Brown Girl Blogger Magic: D'Mani


You all know how much I love black girl magic, and this week I got to collaborate with some brown girl blogger magic. I got to chat it up with D'Mani, known to most as Mani, of "Show Me Dmani". The Palm Beach native, now resides in the big apple, where she is painting the city Mani! Mani has been able to contribute her creativity to "Jones Magazine", and we get the inside scoop on how she got the gig and so much more!


1.) What made you decide to start a blog?

Honestly, I just needed an outlet and it kind of started from me feeling like 'the Underdog" in a way. I'm a recent college graduate trying to figure things out career wise and I caught myself comparing my path to my group of over achieving friends lol. Upon graduated things didn't go the way I'd planned but it seemed like all of my friends were venturing off to do amazing things, travel, great paying jobs, getting married and I felt stagnant. I instead to get out of my rut and throw myself into what I'm passionate about, "writing" and in doing that I fell in love with being transparent and showing my journey and growth process to readers. 

2.) What in your opinion is the hardest part of blogging?

The hardest part of blogging for me is staying consistent and balancing things. I have a bad habit of biting off more than I can chew and alot of times it puts me in a bind time-wise with creating content and I hate rushing to create content because a lot of times people can tell when you do a rush job. To be a blogger you have to master time management.

3.) Who are some of your favourite bloggers?

Sonique of SoniqueSaturday.com is so bomb; I mean come on, she made fake Berkin bags cool lol. I'm a huge fan of Fran of Heyfranhey.com, I admire her passion for both mental and physical wellness and that she's constantly making efforts to use her platform to advocate for social causes. Mica of Micaelaverrelien.com is dope as well; I love how she makes sure we see bits and pieces of her lively personality through out her posts. There are so many more I could name but for now that's all I can think of.

4.) You are a contributor for "Jones Magazine". How did you get that gig and how has your experience been so far?

I got this opportunity through being a pest lol, just kidding, kind of. I've always wanted to write for Jones magazine; since I was in elementary school I've dreamed of owning a magazine for women of color. When Jones magazine launched during the time I was in high-school I put it in my mental to-do list to write for them. I moved to New York to chase after my dreams of working in media, so I couldn't be in New York, their headquarters and not contact them. I called everyday for about two weeks; literally, the receptionist knew my voice by heart lol. Finally, I was direct to the Content Editor who saw my persistence and took me on as a writer. I love writing for Jones and I would love to contribute my creative ideas and ideas for engaging content in the future so I'm working towards building with them.

5.) Do you have a specific piece of yours that is your favourite, and why?

One of my favorite articles for Jones magazine is a feature I posted about my friend, Prohaize, a rapper-turned-activist who ran from Atlanta to New York with a body camera attached to him to raise awareness about police brutality and the effectiveness of police body cameras. This is a favorite of mine because it's a topic so close to my heart and I was proud to get the word about someone so close to me, doing what he could to contribute to the betterment of society. In regards to my favorite blog posts on Showmedmani.com, it would have to be my "Kiss My Class: Demanding Respect" article. I got alot of great feedback from readers and going back and reading it I could see my growth, because there was once a time I would just blow up on people and not be as tactful with telling people how I feel about things, so I was proud seeing that I'm no longer that girl that goes from 0-100 but I can express my disdain for things in a real classy Claire Huxtable way, ya know?



6.) What would be your number one tip for someone who wants to get into blogging?

My number one tip would be to just go for it and as cliche as it may sound be yourself and don't think of what people will think of you if you go out on a limb and try to be transparent with your content because someone there is someone just like you, seeking inspiration themselves.

Check out Mani's blog: www.showmedmani.com
Follow Mani on Instagram @showme_dmani

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