The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a non-profit organization. The main objective of BAKE is to promote and support the blogging industry in Kenya with a view to fostering professional excellence among bloggers, promoting ethical standards, and encouraging quality content creation for the benefit of readers.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya is in the process of drafting new guidelines for bloggers. The idea is to create a set of standards for bloggers that will be applicable to all socio-economic backgrounds and levels of experience. The guidelines will cover blogging ethics, standards for blogs, and standards for bloggers.
It is important for bloggers to pledge to uphold ethical standards because it will help the association establish credibility with readers and other media outlets. Properly constructed guidelines will help protect bloggers from getting into trouble with other blogs or websites.
What is The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE)?
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a community of bloggers and social media influencers, established to promote and protect the blogger industry. It enables bloggers from all over Kenya to network with one another, represents their country in international blogging conferences and events, works collaboratively on projects that benefit the blogging industry, and collaborates with corporate partners for mutual benefit.
BAKE provides its members with guidance on blogging best practices, marketing tips, and connects them with sponsorships or business opportunities to help them grow as a brand.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) was started in 2011 as a group of bloggers coming together to identify and address the challenges that bloggers face. It has since grown into a vibrant community of bloggers and social media influencers, with the common goal of changing the narrative around blogging in Kenya. BAKE also runs Freedoms Kenya, a program that promotes human and media rights.
Moreover, the Bloggers Association of Kenya recognizes the efforts of exceptional bloggers through the BAKE Awards. The awards seek to reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. These awards represent BAKE’s efforts in the promotion of quality content creation.
They have successfully held the awards for 6 years running since 2012. The inaugural BAKE Awards had 14 categories. The categories have increased every year and the 6th edition which was then held in May 2017 had 23 categories of blogs to award. Voting for the blogs is done on the BAKE Awards site.
How To Become A BAKE Member
The Bloggers Association of Kenya is the only association to represent bloggers in Kenya. Blogs are a powerful communication tool and can be used to ignite social change by generating awareness on issues in society.
It is the first Association of Kenyan Bloggers, founded in 2011 and registered as a non-profit organization. Moreover, it recognizes that blogging is an art form which means that members can write about any topic or blog about anything they choose to.
In order to become a member, you need to register with them. Registration is open for Kenyan blogs that are run by Kenyans or people living in Kenya that generate original content.
1. Create an account:
Go to the link bake.co.ke/register and fill in your details like shown below, then click on ‘Create Account’
2. Check your email for confirmation.
You’ll receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to your inbox at the email address provided during registration.
Click on ‘Verify’ to confirm your email address.
3. Log in to the platform
Using the login details you provided on registration, log into your account using this link: bake.co.ke/login that will lead you to this page:
4. Add your blog(s)
Now add your blog URL and remember to click on “Check’ in order for your blog to be verified and for your blog’s RSS to be pulled from your blog automatically. Enter the details of your blog including your blog category, description, Facebook URL, and Twitter handle. Click on ‘Submit’ to save this information.
5. Pay Registration Fee:
To complete your membership, send Kshs. 1,036 for individual blogs and Kshs. 2,036 for a corporate blog to Paybill number 865850 via Mpesa using the following simple steps:
- Go to the Mpesa Menu on your phone
- Select Lipa Na Mpesa
- Select Pay Bill
- Enter Business Number i.e 865850
- Enter account Number i.e 1245
- Input your pin to complete the transaction.
Once payment is received (and confirmation received via our Mpesa system), your membership is verified on the site and your blog is activated. You can then update your profile.
6. Add Badge to your blog:
Add the code for the BAKE badge on your blog. You can choose from the different sizes for both bright and clear backgrounds (see badges below) depending on your preference and suitability to your blog.
7. Request a blog tracker:
Request for a tracker for your blog by clicking on the ‘Request tracker’ button;
8. Tracker setup & Activation:
Their IT Manager will set up your tracker and send you a notification once it is activated with instructions on how to set it up.
Benefits of being a bloggers association of kenya member.
Bloggers Association of Kenya is a group dedicated to helping bloggers by providing free resources and services that can help them to promote themselves, establish credibility and create opportunities.
Being a member of the Bloggers Association of Kenya helps you stay in touch with the latest trends in the blogosphere, connect with like-minded people, maximize your potential and gain access to opportunities.
In addition, membership provides you with a platform for professional development through the organization’s events and programs.
Blogging is a booming business in Kenya, with the number of bloggers growing exponentially over the years. There are blogs that cover every subject under the sun, catering to a wide range of interests and needs.
But blogging isn’t just about creating content anymore. Bloggers in Kenya have formed alliances to help each other grow their businesses.
The blogger’s Association of Kenya was created to help bloggers create links and collaborate on projects that will grow the blogging industry as a whole. Through the association, bloggers can also get access to free legal advice, accounting, and web design services.
If you are a blogger in Kenya, be sure to sign up with the Bloggers Association of Kenya and join us at their next meetup. We look forward to seeing everyone there!