Melanie Mannarino



Melanie Mannarino is an editorial and brand strategist who spent the bulk of her career editing digital and print content for national media brands including Seventeen, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, and Shape. She writes and edits branded and native content as well as editorial features across digital and print, and has been a content lead and strategist for various financial and wellness startups. A lifestyle expert, Melanie covers the relevant issues and concerns of our culture—from complex issues like domestic violence and the American healthcare system, to everyday lifestyle topics like food and entertaining, health and wellness, career, relationships, money, and parenting.


You don’t have to leave your own home—but you do need to clean the toilet the night before

By prioritizing her own point of view, the creator produces content that outlasts trend cycles

Fashion, Anime, and Mythology at the base of character-driven and community-led worldbuilding

How learning to say no can lead to a bigger, better yes

With a little help from Russian literature

Gatekeepers and green lights aren't the answer — you have to save yourself

10 years after its inception, Miranda July’s project encourages us to visit our archives and rediscover ourselves

This company aims to ease the burden on creators while keeping fans satisfied

Why are we drawn to these defining markers of internet subcultures—and how exactly are they different?

There’s a world beyond striving for your “best self”

A call to creative action instead of creative comfort

How he’s gone from freelance video editing to running a full-suite content production house

From freelancing in Washington to jetting across the world with YouTube’s biggest creators

If we’re really honest, none of us are creating alone

The no-regrets way to set up any creative business

George Washington and the 24-hour news cycle

Meet the anthropologist who studies internet culture and how it impacts society

Moving beyond religion means finding other paths for an impassioned, spiritual journey

His all-star client roster includes MrBeast, Jesser, and Noah Kagan

I’m on the verge of quitting—here’s why

Will Bluesky manage to replicate everything that made Twitter great?

With QuickVid, founder Daniel Habib wants to help creators produce endless content that’s also endlessly engaging

You don’t need a church to experience the religious ecstasy of strong shared belief

Vigilante justice may be easier to dole out from behind a screen, but it doesn’t make it more righteous

With AI getting smarter by the day and verification badges up for sale, the line between authentic and fake is all but invisible

Effective techniques to recharge your creative battery (that don’t involve diet or sleep)

Honesty, mutual respect, and unwavering fairness has charged the trio’s success

With platforms subject to politics and pivots, creators are seeking other means to own their fan relationships

A mass dislike of plain water has led to a flood of flavored-water content

How TikTok users worldwide found unexpected meaning and solidarity in a love song

But fan edits and memes probably won’t change Congress’s mind

You won’t love everything you make—and that’s okay

People have been fictionalizing stories about real people for generations—so why does it feel so personal and intrusive right now?

Weighing the risks and benefits of going long for creators   

Reframe the idea of failure and you’ll never keep your work to yourself again

Moving past antiquated, patriarchal definitions allows room for everyone to grow, flourish, and create

Creators may never replace traditional streaming services, but they’re coming compellingly close

Experts and users are split on just how much damage these filters can do

Chris Whalen, CPA, has helped thousands of creators on the contentious website with their tax returns

The prolific aren’t more talented—they just have the right systems in place 

Are these videos genuine feel-good moments, or are they marketing ploys based on the idea that pity sells?

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