June 23, 2012 Posted by Tahir in Travel

Reddit IAmA: 2pm BST/10am ET on June 25th

If you’re not already a Redditor, sign up now and get ready for my IAmA on Monday, June 25th at 2pm BST, 10am ET. Did that sentence just sound like gibberish to you? Read on.

What is a Redditor?

It’s a registered user of Reddit, which is a social news website, similar to Digg. It’s a place where people can submit content, in the form of either a link to something on the web, or a ‘self’ post, which is text or commentary. Other users then vote the submission ‘up’ (kind of like a Facebook ‘like’) or ‘down’ (like that ‘dislike’ button people keep asking for on Facebook), which is then used to rank the post and determine its position on both the page where it was originally posted and also on the home page. Once a conversation gets going on the original post, you can also upvote or downvote individual comments.

What is IAmA?

It’s a subreddit, or category, on the website. It means just what it sounds like: IAmA stands for ‘I am a’. In an IAmA post, a person will describe what is noteworthy about who they are (career or significant life event, etc.), and others will ask the original poster (OP) questions related to whatever it is that is unique about them.

What is AMA and AMAA?

AMA stands for ‘ask me anything’, and AMAA means ‘ask me almost anything’.

What do I do now?

If you’re interested in participating, sign up as a registered user on Reddit and then head over to the IAmA page on Monday between 2pm and 4pm BST, 10am and 12pm ET. I’ll be there to answer any questions you may have. Not sure what to ask? Here are some ideas:

  • This year I make the move from traditional publishing to self publishing. Find out more.
  • I also make the move from travel writing to fiction. Discover what that was like.
  • If you’ve read The Caliph’s House, you know about our ordeal with the jinns. Find out whether the exorcism did the trick.
  • You may be wondering whether Morocco is all I thought it would be. Maybe you’re even thinking of moving here yourself.
  • If you’ve read Sorcerer’s Apprentice, you may be curious about whether everything that I wrote about actually happened.
  • Are you a writer? Ask me about my tricks, tips, and rituals for writing.
  • Debating about whether you should self publish your next book or hold out for a publishing contract? Ask me what I think.


I hope to see you there. If you’ve never used Reddit before, please don’t be afraid. It’s a lively community, and a great place to join an online conversation about your favourite interests. Try something new, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to come back!


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