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Kaiden Laverty from A Suffolk Dad

27th August 2017
Kaiden Laverty

‘In the Blog Seat’ is a series of interviews with bloggers and vloggers who share their blogging journey, inspirations and learning lessons…

Kaiden Laverty lives with his partner Jamie and their son Joshua in Suffolk. He has been blogging at A Suffolk Dad since the beginning of the year, which focuses on lifestyle, parenting and mental health…

What three things can’t you live without to help manage your blog – and why?
Social media to connect and interact with my readers/other bloggers, my iPad because it’s easier to use for emails etc and my notebook because I scribble lots down throughout the day.

How did you first get into blogging?
When I became a (stay-at-home) dad I felt that the blogging world was often very ‘mum focused’ at times and I wanted to share my stories.

How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?
Being a parent, I wanted to share my parenting experiences as well as my own mental health journey.

How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I very much run on a schedule and my to-do lists. I’m a freelance writer, blogger as well as a stay-at-home dad, so I have to have some sort of list to help me split my time.

What strategies have worked well for you in getting more traffic to your blog?
I spend my time interacting with other bloggers, joining in with linkys, tags etc and doing guest posts.

What blog achievement are you most proud of?
Becoming Mumsnet ‘Blog of the Day’. I had no idea and it was a total surprise!

What are your blogging goals for the next 12 months? 
To keep on writing better content, make more blogger friends, attend blogging events and keep on getting involved with campaigns.

What’s the most challenging issue for you in your blogging journey so far?
When I first re-launched in January, I found it difficult building up links and getting involved in the whole blogger community. I felt a bit like an outcast and an imposter!

Do you have any favourite bloggers?
I love Toby & Roo. Harriet was one of the first parenting bloggers I found and I love what/how she writes.

Kaiden Laverty

What motivates you to keep your blog up and running? 
I would love to, one day, earn an income from my blog. While that’s not my top priority as I do it because I enjoy it, providing for my family from something that I’m passionate about would be perfect.

Where do you hope your blog will take you?
The main thing I want to get out of my blog is other blogger friends – especially parents! I also do hope to be on the same level as Toby & Roo one day.

Do you monetise your blog – and if so, in what ways?
I earn a bit of money from my blog from the campaigns I take part in. Brands get in touch and ask me to do reviews, post pictures, share their campaigns or refer bloggers to get involved. Off the back of that, I then get a fee.

Where do you get your inspiration for your blog posts?
My life!

What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?
A connection through their content. I love bloggers who connect with their readers and share parts of their life. The posts I enjoy reading the most are ones that I can personally relate to.

What’s the biggest mistake that you’ve made in blogging so far?
I relaunched my blog by taking part in Blogmas (where you blog daily through December) and I wrote some poor-quality blog posts and didn’t put too much effort in at all. But they were all practice!

What do you love most about blogging and how long do you spend blogging in a typical week?
I love the writing process and interacting with other bloggers. I spend around 5-9 hours a day on things blogging related.

If someone was interested in starting a blog, what one piece of advice would you offer him or her?
Just go for it! Write, write, write. Writing is the only way to find what topics and style comes naturally to you and the things that you actually have to talk about and share with others.

Kaiden Laverty

The nitty gritty...

What is your favourite blog post (or one of your favourite) you’ve written and why? I 
think it has to be my ‘Stop Judging Me’ post. I wrote it because my partner and I used to get a lot of comments about how we raise our son. I think a lot of parents can relate to it. 
What type of blog post do you most enjoy writing? 
I enjoy writing posts that share parts of my parenting or mental health journey.

Do you collaborate with brands? 
I have collaborated with a few brands and have a few exciting things coming up over the 
next few months. I would love to work with Primark because I love their clothes (for me 
and my son) but there are so many!

Do you vlog – and if so, what about? 
I don’t vlog, but I would absolutely love to!

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49 comments

Rachel 30th August 2017 at 10:39 pm

I love interview series on blogs, such a good way to get introduced to new bloggers! xo

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LaurettaCWright 31st August 2017 at 8:10 am

Thanks Rachel 🙂

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Rachel, I agree, it’s a great way to find out about new bloggers!

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steph c 30th August 2017 at 2:55 pm

Cool series, I love finding out about other bloggers, there seems to be quite a lot of dad bloggers about recently, they are coming into their own I’ve noticed

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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 3:16 pm

It’s great isn’t it? I hope some more are inspired by people like Kaiden.

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:04 pm

Hi Steph, it’s been great seeing more Dad bloggers popping up. I’m always on the lookout for more to follow!

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Lilinha 30th August 2017 at 10:21 am

It’s lovely finding out more about other bloggers, especially reading about a dad’s perspective on parenting!
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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 11:27 am

Yes – always good to get other perspectives:-)

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Hayley Warren 30th August 2017 at 9:26 am

What a great post! It seems like there’s not a lot of Dad bloggers around

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:07 pm

Thanks Hayley! I agree – there’s not too many around but I’ve noticed more popping up over the past few months. Hopefully they’ll be even more as time goes on.

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Elizabeth 30th August 2017 at 8:37 am

Delighted to ‘meet’ a new blogger via this series. There certainly aren’t many male bloggers in the blogosphere, are there! 🙂
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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 8:40 am

I think everyone is quite grateful to meet a new dad blogger!

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:08 pm

Hi Elizabeth, there isn’t too many is there? Although, I’ve noticed more popping up recently. Always great to see more Dad bloggers!

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Jessica McDonnell 30th August 2017 at 7:47 am

This is a lovely interview, it’s great to hear of more Daddy bloggers.

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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 8:21 am

Thanks Jessica!

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Angela Milnes 30th August 2017 at 6:05 am

What a great post and I love these series it’s great to know the story of these people behind on this blog and glad you share this

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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 7:20 am

Thanks Angela – I enjoy sharing bloggers from all backgrounds!

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Louise Smith 29th August 2017 at 10:29 pm

Great interview. I’m off to check out Kaiden’s blog now. I very rarely read ‘daddy blogs’ so it will be fab to see his take on parenting 🙂

Louise x
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LaurettaCWright 30th August 2017 at 7:14 am

I agree – i need to read more dad blogs too – usually have a great sense of humour!

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:10 pm

Thank you, Louise!

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Rebecca Smith 29th August 2017 at 8:43 pm

Such a great series. So nice to see more dad bloggers – there’s so many mummy bloggers in comparison x

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Rebecca! Good to see you enjoyed ready it!

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Madeeha 29th August 2017 at 8:12 pm

Such a cute and happy family. Bless them ❤️

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:10 pm

Thanks Madeeha, lovely to hear!

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Helen 29th August 2017 at 4:25 pm

Kaiden and his family are gorgeous! I love that more and more men are getting in to blogging, especially parenting blogs. It’s really refreshing to read posts from a mans point of view.
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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 4:32 pm

Ah that’s lovely to hear Helen – I’m sure he’d appreciate your comments. I’ve encouraged him to have a look at them on here – so hopefully he’ll see these…

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Kaiden 4th September 2017 at 12:11 pm

Thank you, Helen! It’s great isn’t it? I love seeing more Dad bloggers pop up.

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Angela Ricardo Bethea 29th August 2017 at 2:56 pm

We totally need more Dad bloggers like him since there is only so little Dad Bloggers that we know. Awesome interview btw and I’m glad that they are openly blogging about lifestyle, parenting and mental health.

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 3:12 pm

Thanks Angela – it’s great to hear another perspective I agree!

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Stephanie 29th August 2017 at 1:59 pm

What a fab series and a great way to get to know the people behind the blogs. And discover new blogs! x

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Stephanie – it’s great to discover new blogs for sure!

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Miss Kitty Kaos 29th August 2017 at 6:42 am

I love the idea of interviewing bloggers it’s a great way to find new blogs to read and It is always good to see Moreno daddy bloggers out there!
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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:47 am

Thanks Kitty – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it – and thank you!

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Nat 29th August 2017 at 6:41 am

Great interview. I wish more dads would blog. I think its great he can talk about mental health, i wish alot more people could open up x

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:45 am

Thanks Nat – hopefully he’ll be an inspiration to others reading this..!

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Laura 29th August 2017 at 5:57 am

I’m always pleased to see more Dad bloggers as I think it’s often Dads that don’t have that support or someone to talk to whereas as a mum I’ve found numerous resources available to help me. Keep on blogging.

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:39 am

Yes, good point Laura – and I agree. There should be more support for dad bloggers for real.

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Ana De- Jesus 28th August 2017 at 11:46 pm

Aw what a lovely couple they make and their child is gorgeous. I really like that he blogs about mental health as well as it is something that needs to be spoken about! x

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:39 am

I agree Ana – I think it’s always admirable when people confront mental health issues head on.

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Olivia Thristan 28th August 2017 at 9:02 pm

I loved this interview it was a really good read! I hope things go well for Kaiden in the future and I’ll be checking out their blog! 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:38 am

Thanks Olivia!

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Kate Williams 28th August 2017 at 7:38 pm

I hardly read any dad bloggers but I really want to find a few more to read so thank you for the recommendation!

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:38 am

You’re welcome Kate!

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Lottie 28th August 2017 at 7:10 pm

Great interview!! So good to see male parent bloggers as I don’t follow many compared to mummy bloggers! Ill be sure to check out his blog.

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:37 am

Thanks Lottie – I’m sure he’d appreciate that.

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Joanna 28th August 2017 at 2:54 pm

Great interview I think its great to see more daddy/father bloggers as there are very few compared to mummy bloggers.

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LaurettaCWright 29th August 2017 at 6:36 am

Yes that’s true – hopefully if some dads read this they’ll be inspired to start blogging!

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five little doves 27th August 2017 at 10:26 pm

Oh I loved this interview! I love hearing more from Dad bloggers, they are definitely a minority in the parenting blogger world! I would also love to work with primark!!

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LaurettaCWright 28th August 2017 at 6:47 am

Dad bloggers certainly seem to be a minority don’t they? I wanted more dad bloggers to come forward for In The Blog Seat – watch this space as they say!

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