When the Kenyan blog awards was initiated in 2012 it was with the main objective of rewarding exceptional blogging and good content creation in the Kenyan blogosphere.
The inaugural blog awards were the first attempt at creating a formal yardstick to determine the professionalism of bloggers in the country through an analysis of content and relevance. The awards feted bloggers in 14 categories that year.
With this initial award came growth, in leaps and bounds, that saw the increase in bloggers entering the online community, the number of blogs submitted for the awards and the number of blog categories considered for the same awards. From 500 submissions in 2013, to 800 in 2014, to 1, 800 in 2015 and a whopping 4, 899 this year.
The categories increased exponentially from 14 blog categories in 2012, 15 categories in 2013, 17 in 2014, 18 in 2015 and 19 categories in 2016.
Four years later, the Kenyan Blog Awards still carries in its underbelly the initial objective that informed its formation; to keep rewarding and recognizing exceptional blogging and content creation. A remarkable improvement has been shown in the quality of content that is put out into the online space – a pointer to the vital role played by the awards in building the blogosphere.
We have witnessed a professional approach to blogging, brands and media houses’ willingness to engage bloggers and influencers, and what’s more, bloggers can now make a living from something that started out as a hobby!
We are currently in the voting phase of this year’s blog awards having completed the submission phase on 10th of February, and the judging phase on the 2nd of march. Four judges went through the submitted blogs and nominated the blogs to proceed to the voting phase. With the release of the nominees list on 3rd March, the awards generated a lot of interest and also a lot of questions. Towards this end we will have an open day on 19th March 2016, at Nailab, to answer some of the questions and allay some of the concerns raised about the awards. The open day session will start from 10am to close at 2pm.
During this day, bloggers will get to witness the voting platform used in the Kenyan Blog awards and they will have their questions about the blog awards process answered. We hope that through this exercise, the bloggers will understand the process and from this understanding, be better informed on how they can make their blogs more eligible for the awards.
We invite bloggers to attend the Kenyan blog awards open day and get a deeper understanding of the objective, the process and the mechanics behind the awards.
Register here to attend.
BAKE Awards Open Day Program
10:00am – 10:30am: Guests arrive/ registration
10:30am – 11:00am: Introduction to Blog Awards (by Jane Muthoni)
11:00am – 11:15am: Short speech by Judges (by Terryanne Chebet & Ahmed Salim)
11:15am – 12:00pm: Demonstration of voting system (by Kennedy Kachwanya)
12:00pm – 12:45pm: Panel Discussion (with Jane Muthoni, Kennedy Kachwanya & Ahmed Salim)
12:45pm – 1:45pm: Q & A Session
1:45pm: – 2:00pm: Closing Remarks – James Wamathai
Event: Kenyan Blog Awards Open Day
Venue: Nailab, 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Opposite Uchumi Hyper, Ngong Road
Date: Saturday, 19th March 2016
Time: 10am – 3pm