Good-bye, Bruce

800px-Paperbag_headI first met Bruce Gerencser (and his family) six or seven summers ago while visiting family in Ohio.

Since then I’ve followed him through several incarnations of his blog, The Way Forward. He’d step away from it when his health worsened and try again a few weeks or months later when things had stabilized. (Or, in many cases, when he’d better adjusted to his newest limitations).

After a while I grew accustomed to the rhythm of his appearances and disappearances online. As a former fundamentalist pastor who eventually deconverted from Christianity and became an Atheist, he drew more than his fair share of criticism. It wasn’t too much of a surprise, then, to see this message on his blog last week:

Thank you for being a loyal reader of The Way Forward. After discussions with my wife, counselor, and primary care doctor, I have decided to that is time to hang up my blogging spurs. I wish each of you well. Thank you for your support and friendship over the years.Bruce Gerencser.

The fact that he’s taking a permanent leave of absence from the blogosphere caught me off-guard.

While I completely understand his reasons for stepping away, there’s always a small part of me that is sad to see other blogs end. This is such a unique form of communication because so many readers (generally) don’t leave comments. In no way does that mean that the post aren’t appreciated, though.

I don’t know if Bruce will see this post, but I wanted to publicly acknowledge all of the time and energy he’s put into blogging over the years. It isn’t easy to come up with new topics consistently over a long period of time, especially when one receives as much blowback as he did.

So thank you, Bruce. May your retirement be restful.

I’ll try to come up with topics here that are half as interesting as the ones you covered. 😉

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