About MJV


Welcome to My Jamaican Vignettes.

I am Chantel DaCosta, a Jamaican Writer. My Jamaican Vignettes is my space to share and connect.

I love reading and storytelling is my passion.

I post two days per week, Wednesdays and Sundays.

On Sundays, I share personal essays. These personal essays are posted at least once per month.  And on Wednesdays, every Wednesday, I share my first love, reading, I post book reviews and book discussions.

The MJV Journey 

My journey to My Jamaican Vignettes has been a very round about one.  Let me start from the very beginning.

I started blogging in October 2014, I started out on Tumblr, with The Stories of Chantel DaCosta. The blog began when I enrolled in the Start Writing Fiction class from the Open University via FutureLearn.  My Tumblr blog was used to share longer commentary and stories that the FutureLearn platform could not accommodate.

After the class ended, I started to review books and often shared my own flash fiction pieces.  In 2015, most of my content came from the 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge that I committed to completing. During 2015, I regularly updated my reading challenge process and shared my updates. I loved the enthusiasm of Tumblr’s booklr community. However, the interface and community connection and discussion for limited.

 In December 2015, I was invited to start a Channillo series.  The Channillo options were fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I chose to start a weekly column that I named, My Jamaican Vignettes.   Channillo is an amazing site for writers to connect with each other, however, it is closed off by a subscription paywall and I wanted to share and connect more.

The Merge 

I made the decision to start a WordPress blog in March 2016.  I  ended up with two active blogs, MJV on WordPress and The Stories of Chantel DaCosta Tumblr.  I couldn’t juggle the two. I merged the blogs.

The Stories of Chantel DaCosta is now an official category for book reviews and discussions every Wednesday.

As I grow and learn the blog continues to evolve. Every how to grow your blog and increase website traffic and hits advice online recommends that you choose a niche and stick with it.  I cannot choose, if you want to join me, please do, subscribe, together we will explore books, discuss life in Jamaica, embrace mindfulness and figure out how to live our best lives.

Lets Stay Connected 

Connect with me on Twitter:  @MyJamaicanV and @lucifree

And, you can also follow the My Jamaican Vignettes Facebook page for regular updates and news.

Join Me and Let’s Learn and Grow Together 

I am always willing to discuss books and participate in bookish events, blog tours, discussions and share any publication news, cover reveals and excerpts on the blog.

Also,  Caribbean writers, poets and creatives, I would love to connect.

Please join me on my journey to creating a life of abundance, light and creative energy.




  1. Hi. I’ve nominated you for a Bloggers Recognition award, the info is at: https://senczyszak.com/2016/08/06/bloggers-recognition-award/
    Completely voluntary, you may have a virtual shelf full of these already. If you choose to recognize the award, here are the rules to the nomination….
    To accept your award You Must :
    (1) write a post to show your Award
    (2) Acknowledge the Blogger that nominated you
    (3) Give a brief story about how you get started blogging
    (4) Give two pieces of Advice for new bloggers
    (5) Nominate the deserving 15 bloggers

  2. Nice to meet you Chantal. Keep writing – you have the passion and fire in the belly. I am deeply graateful for your follow of my blog

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