Friday, December 31, 2010

Bloggerstock - Inspirational

I'm going to call this the Last Minute Bloggerstock.  Seems that I wasn't the only one who completely forgot and busted out a post this morning (we were supposed to submit on the 30th). I had a belly full of beer, sushi, and Korean BBQ last night so my only inspiration was laying on the couch like a bloated beached whale.   However I did manage to put something together after a cup of tea & irish cream at 8:30am which can be found over on Emily's blog at Phraseless . She's super sweet and puts up with Alberta winters as well so do check her out and give her a little HURRAH!

Today's bloggerstock post is brought to you by Michael from: Walk-On-Red.
(He refers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster so he's pretty bitchin' to me.)


Q:     So, what's this Bloggerstock nonsense all about anyway?

A:    Bloggerstock is a group of bloggers blogging on other bloggers' blogs with all the blog posts linked to one another creating a circle-jerk of bloggy proportions related to one topic.

December's Topic:
What (or who) inspires you to do whatever it is that you do?

So before we get too far, let me introduce myself; hey, I'm Michael, your guest blogger from Walk | On | Red. If you're looking for Kick Her Right In the Habit, you can find her guest blogging on Emily's Phraseless. Also visit Walk | On | Red and see what Kris from Because or Why Not has to say!

Alright! Now that we're all on the same page, let's get down to business...


Religion is not an area I'm very comfortable. Mostly because I don't agree with a lot of what religion entails or dictates, however, I'm a spiritual guy. Okay, not super spiritual like the viral sensation Double Rainbow guy that has an orgasm at the sight of a double rainbow, but spiritual enough to appreciate the beauty and wonder of double rainbows and viral videos alike.

As a spiritual person I recognize "God." Or "Higher Power," "Great Unknown," "Flying Spaghetti Monster," call it whatever you want, but it's that SOMETHING that inspires me.

Go outside and take a moment to look around. Really see what you're looking at. Need a better look? Get up close. Do you see the things that just are? Yeah, that's awesome and that translates to inspiring. Trees, shrubs, lakes, the stars, insects, humans, we're all the same: creations. Whether these creations are the work of a big bang or a magic man in the sky, they're awesome and that inspires me.

Really, inspiration is everywhere.

Watching people interact is priceless. As an actor, I need a catalog of different emotions and characters to pull from and there's no better way to fill that catalog than by just observing. From the kindness of strangers comes relief and gratitude. Or the same could be true when the asshole on the phone that just cut you off in traffic caused you to slam on your brakes, spill coffee on your khakis, and see nothing but blind rage! Suddenly you're filled with no greater desire than to create a scathing blog post about what a clusterfuck your day has been...

To me "art" is the creative expression of vulnerability. Watching a play, visiting the gallery, or listening to an album inspires me, if for no other reason, than the artist having the guts to proverbially "put it all out there."

What inspires YOU?


Michael Venske (Walk | On | Red) is a Minneapolis-based actor whose career highlights include hugging Grammy-award winner Chuck Mangione and being paid. Michael has been blogging on and off for nearly ten years. Read other subjective thoughts at Walk | On | Red or on his acting blog.


  1. I'll tell you what inspires me to go crazy....Moon Dough.

    haha....have a happy new year!

  2. Oh so many different things inspire me .. here are but a few :)

    The naive, innocence of young children and what remarkable things they say are the best inspiration to (try to) not take life so seriously and (try to) laugh a little. It's a shame we have to grow up :(

    Hopes and Dreams help inspire me to wake up every morning, strive to reach for every desire that is important to me and survive the crap that must be endured. Yeah .. general and simple, but true.

    And I have to add, too many Cheese Buns, way too many Christmas treats, gallons of Egg Nog and barrels of Booze inspire me to get off my ass and exercise LOL

    Have an excellent New Year!!!

  3. nice post!

    crown royal inspires me...

    but not as much as the sunrise/set over the lake when me and the TuckMonster are out prowling for chicks, er i mean sticks, er ah, fish...yeah thats it!

    Happy New Year!
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