Thank you Instructables!
I can't express my thanks to Instructables enough. Let me explain why.
My first project was documenting how to house a card-reader in an old Nintendo controller. I received a t-shirt (the hand logo one before the robot was around) as a prize. Popular Photography magazine contacted me and the project ended up on the pages of the magazine.
Other projects of mine have won me patches, t-shirts, gift certificates, media players, magazine subscriptions and more.
I have had my work picked up by a newspaper in Colorado and magazines in Australia and Italy.
A co-worker heard one of my projects mentioned on a story on NPR.
I was courted and then hired by an AOL company blog to write up projects for them. I made a few hundred dollars doing it before the parent company pulled the plug on the blog.
It looks like two of my projects might end up in the upcoming book.
One of my least favorite submissions to the site just got someone to contact me about paying to use my content (I'm sure others have been contacted by them also).
I'm not trying to brag but i just want to thank everyone involved in the site for providing an outlet for creativity, contests to motivate, and the opportunity to network with similar tinkerers in a place that gives the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for our effort.