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Kata #7: reddaily

Prompt: reddit, Hacker News Daily

What is reddaily?

reddaily is a client-side reddit aggregator. It's designed to give you your daily dose of reddit with less of the distraction.

Give it a try here: https://beatobongco.com/reddaily/

Of course, as I responsive design, it looks good on mobile.


I browse reddit often.

Sometimes it contains interesting, mind-expanding articles and discussions relevant to my field. Oftentimes, it does not and results in an entertaining but ultimately time-wasting undertaking.

I decided one day that I would like the positive things reddit gives me without having to waste time on the negatives so I observed my own behavior for a while.

I noticed these things:

I knew right off the bat that making an aggregator was the answer. I'm a big fan of Colin Percival's Hacker News Daily. I wanted something like that.

I also wanted it to be completely client-side because that's my shtick (and so I don't have to pay to run a server).

Making reddaily

Reddaily is extremely simple. You can take a look at it here. It just uses reddit's public JSON API which can be accessed by basically adding .json to any reddit URL.

e.g. https://www.reddit.com/r/climbing -> https://www.reddit.com/r/climbing.json

Then I just use superagent to pull the data and Vue to display. The list of subreddits can be set in a settings file.

Results of usage

When I made this on October of last year, I was using it daily as designed on both my laptop and phone. Prior to reddaily I was browsing reddit for around 2 hours a day.

Reddaily weaned me off browsing the actual website by scratching the itch of knowing what's new but reducing potential distraction by acting as a middleman/curator who hides and sorts posts for me and only gives me more links when I specifically request for them.

The design also helped as I made the link to the comments section non-prominent by reducing its font size and choosing a font color that wasn't very good for readability. It's still there when I need it but it doesn't call out to be clicked.

What eventually happened was that I quit reddit almost completely. Most days I just take a quick glance at reddaily and if nothing piques my interest, I never end up on reddit at all. Mission accomplished. Not bad for a day's work! :)