The millennial journalist and videographer publish stories and videos on topics she’s passionate about.
Cooking, for instance. Melissa has recently found the joy of preparing meals at home and makes cooking blogs from her kitchen adventures. She says, “Many people around my age like watching cooking shows but might be put off from trying because recipes are so complex and ingredients are expensive. My cooking videos take a different tack: we cook with affordable ingredients you have on hand and give step-by-step instructions. And the food tastes really good!” People from all over the world follow Melissa’s cooking blogs.
“I record in English, and viewers can translate it to their language if they wish, but the steps are mostly visual and are very easy to follow,” she adds.
When the pandemic changed the way things happen, Melissa’s interest in gardening bloomed. “There is such joy in growing things - flowers as well as food - it’s an ideal process for video!”
Melissa’s work is steeped in social and green choices. She says, “Food waste is a significant problem, but cooking at home can really help. Similarly, gardening gets people outdoors and connected with nature - that brings benefits in so many ways.”
Her home province, Newfoundland and Labrador, (used to be best recognized for its association with the beloved Newfoundland dog, but is now perhaps equally well known as the safe haven for thousands of travellers stranded at 9/11 and location of the award-winning musical Come From Away) and her hometown of St. John’s is the backdrop for much of the content in the Blogs With Melissa website.
Although the Blog started in earnest while she was in Journalism school, Melissa has been writing since she was a little girl. She’s a published poet and writer, and her work can be found in various online and print publications. Including Guide to the Good!