19 Nov 2012

The Guide to Reddit Subreddits

There are a couple of websites that are so intensely connected to the overall image of the Internet today that they come to mind the moment you think of the web. Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube…these are all examples. Highly used, very popular and increasingly relevant to how we interact in even the real world, our lives have become totally ingrained with their services.

Reddit Subreddits

But if you keep going, there is a name that will be on the list that you might have forgotten: Reddit. Calling itself (rightly) the front page of the Internet, this information sharing and communication resource has blown up over the years. It is now a hub for interaction from all over the world, and if you want to know the buzz on the net, it should be the first port of call.

Unfortunately, a lot of people – even frequent users – don’t understand all of the features. Like the category structure; how does it work? You have the main reddits along the top breaking up more popular main categories. These include Politics, Gaming, Atheism, Videos, Movies, Science, Funny, ect.

When you hit the ‘More’ button, you will be taken to another page that includes some subreddits that are also popular. These are usually more specific, like Pokemon or Minecraft. These subreddits are not just on this page, however. They are all over the site, just a little more difficult to find.


Finding Subreddits

Reddit Subreddits
Obviously, you can just sift through the official subreddits page if you want to. But you will be going through results for a long time, and it is more a tool for browsing than finding something specific. Especially if the subreddit you are looking for is obscure and less likely to have a high number of people subscribed or posting to it.

Luckily there are ways to help you quickly suss out these boards.

  • New Reddits – This feature is a quick way to check out what has just been posted more recently. This is handy when you are looking for trending topics, because chances are they will be groups together as users post again and again about it.
  • Subreddit of the Day – Find out what has attracted the most attention and been named the Subreddit of the Day.
  • Metareddit – Brown by metatags, clicking on each one to get a description from the randomly generated list.
  • Subreddit Finder – Find useful tags and sort them by most promoted, active or several other specifications.
  • Subreddits – A full list broken down by larger categories.

Some Interesting Subreddits

Reddit Subreddits
I have found some really great subreddits using the tools above. I have found some truly bizarre ones, as well. If I were to come up with a list of my absolute favorites, it would be hard to narrow it down. But if you twisted my arm, these are the ones I would recommend.

  • /r/Paranormal – Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Even those of us you aren’t convinced in the existence of the supernatural can get a kick out of a well woven tale of spooks and specters. If you have an interest in the paranormal, this is a must-subscribe blog to check out. It covers ghost stories, cryptozoology, UFO’s, investigations, possessions, haunted objects and more.
  • /r/GetDisciplined – Ever wanted to change your life, but you just don’t have the willpower to keep going? This is a great subreddit for you. It gives you advice, support and motivation for anything you want to improve. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get organized, find a better job, finish school or anything else, this should be a daily stop.
  • /r/AbandonedPorn – It isn’t what it sounds like, promise! This board is all about abandoned places around the world. From hospitals to zoos, find the beauty in those places that used to bustle with activity, but have now been left behind and empty.
  • /r/Fascinating - Sometimes you just want to know something cool. This subreddit isn’t updated as often as many of the others, but everything posted there is interesting. It is worth just reading what is already there.
  • /r/YouShouldKnow – This one is similar to WhatILearned, a popular board listed on Reddit’s main page. Anyone who has a bit of expertise on a subject, or just knows something helpful, post it on this subreddit to help teach others.
  • /r/LifeProTips – Ever wanted to know how to make your own vanilla extract? Perfectly portion ground beef? Set your internal clock? You can find out here, hacking life like a pro.

Do you know of any good subreddits that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.