Shortly after lifeprotips.com was registered, I made the subreddit, /r/lifeprotips
, as a cache to store the tips until the website launched.
From there, I submitted an ad to the self-serve system as reddit was offering it gratis at the time to moderators. I thought, why not -- so I made a crappy little advert and submitted it. From there, people started submitting their own tips amongst the initial seed list and it organically blossomed.
A few years later, the subreddit reached default status -- meaning all newly registered reddit users would be subscribed to Life Pro Tips by default.
Eventually, I was invited to the reddit offices to meet with some staff who were exploring the idea of creating short form video content from a select few subreddits including /r/todayilearned and /r/explainlikeimfive.
Around 2014, is when I launched the website. I set up a bot within the subreddit, to remove any non lifeprotips.com link-based submissions. This served two purposes:
- Spread awareness of the newly launched website to the community.
- Act as a filter for the majority of spam-ridden link submissions that were previously a point of contention on /r/lifeprotips and the reason why it was text-only.
lifeprotips.com circa 2014
Within a few hours, someone reported me to a trigger-happy reddit admin, who hastily removed me as a moderator from my subreddit and shadbowbanned my account.
The subreddit degraded into subjective "tips" and other worthless
submissions without me at the helm.
In 2022, I rebuilt this website with a renewed focus in continuing my legacy of bringing useful tips to the masses.