Affirmation without Featured Status

You work hard on a good, clear Instructable with really good photos. The Instructable shows how to do something most thought could not be done at home, but you found a simple way to do the job. Any who follow your Instructable will benefit from it and will save money. It is a better Instructable than others you have done that were featured by the editors. But, this one gets no notice from the editors and is not featured. 

It is always nice when an Instructable of yours is featured, but it does not always happen. So, what really counts? I have noticed there is some intangible factor of cool in the minds of editors that may attract viewers to the site and gets an Instructable featured, but has little connection to any real practical value of an Instructable. Ultimately, the site is about drawing viewers and keeping advertising dollars flowing.

It means a lot to me when people refer my Instructable to others. It is meaningful when people who can make use of the Instructable view it. When someone marks my Instructable as a favorite that is even better. I really like it when someone makes what I made based on my Instructable. I do not care if that person modified what I did. We do not have the same tools, nor do we have the same skills or needs or materials. What really makes my day is when someone comments or sends a private message to say my Instructable solved a problem. Also very good is when someone searches the Internet for a solution to a problem, and joins Instructables because he or she found my Instructable and it helped with what was needed. 

Recently, Instructables published a printed collection of Instructables. Several of mine were chosen to appear in that book. Guess what! Most of those chosen were not featured, yet they were included in the book! That is a very positive affirmation about the real value of those Instructables.

I have also had the experience that my Instructable was not featured initially, but months, even years, later an editor took a second look and featured it.

In summary, getting featured is nice, but there are other metrics that really are much more meaningful.  

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Very well thought out and well written.

Another thing that I would like to add is that if you see an awesome Instructable that has not been featured, and you feel that it should be, you could send a message to one of the editors letting them know. I am sure that there are many feature worthy 'ibles that get missed by accident simply because they are too busy to get to them all.

Phil B (author)  ThisIsMyNameOK1 year ago
In the past I saw an Instructsble I recognized as very well done and requiring considerable skill. I suggested the editors feature them. I have also posted Instructsbles that went several months before an editor featured them. I do not know if someone else suggested the editors feature those, or if they found them on their own.
Kiteman Phil B1 year ago

The Community Team are only human - we need to sleep, and have lives/school/jobs off site, so we do miss things. Having alert members bring cool projects to our attention, no matter how old, is always a pleasure.

Kiteman2 years ago

+Lots

Could not agree more here...