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paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 15264
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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Reddit is a massive collection of links.  A thousand links are submitted every day.  Everybody has an opportunity to vote up or down on each link.

Most people go just to the home page and they see just the links that have gotten the most upvotes that day. 

reddit is also broken down into "subreddits".  Some subreddits you might be interested in include:

permaculture
homesteading
renewable energy
self sufficiency

Since these have less traffic, you can see a list that of things that have been the most popular for the last week or two.  Things that are newer and more popular are near the top.  Things that are older or less popular scroll to the bottom.

Eventually, you might want to submit something to reddit.  Keep in mind that spammers want to submit things to reddit too, so your first submission might get caught in the spam filter.  If that happens, click on "message the moderators", explain that your submission didn't show up and maybe it is in the spam filter.  After you have done this a few times, the spam filter "learns" that you are trustworthy.

If you picked a good title and a good link, you could get a hundred upvotes.  And the link might get a few thousand views.


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paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
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Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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Reddit has no way to post pictures.  So the only way that people on reddit can see pictures is if they are on a non-reddit site.  Like permies. 

In fact, if we have a thread here that has lots of discussion and a collection of several pictures, that makes for excellent reddit fodder.

A thread with no pictures usually doesn't do well on reddit, even if the topic is interesting.

A thread with some pictures, some videos, good discussion and an interesting topic will do awesome on reddit!

As an example, I sumitted the following to reddit:

This woman built a rocket mass heater to heat the floor of her yurt, and wrapped copper tubing around it to get hot water

to the frugal subreddit.  It got 264 upvotes and brought permies about 5000 views. 

Good for reddit.  Good for permies.

paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 15264
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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I am making the podcast using the energy that used to tell folks about my new stuff.  Especially reddit.  My impression was that people were gonna take over that stuff, thus freeing me up to do the podcast.  My last video has not yet been posted to reddit.

I will send a permies.com mug and t-shirt to the first reddit submission of that video to net 100 upvotes.

I will also send a permies.com mug and t-shirt to the first reddit submission of any permies.com thread to net 100 upvotes.

If my stuff is getting submitted to reddit, then I will stop thinking about it and focus on the podcast stuff. 



paul wheaton
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Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 15264
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
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BTW:  this subreddit is moderated by me.  please subscribe (add it to your front page)

http://www.reddit.com/r/homestead/

 
 
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