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World’s Strongest Librarian Wins Social Media Award

Hey everyone.  I just got back from the Utah Social Media Club Awards.  I won an award for Best Blog and have a plaque to prove it.  There were some very cool people there who have done some pretty amazing things in this medium.  I was honored to be there.


I floundered through my speech but managed to work in a swear word that I didn’t plan on.  All’s well that ends well.

Thanks to all of you who voted!

More importantly, now that I have this fancy plaque, I need to hire a writhing harem to come polish it.  Who’s in? (I’m trying to prove that Janette doesn’t read my blog).


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  • Vickey Codella November 7, 2009, 12:13 am

    Hi Josh,
    I have to say that your acceptance speech was fablulous! You did a great job and I admire your pluck for standing up there and accepting that award.
    I was also very intrigued by your unique shoes.
    I am looking forward to getting to know you better via your blog. Pete has read your blog and he said I will love it!
    Nice job tonight!

  • Beth L. Gainer November 7, 2009, 7:39 am

    Congratulations, Josh, on a very well-deserved award. I believe I voted for you. I do windows, but I don’t do plaques….sorry.

    Anyway, I’m really proud of you!! Keep it going…

  • Robby G November 7, 2009, 8:11 am

    Mr. Fancy Pants with his plaque. lol kidding, congrats bro.

  • Gordie Rogers November 7, 2009, 8:23 am

    Hey Josh,
    Sorry, but I assume there is a link for me to watch your acceptance speech. Could you email it?

    Because of you, already kids are saying, “When I grow up, I want to be a librarian!”

    Well done, son!

  • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 9:17 am

    Gordie, Janette forgot to record it. I think she would tell you she was caught up in the moment but I think we were both just caught up in a cheesecake. There may be one out there soon on the USMA website. I’ll let you know.

  • Tracy Harden November 7, 2009, 10:11 am

    It was such a pleasure to meet you last night and then witness you receiving the award for your blog. Your acceptance speech was very inspiring, and your story is sure to gain acclaim. I look forward to following your success and staying in touch.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 11:19 am

      Tracy, it was great to meet you as well. I tried to send you an email this morning and it got returned. Have you had any problems receiving messages?


  • Lori November 7, 2009, 10:34 am

    Hey Josh,
    Wow, that’s great! Congratulations!!! Awesome!

    I remember you begging all us to vote, practically getting down on your knees. Well, you convinced me, anyway. Now when are the checks to us going out?? (lol)

    As for polishing your fancy plaque, you should probably make an appointment with your dental hygienist. I don’t think I’d trust a writhing harem with my teeth.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 11:15 am

      Oh, well crafted. Is that how you remember it? Down on my knees? I don’t even have any teeth, by the way. What you see in my videos is CGI dentures.

      • Lori November 7, 2009, 5:05 pm

        Ha! Totally joking, stud-muffin. Yeah, I was chomping at the bit to throw in my vote of support. Josh, you are an inspiring, amazing man who has made a difference for so many people – me included.
        I’m thrilled to see you were recognized for all the goodness you bring to this world.
        (P.S. What are CGI dentures? I can rarely discern when you’re pulling my leg…)

  • Shane Hudson - Be Motivational November 7, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Congratulations Josh, amazing how you can win a blogging award so quickly into your blog, but this really is an amazing blog… well done!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 1:17 pm

      Shane, thank you. Next year I’ll be nominating you! You’ll have to move to Utah to win, of course:)

  • Roxy Cross November 7, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Well, you were the hit of the night, weren’t you?! We were all very touched and many of us surprised with your heartwarming tale. Thank you so much for sharing and please be involved with us with SMCSLC as we are a social bunch and are very impressed with what you do. You’ll have a new collection of followers now! You on FB or Twitter? Send me a message and I’ll spread the word! I’m Roxy Cross everywhere I am! @roxycross And congratulations on your well-deserved award!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 1:49 pm

      Roxy, I would give “hit of the night” to the cheesecake I ate, but thank you very much. It was an honor to be considered and I was a little freaked out–I’ve never won anything:) But there were so many impressive people and great accomplishments being talked about that I hope some of it rubbed off on me.

  • Mary Jo November 7, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Congratulations, Josh. And much deserved award, and to a wonderful member of the blogging community! You have been an inspiration, motivation, and friend to many, many people, and the award is the public recognition of that.

  • Jessica Marie November 7, 2009, 2:46 pm

    That is wonderful; congratulations. Do you have a written version of your speech that could be posted? I will come and shine the plaque but refuse to wear the harem outfit. 🙂

  • Trish Scott November 7, 2009, 2:50 pm

    You let a swear word slip out in UT? In PUBLIC? Phew. Did the bolt of lightening hurt?

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 2:52 pm

      @Trish, it was a mild one:) “What the hell”

      @Jessica: I think there will probably be a video out there somewhere. We’ll see.

      @Mary Jo: Thanks Mary. I hope that whatever has been working will keep working.

  • Ben (from TIC) November 7, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Congrats Josh! Well deserved fo’ sho’.


  • Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt November 7, 2009, 5:04 pm

    Hey, Josh — I was *totally* inspired by your acceptance speech! I knew that took guts, and you rose to the occasion. I’ll try to channel you the next time I need to be brave. 😉

    Congrats on your book!!

    Would you be interested in a Q&A on the SMCSLC blog? I’m looking to feature cool members — and you totally fit the bill. Let me know via Twitter (@BellRehwoldt) or via email.


    2010 Promotions Director, SMCSLC

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 5:44 pm

      Sheri, I’d love to. I sent you an email.

  • Fred Cook November 7, 2009, 7:38 pm

    Hey Josh! Congratulations, that’s awesome!
    Love your blog, by the way…

  • Srinivas Rao November 7, 2009, 9:29 pm


    That’s really awesome. I’m gonna someday be able to say “Dude, I knew Josh way back when before he was…..(famous author, speaker, fill in the blanks…).

  • John Bardos - JetSetCitizen November 7, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Congrats Josh!

    Were you wearing high heels in that picture. Or is everyone else short in Utah? 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne November 7, 2009, 11:49 pm

      I’m about 5’2″, so yes, everyone here is REALLY short.

  • Karina November 8, 2009, 4:34 am

    That’s awesome Josh! I haven’t been a follower for long, but from what I’ve read – and I’ve read many past posts as well, you very well deserve it!

  • Tim November 8, 2009, 10:58 am

    Hey Josh:

    Congrats on winning this well-deserved award! I have enjoyed reading your blog for a while and look forward to everything that’s ahead on WSL.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 8, 2009, 11:30 am

      Thanks Tim. The people who read are the reason the award was possible.

  • Kathy Casey November 8, 2009, 2:08 pm

    Hi Josh,
    So glad to hear of your well deserved award.

    A little disappointing that it’s not a very tall and goofy naked gold man statue that you could do curls with….but what the hell!

    Who needs a harem? When you could just call on the old skating rink girlfriend to come and polish it for you. I’m sure she would jump right on that!

    Congrats! And – keep up the good work.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 8, 2009, 2:20 pm

      Kathy, that made me shiver. Thank you for everything except that memory.

  • Janette H November 8, 2009, 4:07 pm

    Okay, to repeat, I DO read Josh’s blog. And if there’s going to be a writhing harem doing the dusting, it’s only okay if they will dust the rest of the house, too.

    And yes, I did forget to use the flip camera to record the speech. I was in a gingerbread house marathon/too many pieces of dessert mega coma and was not responsible for my actions. Sorry, again, Josh.

    It was a grand night out for the two of us. The 21-month-old at home managed to throw up on the babysitter, so maybe I avoided some projectile vomiting for the first time. It was totally worth the $20 fee.

    And I have to agree with everyone, Josh is pretty special.

  • Oleg Mokhov November 8, 2009, 9:10 pm

    Hey Josh,

    World’s Strongest Librarian is now officially an award-winning website 🙂

    Congratulations Josh. What an achievement. I’m sure this encouraging event just motivates you to be even more remarkable and write even awesome-er articles.

    I wish I was there to see your acceptance speech. Any video of it per chance?

    All the best,

    • Josh Hanagarne November 8, 2009, 9:22 pm

      Thanks Oleg. I’ll just keep doing what I always do, whatever that is. Janette forgot to turn on our video camera. I’ll ask around and see if anyone happened to film it.

  • Amy Nisbet November 8, 2009, 10:32 pm

    date night…..no projectile vomiting….TOTALLY worth the $20 bucks. Congrats Josh! So very thrilled for your success!

  • Heather November 9, 2009, 10:13 am

    Congrats, Josh! You should get a bunch of little old ladies to polish your plaque! Get some fitness models to do it! Tee-hee! That’s great! Congrats, too, on working in the swear word.

  • Curtis Gibby November 9, 2009, 1:04 pm

    Small world — I know two people in that picture. I used to work with Angie Larsen at ABC 4 News. Now who’s the guy on the left?

  • Shane Martindale November 9, 2009, 5:58 pm

    Josh, It was great to meet you and share the table at dinner (http://twitpic.com/oxowx). Looking forward to seeing more great things from you. Especially the Seth Godin stuff.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 9, 2009, 6:05 pm

      Shane, it was great to meet you too. Given your non-gregarious demeanor at dinner, it tickled me to no end to see you give two speeches:) Congratulations on your big win and that fancy rose!

  • Christa Avampato November 9, 2009, 6:51 pm

    Josh!! This is fantastic news – congratulations!! So well-deserved.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 9, 2009, 6:58 pm

      Thanks Christa. I was surprised, flattered, and confused. All at once.

  • Pete Codella November 9, 2009, 9:52 pm

    Josh – We do have video of your acceptance speech. It’ll take some time for it to get edited and published, but we will publish it, most likely on the USMA YouTube channel (utahsma). Congratulations again. Your award is well deserved. I would have liked to see you next to the @sltrib award recipient – there must be at least a 2.5 foot difference there.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 9, 2009, 9:54 pm

      Thanks Pete! Good to know. I never realize how tall I am until I see myself next to other people. I used to date a girl who was 4’9″

  • Ethan November 10, 2009, 11:49 am

    Congrats to the WSL–still the world’s strongest, in every sense. The props are well-deserved, and I look forward to seeing the video of your speech at some point.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 10, 2009, 12:22 pm

      Thanks Ethan. The video is out there. I’ll put it up as soon as I have it.