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Welcome to Mel’s Postbox!

I am Melissa Javan, creator of Mel’s Postbox. For those of you who know me, I previously did my blogging at I recently got my own blog domain name.

THE AIM of my blog is to share inspirational stories; and to give lessons relating to Writing Like A Journalist and entrepreneurship. I’m also working on my first novel – so look out for lessons relating to it.

I WANT TO help people to create better content for their websites or newsletters. I CAN help you write your good news stories.


Married Javan, I am a South African journalist and content producer by profession. I became a journalist, because of my love for storytelling.

So far IT’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. I started blogging in 2011 while reporting on the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) event in Durban. I was working for an independent grassroots newspaper, Cape Flats News then. While on my journey as a blogger, I encouraged some of my female media friends to join me, to give people insight to our careers and thoughts in general.

I stopped blogging after I moved to a new province and job in Port Elizabeth. I started taking blogging seriously in July 2016.

journalist mommy about me

Anyway, I am also the mamma of an 1 year old daughter and stepmom to a beautiful, talented chef, who is in her early 20s. My husband, Leslie, is a music composer. He will definitely share some of his gems on this site!

I speak a little South African – my mother tongue is Afrikaans and I am surrounded daily with friends and colleagues who speak isiXhosa and Setswana.


I HOPE TO inspire you, or make you laugh – while you read about my (and others’) journey. Hopefully by end of 2017 I will be a published author 🙂

Thank you for visiting my site.


Melissa Javan

PS Connect with me via email

or Twitter @melissa_nel.