My love of Reddit started years ago when I clicked a link to r/nosleep. Nosleep is a place for authors to share original horror stories. Back then, the stories read as “this is likely fiction but could be real.” That uncertainty is what gripped me. Nowadays, it leans heavily towards “obviously fiction” so it doesn’t hold the same appeal (for me at least). I still browse it from time to time. The classics are always worth a read.
When Nosleep wasn’t scratching my scary things itch, I found r/creepyencounters. Unlike Nosleep, everything on Creepyencounters is real. Stories range from stalkers, terrifying middle-of-the night run-ins, and general situations when someone felt their life was in danger due to max level creepiness. It has good stories but it also requires weeding out LOTS of “some guy gave me a funny look on the train” posts.
If you don’t reddit, I recommend the site. I think it gets a bad rep because there’s some weird stuff out there, but that’s the Internet for you. I removed all default subs, chose my own, and browse my customized feed. I see it as being no different than customizing the Apple News app with various online magazines or using RSS. The bonus I get with Reddit are the comments which are often hilarious, informative, positive, and entertaining. Emphasis on hilarious, by the way. Some of the comments are pure gold.
These days, I’m hovering around 40 subreddits. These are some of my favorites:
r/AnimalsBeingBros – animals just being bros
r/AskProgramming – a place to ask for help/help others with programming questions across all languages
r/AskReddit – open-ended discussion questions
r/ATBGE – awful taste but great execution
r/aww – things that make you go aww!
r/BeforeNAfterAdoption – a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned or mistreated animal
r/computerscience – general comments and questions about CS
r/Cplusplus – programming language specific
r/cringe – user stories that make you go
r/cringepics – same concept with pictures
r/explainlikeimfive – questions explained in the simplest way
r/Futurology – focuses on the development of humanity, technology, and civilization
r/gaming – for those who game
r/happycryingdads – like the name suggests
r/IAmA – Ask Me Anything. I think the celebrity AMA’s aren’t the best these days, but there are great posts by “everyday people” with interesting stories
For example: This post by a Puerto Rican living without power for over 70 days This is also Reddit at its finest. Several commenters reached out to OP (original poster) and sent solar lights and other items to make his life easier.
r/iamverybadass – People trying too hard to appear tough, strong, brave, heroic
r/iamverysmart – Same concept but with smarts
r/misleadingthumbnails – some of these really take a moment to figure out
r/oldpeoplefacebook – a place to share funny, weird, and entertaining posts from people still trying to figure out how social media “works”
r/OldSchoolCool – just old pictures of people looking cool
r/OutOfTheLoop – if you’ve ever heard people going on and on about something but don’t know what’s really going on. This gets you up to speed.
r/ProRevenge – Stories of revenge which sounds mean but the people always deserve it
r/quityourbullshit – perfect example below
r/space – just cool space stuff
r/thatHappened – this is probably my favorite subreddit. It’s totally $100% true stories that totally happened and no one would make up
r/wokekids – somewhat of an official spinoff of thatHappened
r/Zoomies – pictures can’t do this subreddit justice. It’s all about the gifs.