The inaugural Kenyan Blog Awards 2012 were a surprise, even to us, in terms of the immense interest it generated and the level of participation through blog submissions and voting. The awards also served as a discovery conduits for blogs, a fact that we were very proud of. 300 blogs were submitted and an amazing 10,000 people voted for their favourite blogs.
Since then, we have observed with interest various blogs come up. Some corporates, not keen to be left behind, have also jumped on the blogging bandwagon.
Therefore, it is with great pride and enthusiasm that we announce the Kenyan Blog Awards 2013. With these awards, we intend to reward and recognize exceptional bloggers in their respective fields and to promote online content creation in Kenya.
We have made a few changes to the awards as follows:
- Added ‘Lifestyle/Entertainment’, ‘Blog of the Year’ & ‘Travel Blog’ among the categories after removing the two twitter categories i.e. ‘Best Individual Tweep’ & ‘Best Corporate Tweep’.
- Renamed the ‘General’ category to ‘Topical’.
- Added the word ‘Kenyan’ to the awards to give it a more national feel.
The timeline of the Blog Awards will be as follows:
a. There will be a submissions phase between December 1st 2012 to February 1st 2013 where blogs will be nominated in 15 categories as below:
1. Best Technology Blog
Blogs that cover technology matters like social media, internet usage, consumer electronics, mobile phones, tech startups etc.
2. Best Photography Blog
Blogs that showcase original photos or have photography related content.
3. Best Creative Writing Blog
Blogs that feature original creative writing in the form of poetry, book reviews, fiction and essays.
4. Best Business Blog
Blogs that feature business content like business development, entrepreneurship, startups, stocks, investments, banking etc
5. Best Food Blog
Blogs that focus on food, cooking tips, restaurants, wines and recipes
6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
Blogs that focus on the environment and agriculture.
7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Style Blog
Blogs that highlight current trends in fashion, beauty and style.
8. Best Politics Blog
Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.
9. Best New Blog
Outstanding Blogs that were set up from January 24th 2012 onwards.
10. Best Corporate Blog
Blogs run by companies.
11. Best Topical Blog
Blog with a clear niche that is not represented in any of the other categories.
12. Best Sports Blog
Blogs that feature sports content.
13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
Blog about Kenyan lifestyle and the entertainment industry.
14. Best Travel Blog
Blog about travelling.
15. Kenyan Blog of the Year
Best overall blog by a Kenyan with a focus on any aspect of Kenya.
b. From February 4th 2013 to February 28th 2013 judges comprised of bloggers and media experts will decide on the 3 blogs that advance to the next round in all 15 categories.
c. After the judges pick their best 3 in each category, they will then be voted for by the public from March 1st 2013 to April 30th 2013.
d. The winners in each category will be announced at a gala event on May 4th 2013.
For more information, kindly visit the BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards website bloggers.or.ke/awards.