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Howdy reader.  I reckon that after all this time, I know why most of you come here to read.  You are one of a wildly diverse group I can either refer to as The World’s Strongest Librarians or The Loyal Weird.  You may choose.  But the point is, I now know why most of you read World’s Strongest Librarian.

Because you are interested in:

And many of you have blogs.  Many of you write.  But I don’t know how many of you know each other, so today let’s just do this:

Leave a comment and introduce your blog. Tell us how long you’ve been blogging, why you do it, what your blog is about, and whether you have specific goals for your blog in mind. Rather than just putting it in the URL field, feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comment.  But I want you to choose a post that you feel best represents why you’re blogging and who you are.

Then let’s spend some time checking out as many links as sound interesting to each of us.

People are fascinating.  Most of the time I love them.  If you’re here, you’re obviously a genius, and your blog is surely an extension of that genius, right?

Let’s have ’em.  Mix and mingle.



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  • Eric January 25, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Wow, I jump on WSL after work and find 99 replies. That’s some big time commenting. I come here for the entertainment value mostly. There posts are always fun to read and creative.

    My name is Eric, and I started my blog about 4 months ago. I have always liked writing, but never really had a good outlet for it. With a lot of changes going on in my life, and some lessons learned, I figured I’d share with the world. My blog covers what I call life path. It’s about paying attention as we progress along our paths in life, and sharing the fun, interesting, or educational bits that come along.

    In 4 short months I already have a bunch of favorites, but I may be biased. 😉 I think the one that sums up my philosophy best is this one.

    The Day I was Laid Off Was the Best Day of My Life

  • Mary January 25, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Here is my blog called the Shaddox Boys. I started reading your blog after someone posted about it on facebook. I have a son with tourette syndrome who is also hearing impaired. We knew he was deaf at birth and he got cochlear implants at an early age. He is very oral and I am thankful for that so we can deal with his Tourettes, OCD and ADHD.
    I started writing my blog to help other parents with children with hearing loss and/or tourette syndrome. I have only found 2 other kids in the country with both.
    You are a great writer and I enjoy reading what you write and it keeps me informed!

    • Mary January 25, 2010, 6:47 pm

      here is the link to my blog, or you can click on my name.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 25, 2010, 8:49 pm

      Thanks Mary. the name of your blog sounds like an action movie. An omen?

      • Mary January 25, 2010, 9:08 pm

        well my boys are full of action that is for sure! I hope you can check out the blog some time. just click on the link or my name. Elijah is an Indiana Jones fan. He has seen all 4 movies and dressed up like Indiana for Halloween. The picture at the top of the web page is him wearing the Indiana Jones hat!

  • Mike January 25, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Stellar idea as usual.

    I’ve been blogging for about a year now. I find it to be a cool way to share information and interact with like minded people, especially in the health and fitness field – so much mis-information in popular media today regarding health topics like weight loss.

    No specific goals around my blog but would like to expand more into video and podcasts in the future.

    Here’s a post I did on a personal lifestyle challenge of no alcohol for 30 days:


    Yeah, doesn’t sound like much but I took my fair share of abuse on this challenge and I enjoyed every day of it. It morphed into a great social study of how dependent people are on using alcohol in order to have a good time.

    Anywho, looking forward to seeing what the rest of you are up to and don’t hesitate to stop by and say hi.


    • Josh Hanagarne January 25, 2010, 8:48 pm

      Mike, David Cain from Raptitude did the same challenge about a year ago and it was fascinating to see how worked for him. Good job testing yourself.

      • David Cain January 26, 2010, 5:36 pm

        I’d recommend it to anyone. Getting out of the drinking habit has saved me thousands now that I’m in a country where beers can be thirteen bucks.

        • Mike January 26, 2010, 6:44 pm

          WOW… $13 per beer is pretty damn expensive. I’ll be sure to check out your experience David and compare notes:)

  • Mike T Nelson January 25, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Good stuff man!

    I first started reading your blog after I met you for a Z-Health session that we did on ya before the RKC. I have been a fan ever since.

    I started blogging almost 3 years ago (will be 3 years this May). I started it on a bet and I got tired of answering emails as one offs all the time

    Now I primarily do it because I feel compelled to help others not repeat the same mistakes that I made regarding strength, mobility, nutrition and athletic performance.

    I also do it now to try to silence the voices in my head. I have so many thoughts running around at once that it can be quite maddening. I feel compelled at times to just output as much as I can.

    Please stop by and say hi!

    Let me know how I can help you achieve your next personal record in the gym or on the field.

    rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  • Daisy January 25, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Compost Happens is a personal blog: part family, part garden, part crunchy green eco-writer. I’m Daisy, and I’m the groundskeeper here. I take care of family, garden, and coffee, when I’m not teaching and doing laundry. It’s impossible to choose just one post to express who I am and what my blog is, but this one tells so much about my children that I must include it. http://compostermom.blogspot.com/2006/11/when-siblings-grow-up.html

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:15 pm

      I’m not crunchy, but I do enjoy your blog.

  • Boris Bachmann January 25, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I write a blog called “Squat Rx”. It’s generally about lifting, but about life too. I thought this piece, called “The Joys of Ownership” was not bad: http://squatrx.blogspot.com/2009/11/joys-of-ownership.html

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:15 pm

      It was a great piece. Your post today is great, too.

  • Patrenia January 25, 2010, 10:32 pm

    WOW Josh! This is what I get for waiting until tonight to log into my reader. This is awesome idea. I come here for the energy from both ends of the spectrum…laughter and sincerety. I absolutely love how you’re able to entertain us as well as write/speak from the heart.

    (Enough flattery:-)) I have been blogging for a little over 2 months (yes, still a baby). I am studying to be a financial counselor and found that it would be great to have a resource for people I wanted to help. My goals? To save the world from financial despair. I know that sounds crazy, but I don’t think we talk about finances enough and I need to do my part to get the word out:-).
    The Day We Turned Our Financial Lives Around

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:15 pm

      Saving the world is definitely a worthwhile goal. Good luck with that:)

  • Cat January 25, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Hi Josh,
    Nice idea. I found your blog looking for a review of Where the Wild Things Are. You had such a down-to-earth view, I had to subscribe. I’ve been blogging inconsistently for about a year-and-a-half. Partly inspired by you, I set a goal to post 360 new posts this year. Gotta get to work! I seem to blog mostly about my daughter, but life, the universe and food are never far from my mind. Here’s a link to one I’m especially fond of. Thanks for asking! c. 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:16 pm

      Thanks Cat. That book review still remains my most viewed post ever. Who would have thought?

  • Belinda Munoz January 25, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Hi Josh, what a generous way to spread linky love! And like you say, I’m obviously a genius because I’m here.

    I started blogging in Sept. 09. It was as a dare to myself to do something I swore I would never do, plus I was inspired by the movie Julie & Julia. I blog about the small things that matter big and the big things that matter little. I really should lay out specific goals…

    Here’s a recent post:

    And here’s a popular one:

    Thanks for such a grand way of reaching out. It’s an inspired act that I hope to pay forward at some point.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:16 pm

      “Inspired?” Maybe. But maybe it was inspired because I couldn’t think of anything else to write so I just put it on you guys:)

  • Ayelet January 26, 2010, 4:01 am

    My husband and my blog is about our life in Munich. We started blogging almost seven months ago to keep our families and friends back home up-to-date about our travels and adventures. Everyone loves it and I highly recommend a blog for people who live far from home (and are creative enough to think of new topics all the time!).

    Here’s one of our most popular posts: http://goinwalkabout-golz.blogspot.com/2009/10/oktoberfest-2009.html

    Greg and I were separated at Oktoberfest (without cell phones) and we each wrote our side of the story. Enjoy!


  • Sean M Kelly January 26, 2010, 4:34 am


    The aim is to be a source of positive inspiration in peoples lives! I’ve been writing the blog since 2007 and there are many articles and videos which aim to do just that. Recently I’ve also started to add guest posts from people who have inspirational stories to tell and there has been great feedback about these too.

    Here’s a few links to articles to give you some idea of what the Be Inspired blog is all about:

    Be Still and Dream inspirational video – http://www.beinspired-blog.com/relaxation-music-free-download/

    Miserable Vs Fun Filled New Years Resolutions – http://www.beinspired-blog.com/be-the-change-2/

    Do you Live the Life You Love?

    Enjoy them all and you can subscribe to the Be Inspired ezine and receive weekly inspirational articles & vides and invitations to online courses such as Dare to Dream.

    May your most fulfilling Dreams come true!

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:20 pm

      Thanks Sean. You’ll find that nothing is more helpful when building traffic than to write guest posts and have guests.

      • Sean M Kelly January 27, 2010, 9:59 am

        Sounds good Josh thanks. I find it quite challenging to get people to comment sometimes, so all tips help.


  • Danielle January 26, 2010, 9:32 am

    Love reading all the replies and introductions. I think I started reading here because of a guest post you wrote for Copyblogger and have kept coming back because you are awesome.
    My husband and I both write our blog, http://4suitcases.com
    We decided to change things up by selling the house, cars, and most of our stuff to travel with the kids for a while. It has gotten a bit dusty all up in the blog as we are back from our travels and are trying not to get too far sucked back into the matrix while planning and saving the next adventure. A re-design is in the works and we hope to be more of a resource and inspiration for those who want something more now.
    My favorite post is http://4suitcases.com/2009/05/suck-it-up/

  • Kevin January 26, 2010, 9:40 am

    I started blogging back in April of 09 sort of. I’ve been writing and blogging at different locations, and trying to make money online for years. I had been failing and finally decided that I just wanted to start something and be consistent with it over time so I decided to astart a blog where I didn’t have to wory about editing my work. You see I’m a dyslexic and my spelling sucks. I also wanted to pick a topic I fel I could write on consistently and that was my children, specifically my daughter who has cerebral palsy. So I started the MySpellingSucks.com blog.

    It wasn’t long after I started the blog that one of the article I had written touched one of my wife’s friends and she told her about the article. My wife read the article and it touched her so she submitted me for the East Cobber 2009 father of the year award and I was selected as the East Cobber 2009 Father of the year. I tell you the because the MySpellingSucks blog has 2 focuses right now.

    Focuse 1 – Original Intent – A discussion on my dyslexia and ADD and my Daughters Cerebral Palsy. I talk aobut the chalenges we face and how we choose to face them. I also like to interview and write about other people who have faced challenges and inspire me. One of the reasons I love Josh so much ( Josh I love you man and consider you a friend. I hope we have the oportunity to meet someday.)

    Focuse 2 – The DADvocate Project – I’m going to put this link here which goes directly to the DADvocate Survey hosted on the MySpellingSucks web site right now. I’ll be migrating the DADvocate Project to it’s own blog site shortly. The DADvocate Project is a collaborative effort by the dads of this current generation to write a book about what we think of parenting. We are a different breed and we approach our responsibilities as a dad differently from the way our parents did. The project consists of 2 parts the survey currently underway and interviews. The interviews will begin after we have hit critical mass on the survey. If your a dad and would like to participate in The DADvocate Project please take the survey at TheDADvocateProject.com. Oh and as part of the redesign I’ll be asking for your feedback on design suggestions.

  • Gubernatrix January 26, 2010, 10:57 am

    Hi Josh,
    Yet another great idea for the blogging community!

    I write about strength training over at http://gubernatrix.co.uk – why it is amazing, how it can change your life, having fun with it, getting serious about it, encouraging others and empowering yourself.

    I’ve had this blog for three years and it has garnered a wonderful and inspiring audience of like-minded people. Here’s a recent article that readers particularly liked:

    • Josh Hanagarne January 26, 2010, 4:21 pm

      I particularly liked that one myself, although I’m still no beauty.

  • Clare January 26, 2010, 1:52 pm

    Hi Josh and your readers – ours is a site all about living sustainably and creatively – whether you’re into recycling, upcycling, knitting, cooking, sewing, gardening, refashioning clothes, DIY, or just having a rant. We share ideas, inspiration and some top tips.
    Josh has just written a piece for us on the challenges of cooking with Tourette’s – and he’s looking for some advice. Check it out and give him some ideas http://www.makeitandmendit.com/2010/01/22/cooking-cold-with-the-worlds-strongest-librarian/

  • Clare January 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Sorry if this appears twice but it seemed to vanish when i pressed SUBMIT
    Our blog is all about living sustainably and creatively by making and mending things rather than buying and binning. Whether you’re into gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, recycling, upcycling, DIY, or refashioning your clothes, we have ideas and inspiration for you.
    Josh has just written us a piece on the challenges of cooking with Tourette’s. Check it out on http://www.makeitandmendit.com/2010/01/22/cooking-cold-with-the-worlds-strongest-librarian/
    He’s asking for ideas so come and read it and leave a suggestion – we have to help him get a more tasty cooking repertoire than microwaved meals – but without causing any painful injuries!
    Clare x

  • Cate Masters January 27, 2010, 7:23 am

    Hey Josh. The Loyal Weird. Most definitely! Great blog.
    Here’s mine: http://catemasters.blogspot.com, began two years ago (June-ish) at the behest of my pub. Hated it at first but now I look forward to it as a means of not only promo for my own work but showcasing other authors as well. Still tweaking the design, so pardon the clunkiness.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 27, 2010, 8:54 pm

      Why did you hate it at first, loyal weirdo?

  • Mark January 27, 2010, 9:40 am

    Hi Josh,

    I do not remember how I found your blog and you, maybe a guest post on someone’s blog. But I am glad I did. I subsucribe to it in my Google reader.

    I am probably a little older than most of your readers, just by the title of my blog/website. However, I love everything internet and being a part of this medium.

    There is so much negative in the world, I decided to post daily positive quotes and self-growth items authored JUST by baby boomers.

    Some of the boomers are famous and some are not. Doesn’t matter, if I like their quotes or what they have to say, I post about them.

    Also, I have started putting their birthdays, info and a piece of trivia about each of these boomers.

    Below is one of my favorite quotes by Seth Godin.


    Thanks for letting me share.




  • Jared January 27, 2010, 12:05 pm

    My blog is a blog devoted the world of comic books. Still in its infant stages the blog is just me rambling on about different comic book related stuff like what I’m reading, what I like, or stuff I think is cool. Check it out at longboxcomics.wordpress.com and if anyone is interested in guest posting just shoot me an e-mail at leatz1jd@cmich.edu

    • Josh Hanagarne January 27, 2010, 2:45 pm

      Awesome Jared. I think I need a comics appreciation course.

  • Rachel January 27, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I’ve run a blog that documents online DIY tutorials for the last year. When I found myself spending more time looking up online crafts than actually doing them, I decided it was time to start the blog. I read WSL because it’s a great break from paper craft and knitting sites and I’ve always been interested in personal development. I plan to start my own version of a personal development blog in the next year, so whenever I have the time I read as many as I can. One of the things I love about WSL is the brave and frank talk about Tourette’s Syndrome- something that I knew nothing about before.


    • Josh Hanagarne January 27, 2010, 8:56 pm

      Thanks Rachel. I wish I could say I understood the need from paper craft sites, but my wife definitely understands. As to the Tourette’s stuff–we’re learning about it together. I’ll never run out of ideas, that’s for sure. Seeing the sun go down again each night means that I’ve got another weird story to tell from that day.

  • Mitch January 28, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Hey Josh. This is Mitch who you have known since your blog was in it’s infancy and mine was as well, fun to watch where everything has gone and dream about where it is going.
    In any event, my site is about picking sports games and giving away for free what a lot of people charge a lot of money for that tehy don’t do as well as we do. As we say, we just keep it real about sports.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 28, 2010, 9:27 pm

      Hey Mitch! Things have changed a lot for us both, haven’t they? who knows where we’ll be a year from now.

  • Dwight Anthony February 18, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Hey there Josh,

    Dwight Anthony here and I blog on Financial Freedom and mostly Personal Development subjects. In any case, i also do reviews from time to time. Hit me up on blog guys.

  • StageIsSet July 12, 2010, 9:00 am

    I have recently posted a blog, please go through the same and let me know what you think about it. Thanks

  • sunanda November 5, 2012, 6:57 am

    Hello there,
    I’m new to blogging. As its the great way to express, being heard, and communicate with feedback I want to share my thoughts in a better way for good cause