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People I Need To Thank, Blogs You Need To Read!

When I released The Knot, I vowed to bestow glory and honor on anyone who bought a signed copy. When it hit me that I had vowed to something a bit beyond my station, I then vowed to do the next best thing:

Give everyone who bought a signed copy and had a website or blog a big fat link and a raving endorsement. Here they are.

Sandy Sommer from Charm City Kettlebells

Sandy has been a great friend to me and is one of the nicest people out there. I’m proud to know him. And whatever he may tell you to the contrary, he’s not a half-bad deadlifter!

Joel Williams from Blog Tech Guy

When I need blog work done, I call Joel. And if you are one of my blogging clients, I’ve sent you to him as well. He’s really smart, fast, and affordable. And awesome. Joel, did I leave any of your finer qualities out?

Andria Key from Odyssey Half Marathon

Andria loves to run and has some of the greatest Facebook updates I’ve ever seen.

Andy Fogarty from The Entrepreneurial Daddy

I read Andy’s blog because I’m determined to quit punching the clock in the next year. He’s a funny guy, too.

Anton Uhl from Cooking With Anton

Anton named a fish and chips recipe after me. There’s nothing else to say!

Anne Bender from Anne On Life

Anne is a crazy person and her avatar looks at you sideways. She writes about whatever she wants.

Susan Higgins from Back Door Logic

Susan writes about the challenges and rewards of caring for her mother, who has Lewy Bodies Dementia. I love her writing and her spirit.

Logan Christopher from Legendary Strength

Logan recently pulled a firetruck with his hair at a strongman picnic. On purpose.

Stephen Ruiz from Ageless Athletics

The Oklahoma hope for anyone who wants to age well and stay strong. Stephen and I are currently working on Ageless Athletics together and will have some great stuff coming your way soon.

Bill Jones from the upcoming Office Athletics and the current Jonesercise

Bill is another distinguished gent who is training with an intensity and craziness that completely defies his age. I’m involved in Office Athletics, which will be ready very soon.

The Fallen Monkey from The Fallen Monkey

Articulate writing from a sock monkey in a zoo. What’s not to love?

Mark Metzger from My Spelling Sucks and The Dadvocate Project

Mark has overcome dyslexia. His very young daughter has a disability and wrote a wonderful book called “I’m not weird.” I’ve spent quite a bit of time taking with Mark and have nothing but admiration for him and his family.

Tom Heafey from Bleeding Edge Fit

Yes, another older gentleman who is getting really strong and will soon be training much younger men into the ground.

Johnny B Truant from JohnnybTruant.com

I won’t try to describe Johnny. Five seconds on his blog will tell you everything you need to know. We bonded over House of Leaves.

Gordon Mclachlan from We Fly Spitfires

Gordon writes about online video games and has an imaginary Nigerian bodyguard. My kind of strange.

Laura Cococcia from The Journal of Cultural Conversation

Laura used to work for Google. Now she spends her time writing a fantastic blog and traveling to places that I get jealous about.

Teresa Deak from I Want To See Too!

Teresa signs emails with “Hugs and butterflies.” It took me a while to get used to, but she’s just that nice. It’s no act!

Amy Harrison from Harrisonamy

Amy taught me the word “chuffed,” which I now use more or less constantly.

Mike T. Nelson from Extreme Human Performance

I met Mike at the RKC last year and it was love at first sight. Wait, no, that was someone else–but if something in your body hurts, Mike can make it stop. He also has a lab coat and loves death metal. This ain’t your mama’s lab nerd!

Chris Smith from Train Better Fitness

Chris Smith beat me to the one-armed pullup by what I’m imagining will be about 20 years. A New York trainer who’s getting heavily into powerlifting and biofeedback training. And a cool guy.

Lori Franklin from Jane Be Nimble

It doesn’t get any better than this. Trust me.

Ilaria Swimturtle from Turtle Haus

A writer’s writer. Ilaria tells great stories and was the one who talked me into releasing The Knot on Kindle.

Ashley Ambirge from The Middle Finger Project

Another person I can’t describe, but not for lack of trying. Just go say hi.

Erica Swanson from Erica Swanson Design

Erica challenged me to a contest to see who is the bigger badass. Please go visit her and cast your own vote.

BJ Bliffert from Full Throttle Fitness Systems

A very smart, very kind, funny kettlebell trainer from Texas. BJ makes me laugh every time I talk to him.

Eric Watermolen from Eden Journal

Eric is a person worth knowing. He’s been one of my earliest supporters and every time I interact with him, I feel better afterward. He’s a good person who makes everyone around him better.

Larrissa Nicodemus from Rejoicing While Sewing

The mother of the author of The Book of Sharks and one of my dearest friends.

Ted Hessing from The Cubicle Warrior

Ted understands how fun deadlifting can be. And he hates cubicles.

Kris Wragg from Kris Wragg’s Blog

A sassy British lad who can bend metal with his feet. I saw it.

And that’s it for now! If I left you out, please let me know. Thank you all, always.


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  • Amy Harrison May 26, 2010, 4:34 am

    I’m dead chuffed with the mention Josh! Thanks 🙂

  • Kris Wragg May 26, 2010, 5:59 am

    My lame ass blog got a mention on Worlds Strongest Librarian… my coolness factor has gone up 7 fold! 😀

    I really need to start writing more on there, I need to make more of an effort!

  • Todd May 26, 2010, 6:23 am

    That is a pretty awesome list. I’ve been to a few, and the others look interesting enough to add to the list of blogs to visit this week.

    Thanks, Josh!

  • Ted @ Cubicle Warrior May 26, 2010, 6:54 am

    Thanks for the mention, Josh! And the inscription you gave on the inside cover really raised my street cred with friends and family!

    But, yet again I leave here with an assignment – checking out these other places. Read this, lift that. It never ends.

  • Anne Bender May 26, 2010, 7:08 am

    What a great way to start my day! Thank you, Josh.

  • We Fly Spitfires May 26, 2010, 8:25 am

    Thanks for the mention, Josh! 😀

  • Andy Fogarty May 26, 2010, 9:41 am

    Looks like I’m in with the cool reading crowd 🙂

    I actually just started reading it last weekend on our mountain trip. So far so good.

    Thanks Josh. It’s always a pleasure to be a part of anything with your name involved.

  • Chris Smith May 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    Josh it’s an honor to be mentioned on World’s Strongest Librarian. Thank you.

  • Eric | Eden Journal May 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Hey Josh, thanks for the thanks. 🙂 I love the raving endorsement, you made my day.

    I loved The Knot, I’m ready for the next in the series. I really have no idea where you could take it from here, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 26, 2010, 2:29 pm

      Eric, all survivors will get their own individual book.

      • Ted @ Cubicle Warrior May 26, 2010, 3:30 pm

        That makes me very happy and very sad. Perhaps some of those who didn’t make it merit a prequel!

  • Ash May 26, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Oh hell yeah! Do you know how many cool blogs I just discovered because of this?! Journal of Cultural Conversation–excellent! Can’t wait to read the others!

    Thanks my man!

    BTW, someone recently described me as a dynamite with lipstick. I think I favor that description. 😉

    ALSO…still waiting to get a big block of time to dive into your book. It’s huge! You, my friend, have been busy. So happy for you!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 26, 2010, 2:28 pm

      I don’t know, but I only because I didn’t count them. Dynamite isn’t that interesting to me until it’s lit. Unless it has lipstick.

  • Sandy Sommer RKC May 26, 2010, 2:09 pm


    Thanks a lot for the mention! And I am about to be a strong deadlifter (at least, as Dan John lays it out). I hope to keep getting stronger and stronger as well. I will never be as powerful as you my friend:)

    Train with purpose,

    Sandy Sommer RKC

    • Josh Hanagarne May 26, 2010, 2:22 pm

      You’re more powerful than me in every single way that matters. I’ll spend a long time chasing you. And if Dan John is about to sign off on you being strong, you’ve arrived:)

  • Amanda May 26, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Hey Josh,

    I’m chuffed that you know the word ‘chuffed’. Here is an Australian equivalent: STOKED.

    I’m really stoked that I subscribe to your blog feed! You make me laugh. And I need to laugh right now. I really do.

  • Laura Cococcia May 27, 2010, 5:16 am

    Thanks my friend – you always inspire me! 🙂

  • Fallen Monkey May 27, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I’m so excited about this unsolicited shout-out, I might fall out of my tree again! Thanks, Josh!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 27, 2010, 1:09 pm

      You write one of the best blogs out there. If your computer is in the tree, by all means, stay in it.

  • Ilaria/Swimturtle May 28, 2010, 10:02 am

    Hi Josh!!! Oh my God, what on earth are you thanking me for? It is I who have you to thank for so much?!?!?!? I have been a little remiss on checking my feed reader so I missed this the day you published it, but I just read it and nearly started crying!
    I’m starting my MFA at Queens College in exactly one month. It’s in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, and I could not be more excited.
    My dear friend, adopted brother and blogging partner Mario Kluser from Mario-Live! is coming to visit me on June 2nd and I’m going to be discussing with him how to revive my blog. As you know last year some family problems forced me to stop blogging for a while, but in preparation of starting the MFA I’ve been thinking of how to get back on the blogging horse.
    Receiving your book with your charming and lovely dedication renewed the fire in my belly (as well as that raw garlic I put in my salad dressing last night!) and I feel I’m getting close to being ready, finally.
    Thanks for everything, your blog is probably my number one favorite out there right now!