For MWF 2017, we’ve engaged six exciting voices to be our Digital Storytellers. Not only will they get to report on this year’s Festival in new and innovative ways, but welcome us into the digital spaces they inhabit so well. Here, blogger Joyce Watts tells all about her channels, and what she’s most excited to see at this year’s Festival.
Describe your blog/channel/profile in under 50 words.
I write two blogs – MEL: HOT OR NOT is the decisive guide to Melbourne, including restaurants, bars, art, culture and of course festivals! TOT: HOT OR NOT is a family travel blog that helps families to explore the best of Melbourne, Regional Victoria and beyond.
What makes your blog/channel/profile unique?
Everything is rated as either ‘HOT’ or ‘NOT’ – there’s no in-between 3 1/2 star ratings. I’m a decisive person!
When and how did you get started?
I started writing MEL: HOT OR NOT in 2009. I started blogging because I had a fledgeling travel blog when I was living overseas and when I came back to Melbourne I found that I was still in the habit of thinking like a blogger and wanting to share my photos and opinions!
I started TOT: HOT OR NOT when I was pregnant with my first child in 2010 because I couldn’t find the information and resources I wanted to read as a new parent exploring a whole different side to Melbourne.
What do you love most about blogging/vlogging?
I love being a tourist and experiencing new things in my hometown. I love meeting people from different walks of life through my blogs. I love the opportunities that have come my way as a result of blogging – such as being a Digital Storyteller for MWF!
Who are you most excited to see at MWF 2017?
Joyce Carol Oates, a master of fiction and still going strong in her 80s.
What are you currently reading?
Stasiland by Anna Funder (I know, a bit late to the party on that one), The Mothers by Brit Bennett and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
With my kids we’re reading everything we can about New York City, our next family travel destination. That means Eloise at the Plaza, In the Night Kitchen, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, Next Stop Grand Central, Good Night New York City, and so on …