Recently r/atheism was taken off of the front page of reddit.com. Lots of people are placing blame in lots of different directions, but at the end of the day it doesn’t much matter to me. My issue with r/atheism has always been that they frown upon self-promotion and even after the moderator shake-up, that didn’t change.
I don’t really understand the issue. It seems to me that for some weird reason atheists don’t seem to want other atheists to prosper. They will point to the fact that many blogs and videos have ads and that promoting one’s own content allows for atheists to make money in some way.
Personally, I don’t really know any atheists who have made their fortunes in atheism. Most atheists I know are creative people who are usually putting out their content either at a loss or as a hobby that makes very little money. But it shouldn’t be that way. We should be making money by promoting reason to the general public. We should be helping each other promote each other’s projects (see the ad, contribution link, and amazon affiliate link in the sidebar).
The way I see it, content on r/atheism should be voted up if it is of good quality and people like it. It should be voted down if it sucks. It shouldn’t matter who posts it. It shouldn’t matter if I post my own content or if someone else posts my content. If it sucks, it sucks and if it is good, then it is good.
With this in mind, I have done something rather rash. I created my own atheist sub-reddit called: Atheist Self-Promotion. The idea was simple, post your content! Support content that you like and vote down content that you don’t like. Add constructive criticism when appropriate.
Thinking about it in retrospect, I realized that wasn’t a good name for the sub-reddit. Like I said it was a rash endeavor. A better name for the sub-reddit would have been “Creative Atheists.” So a few hours later and made a new sub-reddit with the new name.
Help others and help yourselves. We are all creative people and many of us have atheist themed projects, blogs, podcasts, videos, articles, charities, etc. Post it on Creative Atheists and check out what other creative atheists are promoting and help them out. Let’s build a strong community of creative atheists.
Creative Atheists – Go forth and subscribe to it, promote it, post content to it, and check out other people’s content on it. Thanks!
- r/Atheism Gets Kicked off Reddit’s Default Front Page (patheos.com)
- Atheism On Huffington Post (skepticink.com)
- One Type of Christian (skepticink.com)
- Anti-atheist hate crimes will continue to be tracked by FBI (examiner.com)
- Interview: ‘The Transhumanist Wager’ author Zoltan Istvan (examiner.com)