Over Twenty Unpublished Instructables Because. . . .

I have some instructibles for tools, procedures and other things a significant portion of the readers would be interested in, but I'm not inclined to publish them because I cannot enter them in contests unless I published them after a given contest started. I live for my fifteen minutes of fame [ two minutes at a time].  Why should I publish them when I'm still fourteen minutes and fifty-nine seconds from that fame?

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One argument against entering already published instructables is that our overlords want fresh meat. And older ones have probably been polished and perfected based on user feedback, so they have an advantage over new ones.

That said, perhaps there could be a category occasionally for the best of the old stuff, like you have "open" classes versus "novice" and "pro".

BTW: The wine cork cutting jig is cool, and the shop rag dispenser also. I use shop rags instead of paper towels for most cleaning and have been wondering how best to store them.

BrittLiv1 month ago

Considering the amount of contests I have won it may be hard to believe, but so far I've only held back one ible (Deadpool Knife Block), because I had hoped for a 3D printing contest (which started about two weeks later (it wasn't announced by the list)). Usually it is the other way around, I see a contest and remember a project I wanted to make in the past or finally document a project I had made (I always take pictures, I am just too busy/lazy to do the write-up since I usually rather start a new project).

I use my drafts to remind me of project ideas, but very often they only consist of the title.

Are you more interested in winning a prize or getting recognition? In my experience the best way to get recognized is to tell people about what you've made, by contacting different websites or using social media. If you are interested in making money off of your
ibles, you might consider affiliate links or sponsorships. This way not
winning doesn't matter as much (especially if you've waited a long time
to publish something).

I just went through a few of your ibles
and am impressed with what you are making, just a friendly hint:
instructables with good pictures do a lot better in contest. Try adding
at least one picture per step and make sure to use good lighting.

KellyCraig (author)  BrittLiv1 month ago

Thanks for the tip. From it, there appears to be a pattern forming with regard to suggestions - I need to place more effort on photos and/or crank
up their quality.

Unfortunately, many ibles I wrote were after
the fact. The project had already been done before I thought to share it. For example, I have a unique cart build, but already had too
many carts. Fortunately, I get another shot at that ible, since a shiny thing took me down
a path, which required me to build another, to replace one I stole from my planer (which was too big for it anyway)

Because of that shiny thing (metalplating and metalforming), I was
able to dedicate the planer cart to building a plating/forming station (ible #21) and build a smaller one
for my planer (ible #22). Then I'll do on on the plating and forming (ible #23)

I will make an effort to ask myself if a project would be ible worthy, and to add and improve my photos.

Good plans. Sometimes you can take photos of steps that overlap, that are common to more than one project. For e.g. I wanted an instructable to show how to replace a broken keyboard, but didn't have a camera. although I finished replacing the keyboard in my laptop, my husband had to open his laptop to fix a cooling problem with the computer's fan. It was his project, but I realized I could take pictures of all the steps of him taking apart his laptop and putting it back together, and use some of those pictures to make my instructable. He was removing an old thermal paste (that is supposed to help facilitate heat transfer and reduce corrosion) and then putting a newer substance, a dialectrical thermal grease TG-7 that also has silver in it. I used to keep art and idea files for things I wanted to draw, paint, make. Now I keep digital photos that may have usefulness across problems, needs, projects. This would be like my own personal 'stock photos' for ibles. Of course, you must be careful that those photos are close enough or generic enough to be used without throwing your readings off into confusion.

Because Makers like you will always have ideas (good ones too) and feel an urge to keep making things. This will happen even AFTER that 15 minutes of fame. There is no cosmic rule that says you may only have 15 minutes. Try viewing your self as someone who has abundance, not scarcity. I myself have had unwanted multiple minutes of fame and wished I could have share my ideas without the media blitz. We will value YOU and what you make, your instructibles, without you needing to be a 'winner'. The best way to win in my world view is to SHARE, with those who appreciate you and your work.

What a nice way to say "[g]et off your butt and get back to what you enjoy doing." Thanks

I do understand the concept of unexpected "fame." A week or two ago I found myself being photographed for a national publication, more by accident than for talent. The reason for that photo is out of a new interest and a unique application of an old process.

In truth, I'll continue sharing, but reserve the right share frustration, even if it does bring out the occasional troll. ;)

It's not about the contests man. Its about sharing how to's with the world and gradually continuing to improve on them and add to them. You can combine them, or split them into multiples, and if a contest comes along, just unpublish your best chance of winning, rework it, and republish it. I tweak mine all the time. Some look nothing like they did originally.

Just publish them already. If a contest comes along, unpublish them and add more stuff to make them different/better and republish them.It will be easier and the instructable will be better than if you waited till the last minute to publish it.

Kiteman1 month ago

Meh, I have 234 unpublished instructables, but that's largely because I have more ideas than time - many of them are written, but not actually done.

KellyCraig (author)  Kiteman1 month ago

I take it your two hundred thirty-four unpublished instructables are like my meager twenty or so and floating in a drafts folder until a time when you aren't knee deep in remodeling projects, granite shaping and forming, electroforming and plating, woodworking, working a bit of electrical for the shop, playing with some electronics ideas, . . . . etc.

So, yeah, I know what you mean. My shop and life is full of "could be instructables," but those will have to wait to even become rough drafts, for obvious reasons.

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