If you were blogging back in 2005, it was amazing to see the talent and energy found in the African blogosphere, and Kenya was a leader amongst the countries involved. I’ve spent a lot of today working through 350+ blogs who were nominated for different prizes for the annual Kenya Blog Awards put on by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (@BAKE_ke). It’s humbling to see so much quality. As a judge, certain categories are extremely difficult due to the parity of the entrants.
Who knew that we had such interesting food and fashion blogs? I certainly didn’t, and was happily sending the food links to my wife as I read through them. The photo bloggers are insanely good, but that shouldn’t be surprising to most of us. The Creative Writing category was huge, in both size and number of quality writers, we truly are blessed in this country – people have a way with words.
Since I can’t name who I’m pegging as my favorite, I thought I’d just throw a couple links here to show you who’s blogging well in different categories. [Note, I’m only throwing down 5 of the 15 categories here, and listing a bunch in each one, in no particular order.]
Photo Bloggers of Kenya
Food Blogs from Kenya
Pendo la Mama
Foodie in the Desert
Fashion, Beauty and Style Blogs of Kenya
This is Ess
The Vonette Way
K Smith Diaries
The Funshion Mistress
Kenya’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Bloggers
Kimani wa Wanjiru
Mr. Young Scholar
Creative Writing Blogs in Kenya
Even Angels Fall
Mwende the Dreamer
Do Not Feed the Bloggers
(I told you there was a lot on the creative writing side, this isn’t even all of them…)
To those of you who write these blogs, keep it up. You’re doing an amazing job of capturing the essence of Kenya and providing an open discussion forum for all to take part in. You’ve made my life quite a bit more difficult, having to choose my top picks, but it’s been worth it due to the reminder I received of how the blogging talent is still here in Kenya, still growing and better than before.
See 2012 winners
March 22, 2013 at 5:38 am
I wished my blog could fit in one of these categories… may be the Google translated version 🙂
March 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Great post! Thanks for the links.
A side note, a few of your links are broken.
March 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm
The AIDEEDYSTOPIA blog is incredible. The quality of the writing is fantastic. Amazed to see it’s actually a Kenyan who does this.
March 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm
Ah great! Now I can continue blogging in German bila fears of polluting the Keblogosphere with that language selection. (+1 with Peperuka)
Great to see that people still read blogs and that blogging has now become mainstream – especially with regard to the print sector.
March 28, 2013 at 9:47 am
THANK YOU sooo much for the mention. I highly appreciate it and I am humbled by it.
March 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm
surprised to get a mention here.thank you.appreciated
April 3, 2013 at 10:48 am
Thank you for the list! Good talent on display here.
April 4, 2013 at 2:17 am
I was disappointed when deMaitha’s blog didn’t make it to the final list……and I am more disappointed that young upcoming talent like his is going against seasoned and cultured talents like bikozulu who have a huge fan base. Anyway, I still think bikozulu is the best man standing right now and I have voted for him almost five times…..
ALL THE BEST TO ALL CANDIDATES.
April 4, 2013 at 2:18 am
Great post! Some of these blogs are out of this world.
I know though that you were not judging on all categories, but if possible, could the other judges write such pieces on the other 10 categories?
It would be lovely (I think). Of great interest to me would be the political blogs, business blogs, and (with great personal bias) sports blogs.