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Changes to World’s Strongest Librarian, New Project

Amigos, Amis, Freund, book nerds, librarians, people with tall librarian fetishes, strength nuts, et al.

World’s Strongest Librarian has become an immense, shambling beast. One that I love madly. And I have no plans to ever stop writing it. But the time has come for a couple of changes.

It has simply gotten too big and too scattered for me to use it to advance any particular goal I have, other than the goal of making the blog bigger!

New site

Josh Hanagarne dot com. Go over and take a look and you’ll get a feel for what I’m thinking. It’s more stripped down, no ads, and it’s going to be more tightly focused in some ways. I’m going to be writing about writing, about speaking, and about what’s happening in my life.

In the newsletter, which I hope you’ll subscribe to. I’ll be doing things very differently than I have here. It is also where I’ll provide the most up to date news about what’s happening with my books and other writing projects.

It is also where I’m going to be bringing back some of the type of material that characterized the first year of World’s Strongest Librarian. More humor, pieces that are less informational, encyclopedic or bibliographic style, and more entertaining. Stories, basically.

It will also serve as the hub for anyone actually searching for me and what I do, versus people searching for books, librarian blogs, etc.

What about WSL?

For the last couple of months I’ve essentially treated it like an extension of my librarian job. Books, authors, questions, etc. That’s what I’m going to keep doing. So this site will eventually become more focused over time and continue to bring in traffic.If you enjoy what I’ve been doing here lately, I think  you’ll continue to enjoy it.

It’s just not going to be where I really try to kick up my heels, personality wise. There will be some, of course, but this is not where I’m going to be telling my best stories, it’s where I’ll be talking about the stories of others. To you is left the agonizing decision over whether you give a damn about any of this!

Fitness stuff

I’ve pretty much had my say. I doubt I’ll ever greatly expand beyond what I’ve written on my “articles” page under Grip and Strength.There are plenty of other bloggers out there doing it. If I kept writing about it I’d be boring myself, and hence, probably you.

But I’ll keep doing physical culture and strength blogging over at Strength Rules. It’s just not going to be as much “how to” stuff. More of a fan site, things to admire in the world of strength.

Dunce Academy

Dunce Academy will continue as it has been. It’s essentially where Spencer and I write posts to talk to each other, since we can’t see each other very often and don’t get to talk on the phone often enough. It will remain extremely random, unless Spencer and I grow extremely predictable.


There are few things I enjoy more than checking into my sites and seeing what you have to say. I hope you’ll continue to follow me at at least one of these locations. Of course, I want to see you at all of them from time to time!

In summary, if you had to choose one:

  • If you like me and you like the way I tell stories, I’d recommend following me on the Josh Hanagarne site
  • If you just want to get book recommendations and hang out with a bunch of book nerds, I’d keep visiting WSL

I hope you’ll occasionally find time to do both, just like I will.

thanks as always!


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  • jntswally October 15, 2011, 9:02 pm

    Where’s the “Like” button?
    Good plan, Josh. I know I will still check in to WSL as well as your more personal blog. Keep up the great work!

  • John Sifferman October 17, 2011, 6:44 am

    Wait a minute. You mean you’re evolving or something? And if that wasn’t enough, you actually expect us to keep up with you? C’mon Josh – really?

    I… guess I’ll start to follow you at your new site, too. Bookmarked 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne October 17, 2011, 8:54 am

      I’m not sure if evolve is the right word, but I’m curious to see how it goes. thanks!

  • Spencer October 17, 2011, 8:57 am

    The chances of us becoming predictable are less than zero! I will continue to beat Dunce Academy to death with abject wit, relentless charm, and merciless randomness!!!!!!!