It gets a bad rap, but reddit is one of the best destinations for, well, anyone online.
Known as a forum of forums, reddit is broken down by sub-reddits, which are communities dedicated to topics. They can be expected forums, such as /worldnews for headline news or /videos on viral videos. But they can also be niche, such as /freelancewriters for those in the freelance journalism biz. Or /FoodToronto, for all things food-related in Toronto.
I've been a big fan of reddit for around six years, and it's become my go-to source for numerous things, such as story ideas to pitch to editors, the latest info on medical marijuana headlines, documentaries you can watch online free, advice on optimizing my tennis game, and so much more.
That bad rap things...Let's just say some reddit commenters can be uncivil and trolly, but I'd contend the majority of comments are intelligent and polite. There'll be rotten apples in any bunch, right?
I've had some enthralling debates on reddit, with nary a curse word thrown in. I've learned about subjects simply by asking a question to, say, Explain It Like I'm Five, a forum dedicated to requesting a breakdown of something you find too complex to understand.
What I find admirable about reddit is how helpful the community can be. If you ask a question in any city's sub-reddit, you'll get replies within an hour offering tips on what you're requesting. Only rarely will dead air meet my questions. The high rate of engagement keeps me coming back to reddit (which, I'm warning you, can be such a timesuck you'll wonder how an hour passed during a surface perusal of /askreddit).
So what are your favourite reddit communities and why? Feel free to comment below or reply via Twitter.
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