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Blog News: I Need Your Help

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Good news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Bad news, The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser continues to attract new readers. Good news, because I write to be read. Bad news, because I had to move this site to a faster server, resulting in a substantial bump in costs.

Increased Costs

As readership numbers increase, site speed slows. Last week, thanks to Facebook and Reddit sharing and thousands of new readers, this site crashed and became intermittently unresponsive, forcing me to upgrade my service package with Flywheel. I am now on a service package that costs $75 a month.

flywheelDue to previous denial of service attacks, brute password attacks, and two successful hacks of this site, I decided to move The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser to a managed service company. Some of you may remember a year or so ago before I took the blog down that I was receiving thousands of spam comments a day. When I restarted this blog last December, I contracted with  a company named Flywheel. Flywheel  takes care of all the updates and security so I can focus on writing. I’ve found the folks at Flywheel quite friendly and extremely helpful. Every time I’ve emailed or called them they have been quite friendly and helpful. BTW, I now have a Flywheel affiliate account.

I’ve got to find a way to recover at least some of the costs for operating this blog. While I do receive a handful of donations each month, they rarely cover costs. Not only do I have server costs, but I also use WP Touch Pro, a premium mobile plugin and theme. Since the majority of readers now access this site on mobile devices, it is important that they are served pages that can easily and quickly be read on whatever device they are using.

I am uncertain about what to do going forward. While I can absorb the increased cost for a few months, it is doubtful that I will be able to do so over the long-term. Should I start using advertisements? I do have an Amazon affiliate account and it generates around $10 a month. Thousands of clicks, far fewer purchases. Should I try to maximize my Amazon affiliate account? Set up a bookstore? Use more aggressive advertising? Pimp myself out on the back lot of the local truck stop?

I do know that I do NOT want a blog littered with advertisements. I hate going a site where I am greeted with numerous advertisements, so I don’t want to turn this site into an advertisement site that has a blog attached to it.  If you have any suggestions, please send me a private email.

Facebook

My Facebook page has become an increasing source of traffic and reader engagement. There was a time when conversations were limited to the comment section, but now there are comments on Facebook and other social media that are every bit as important. I want to make sure I do my best to interact with readers wherever they read one of my posts, but I am finding, in the case of Facebook, that it won’t be long before I am unable to keep up.

Every post I write is posted to my Facebook page. This page is separate from my personal Facebook account. I also post news stories, articles, and blog posts I think readers might find thought provoking or a reminder of how much crazy there is in Evangelicalism. In order to keep up with things, I am looking for several people to help me administrate the Facebook page.  The ideal person would be someone who is conversant in all things Evangelical and is able to thoughtfully engage Evangelical critics without wanting to beat them to death with a copy of the King James Bible. I could also use the help of someone who has a science background. I get a lot of science questions that I do not have sufficient training to answer. If you would like to help administer my Facebook page, please sent me a private email.

Guest Posts

I am looking for readers who are willing to write a guest post.  The subject matter is of your own choosing. I’d love to have some first person stories, testimonies about leaving Christianity or deconverting.  Anonymous stories are welcome, as are stories that were previously published elsewhere. If I can get enough guest posts lined up, this will allow me to take a break for a few days so I can get the videos I promised recorded.  If you have a guest post you’d like to submit, please use the contact form to do so.

As always, thank you for reading.

Bruce

July Blog News

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Thank you for reading The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. What follows is the July 2015 Blog News.

Gone Fishing

I will be gone until Tuesday, July 7th.  I need a few days off and I plan to attend a vintage baseball game in Fostoria, Ohio with Polly and Bethany on Friday, and the Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne Tin Caps games on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to the epic rain we’ve had over the past few weeks, our yard, garden, and flower beds look like a post-apocalyptic TV set. The weatherman says NO RAIN until next week, so we have a lot to do in the yard. So, no new posts from me until Tuesday. I do have guest posts scheduled for each day.

Comment approval will be delayed while I am gone.

I will also be gone on July 15th and 16th. 37 years of marital bliss, so I thought we might celebrate.

Health Update

Nothing new to report.  I have cancer surgery scheduled for July 13th. I am having a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my hip.

Edit Comments

I found an edit comment plugin that works will with my blog. It is pretty simple. It gives you fives minutes to correct your comment. Please let me know if you have any problem with this new functionality.

Amazon

When you click on book links and other items linked to Amazon and you purchase the item, I make a few shekels.

Donations

Donations are always appreciated, never expected or required. You can find the donation form on the right sidebar at the bottom. Thank you to those of you who donate to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. Every dollar is appreciated.

YouTube

I still plan to produce some YouTube videos in the near future some day. I need to carve out a couple of days time to work on this project. I promise, it’s coming soon. If you’s like to subscribe to my channel please do so here.

Incomplete Series

Over the next few weeks years, I plan to tie up the unfinished series that are lacking a post or two. I am easily distracted, THANK YOU Christian fundamentalism, but I need to finish up these series.  It Zeus is willing, the crick don’t rise, and I don’t fall and break my neck, I will do my best to finish these up.

Guest Posts

I have changed my mind about guest posts. If you would like to write a guest post, please let me know.

Ways to Read

There are several ways you can read The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser.

You can use an RSS feed reader:

Post RSS Feed

Comment RSS Feed

You can subscribe to a daily digest of posts. Each day there is a post, at 6:00 PM EST, you will receive an email containing the complete text of the posts for that day. I use MailChimp to handle the mailing list.

Mailing List Subscription Form

You can unsubscribe at any time. Every email has an unsubscribe link.

You can also read this blog in a browser or access it via Twitter and Facebook.

Added Facebook Page

In response to readers requesting it, I have added a Facebook page for The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. Every post will be published to this page. If you are on Facebook, I’d really appreciate you clicking LIKE. This page is NOT my personal Facebook account. If you would like to be BFF’s on Facebook, please click here.

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

YouTube

How to Contact Me

You can contact me via the contact form. If you would like to text me from time to time, please use the contact form to send me your cellphone number. Once I receive your number, I will send you a text. I text back and forth with several people who read this blog and I’d love to do the same with you. I promise, no naked selfies. Maybe me in a speedo or me showing off my 36 pack, but no naked selfies.

June Blog News

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Thank you for reading The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. What follows is the June 2015 Blog News. Regular readers can skip the boring, repetitive first part. I encourage new readers to read everything so they can find out the various ways they can read this blog, contact me, and what new series and posts are in the pipeline.

Ways to Read

There are several ways you can read The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser.

You can use an RSS feed reader:

Post RSS Feed

Comment RSS Feed

You can subscribe to a daily digest of posts. Each day there is a post, at 6:00 PM EST, you will receive an email containing the complete text of the posts for that day. I use MailChimp to handle the mailing list.

Mailing List Subscription Form

You can unsubscribe at any time. Every email has an unsubscribe link.

You can also read this blog in a browser or access it via Twitter and Facebook.

Added Facebook Page

In response to readers requesting it, I have added a Facebook page for The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. Every post will be published to this page. If you are on Facebook, I’d really appreciate you clicking LIKE. This page is NOT my personal Facebook account. If you would like to be BFF’s on Facebook, please click here.

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

YouTube

Health Update

Last month, I was waiting to have a colonoscopy. Good news, no cancer.

However, the skin doctor called today and told me that my biopsy came back as squamous cell carcinoma. I have cancer on my upper thigh, a place that has NEVER seen sunlight. Just when I was getting ready to wear a speedo so I could show off my svelte hips, I have to have surgery to remove cancer. Now I will have an ugly scar that will ruin e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. :) This is the second cancer surgery for me. I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my nose in 2007, ruining my chances of becoming  a Hollywood star.

Thanks to red hair, blue eyes, and skin that burns quickly, I have had hundreds of precancerous skin growths removed, either by freezing, excising, or topical chemo therapy treatment. As a child and young adult, I had numerous blistering sunburns. As a child, I thought it was just part of being a redhead. Little did I know that I was guaranteeing for myself future skin growth surgeries and frequent trips to the skin doctor’s office.

Several months ago, I had a nasty fall. My leg is now healed. I am left with a nasty scar, discolored skin, and a memory of why I should never, ever ignore what my common sense brain is telling me. Danger! Danger! Bruce Gerencser…ah no worries…BAM! Told you, dumb ass.

I started taking Lyrica last month. Since I am over the maximum out-of-pocket for the year, the drug is free. Come January 1st, it is $110 a week. Seven months to see if it helps. So far, it’s like taking speed. Like in Talladega Nights, all jacked up on Mountain Dew. Lots of energy, wanting to work, work, work. Drove the car for the first time since Christmas. It does help some with nerve pain. If this is how I will feel in the long run, then this is good, the best news I’ve had in years. However, ever the cynic, I wonder if the high will last. I took Lyrica years ago and gained 16 pounds in a month. (common side effect is weight gain and edema) Zero weight gain this time. Good? Not sure. This could be masking my continued weight loss. Time will tell.

Of late, I’ve had a low blood glucose problem. No matter how much I eat or how many carbs I ingest, I have low numbers. Part of the problem is that I am, thanks to the Lyrica, doing more. When I work, I sweat and when I sweat, my glucose levels drop. One night last week I was feeling funny and found out my glucose level was 58. As any diabetic will tell you…not good.

I am still battling with depression, a fight that will never go away. Some days are better than others, and some days are dark and frightening. If you have not read my recent post, Wanting to Die, I encourage you to do so.

YouTube

I still plan to produce some YouTube videos in the near future. I need to carve out a couple of days time to work on this project. I promise, it’s coming soon. If you’s like to subscribe to my channel please do so here.

Songs of Sacrilege Series

Thank you for all the submissions for the Songs of Sacrilege Series. If you come across a song that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please leave the name the song in the comment section or send me an email.

Incomplete Series

Over the next few weeks, I plan to tie up the unfinished series that are lacking a post or two. I am easily distracted, THANK YOU Christian fundamentalism, but I need to finish up these series.  It Zeus is willing, the crick don’t rise, and I don’t fall and break my neck, I will do my best to finish these up.

Sacrilegious Humor

I have started a new series titled Sacrilegious Humor. If you come across a comedy bit that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please leave the name the song in the comment section or send me an email.

Questions

I have asked readers to submit questions they would like me to answer. If you have not yet asked your question, please do so.

Donations

Donations are always appreciated, never expected or required. You can find the donation form on the right sidebar at the bottom. Thank you to those of you who donate to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. Every dollar is appreciated.

How to Contact Me

You can contact me via the contact form. If you would like to text me from time to time, please use the contact form to send me your cellphone number. Once I receive your number, I will send you a text. I text back and forth with several people who read this blog and I’d love to do the same with you. I promise, no naked selfies. Maybe me in a speedo or me showing off my 36 pack, but no naked selfies.

Questions?

Is there a question you’d like me to answer or a subject you’d like me to write about ? If so, here’s your chance. If you have a question you’d like me to answer or a subject you’d like me to write about , please leave your request in the comment section. Any subject…ask away.

Doing this from time to time helps me understand what is important to the readers of this blog. I have plenty of subjects to busy myself with, but I would love to hear from you,

Thanks in advance for helping me improve  this blog.

May Blog News

for your information

Thank you for reading The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. What follows is the May 2015 Blog News.

Ways to Read

There are several ways you can read The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser.

You can use an RSS feed reader:

Post RSS Feed

Comment RSS Feed

You can subscribe to a daily digest of posts. Each day there is a post, at 6:00 PM EST, you will receive an email containing the complete text of the posts for that day. I use MailChimp to handle the mailing list.

Mailing List Subscription Form

You can unsubscribe at any time. Every email has an unsubscribe link.

You can also read this blog in a browser or access it via Twitter and Facebook.

Added Facebook Page

In response to readers requesting it, I have added a Facebook page for The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. Every post will be published to this page. If you are on Facebook, I’d really appreciate you clicking LIKE. This page is NOT my personal Facebook account. If you would like to be BFF’s on Facebook, please click here.

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

YouTube

Health Update

May 20th, I will have a colonoscopy performed by Dr. Virendra Parikh at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Doctors are still baffled by what is causing my lack of appetite, weight loss, changed bowel habits, temperature spikes, and stabbing pain in the upper left quadrant of my abdomen and back. Earlier in the year, I had an endoscopic ultrasound and the colonoscopy is the last diagnostic test for the common reasons for my symptoms. Six months now, $25,000 in tests, and one thing I know for sure…n-o-t-h-i-n-g.

I continue to battle the health problems I’ve had for years. These problems are not going away, but I’d sure wish the gods would pick on someone else for a while. My plate is full, like the buffet plate of a Baptist preacher right after Sunday morning church. Every small problem becomes a crisis because of what is already on my plate. Last time I mentioned a nasty fall I had while trying to take a photograph. I ended up with a nasty wound on my leg that became infected. The good news is that the antibiotic beat back the infection. The bad news is that on the eleventh day of taking the antibiotic I had a reaction to the drug that resulted in three days of incessant scratching. Once I stopped taking the drug the scratching went away. I still have some swelling in the leg. It makes me wonder if I have a small hairline fracture. I had a similar fracture in the late 1990’s.

YouTube

I still plan to produce some YouTube videos in the near future. I need to carve out a couple of days time to work on this project. I promise, it’s coming soon. If you’s like to subscribe to my channel please do so here.

Songs of Sacrilege Series

Thank you for all the submissions for the Songs of Sacrilege Series. If you come across a song that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please leave the name the song in the comment section or send me an email.

Incomplete Series

Over the next few weeks, I plan to tie up the unfinished series that are lacking a post or two. I am easily distracted, THANK YOU Christian fundamentalism, but I need to finish up these series.  It Zeus is willing, the crick don’t rise, and I don’t fall and break my neck, I will do my best to finish these up.

Sacrilegious Humor

I have started a new series titled Sacrilegious Humor. If you come across a comedy bit that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please leave the name the song in the comment section or send me an email.

Questions

I have asked readers to submit questions they would like me to answer. If you have not yet asked your question, please do so.

Donations

Donations are always appreciated, never expected or required. You can find the donation form on the right sidebar at the bottom. Thank you to those of you who send donate to the Bruce Gerencser Relief Fund. Every dollar is appreciated.

How to Contact Me

You can contact me via the contact form. If you would like to text me from time to time, please use the contact form to send me your cellphone number. Once I receive your number, I will send you a text. I text back and forth with several people who read this blog and I’d love to do the same with you. I promise, no naked selfies. Maybe me in a speedo or me showing off my 36 pack, but no naked selfies.

Comments

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I want readers to know that I read every comment. I appreciate you taking the time to thoughtfully comment on my writing. For a variety of reasons, most of which are health related, I find it very hard to keep up on the comments. (and the same goes for Facebook and Twitter)  I just want you to know that my lack of response has nothing to do with your comment. I greatly value those who take the time to comment and I hope everyone will continue to do so.  If there is a specific question you want me to address, please make that clear in your comment or send me an email. I will do my best to respond to your question.

Each day, I have a limited window of physical ability, so I try to focus on my writing and keeping this blog operating smoothly. I find it impossible to write, maintain the blog, and respond to every comment. My writing is often cross posted on No Longer Quivering. Usually, there are a fair number of comments on the post. Again, even though I want to, I simply don’t have the time or physical wherewithal to respond to every comment.

What I want to convey here is that I don’t want anyone to think I am ignoring them or don’t appreciate their comment (s). Make sense?

Have a great weekend.

Bruce

April Blog News

for your information

Thank you for reading The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. What follows is the April 2015 Blog News.

Ways to Read

There are serveral ways you can read The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser.

You can use an RSS feed reader

Post RSS Feed

Comment RSS Feed

You can subscribe to a daily digest of posts. Each day there is a post, at 6:00 PM EST, you will receive an email containing the complete text of the posts for that day. I use MailChimp to handle the mailing list.

Mailing List Subscription From

You can unsubscribe at any time. Every email has an unsubscribe link.

You can also read this blog in a browser or access it via Twitter and Facebook.

Mobile Theme

I am using WPTouch Pro to handle mobile devices. Almost 50% of readers use a smartphone or tablet to access this site. If you would like a feature added or experience a glitch please let me know.

Added Facebook Page

In response to readers requesting it, I have added a Facebook page for The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. Every post will be published to this page. If you are on Facebook, I’d really appreciate you clicking LIKE. This page is NOT my personal Facebook account. If you would like to be BFF’s on Facebook, please click here.

Social Media

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

Health Update

April 9th, I have an appointment with a surgeon, Dr. Dale Sloan, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. I continue to have loss of weight, loss of appetite, spikes in body temperature, and a sharply elevated SED rate. I have been dealing with this for four months now. Six weeks ago, I started having dull aching pain on my right side. Two weeks ago, I started having sharp and aching pain in my left side. At first I thought it might be pleurisy or inflammation, but it has not gone away so I suspect it is something else. Pancreatitis? Gall bladder? Hopefully I will know more after I see the surgeon. He has requested all my recent records and tests.

Last month I said I was planning on avoiding doctors. Unfortunately, my body did not get the memo.

As I mentioned in a previous post, last Sunday I had a nasty fall that resulted in a sprained ankle and a nasty contusion on my leg. I am fortunate I didn’t fall down a concrete abutment into the canal. If I had, I wouldn’t be writing this post. I did get some awesome photographs which I plan to share later.

Songs of Sacrilege

Thank you for all the submissions for the Songs of Sacrilege Series. If you come across a song that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please leave the name the song in the comment section or send me an email.

Questions

I have asked readers to submit questions they would like me to answer. If you have not yet asked your question, please do so. I hope to start answering them later this week.

Donations

Donations are always appreciated, never expected or required. You can find the donation form on the right sidebar at the bottom.

How to Contact Me

You can contact me via the contact form. If you would like to text me from time to time, please use the contact form to send me your cellphone number. Once I receive your number, I will send you a text. I text back and forth with several people who read this blog and I’d love to do the same with you. I promise, no naked selfies. Maybe me in a speedo or me showing off my 36 pack, but no naked selfies.