They say that in order to grow in a positive direction, one needs to not only associate and interact with people whose interest are in congruence with theirs, but also find guys who are better. Networking and public relations exist partly for this very reason. In essence, working with other people has been proven to help in bettering the position of an individual. It gives them a chance to advance and develop your craft. Even bloggers need this kind of platform. In Kenya, the Association of Bloggers is called BAKE (Bloggers Association of Kenya).
There is no more a miserable person than that who thinks they are perfect in their current position and trajectory.
Don’t scratch your head. This is just something I came up with. It means that you are doomed if you assume your ideas, pieces of work, thoughts, and wisdom et al. are the best and cannot be toppled. Times change and the business transforms with it. Therefore, keeping yourself updated by associating with the right people can prove to one of the most splendid decisions for your blogging passion. Joining BAKE is on such a choice and it comes with a long and fat list of benefits. For a moment, let us assume we are in our humble abode in utopia. A land of milk and honey, where everything is as it is supposed to be ideally. You would expect that corruption and human selfishness are nonexistent in such a world. Now that we are here, let us talk of the benefits of joining a professional association for bloggers.
You will learn plenty of stuff. I may talk about online writing on this site. I may even give tips on the best ways to bring out the best blogger in you. But even after reading it here, it may or may not be as fulfilling and meeting sako kwa bako and discussing it with your peers. Even after learning how to create a blog site for free joining an association like BAKE will always offer you an opportunity to learn hands on. I will be totally out of order if I don’t mention the elements of conferences, link ups, and meetings that are organized for the benefit of the members. These are opportunities to learn, network, and become better. Good thing is that when you are a member, you get to gain access to periodic updates of events and the latest news. Like now, all members know that the BAKE Awards for this year are around the corner.
As a member of such an association, you get to have credibility and protection. I don’t mean that BAKE will line up policemen with teargas around your place of residence like in the situation at Anniversary towers. No. That would be very governmental. The implication here is that there is some sense of community in an association. Most importantly, there are terms and conditions that one must meet before they become members. This means that only the most competent, responsible, and serious people will make it through the percolation. The rest of the charlatans may be left out to do their thing. Again the association can come to your defense when you slip (or when you are shoved the wrong way in the line of duty). What am saying is that, for example, if you happen to say that “IEBC must go” at the wrong time or avoid saying that Jacob Juma (RIP) died of an acute disease, you may end up on the wrong side of the bar. Such are the times men cry and grit their teeth in anticipation for a true friend to show up. The association, adorned in the royal regalia of courage, can come to your rescue.
If your work is top notch or remarkable, motivation and reward often should follow you wherever you. This year’s BAKE Awards seek to recognize some of the exemplary bloggers of the year. Various categories of blogs and the fingers behind them are going to be awarded. This is one of the benefits of joining a professional association. They recognize and honor their members for their good works, which stand out among the other brilliant writer and bloggers.
Since this is Kenya and not Utopia, you, as a blogger, writer, and potential member of BAKE, you have a responsibility of keenly observing your leaders, engaging the typical organizational politics, and contributing towards conflict resolution and positive development. BAKE, on the other hand, should be seen to be striving towards availing these benefits to the members in their fullness.
So, let us get the tickets and attend the BAKE Awards and witness the level of prowess of a bloggers association of its own kind. Go to naona kwa macho and get the tickets for the event.