For a little over a year now, I’ve been using Reddit after I had first only heard of it, and it’s become one of my favorite places to go on the internet. I had previously watched videos from RoosterTeeth and they referenced the site quite often. I was confused and intrigued as to what they were talking about. They had their own page, called a subreddit, and would receive comments from their viewers. However, interesting usernames mask the people behind the comments and posts, and the only way to see their other posts is to click on their username to see their profile. Sounds a little familiar to Tumblr, another blogging site where a user can subscribe to different tags and pages based on their liking. Both sites have their artistic, creative appeal to their respective users, but the deeper depths of both sites can reveal how weird and downright strange some users can be. Here are some different subreddit subjects that prove that Reddit has an appeal to any audience:
As an avid sports fan, I always look for the latest sports news and trends. I have notifications sent to my phone daily basis by both ESPN and Bleacher Report. I get updates about my favorite teams and news from around the leagues I follow. On Reddit, they have multiple subreddits dedicated to any sport you desire to follow. Personally, I follow subreddits that feature information about pro football, college football, Barclays Premier League and World Cup soccer, MLB, international rugby, and college basketball. I enjoy reading all the various stories about team transactions and stories, especially events that happen in the near-daily featured “This Day in History.” Joke subreddits are also a huge success where they make fun of players and coaches and other humiliating moments that happen during games. For example, the Patriots vs. Colts game this past season showcased a head-scratching fake punt attempt that left everyone pondering what Chuck Pagano was thinking. This was one of the memes that was produced only moments later and posted on r/nflmemes:
Joke accounts are probably some of the more entertaining places to go on Reddit, and I find it to be one of my main destinations.
Music is a big part of my life and Reddit highlights news about upcoming albums, tours, and what musicians are collaborating with who. I avoid the sites that are tabloid-like and attack some of my favorite artists. In fact, r/music is where I first found about Guns N’ Roses upcoming reunion tour. Subreddits also include a place to post music videos and new music from Soundcloud and upcoming artists. r/listentothis is a perfect place for this; when you discover a song by an overlooked band that fits the qualifications to be posted on the site (usually has to have <500,000 on Spotify), they’ll be featured for music lovers to open their ears to.
3. Movies & TV
Movie reviews are featured daily ranging from box office hits to independent and foreign films. The best part about it is that you, an average user, don’t have to a five-star film critic to review movies on Reddit. You can offer your perspective and comment others’ reviews. TV shows are also a huge topic of discussion; subreddits can be dedicated to Saturday Night Live (which is a really interesting and creative outlet for all who contribute to the site), or cult-following shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Once you enter, you’ll be immersed in discussions about the shows where people continue to just talk about their favorite show. Netflix suggestions are also offered including a link to another site called http://whatthehellshouldiwatchonnetflix.com/ which is exactly what it sounds like. It helps you decide what to watch based on what ratings and critics say about the show. Very helpful for the Netflix addict who thinks they’re all “Netflix’d” out.
4. Funny Videos, Images, and GIFs
I, along with a lot of other people, always enjoy seeing funny viral videos and images (standing or graphic) on social media. Reddit is just another outlet for all of these things. r/funny, r/gifs, r/pics, and r/mildlyinteresting display user-generated content linked through imgur.com. In order to post this kind of content, it’s a pretty useful asset to use, or else you’ll have difficulty uploading. I have seen some of the funniest gifs and pictures because of Reddit and I know a lot of people who’d be willing to agree if they were to take a look as well.
Amateur photographers can always go to either Tumblr or Flickr to post their material and they can get a lot of attention. Reddit can be another source for these types of photos, yet not a lot of people take advantage of that. It could get possibly the same amount of viewership and audience as Tumblr and Flickr. For example, I found this absolutely stunning photo of the landscape of Norway, which I currently use as my Twitter header.
I would advise photographers to experiment with Reddit and see how much attention their work gets. You may be surprised.
6. Deep Thinking
We all enter that deep state of thought from time to time and Reddit takes this to the extreme. I’ve never seen more creative and innovative thoughts than on popular subreddits related to deep cognitive thinking. r/philosophy posts texts from ancient and modern-day philosophers like Plato, Socrates, and, jokingly, DJ Khaled (bless up #major key). Users can also post their own ideas and thoughts. r/writingprompts post prompts that won’t be seen on middle school writing prompts, but instead there are different scenarios based on today’s world and fictional Dystopian societies. Users take to this and write their hearts out. If you were to read some of what the users post in the comments based on the prompts, you’d be amazed and wouldn’t even bat an eye to public school writing prompts anymore. My personal favorite is r/showerthoughts. Whenever you’re in the shower, it’s a time to yourself. You can think about anything you want: your day at work, sing a song, or remember that embarrassing moment in middle school that labeled you the “weird kid” for the rest of your schooling days. It’s a time to yourself, when suddenly an unusual thought pops into your head: “The object of golf is to play the least amount of golf,” or “A bed is a shelf for your body when you are not using it.” Simply put, woah, I would’ve never thought of this. Ideas could be so obvious and you could think you’ve been oblivious to something that’s been in front of you this whole time.
Reddit is weird, but it’s just as weird as Tumblr. I always say that Tumblr is a place for the artist in you, whereas Reddit is for the nerd in you. Both can help you get the news and your daily fix on funny trends. No matter what, if you use either site, you’ll stay in the loop of whatever it is you love to follow.