While I bask in the glow of the RNC, I’ll leave you guys with some of my favorite links in the past week or so. If you’re a subscriber to my tumblelog, many of these will seem familiar.
Also, see below for an open-source-style way to share links with the Zen Habits community …
- The Simple Dollar » Ten Methods I Use to Keep Productive Wherever I’m At
- The Effortless Way to Achieve Any Goal | Dumb Little Man
- How to Find Time for New Habits (pickthebrain.com)
- 8 Unique Ways to Help Your Wife Relax | Husbands and Dads
- Lifehacker: Debunking The Myth of Multitasking
- Warrent Buffet’s 7 Secrets for Living a Happy and Simple Life
- Wil Wheaton: five simple ways to Just Keep Writing
- 20 tech habits to improve your life by Gina Trapani
- Power of Focused Attention | ThinkSimpleNow.com
- Unclutterer » 10 tips to beat clutter in less than five minutes
- How to Be Awesome at Followup – Stepcase Lifehack
- What Nelson Mandela Can Teach Us about Peace
- 7 Reasons Why the Gym is Better Than Therapy
The Zen Habits Reddit Community
About a week ago, I opened up a new community on Reddit, which has made its code open-source and now allows anyone to set up their own Reddit community. Those of you who follow me on Twitter were invited to join soon after.
Now I’m inviting you, all the readers of Zen Habits, to join and participate in the Zen Habits Reddit Community.
To anticipate some of your questions:
- What is it? Just like the regular Reddit community, it’s a way for people to share links, comment on them, and vote them up or down. The best links tend to make their way to the top, and users tend to vote down spam.
- How do I join? All you need is a regular Reddit account (it’s free and easy to set up). Then you can go to the Zen Habits Reddit community and subscribe (link to subscribe is on the right). Subscribing doesn’t send you emails or put anything in your RSS reader. It just means it’s a community you’re interested in participating in and submitting links to.
- What kind of articles should be submitted? I’m looking for articles and posts that are of interest to the readers of Zen Habits. That includes such topics as: productivity, simplicity, happiness, organization, health & fitness, personal finance, goals, habits, GTD, lifehacking, technology, family … and related topics. I’ll let you guys be the judge. HOWEVER: I am not looking for porn or sex stuff or spam of any kind. No Internet marketing stuff. You’ll be banned if you submit any of this.
- How do I submit? You can submit articles the same way you’d submit any Reddit articles. There’s the regular submit page, or you can use the Reddit bookmarklet, as I do. PLEASE NOTE: When you submit an article, you must choose “ZenHabits” from the subreddit pulldown menu in order for it to be a part of the Zen Habits Reddit community. This is important — if you forget to do that, it will be submitted to the regular Reddit community at large.
- Who will moderate? I’m the moderator right now. I’m willing to add other moderators … send me a message on Reddit after you participate for a few days. I’m a pretty lenient moderator. Just don’t submit spam or porn.
- Can I submit my own articles? Yes … if they’re related to the topics I listed above, and they’ll be of value to the Zen Habits readers. Please don’t submit spam. However, if you submit your own articles, please make sure they’re good. Don’t just submit anything, and don’t submit every post you write. The community will tire of you and vote you down after awhile, and that’s not good for anyone.
- What about voting and commenting? Please do it! Vote your favorite articles up and down. Comment on anything you like. Try to keep it civil, but I won’t moderate comments unless it’s spam or porn. This Zen Habits Reddit Community will only be as good as you make it — submit good stuff, vote the best links up and the bad links down, and make the comments come alive.
- I have a sneaky feeling this is another of your experiments. Actually, that’s not a question, but you’re right. It’s an experiment. If it goes well, and people find it useful, we’ll keep it going. If it fails, well, no harm.
- So why are you doing this? Basically, I share links on my tumblelog … but I’d like everyone to be able to share good links of interest to all Zen Habits readers. I’m not trying to replace other social media/bookmarking services … this is just an addition to the field. There aren’t too many sites that cover these topics in particular, so I hope this will be a valuable resource to many readers.
Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments!