explorations of mindful fatherhood

Big Thanks #1: Liebster Award


Liebster-award-ribbonI have been incredibly delinquent to my blogging community over the past few weeks, as I’ve neglected offering thanks where thanks is due. Therefore, I’ve composed this “Big Thanks” series of posts to express my gratitude for the awards bestowed upon me by my fellow bloggers (and to share the love).  I find it important to honor the spirit of these award with a post, and by sharing the good fortune with other bloggers whose words deserve to be discovered.

The first of these awards is the Liebster Award, presented to me by Life By Kimmy, Musings For The Ether and Shadow Girl of Becki’s Book Blog.  All are great blogs, and I urge you to check them out.  To borrow Shadow Girl’s words: “What is the Liebster Award you ask? Well from my understanding Leibster is a German term for sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Its awarded to bloggers with less than 200 followers as a form of recognition and support to keep on blogging.” And here are the rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator
  • Pass the award on to 11 new recipients
  • Pose 11 new questions to your bloggers

Because my fortune is tripled, so is my responsibility.  So, here are my answers to the 33 (!) questions posed to me:

1. What made you decide to start Blogging?

I was in a writing rut and hadn’t picked up any of my manuscripts in a while.  I needed to get my words out there again (and cave to the Writer’s Digest articles chewing me out for not having a platform).

2. What is the most important lesson you have learned about Blogging so far?

Ease up. I’m still learning this.  Constantly checking my blog, the comments, my readership, can become a bit overwhelming.  The second lesson is that there are many insights to be discovered about oneself through a blog, especially about ego, reflection, and humility.

3. How many other Blogs do you actively follow?

56 and counting…

4. If money was no object, what would you do tomorrow?

Take my family on a much needed vacation.

5. Do you think you will still be Blogging in 5 years time?

No, the zombies will have taken over by then.  I’ll be focused on scavenging for food.  Perhaps a line of ham-radio broadcasts?

6. Name one weird fact about yourself.

They’re all weird.

7. Have you traveled, or do you have aspirations to travel?

Have traveled, but not as much as I’d like.

8. Cats or Dogs?

Oddly a dog person who’s morphing into a cat person, attributable to all the dog crap I’ve cleaned off of my floors this winter.

9. What do you hope people think when they read your Blog?

Even if I come off as brash sometimes, my readers will stick with me, because there’s other good stuff here (and I’m not a complete a-hole).

10. What inspires your Blog post ideas?

Random events with my family or reflections on blogging.

11. Coffee or Tea?

Coffee all the way.

12. If you were one of the seven deadly sins, which one would you be?


13. Why did you start your blog?

(See 1 above)

14. Anita or Buffy?

Oh gosh, I’m not the biggest fan. Can I say Sookie?

15. Which of your blog posts is your personal favorite?

I’d have to say my “About” post, the one that started it all.

16. Can you choose one favorite book for me? Or top 3-5? No pressure.

Now that is some pressures.  I’d say Middlesex by Eugenides, Cloud Atlas by Mitchell, and Ender’s Game by Card.

17. What is your ultimate blogging goal? No askies backsies – that’s a hard question!

Cook every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and have a movie made about it. Dammit, someone stole that one.

18. Biggest pet peeve?

Inconsiderate people.

19. Are you married/single/divorced/it’s complicated/all of the above?


20. When is your favorite time of day to blog?

5:30 am

21. You’re on death row, about to be executed. What is your last meal going to be?

My wife’s jajamyun.

22. Tell me your favorite TV. Is it Sunday Walking Dead, Adult Swim on Cartoon Network? American Horror Story Wednesdays? Something else, from a decade ago perhaps?

Nothing has beaten my Lost obsession, but now it’s Walking Dead.

23) What time do you wake up on a weekday morning?

Between 4:30 and 5:30?

24) What is your biggest fear?

Loss of loved ones.

25) What was your first car?

’77 Chevy Chevelle

26) Did you go to college?


27) If you had to live in a state other than the one in which you currently reside, which would it be?

CA knows how to party.

28) How many people other than you live in your house/apartment?

3 (not counting the ghosts)

29) Do you have any siblings?


30) Do you speak another language, if so, which? If you don’t, which would you like to speak if you could?

Little bits of lots of languages, nothing fluently.

31) What is the most remote/exotic place in the world you have ever visited?


32) Do you believe in ghosts?

Hells yes.

33) Are we alone?

Always and never.

My 11 nominees include:




Unfiltered Fatherhood

Dadicus Grinch


Peculiarities and Reticences

The Secret Father

Crispy Indeed

Slouching Toward Thatcham

Making the Days Count

My 11 questions for nominees (some stolen from my nominators) are:

1. Which of your blog posts is your personal favorite?

2. Name one other blog post from another writer that really inspired you.

3. Unicorns or zombies?

4. Favorite children’s/YA book?

5. Why did you start blogging?

6. On average, how many times a day do you check your blog and/or its notifications?

7. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from blogging so far?

8. Do you have kids and, if so, do you hope that they’ll read your blog one day, or stay the hell away?

9. You’re on death row: last meal?’

10. When does the writing bug tend to strike?

11. Real name or pen name?

Thanks again for all the recognition.  I really appreciate it. More thank-you posts are on their way!

Author: CJ Nigh

I am an East Coast writer with a Midwestern soul. Undead Dad is a blog about mindful fatherhood in the deadening age of hyper-technology and over-work. I also write science fiction for young adults.

12 thoughts on “Big Thanks #1: Liebster Award

  1. WOAH. Are you kidding me? I had to scroll up and down to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me. There is only one of me, right? THANK YOU. Geez, no pressure! I’ve tried waking up a little earlier before work, which is around 5:30am, and it didn’t work out very well. One of these days, possibly. And your wife’s jajamyun makes me want noodles now. But that is nothing new, considering I’m a carbaholic.

    • Crispy, I’m glad you found this! I was just about to post to your page. You certainly deserve it, I’ve loved reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you for your blog. Yours is the one that inspired me to get going. I’d like to have more time to spend blogging, but it never fails….as soon as I sit down and try to clear my mind to get started…..”Mom, can you help me with this?”, “Hey dear, what ‘cha doin?”…..and the moment is gone. Here’s to good intentions.

  3. jewienke, Wow, thanks for the comment. I know what you mean (hence my 5am wake-ups to write!). Keep at it. I find I need to accomplish things in fits and starts, but it eventually gets onto the page.

  4. Congrats on all your nominations! I”m new to your blog, but I’m a fan already!

    P.s. I never did watch Lost! All my friends were obsessed with the show and I think that’s why i never watched it lol. But, since the show ended and everyone is over it, I may pop it on , its up on netflix. But, when i have some free time, I like to binge watch series.

    But, i get The Walking Dead obsession, I have that one! I was working ( retail) yesterday and i was scheduled til 10pm…. so the whole time I just kept saying I’m missing the walking dead! and everyone was laughing at me. But, actually thought it was a boring episode last night. Not enough zombie killing for my taste.

    Anyway, I’m rambling. Keep up the great blog!

  5. Congrats!
    I am also new to your blog, but I already enjoy your honesty and humour.

  6. I read this post Monday morning and have been racing to catch up all week, I responded to your comment on my blog nominating me but didn’t comment on your post – Thank you. I’ve enjoyed reading your musings about parenthood and adulthood. I remember the days you are living right now. though, they weren’t that long ago yet, they are. Like your kids, each stage is characterized by an immense amount of personal growth where you are forced to re-evaluate who you are and what you stand for. Raising kids is the most challenging and rewarding job in the world and you only get one chance at it. Again, thank you.

    • Thanks Clay. Its nice having an on-line community of fathers from these various vantage points. I hope we keep in touch, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! CJ

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  8. I’ve just found this award! Thank you so much! What a lovely surprise. Now I need to work out how to share the love and pay if forward! As I said before I just loved your piece on weeding. Brilliant. Keep it up!

  9. I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re using? I’m having some small security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more secure. Do you have any suggestions?

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