‘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.
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?
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.
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!