Should I share my posts on reddit?

I have a conflicted relationship with reddit.

My current most immediate thoughts of reddit is that it’s a toxic, addictive and mostly unhealthy internet subculture/habit.

But, there are some really cool subreddits – /r/highqualitygifs is perhaps my favourite, producing such beauties as this:

I’ve also written before about /r/wholesomememes.

 

There’s other cool creative subreddits like /r/photoshopbattles or /r/writingprompts.

There’s good quality image subreddits like /r/historyporn.

Reddit is also a good first place for location based information, eg. /r/newzealand.

 

I have just created a new reddit account – where I actively filter a lot of the popular subreddits – /r/the_donald, /r/politics, etc.

And maybe I shouldn’t be browsing reddit at all – but I have different question.

 

It would be good for the visibility of my blog and other projects to be posting links to sites like reddit. There are plenty of subreddits where my posts would be relevant. /r/theoryofreddit perhaps.

However, I feel conflicted because do I really want my content circulating amongst a toxic culture?

Self promotion seems icky somehow. Lets consider the approach that we’re all really vying for is people’s attention. You could suggest that to improve the quality (the signal!) of what people are consuming, would be a good thing, and so that sharing your material would be a good thing.

 

A website I made when I was 14-ish.

scorchdotcom
Flaming text – a sure sign of the era. I had created this using some free image/fancy text creation/manipulation software.

Warning: Contains raw teenage angst.

http://www.scorchworld.8k.com/

I made this website when I was about 14, from memory. The last update shows May 11, 2001 – I would have been 15 then.

This is pre-facebook, pre-myspace days, the cool thing to do was create free websites, hosted on sites like Angelfire or Geocities.

I’ve long since lost the original username and password for the website. It’s an amusing artefact that the webhosts are still hosting the page.

The pages were written entirely in HTML. No CSS files, no Javascript, and no using a WYSIWYG editor.

What I think is especially relevant about this website, and I’ve mentioned before on this blog, is the self-criticism entailed when deciding to blog. I wrote:

Another thing I find paralysing when it comes to writing, is the potential social cost of writing. I wrote a little about this here. Just like when a teenager expresses their edgy ideas, thinking they’re original only to be embarrassed by them ten years later (I made such a website by the way), there’s the fear that anything I’m writing now, I’m going to be embarrassed by in the future.

But looking at this old website… I’m glad it exists. Sure, teenage angst may not be particularly original or profound, but creative expression is creative expression.

The website shows remarkable technical ability, for a self-taught young person of the time.

There are other amusing notes to glean from the site. For example on the page Terms and Conditions point number 8 says:

> 8. David Johnston may not be given the label of ‘Trying to cool’ for having offensive material on Scorchworld.8k.com. (like swearing)

Amusing because I seem to remember receiving an email from one of my older sisters saying ‘I was trying to be cool’ with certain things I’d written there. I’d either anticipated that, or I’d added this clause in response to the email. I don’t think I can dig up that email though.