Editorial Policy

Mornington Beach

Welcome to my site!

Since 2010 TOT: HOT OR NOT has grown from a personal hobby into a part-time job for me. But I still blog mostly because I love writing, I’m interested in experiencing new things with my family and I want to inspire others to have fun with their families their city, region and the world.

The blog is a reflection of my personal interests.

This means that there is a greater proportion of HOTs than NOTs because I select where we want to go, what I want to do and I generally pay my own way.

Here’s the editorial policy in detail.


  • TOT: HOT OR NOT is a review blog, which means that I write about my experiences and opinions after an event.  I tend to publicise upcoming events via social media, the weekly What’s On or a giveaway.
  • I aim to write fair, honest and independent reviews.
  • The blog has a strong bias towards locations in the CBD and the inner city. That is because I live and work in the inner city.
  • When something is so-so, I still make a determination of whether it is HOT or NOT. I will always justify why I’ve fallen one way or the other.
  • Most of the photographs are my own. If I have used other people’s photographs, I provide image credit and a link if relevant.
  • I do not regularly publish guest posts but if you feel you have something relevant to say to the blog’s readers please get in touch.

Reuse of content

  • Please do not use my content and photographs without my permission. I make a living from writing and taking photographs. Republication with permission requires appropriate credit and a link back and depending on the circumstances, may attract a licence fee.

Unsolicited emails

  • I am happy to receive unsolicited emails from PR and marketing agencies. However, I only have time to respond to emails which I find personally interesting. Others I will politely decline or delete.
  • I am happy to receive tips from readers about something or somewhere they like. I can’t promise to visit every single one, but I do make a note of them.


  • I occasionally get invited to events, such as restaurant openings, theatre shows or product launches. When I have been invited as a guest, I always disclose that fact clearly in the post and I will always give my honest opinion about the event.
  • I occasionally receive free products. When I have received a free product, I may choose to pass it on as a giveaway or retain in lieu of payment for a sponsored post.
  • If I am paid to write a post, I will note that clearly in the post.

My business interests

As well as the blog I own two other small businesses.

  • CycleStyle is an online bike store selling stylish clothing and accessories for urban cyclists.
  • Wheelie Good Fun is where I work with local councils, community groups and otther organisations to design and deliver bike-related projects and place-making construction play activities for children.

I will occasionally use the blog as a publicity channel for CycleStyle and Wheelie Good Fun in the same way I choose to publicise other products or events via the blog.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.

We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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