The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has today announced the launch of its fourth annual Kenyan Blog Awards. These awards recognize exceptional Kenyan bloggers that have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.
The 2015 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards will have 18 categories. This comes after the addition of one new category, a â€œBest Education Blogâ€ category. This category will reward blogs about education matters and those run by educational institutions.
The awards which first came up in 2012 and have changed how people view blogging. More and more bloggers have become popular thanks to the awards. As the blogs being submitted to the awards become popular, the number of categories have also changed to cover more blogs in Kenya. Since it’s inception, the awards have seen some categories be dropped and other added.
Here’s a look at how the awards have changed over the years.
The inaugural BAKE Blog Awards was held in 2012 and it had 14 categories; best technology, photography, creative writing, business, food, agriculture, fashion, politics, sports, general and corporate blogs as well as giving out awards for the â€œtweepsâ€ of the year. 300 blogs were submitted and 10,000 people voted. The gala event to award the winners was held on 5th May 2012 at the Nairobi Serena.
The second edition of the awards which were held in 2013 and had 15 categories. The ‘Lifestyle/Entertainment’, ‘Blog of the Year’ & ‘Travel Blog’ were added as categories and the two Twitter categories i.e. Best Individual Tweep & Best Corporate Tweep. Over 500 blogs were submitted and 50,000 people voted. The gala event to awards the winners was on 4th May 2013 at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi.
In 2014 the awards were held at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi and it had 17 categories. 2 new categories â€œBest County Blogâ€™ and â€˜Best Health Blogâ€ were added. Over 800 blogs were submitted and more than 50,000 voted in the 2014 awards. The 2014 awards produced a tie on the Best Sports Blog category which was a first for the awards.
The timeline for the awards will be as follows:
Submission phase – January 9th2015 to February 18th2015
Judging phase – February 19th 2015to February 28th 2015