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2019: By the Numbers

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What follows are the traffic statistics for 2019.

Statistics

Page Views: 851,666
Mailing List Subscribers: 931
Posts Written: 661
Posts from December 2014 to Date: 4,174
Comments from December 2014 to Date: 24,781

Top Twenty Commenters

  1. ObstacleChick
  2. Brian
  3. Brunetto Latini
  4. GeoffT
  5. Karen the Rock Whisperer
  6. Caroline
  7. Becky
  8. Mary G
  9. Matilda
  10. Hugh Young
  11. Melissa Montana
  12. Zoe
  13. Troy
  14. Kris
  15. CarolK
  16. Angiep
  17. Ami
  18. That Other Jean
  19. John Arthur
  20. Dave

Top Ten Incoming Links

  1. facebook.com
  2. infidel753.blogspot.com
  3. pathos.com
  4. reddit.com
  5. google.com
  6. secularwings.wordpress.com
  7. crooksandliars.com
  8. twitter.com
  9. freejinger.org
  10. instagram.com

Top Ten Locales

  1. Chicago, Illinois
  2. Dallas, Texas
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. New York, New York
  7. Charlotte, North Carolina
  8. Los Angeles, California
  9. Atlanta, Georgia
  10. Washington, District of Columbia

Top Fifty Pages

  1. brucegerencser.net
  2. Bethel Redding: A Dangerous Evangelical Cult
  3. Sexual Abuse in the Name of God: New Bethany Home for Girls
  4. Evangelical Pastor Dean Curry Starts New Church After Being Fired Over Sexual Misconduct
  5. About page
  6. Why I Hate Jesus
  7. Beware of Christian Counselors
  8. Cindy Schaap, Daughter of Jack Hyles, Divorces Convicted Felon Jack Schaap
  9. The Scandalous Life of Jack Hyles and Why it Still Matters
  10. “Why Do Liberals Think Trump Supporters Are Stupid?” by Adam-Troy Castro
  11. Black Collar Crime: IFB Pastor Jon Jenkins Moves to New Church After Decades of Controversy
  12. Evangelicals and the Gay Closet: Is Ray Boltz Still a Christian?
  13. Dear Evangelical
  14. Why
  15. UPDATED: Serial Adulterer David Hyles Has Been Restored
  16. Quote of the Day: Why Atheists Refuse to Respect Christian Beliefs
  17. Southern Gospel Singer Kenny Bishop is Now a Gay United Church of Christ Pastor
  18. Disgraced IFB Preacher David Hyles Helping “Fallen” Pastors Get Back on Their Horses
  19. Black Collar Crime: Independent Baptist Worship Pastor Kurt Stephens Busted in Prostitution Sting
  20. Black Collar Crime: Pastor Cameron Giovanelli Resurrects From the Dead, Found in Florida
  21. Emotionally Manipulating IFB Church Members through Music and Preaching Styles
  22. Black Collar Crime: IFB School Teacher Shannon Griffin Charged with Sexual Assault
  23. Black Collar Crime: IFB Preacher Cameron Giovanelli Accused of Sexual Assault
  24. Black Collar Crime Series
  25. Pastor Perry Porter Outraged Over Gay Man Giving A Presentation at Local Library
  26. Breaking News: IFB Preacher Bob Gray, Sr. Admits to Driving Church Members
  27. Black Collar Crime: Hyles-Anderson College Teacher Joe Combs Sentenced for Raping His Daughter
  28. Black Collar Crime: Mother of Alleged Victim of Evangelical Children’s Pastor Matt Tonne Speaks Out
  29. Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Benjamin “Gus” Harter Accused of Molesting Girl
  30. Steven Anderson’s “New” IFB Movement Erupts Into a Food Fight Over Donnie Romero
  31. Contact (Over eighty percent of people who click on the contact link do not follow through and hit send.)
  32. Abby Johnson is a Hypocrite When it Comes to Abortion
  33. Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Rick Iglesias Accused of Sexual Assault
  34. The Official Independent Baptist Rulebook
  35. From Evangelicalism to Atheism Series
  36. Why Evangelical Christianity is Dying
  37. Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Eric Garland Charged with Prescription Fraud
  38. The David Hyles Saga
  39. Black Collar Crime: Mennonite Aid Worker Jeriah Mast Accused of Sex Crimes
  40. IFB Pastor Bob Gray Sr. Shows His True Colors
  41. Good Baptist Boys Don’t Masturbate: Oh Yes, They Do!
  42. Samantha Bee Shows Evangelical Trump Advisor Paula White is a Con-Artist
  43. Ohio Baptist Megachurch Pastor Victor Couzens Admits Having Multiple Affairs
  44. Fundamentalist Pastor Greg Locke Justifies Divorce From His Wife
  45. IFB Preacher Donnie Romero Caught Cavorting With Prostitutes, Smoking Weed, and Gambling
  46. IFB Church Member Takes Issue With a Post I Wrote about Tony Hutson and Middle Tennessee Baptist Church
  47. Comment Policy
  48. Understanding Steven Anderson, Pastor Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona
  49. What One IFB Apologist Thinks of People Who Claim They Were Abused
  50. Why Pentecostals Speak in Tongues and Baptists Don’t

Top Twenty-Five Searches

  1. Secure search (199,028)
  2. Bruce Gerencser (and variations)
  3. David Lynn Preacher Arrested (and variations)
  4. Bethel Church Redding California (and variations)
  5. Jack Schaap (and variations)
  6. Bruce Gerencser Blog
  7. Jack  Hyles (and variations)
  8. Ray Boltz
  9. Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser
  10. Cameron Giovanelli (and variations)
  11. Abby Johnson
  12. Dean Curry
  13. Matthew Tonne
  14. Why are Evangelicals so Mean
  15. Donnie Romero
  16. David Hyles (and variations)
  17. Devil Worshipers
  18. Tullian Tchividjian Scandal
  19. Gus Harter
  20. Phillip Buckson
  21. Shane Idleman (and variations)
  22. Roy McClendon Thompson
  23. Christian Swear Words
  24. John McFarland Pastor
  25. Kenny Bishop

Search Engines Used

  1. Google (81%)
  2. Bing (9%)
  3. Yahoo (6%)
  4. Duck Duck Go (3%)
  5. Everyone Else (1%)

Operating Systems

  1. iPhone (38%)
  2. Android (27%)
  3. Windows (25%)
  4. Mac OS (8%)
  5. Everyone Else (2%)

Over 65% of visitors use a smartphone or tablet.

Here’s to a numerically successful 2020.

About Bruce Gerencser

Bruce Gerencser, 62, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 41 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are a first-time commenter, please read the commenting policy before wowing readers with your words. All first-time comments are moderated. If you would like to contact Bruce directly, please use the contact form to do so.

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Thank You for Commenting

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After a hiatus of nine months, I started blogging again in December 2014. Since that time, readers have posted almost 22,000 comments — an average of seven comments per post. I want to thank those of you who take the time to comment. I appreciate your thoughtful participation. I don’t have the time or energy to respond to every comment, but I do read them. Your support is greatly appreciated.

I haven’t explained my view of commenting in a while, so let me do so now. I know some of you participate on blogs where the owner responds to every comment.  I wish I could do so, but physically I can’t, nor do I want to just hurriedly leave thank you, thank you, and you too comments.  On any given day, I have a small time-window for taking care of writing and blog maintenance. I am committed to writing on an almost-daily basis, along with maintaining series such as Sacrilegious HumorSongs of SacrilegeTales From the Appalachian Foothills, Independent Baptist SongsGod’s True Church, and the Black Collar Crime series.  By the time I am done writing for the day, I am exhausted and ready to retire to my recliner so I can watch whatever game is on TV that night. Typically, I don’t do much writing on the weekends. Polly works nights — 6 pm to 2 am — so the only time we have to socialize, travel, or goof off is on weekends. As many of you know, I am a photographer. I like to take day road trips on Saturday or Sunday. Last Sunday, we spent a good part of the day traveling the back roads of northeast Indiana. Polly drives, and I look for photo opportunities. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with Polly and Bethany away from home.

The commenting section is yours. Please use it to share your thoughts. If you want or need me to specifically respond to your comment, please make that clear. HEY BRUCE in all caps really helps! I will, if needed, respond to Fundamentalist commenters. But even here, some of you are quite skilled at responding to Evangelical zealots and apologists, and I hope you will continue to do so. Unlike preachers in the churches many of us grew up in, mine doesn’t have to be the only voice. Diversity of thought and opinion is always welcome, even if I might disagree with you.

Top Thirty All Time Commenters

  • Brian Vanderlip
  • ObstacleChick
  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Geoff
  • Troy
  • Steve Gupton (deceased)
  • Melody
  • Becky
  • Michael Mock
  • Karen the rock whisperer
  • Zoe
  • John Arthur
  • Ami
  • Trenton
  • Matilddaa
  • Angiep
  • Anotherami
  • Kittybrat
  • Ian
  • JD Matthews
  • JR
  • Lynn
  • Jada
  • Rachel
  • Rebecca (banned)
  • Suzanne Tickemeyer
  • Sgl
  • Charles (banned)
  • Scott

Top Thirty Commenters 2019

  • ObstacleChick
  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Brian Vanderlip
  • Kris
  • Caroline
  • Troy
  • Hugh Young
  • Matilda
  • Maryg
  • GeoffT
  • Becky
  • Karen the rock whisperer
  • Zoe
  • Carolk
  • Charles
  • Dave
  • Angiep
  • Darcy
  • Jen
  • Ami
  • MJ Lisbeth
  • przxqgl
  • Rachel
  • John Arthur
  • Michael Mock
  • Trenton
  • Julie Snider
  • That Other Jean
  • Autumn
  • Byroniac

I added a Top Commenter widget on the front-page sidebar. The comment count numbers are for the year.

Currently, five people are banned from commenting. Over the calendar year, the banned list grows. At the first of every year, I delete all the banned IP addresses and email addresses, giving the people previously banned an opportunity to try to play well with others. Most become repeat offenders. In the four and a half years I have been writing for this iteration of my blog, I have only permanently banned one person: Rebecca.

Updated Commenting Policy

All commenters are expected to use a functioning email address. The use of a fake or non-functioning email address will result in your comment being deleted.

Pseudonyms are permitted. Please use one, and only one, pseudonym when commenting on this blog. People using more than one will have their comments deleted.

All first-time comments and comments with more than one HTML link are moderated. Depending on the time of day, it might take hours for me to approve your comment.

Before commenting, please read the ABOUT page to acquaint yourself with my background. You might also want to read the Dear Evangelical page and the WHY page

The following type of comments will not be approved:

  • Preachy/sermonizing comment
  • Bible verse-quoting comment
  • Evangelizing comment
  • I am praying for you comment
  • You are going to hell comment
  • You never were saved comment
  • You never were a Christian comment
  • Any comment that is a personal attack on me personally, my family, or the readers of this blog
  • Any comment that is not on point with what the post is about
  • Any comment that denigrates abuse victims

I write about issues that might not be child-friendly. Please be aware of this. I also use profanity from time to time, and I allow the use of profanity in the comment section.

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser is not a democracy where visitors have a right to say whatever they want. This is my personal blog and I reserve the right to approve or disapprove any comment. When a comment or a commenter is abusive towards the community of people who read this blog, I reserve the right to ban the commenter.

If you can be respectful, decent, and thoughtful, your comments will always be approved. Unfortunately, there are many people — Evangelical/Fundamentalist/IFB/Conservative Catholic Christians in particular — who have a hard time playing well with others. Using a passive-aggressive approach in the comment section will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

This blog is also not a place for hardcore atheists to preach the gospel of atheism. While I am an atheist, some of the people who read this blog are not. Frank, honest, open, and passionate discussion about religion, Christianity, and Evangelicalism is encouraged and welcome. However, I do expect atheists not to attack, badger, or denigrate people who still believe in God. If you are respectful, decent, and thoughtful, you will be fine.

Generally, I will post one comment from a preachy, Bible-quoting, evangelizing Evangelical. If this describes you, please make sure you say all you need to say in your comment. By all means, say whatever it is you think “God” is leading you to say, but understand that no further comments will be approved once you have said your piece.

My writing is direct and pointed, and so is my response to comments. Please do not confuse my directness and pointedness with me attacking you or your religion. This is a grown-up blog, so cries that I offended you or “attacked” your religion will fall on deaf ears.

If you can play by these rules, I hope you will become a part of our community and join the discussion.

If you have further questions about the commenting policy, please use the contact form to email me.

About Bruce Gerencser

Bruce Gerencser, 62, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 41 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are a first-time commenter, please read the commenting policy before wowing readers with your words. All first-time comments are moderated. If you would like to contact Bruce directly, please use the contact form to do so.

Donations are always appreciated. Donations on a monthly basis can be made through Patreon. One-time donations can be made through PayPal.

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