The Documentary Quality of Personal Blogging

Blogs as documentaries

There are plenty of blogs on the Web dealing with a wide variety of topics and vastly diverse functions; but many blogs primarily catalog of the life experiences of their owners; so from this perspective it can be said that personal blogging, when discussed in terms of genre, probably falls more frequently in the category of documentary than any other genre. And even though there are quite a number of blogs that focus on the collection of poetry and other forms of creative writing, the vast majority of personal blogs are most likely to be categorized as documentaries.





When you think about it over the span of many years, making a documentary was meant to be an objective act of reporting the sights and sounds that the filmmaker, writer or photographer encountered. However, in contemporary times there was movement towards embracing that degree of subjectivity inherent in the documentary form. This means that modern documentaries often reflected the distinctive voice and sensibility of their creators, making today’s documentaries to revolve around personality, thereby – more often than not – blurring the lines between documentary and memoir.

Blogs fall somewhere between these two genres, muddying the distinctions even further, an indication that the personal blog, documentary and memoir are now irrevocably intertwined for better or for worse. Although few bloggers think of themselves as making documentaries in any formal sense, every time someone sits down in front of a computer and types up a record of their day, s/he is documenting a personal historical moment. Examples of this kind of blogging are those things we take for granted in our daily lives.

Fascination-driven

Things like the way we use specific modes of transportation, or the kinds of products we buy, which may seem quite fascinating to people who live outside our environments, and are therefore fascinated with our lot is at the heart of many documentary projects. When people think about blogging, documentary is not very likely to be the first description they envision, but a few decades down the road it is very likely that todays blogs will be seen primarily as very subjective documentaries of our era. People of tomorrow will almost certainly look to the blogs of today for insight into our historical moment.

Documentary may not be the aim of most people who spend time posting their thoughts and ideas on the Web; but in some ways, the documentary aspect of blogging is more of a side effect than a primary goal. However, the fact that so many people are interested in publishing these public Web diaries shows that personal blogs are about more than just rumination. The fact that bloggers are so stimulated by, and interested in, sharing their ideas with each other reinforces the idea that personal blogs are – in some ways – documentaries meant for public consumption.

A perspective-based niche

An undeniable truism is that documentaries appeal to people who are curious about alternate ways of life, and many people who regularly read personal blogs written by others are looking for this same kind of new perspective. However, this is not to say that vocations such as poetry and other forms of creative writing are deemed less appealing to blogging audiences worldwide; but rather, that each niche commands the attention of a specific section of the marketplace, with documentaries occupying the single largest share.

A Look at the Money-Making Aspects of Blogging

Business blogging models

With respect to making money via blogging, there are basically two types of business models used by Web marketers, enterprises and other entrepreneurs to generate money through their blogging activities. The first model, considered the most common method of turning a blog into a profit-making machine, is to sell advertising to different companies and brands that want to reach that blog’s readership. The second model helps a single brand to improve its image by creating positive associations between the blog and a particular product in the mind of consumers.





Both models of money-making business blogs are capable of generating huge sums of money, especially if the blog owner/publisher has a an average to good understanding of Web marketing basics. In other words, it will help a great deal if you are a blog owner/publisher who already know which business model you prefer to employ, based on your writing style, your content type (text, photo, audio, video) and your targeted audience, since this preliminary information will go a long way in launching your blogging business in the most effective manner.

Passive earnings

That having been said, if you are blogging with a goal of selling advertising, there are a couple of ways you can go about it. Either recruit sponsors who want to put ads on your site, thereby letting someone else do all of the legwork; or do the work yourself and keep all of the revenue. Opting for the first method will place you among those many people who make money blogging by selling space through Google’s AdSense program. The advantages of this program are numerous, as it will require very little effort on your part to set the stage for income opportunities.

Should you choose the Google AdSense method, however, it is important to understand that the increments of, and frequency of payments you receive may not be as large or fast as you might expect, since most people already participating in this program discover that they make less money through this method than they had hoped their blog would earn. The increments tend to be in mere cents as opposed to dollars; and the frequency could end up being semi-annually or annually, instead of monthly. Keep in mind that the more traffic you attract to your blog and click those AdSense links, the bigger and more frequent your payments are likely to be.

The more lucrative aspect

Selling advertising directly to companies who want to put banner ads or sponsored links on your blog can take quite a bit of time, but it is often fairly lucrative. If you have a lot of contacts in industries that are related to the topic of your blog, you may want opt for this route. People who have a strong background in sales and are experienced at pitching proposals can make quite a bit of money by renting blog space to interested companies. The most serious problem with this model is that you often have to build quite a sizable readership before you can attract advertisers; and this can mean that you’ll have to do several months of work before you start to make money blogging.

As blogging became an increasingly lucrative business, many established companies considered how they would get a piece of the action; and one way some companies have capitalized on the blog movement is by having blogs that provided a kind of friendly face for their corporation. A company would often employ an established blogger to create a weblog designed specifically to appeal to that company’s customers and to create positive associations with the brand in the minds of consumers who they wished to attract as customers.

A course of action option

More than one writer who never even dreamed that they can make money blogging have been approached by various companies and offered substantial sums of money to do blogging for these companies. So think about which money-making model of business blogging you’d prefer to employ in your own space, do your research on the available sponsors, customers and audiences that best suit your blogging method and get started blogging. But don’t expect overnight success, and don’t expect to see huge amounts of money to start rolling in, despite which model you use; because you have to put in the work, time and – in some cases – advertising money for maximum blog exposure, before you can reap the rewards. Good luck!