Four (More) Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

This past September, after four years of blogging, I wrote about four things I’d learned. Lucky me, it took only seven months to learn four more!

So, for what it’s worth, here they are:

4. Instead of Reposting, Repurpose

I know, it’s easier to click “repost” than to use something a fellow blogger wrote to inspire your own story. But the results can be amazing! I’ve been inspired to do this several times—giving the other person full credit, of course.

This happened last Fall when I read a post by Sandrah, at OneMunchingMama. Her masterful piece, A Part of the Picture describes how we often show others only the parts of our life we want them to see. 

That same week, I’d felt woefully inadequate as a substitute choir director, but thought my fellow church musicians didn’t notice. News Flash: they did and blanketed me with love and prayers. Sandrah’s initial post, coupled with my experience at church, led directly to my own post, Showing the Whole Picture.

3. Leave Room for Cream

Coffee drinkers who like to “doctor their java” know this well. If you fill the cup to the brim, there’s no room for anything else. Likewise, writers who tell everything they know, about a subject, leave no space for readers to make their own contributions. 

My blogger buddy Gary Fultz is a master at leaving room for the reader. His posts give others the foundation and framing to build the rest of the “house” with their accompanying thoughts. More than once, I’ve commented on something Gary wrote and he responded, “I thought about that, too, but decided to let folks come to their own conclusions.” Guess what? It meant more when I discovered a truth myself, rather than being spoon fed the same thing by someone else.

2. Make Something Old Seem New

How can there be oodles of hit songs with the same familiar themes? The answer is they succeed by exploring something well known from a fresh angle.

This works for bloggers, too. Case in point: The Devotional Guy. When you tap or click on one of Rainer’s posts you find a unique story from his personal experience, with mostly his own photos, and a clear application to ordinary life. In other words, it’s not a “cookie cutter” creation a dozen other Christian bloggers can duplicate.

For example, a post entitled, My Brilliant Thoughts about Leviticus Chapter 23, is a non-starter. This is something anyone can find in a commentary. However, Something Just Happened To Me, and It’s Straight Outta Leviticus! works.

1. Tell “Sticky” Stories

I understand not every blogger wants to be a storyteller, but a great book about what makes good stories both engaging and enduring is Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath. The authors’ analyze those urban legends that just won’t die—like the one about the person who wakes up in a bathtub full of ice missing a kidney.

Here’s their acrostic for an irresistible tale: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional, Story. Now that spells success. Almost.

My friend Betty, from Chambers on the Road, is an outstanding travel blogger who tells sticky stories. She and her husband, Dan visit places a bazillion people have already been, and make you feel like you woke up there missing a kidney. Wait, that didn’t come out right. 😳

Betty finds the unexpected in the familiar, then writes about it in simple terms with a splash of positive vibes. That’s better.😀

Kind reader, there you have it. This isn’t my usual fare, but I hope you find it helpful. Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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40 responses to “Four (More) Things I’ve Learned About Blogging”

  1. Connection-The Key to Blogging – SandraHWrites Avatar

    […] And then a few months later, he linked back to my post in this one titled “Four (More) Things I’ve Learned About Blogging”. […]

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for the encouraging feedback. God Bless!


  3. TheDogGod Avatar

    nice article. ill leave my thoughts…
    I really enjoyed reading this article and found the author’s insights to be very valuable. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of reposting content instead of taking the time to repurpose it and make it our own. I appreciate the reminder that we can draw inspiration from others while still giving them credit. The anecdote about being inspired by Sandrah’s post was particularly compelling and relatable. Overall, a great read and a helpful reminder for bloggers and content creators.
    Thanks for reading , Love The Blog !!
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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Nancy! I can appreciate the feeling; knowing the elements of a good story don’t mean they’re easy to duplicate. Thank you for stopping by! God bless.

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  5. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    Love the Sticky Stories tip, David! Wrote it on a Post-It to keep handy as I write. However, I must admit, knowing that “Unexpected” and “Emotional” are key isn’t the same as creating those elements!

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Jo. Thanks for reading and commenting. God Bless you!

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  7. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    I look forward to exploring some of these blogs I haven’t yet discovered. Thanks for sharing even if it’s not your ‘usual fare’ . 🙂

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  8. Beth Alisan Avatar

    David, Excellent points. Thank you for sharing and for introducing me to a new blog Betty at Chambers on the Road.

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Dean! God Bless.

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  10. Gospelroad#66 Avatar

    Great post David! I love those 4 points you’ve made and some of the blogs you mentioned I also read and find they are very informative and interactive! Hope all is well with you and loved ones. God bless 🥰

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget!

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  12. Pure Glory Avatar

    God’s blessings!


  13. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I’m sorry I missed your birthday! Happy belated Birthday to you! 🧁

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I appreciate your reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  15. Pure Glory Avatar

    David, you made some excellent points. I like how you like to leave room for the cream.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. I have been in prayer concerning your special request. Thank you for letting me know. God Bless!

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  17. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    David, thank you for sharing these brilliant tips. Each is practical and shared with your own creative flair.

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  18. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Thanks David. The snow really started melting over Easter. Fast. We can see about half the ground. more snow predicted but it too will melt.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Your humility is refreshing, Deborah. You are an excellent writer and blogger! Thank you for reading and commenting.


  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Mandy. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. God Bless!

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  21. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    I like about repurposing and letting the reader be able to comment/contribute. I also agree that Gary is a wonderful writer and a wonderful engager on his blog. Thanks for this, David!!!

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  22. deborah w. farris Avatar

    David, thanks always for great insights and guidance! I’ve blogged by the seat of my pants, and the eye opening moments of my days, learning as I go. I will continue to hold on to the coattails of the likes of you and Gary who I learn from along the way. I feel like the tail of a kite! 😄💛

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  23. Avatar

    Great stuff

    Telling a story, and letting the reader reach their own conclusion is such a skill!

    I get annoyed when I read a book, and the author leads you wonderfully to a whole new perspective, before it crashes down on your head – as they provide a conclusion that just doesn’t fit.

    Andy B

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  24. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    Thanks! No worries – you had some great points to make and made them well. Blessings!

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Jeff! There are many great blogs and bloggers out there. Including you, brother! I hesitate to start mentioning folks (in my posts) because I always leave someone out. God’s best to you brother.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Gary. I wasn’t just laying it on thick; you truly know how to say more with less. I appreciate your vote of confidence. Being the best communicator (of the gospel) I can be is my ultimate goal. I hope all the snow is gone from your GPS location soon.

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  27. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    These are really good tips, David! I’ll have to see how I can try to incorporate at least some of them into my own writing. I’ll have to visit these other bloggers and look at their styles. Thank you!!

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  28. Gary Fultz Avatar

    You sure picked 4 good points David. You are raising the bar on me to live up to…
    Ironically I said to my wife earlier this week, after being frustrated with several “cookie cutter” style blogs “I wish these people would take the time to study what readers are looking for. If I were to give an award to the most improved blogger because he studies and analyzes what make readers engage and return it would be David. He keeps getting better” Happy Birthday!!

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks so much, Betty! Your site is on my must read list. And I don’t even own an RV or travel that much. I hope you and Dan enjoy your day as well! Thanks for stopping by. 😀

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  30. Betty Avatar

    My dear David, first, thank you for mentioning my blog and with such high praise. I am humbled. Truly. And secondly, this is an outstanding post. (And not just because you mentioned my blog!)
    This post inspires me to reflect on my own blogging. I am a big fan of Gary Fultz’s blog. His pictures of nature are beautiful and artful, and his words are compelling. I have never thought to “leave room for cream”, but I will consider this going forward. I also like the “Repurpose” idea – as I am often inspired by something another blogger posted. I’m putting this on my radar, too. I plan to read “Made to Stick”, too. Lastly, I have read numerous posts giving “tips” for blogging, but this post is definitely one that “makes something old sound new.” Thank you again, David, both for mentioning my blog but more for your post which is so meaningful. P.S. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Matt! You can add 25 to that brother.


  32. […] and shout out and Happy Birthday to David of He turns thirty and counting today. 🙂 To celebrate he shared blogging tips […]

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  33. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    These are great ideas. I especially like the last point. It’s such a gift to be able to grab the reader’s attention, and to make something common, or ordinary, memorable 🙂

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  34. sandrah Avatar

    It is a blessing, connecting with others.
    God bless you, too!

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Crystal. Heath & Heath do a good job describing and defining what makes stories stick.

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  36. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Here’s to succes! (I’ll be using this.)

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  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Alan. I’ll post one of my usual offerings tomorrow, just wanted to put this out there. God Bless you, bruv. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  38. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Some great blogging wisdom in this post David! Thank you for sharing it with us brother.

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  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Sandrah! You’re an excellent writer who inspires me to be a better one myself. The connections one makes, in Christ, are my favorite part of Christian blogging. God Bless and keep them coming munching mama!

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  40. sandrah Avatar

    I like the idea of repurposing rather than reposting; it really shows that a fellow blogger has taken the time to connect with what another has written. Thank you so very much again for linking to my blog post!

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