How to Use Reddit to Become a Better Man: 25 Subreddits for Personal Improvement

by Brett on January 7, 2013 · 69 comments

in A Man's Life, Personal Development

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Reddit. You’ve probably heard of it. The mega-site has a cult-like and ever-growing following, especially among twenty-somethings. If you aren’t familiar with it, reddit is a social news website where anybody can submit links to interesting stuff they find around the web. Users (called “redditors”) can also ask questions of the community or share experiences in simple text submissions. These submissions are organized into categories called subreddits. You can find subreddits (shown as “r/___”) for just about any topic. And I mean anything. As of this posting, there are over 205,000 subreddits.

After someone submits a link or publishes a post, the reddit community “up votes” or “down votes” it to determine its position on the subreddit where it’s categorized and the homepage — the more up votes a submission gets, the higher its position on the site. Since its founding in 2005, reddit has become one of the most trafficked websites on the internet and has garnered attention for its community-driven “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) interviews, as well as for its involvement in last year’s anti-SOPA campaign.

As for myself, I have a love/hate relationship with reddit.

I love reddit because it does send AoM quite a bit of traffic. Last year alone, nearly 1 million of our visits came from links submitted on the site. (Thank you to those who submitted AoM links! Much appreciated!)

I also love reddit because you can find so much interesting stuff there. Ask Me Anything interviews are amazing. My favorites in the series are Nick Offerman, Ken Jennings, and Dale Murphy. Check them out when you get the chance.

But, I hate reddit because it can be a terrible time-sink if you’re not careful. That’s what happened to me. A few years ago, I was a reddit fiend. I’d check the front page every 30 minutes to get the latest news and Scumbag Steve meme. Alarmed by the amount of time I was wasting on reddit, I took drastic measures by modifying my computer’s host files so that I could no longer access reddit.com. For nearly a year, I didn’t visit reddit at all.

That changed last October when Kate and I visited the fine gents at Huckberry. Somehow reddit came up during my conversation with its founders, Richard and Andy. I mentioned that I hadn’t visited the site in over a year because I was wasting so much time on it. Andy said I was missing out on some good stuff, especially in subreddits like r/history. The trick, he said, was to be deliberate about how you used reddit. Don’t just mindlessly surf. Have a purpose and stick to it.

After my conversation with Andy, I slowly began browsing my one-time nemesis again. Only this time I was more intentional about it. Instead of mindlessly surfing the homepage, I now only check a few subreddits that have the purpose of helping me achieve my goals. Using Chrome Nanny, I blocked reddit.com, but have whitelisted the subreddits that I actually want to read. Result? I no longer waste time and I’ve discovered some great content to help improve my life. Boom!

Below I highlight 25 subreddits that I think can help you become a better man. Some of them are subreddits that I regularly read myself, while some of them are just ones I thought might be helpful for a young man trying to improve himself in various aspects of his life.

Dress & Grooming

r/malefashionadvice - If you’re looking for advice and feedback on how to dress better r/malefashionadvice is your subreddit. These folks are really passionate about style and happy to help other men who want to dress better. We’ve had several of our style articles featured on r/malefashionadvice. You’ll likely see stuff from Antonio’s website, Real Men Real Style, there too. Users typically post pictures asking for feedback on their different outfits. If that’s not your thing, at least check out the links in the sidebar to their various guides on style basics. Great stuff.

r/wicked_edge - Subreddit dedicated to classic wet shaving. You’ll find reviews of shaving products and tips on how to get a better shave. If you have questions about wet shaving, feel free to ask away.

r/beards - A subreddit for bearded men and the women who love them. Post pics of your beard progress and get advice on how to take care of your manly face sweater. Also, throw your hat into the ring for their bimonthly beard contest. Winners receive a free bottle of Bluebeards Original Beard Wash.

Money & Career

r/personalfinance – Get your personal finance house in order with the help of this community. Trying to figure how to pay down your student debt? New to IRAs? Inherited some money and don’t know what to do with it? Post your questions to the 52,000 friendly subscribers at r/personalfinance to get some insight on what you should do.

r/frugal – Great collection of user-submitted tips and links on how to be more frugal and economical with your resources. I wish I knew about this place when I was in college and law school. Highly recommended for folks trying to rein in their spending and pay down their debt.

r/jobs – Looking for advice on how to improve your resume or job interview skills? Look no further than r/jobs.

r/entrepreneur - Go-to subreddit for the man starting his side hustle and has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. You’ll find inspiring links about other successful entrepreneurs and great discussions on the problems facing small business owners.

Health & Fitness

r/fitness – Find motivation and advice on how to get in shape in r/fitness. Most people use this subreddit to ask questions. Users are friendly and encouraging.

r/paleo – If you’re a fan of the paleo diet, you’ll find lots of recipes here. You’ll also find links to paleo related news and blog posts.

Personal Development & Improvement

r/GetDisciplined - A subreddit for folks who want to be more disciplined so they can achieve their goals. Most of the submissions are questions about becoming more disciplined. You’ll also find user-submitted success stories.

r/productivity - Lots of links to interesting articles on increasing your productivity. Just limit the time you spend here or else you’ll defeat the purpose of reading r/productivity!

r/psychology – Links to articles and studies on the latest advances and insights in psychology. Many of the articles have practical advice that you can use to improve your life today.

r/GetMotivated – You’ll find success stories and images designed to motivate the crap out of you. I’ll browse r/getmotivated when I’m feeling discouraged, and I typically find something that has just the message I needed to get me pumped up again.

r/socialskills – I know lots of AoM readers are looking to improve their social skills so they can have more success in their careers and their romantic lives. r/socialskills is a great place to look for advice, tips, and encouragement. Very friendly and encouraging folks there.

r/pornfree -This subreddit was inspired by a bunch of IamA Porn Addict AMA’ posts. The purpose of r/pornfree is to help people with porn addiction break their habit.

r/nofap – Similar to r/pornfree is r/nofap. For those of you who don’t know, ”Fapping” is internet speak for masturbating. r/nofap is a support group for men (and women) who are wanting to abstain from masturbation for whatever reason. Some are trying to abstain because it’s become an addiction that’s gotten in the way of their life, while others are taking the nofap challenge simply as a test of their self-control and willpower.

Man Skills

r/malelifestyle – Collection of general men’s interest links from around the web.

r/everymanshouldknow – “You know that thing your dad was suppose to teach you but never did? This is where you may learn a ton of interesting things, that will help you everyday.” Awesome collection of man skills, from how to sharpen a knife to how to ask a woman on a date.

r/lifeprotips – This is one of my favorite subreddits. Crammed with easy to implement tips that can improve your life by leaps and bounds. r/lifeprotips is where I learned to fold a t-shirt like a pro in less than a second. 

r/survival – Subreddit dedicated to discussion, articles, and videos on wilderness survival. Make sure to check out r/survival’s handy resource guides in the sidebar.

r/mechanicadvice – Experienced mechanics field questions on how to fix your car in this community. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fix your own car, this is the subreddit to read.

r/homeimprovement – For men tired of having to call the handyman to fix stuff around the house. Ask your home improvement questions here.

For the Gentleman Scholar

r/history – Subreddit for the history buffs. I’m amazed by the cool, in-depth history articles users submit here. Make sure to browse through the links to other historical subreddits. A few of my favorites include r/propagandaposters, r/wwiipics, and r/thewaywewere.

r/philosophy – Great philosophical discussion in r/philosophy. Even if you just lurk and read the discussion, you’ll get something out of it.

r/todayilearned – Looking for cocktail conversation fodder? r/todayilearned is your place to go.

Do you use reddit? What are your favorite reddit subreddits? Share them with us in the comments!

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1 Aaron January 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Hey Brett,

Great post as always. I saw on Reddit these series of photos on an incredibly well-done man cave. Check it out!

http://imgur.com/a/k81aO

Keep the awesome posts coming!

-Aaron

2 Axel January 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

r/DepthHub

It’s like r/bestof but better.

3 Aaron Duddles January 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

r/books and r/booksuggestions are pretty good for looking for some good quality reads.

r/cigars, self explanatory.

r/DIY so you can show off your latest “Do It Yourself” or view other redditors’ pieces of work.

Some of them aren’t exactly “manliness” per se, but I find them quite interesting nonetheless

4 Nusy January 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I’m also an avid redditor… and I have to admit, beyond TIL and AMA, my favorite subreddit, bar none, is /r/AskAHistorian.
It’s essentially a mashup of AMA and history: historians, whether amateur or professional, that are knowledgeable about a certain topic or period give smaller or larger panel discussions about topics. You can also submit your own burning history-related questions. From prehistoric times to Korea and Vietnam, pretty much every era and/or subtopic is covered.

5 bikeroo January 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

/r/knives and /r/EDC are great to learn more about one of the most valuable tools we have, the knife.

There’s also /r/BodyweightFitness for those who want to train anywhere or don’t want to go to a gym.

and for the Whisky lover there’s /r/Scotch and /r/Whiskey

6 Chris De Troye January 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I use r/recipes for a lot of my cooking when i’m trying to get something new

r/woodworking is pretty great. I love working with wood and there are a lot of neat projects and ideas and tips you can get from there.

These are the two most useful ones I go too as well as r/malefashionadvice and r/frugal

7 Jevon January 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

You didn’t even advertise /r/men! :-P

8 Jacob January 8, 2013 at 12:34 am

This is a fantastic article. I use reddit to follow my Liverpool FC, YNWA. Now I have many more reasons to use it. Thank you for this post.

9 Stef January 8, 2013 at 2:22 am

r/woodworking

10 mete January 8, 2013 at 2:41 am

r/TodayILearned
r/science
r/seddit, r/seduction, /trueplayer, r/socialskills

11 Foobar January 8, 2013 at 2:49 am

r/pornfree is a great resource. I’m a member of this subreddit, which I joined because of your article “The Problem with Porn”. You’ve finished that article saying that we should stay tuned for more on this topic.

Well, it’s time for AoM to deliver on this promise and revisit the topic of quitting porn.

12 Jay January 8, 2013 at 3:01 am

You’re welcome for the links on Reddit. Linked this over to /r/OneY. That’s one of my favorite subreddits for dudes. All the guy stuff without the craziness of /r/mensrights.

In addition to Fitness and paleo, there is /r/loseit, /r/gainit, /r/progress pics, and several smaller, more focused subs alongside.

13 Jawin January 8, 2013 at 4:44 am

My 18 year old son turned me on to Reddit only recently. For the past year he’s been forever saying, Reddit this or Reddit that. I’m like you, it can definitely be a time consumer. One post can sometimes wrap me up for too long. I will be checking and subing to some of these if not all and will show my son this article. In fact, he could probably say about me and the AoM as I’ve said aboutt him and Reddit. Thanks for such great articles.

14 Michael C January 8, 2013 at 5:31 am

Great post! Something that I have been looking for concerning modern manly appearance.

15 Justin H January 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m a fan of /r/malelivingspace

It is similar to /r/malefashionadvice in that people post pictures of their living spaces for feedback. There are also posts of inspiration for how to get an awesome living space.

16 Moogle January 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

You don’t need Chrome nanny to filter out the subreddits you don’t want, you can already do that on reddit. If you make a free account, you can subscribe or unsubscribe to the subreddits you want or don’t want to appear on your front page. http://www.reddit.com/reddits
Also, you can add the Reddit Enhancement Suit Add-on to further improve your reddit experience. http://redditenhancementsuite.com/

17 MWW_M January 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

I think /r/AskHistorians is a much better historical subreddit than r/History. There’s not much moderation in r/History meaning top rated comments are usually completely wrong. r/askHistorians is moderated to make sure there’s no speculation in answers, that the people answering have (or at least claim to have, honor code) degree level knowledge of history and can back up their statements with valid sources.

18 T January 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

Reddit has a piss-poor layout and interface. It’s not at all clear how to navigate it, and forum-style threading will always be a useless way to get useful information. Don’t use it. Don’t intend to.

19 JL January 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

I have to agree with ‘Nusy’.
If you’re looking for a well modded sub-reddit with great topics and insightful comments /r/AskHistorian is the place to be.

20 Patrick January 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

I would like to point AoM readers interested in free online (non credit) learning to http://www.uReddit.com. It organizes the listing of various college-level courses redditors teach, including art, history, programming, biology, and more. The uReddit course leaders are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency so users know they are receiving proper instruction. I co-taught the Intro to Psychology course found on /r/IntroPsych (I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and my partner has a master’s in research psychology). We have had redditors comment that it served as a great supplement to their high school or college course they were currently taking, as our slides and lectures presented information in different ways from their teachers or professors.

For the gentleman scholar, definitely check it out!

21 Brian January 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

I’ve been poking around the /r/buyitforlife, aims to share those items that are built to last forever. Not all men may agree but it’s a direction I’m pursuing in my life.

22 ZInck January 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

/r/homebrewing

Come join us while we share our love for one of the greatest hobbies a man can take on.

23 Anon January 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

Reddit is cancer, /b is forever!

24 L January 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

favorite subreddit that’s really helping me:
http://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking
as you can guess, a great community to help pare down your drinking..

25 Conner January 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thanks, Brett!
Does anybody have a few tips for new users?

26 SmartSuka January 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

I moderate r/nofap glad to see we made the list; its cool seeing a new idea take off.

27 Kade January 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

For those who are into Every Day Carry gear (and what other people carry) /r/edc is a wonderful subreddit – with advice, suggestions, product reviews, and pocket/bag dump pictures. That being said, it can be a black hole for time and productivity – I can look at EDC pics for hours and it feels like only five minutes have gone by.

28 Ian January 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

Reddit seems like a narcissistic community with a particularly left-wing bias. I’d rather search here for answers that are more objective.

29 Craig January 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

/r/watches

Similar to wicked edge in content and advice, but for fine timepieces instead of wet shaving.

30 Daniel January 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

A couple of other helpful subreddits that seem in line with AoM:

r/howto
r/DIY
r/seduction (this one is a very classy and well moderated sub for tips, suggestions, stories and all sorts of other content on how to respectfully and effectively seduce women.)

31 Pat January 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

I, too, fell into the reddit time-sink about a year ago while in the middle of a tough quarter at school. It was after attempting to click on r/beards just now that I realized I still have the site blocked. Maybe I will give your “purposed browsing” a try.

32 Roberto García January 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

My favorite is r/askscience, it has the best mods, interesting questions and great answers

33 Heather January 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

For general knowledge:
/r/AskHistorians
/r/Askscience – ruthlessly moderated. If somebody makes a joke, that comment is deleted. Very enlightening
/r/truereddit – they say they are for “really great, insightful articles”, and most of the postings generally are
/r/trueatheism – for atheists who get sick of r/atheism

Reddit also has some great subreddits where you can post questions.
/r/tipofmytongue – can’t remember the name of that actor, book, song, movie, etc, but you can describe it? Post here.
/r/whatstheword – looking for a particular word?
/r/whatsthisbug/ – found a cool bug and don’t know what it is? The IDs are really great and fast
/r/whatsthisbird/ – want to ID a cool bird?
/r/species – general species identification
/r/grammar/ – Get answers to nagging grammar questions.
/r/proofreading/ – get that resume of yours proofread

34 LacksFocus January 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m relatively new to the ‘sphere and until now had never heard of reddit. Looking forward to checking out some of the manly subs. Thanks for the info.

-lf

35 nah January 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

/r/pipetobacco for all things pipes.

36 Lupos January 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

r/keto is a great weight-loss resource. I’ve lost 35 lbs (6′ M 220 – 185) and never felt better. Similar in many ways to Paleo but a bit more science based diet plan. (full disclosure, it’s pretty much Atkins but I swear it’s actually good for you. Give it a look!)

37 Jeremy January 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

r/beer and r/craftbeer are a couple great ones for beer connoisseurs. r/bookclub is another fun one where you can read a book along with the community and have a discussion about it. It offers one modern and one Project Gutenberg book suggestion per month.

38 Loki January 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

also a good subreddit (that may be of interest to AoM) is r/campingandhiking lots of info and pics of decent gear advice on what to pack/not bother with. and locations etc. (plus some people take some really nice pictures of some amazing locations)

39 Chris January 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

I can’t do it. I just unblocked reddit in the hosts file and wasted over an hour. Back to being blocked at work.

40 Orrin January 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love the “porn” series. It’s not at all porn, just absolutely stunning photos from a range of topics. i.e. abandonedporn is amazing photos of abandoned buildings and towns.

http://www.reddit.com/r/AbandonedPorn
http://www.reddit.com/r/ArchitecturePorn
http://www.reddit.com/r/BotanicalPorn
http://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn
http://www.reddit.com/r/FoodPorn

Reddit is also a great place to share creative creations and get quick feedback. If you submit something you’ve created into the right subreddit, you’ll be able to find and open and accepting audience.

41 Kyle January 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Great article, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Reddit as well. A few subreddits that I really find useful are: AskHistorians, DepthHub (for really insightful views on multiple topics), GetMotivated, listentothis (for great music), offbeat (for interesting news stories), and wheredidthesodago (for a good laugh).

42 Jamie January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

/r/climbing and /r/climbharder – rock climbing

/r/bodywieghtfitness – self explanatory

/r/overcominggravity – similar to BWF

/r/tattoo and /r/tattoos – for those interested in body art

/r/politicalfactchecking

Great article as always…it can be tough to sift through the 200K + subreddits and you definitely listed a few gems here. Cheers!

43 nitesmoke January 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

We are relaunching the http://www.reddit.com/r/men subreddit now! We are going to be a lighthearted point of view on guy culture. Please join us! Also, I love the boxing reddit alien with the handlebar mustache at the top of this log, is there any way we could borrow it for our subreddit logo?

44 Brutus January 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Stay away from r/knives The mod there is a coward who can not support his family and spends all of his useless life banning people that disagree with his hippie ideals.

45 Jerry January 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Stop spilling our secrets Jeez!

46 Rob January 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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

An amazing way to remember to check your oil and tires.

47 Scott Sideleau January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

Came to see if r/beards was mentioned… was not disappoint.

48 Rich January 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Another good one I like is r/technology. They usually have some really good articles and latest news in the tech world

49 Bdiggle January 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for this one. I’ve been to reddit before but when I saw all the crap on it I left almost immediately. This list has already shown me some interesting and USEFUL information!

50 Raoul Pathak January 10, 2013 at 5:08 am

My god, this is fantastic! I knew Reddit only by name, but so many forums you’ve listed are specifically about things I’ve always wanted to know.

I’ll visit for sure, thanks Brett.

51 nappythrill22 January 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Honestly, as a car mechanic I think /r/cartalk is better than /r/mechanicadvice, but to each his own.

52 Nathan January 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I wanted to give this post an upvote. Then I remembered this isn’t reddit…

53 Brian from Ireland January 11, 2013 at 4:32 am
54 Bruce Allan West January 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

I’m suddenly realizing I should have been using reddit all along! The entrepreneur subreddit s a dream come true!

55 A January 13, 2013 at 1:19 am

Hey Brett,

Check out r/OldSchoolCool, it has some awesome pictures on it! There are definitely some pics you could add to your articles

56 Tim Miller January 13, 2013 at 5:12 am

I actually like the getMotivated section on Reddit. This is what i always need to inspire me to become workaholic, especially this year. I also like the tech section on this site.

But as a blogger, i find it really hard to get a traffic from this site. Maybe, i need to learn more about what kind of article that will get attention from the Reddit users. I think the content should be really attention stealer, not just some normal post.

Great headline also takes an important role to get exposure from Reddit.

57 James Burns January 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

Never really used Reddit but got to say, there’s so much crap on there that it puts me off

58 Enzo January 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I like Reddit, but I also use http://www.subbmitt.com too because when you post on Reddit, your stories get buried. On Subbmitt.com, as long as your article is legit, it will make the front page.

59 Saif January 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Pretty interesting, will check out!

60 Jordan January 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Fantastic! I waste too much time in the depths of Reddit looking at things that will never make me a better person. I have change my subreddit subscriptions for the better today.

61 Kevin Szillat February 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I know this isn’t what a lot of people on this site are into, but one of my favorite subreddits has to be r/pokemon. I kinda just slipped back into my POKeMON phase, so… :P

62 Luke February 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

Most of these I have subscribd to, but here are a few more that I love: r/Christianity, r/TrueReddit, r/Psychonaut, r/Seduction, r/Minimalism, r/Quotes

63 Søkemotoroptimalisering April 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Awesome post.

64 Senliu May 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

A very useful guide for personal Improvement. Does anybody have a few tips for new reddit users to get more karma?

65 Adam May 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Why is r/askWomen not on here?

66 Dewan Demmer September 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I like reddit, but I do struggle to get sift through everything to find what has value.

I do every now and again go back into reddit and try find a few interesting nuggets.

67 jane berlin November 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

thank you for this! Reddit and I just went through an unexpected sudden break-up for the exact same reason you described.
I have been secretly second guessing my decision as the whole thing disturbed me mostly.
What I’m trying to say is very simple really so I’ll just get to it….
Solid advice dude! Thanks. I think I will go and use it now. ;)

68 Collin January 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

r/knifeclub is a MUCH better sub than r/knives. Very friendly folks there.

r/BBQ is pretty great too, if you’re a griller. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cooking subreddits.

Also, I recommend looking to see if your local city has a subreddit. For example, I subscribe to the r/Dallas and r/Arlington subs. Never know when they’ll come in handy.

69 Jeff January 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

/r/charcuterie

For the man who likes to cut, prepare and eat meat. In all its wonderful forms and flavors.

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