 am

I wasn't there but heard about it from my sister who was. What a great tribute! Hilarious!


Jill July 30, 2009 at 4:25 am

It's funny cuz it's true.


Linda K July 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

I loved it! That's what happens when you put a bunch of crazy women and free stuff in one place.


One Blonde July 30, 2009 at 11:32 am

LOVED IT!!!! I actually think I want to try going to one of these. Sounds like it would be rather amusing haha.


Nicole July 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Totally late here, but that was hilarious. And you've got a great voice. That was the best recap ever. I wasn't actually there either so I'm just going with your version.


Condo Blues July 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I couldn't resist and linked to your video in my BlogHer '09 recap post http://condo-blues.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-i-wen… and a photo of my dog saying "blog for peace not swag." in front of my swag of course.


UPrinting July 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Wow! That's hilarious!

Definitely an epic win. :)

Thanks for posting this.


oh amanda July 31, 2009 at 6:26 am

I'm here via Christine from bostonmamas…and oh, that might be my favorite post ever. *sigh* I'm still laughing! I'll be looking for that free hug at BlogHer'10!!


Telling Dad July 31, 2009 at 6:40 am

Thank you again to everyone! Like I said, I wish I could reply to each and every comment but know that I appreciate them all.


Kasandria Reasoner July 31, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Love it!!!! Linked to ya from my blog! Totally Awesome!



This Mama Cooks! July 31, 2009 at 1:39 pm

You nailed it. And you didn't have to spend money to go. Brilliant.

Can't wait for next year's version!


JoeyfromSC August 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

That rocked!!!!! You are talented!! excellent voice too-you're being too hard on yourself!

I like your blog and will check it out more when I'm not so tired lol


Yasmine August 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Greg, this was still hilarious the 4th time watching!! It painted a pretty interesting picture of blogher in my head


Amanda August 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

OMG that was too funny!!!!!


Pamela Kramer August 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

My whole family enjoyed this one! You're singing was great.
.-= Pamela Kramer´s last blog ..Seventh.ink – Back To School Giveaway =-.


Tina August 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

.-= Tina´s last blog ..Vacation, way back when…. =-.


meredith sinclair August 5, 2009 at 5:07 am

wowzer…THAT was simply amazing man. Well done and seriously funny.
.-= meredith sinclair´s last blog ..Top Five Tuesday! =-.


Allison August 6, 2009 at 6:33 am

Ku-dos. Made me laugh despite the drama. Well done my man, and you could totally charge $2 a hug. ;) kidding.


Telling Dad August 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

@Allison – Are you kidding because you know I could actually charge more? I wonder what the going rate is right now.


Alyson August 9, 2009 at 10:28 am

Well, once again, I am late to this party but wow…you are a gifted man, Mr Greg! That is hysterical. Go to the head of the class!!
.-= Alyson´s last blog ..Question of the Day =-.


A Coupon Chick August 19, 2009 at 12:59 am

This is hilarious! I'm adding it to my FB page right now ~
.-= A Coupon Chick´s last blog ..Winner of Crayola Doodlebugz Doodlebag =-.


wishcake September 5, 2009 at 6:47 am

I know I'm a wee bit late getting to view this post, but it totally gave me the giggle I needed this morning. I honestly had stayed out of the loop of the whole BlogHer thing (simply because I was horribly jealous of all who attended!) and I really hadn't heard much about the crazy-pants swag drama. Makes me thankful that I wasn't a part of that mess, at least!

I know how people (*a-hem* especially women!) can get when free things are involved, and every now and then I feel the OMG-GIMME-GIMME madness creeping in, and really have to fight it. I think that it's especially awful when it ends up adding a bunch of crap to something that is supposed to be fun and happy.

In any case, the video you made was seriously hilarious and perfect and heartfelt and witty all at once! I'm so glad I ended up discovering it! Well done you.

.-= wishcake´s last blog ..on the giveaway results (drumroll, please)… =-.


Kandace Hogan September 23, 2009 at 6:49 am

That was absolutely BRILLIANT!! Great Job!


PJ Mullen September 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

That was funny as hell, maybe for your second act you can create one for the Nestle Family event and the twitter/blog brouhaha
.-= PJ Mullen´s last blog ..The Scoop on ‘Recreating the first date’ =-.


MommaDJane November 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

OMG that was hilarious! Literally brilliant. I loved it and doesn't it just make you so thankful for IzeaFest, what a great conference. If there was drama there, I didn't hear or see it.
.-= MommaDJane´s last blog ..Because I Said So – Mom Edition =-.


Ann's Rants April 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

came via the bitchin wife

laughed and laughed

can't wait to meet you at Blogher10

(I'll be the one in the self-defense class assailant suit)


Russ Beitzel October 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

I’d have to set with you here. Which is not something I typically do! I love reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!


Ange October 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog and I must say, you are awsome. I think I’ll take some time catching up on your posts.


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