Over Twenty Unpublished Instructables Because.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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BrittLiv6 days 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)  BrittLiv6 days 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.

Kiteman7 days 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)  Kiteman7 days 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.


Just as I think of something cool to make on the cutter, some mad fool decides to make me use it to make money...

Have you checked the List of Upcoming Contest?


Epilog takes almost any Instructable, and if your Instructable involves anything related to the contest it is eligible. Metal for the Metal Contest or Wheels for the Wheels Contest.

KellyCraig (author)  Josehf Murchison7 days ago
Thanks for the tip, Josehf. I, certainly, will look into that.
Yonatan2412 days ago

What parts of Instructable do you enjoy, other than winning?


Typing it up?

Answering comments?

I think if you spend a few hours to post an Instructable just for a contest, it might look like it's worth it, but you probably won't win. There's more to Instructables than taking pictures and explaining what you did :)

KellyCraig (author)  Yonatan247 days ago

It started with just sharing, Yonatan24. It still is, but the joking about fifteen minutes of fame is a bit Freudian (i.e., there is a ring of truth).

Though I type well, I enjoy typing only because I enjoy trying to take something complex and put it into words those with little or no experience in the area could understand well enough to do or build the thing the instructable covered.

At the same time, I might be a little burned out on writing, since I cannot guess at how many reams of paper it would take to print out what I've written, professionally and not.

A few of my instructables have a few hours into them, but most are written and re-written in attempt to make them clear to someone who never dealt with certain tools. Others presume at least a rudimentary knowledge of, for example, running an over-arm pin router.

Of course, it remains you are right.

I don't know about you, but my hard written instructables showing up as a feature on the front page is certainly enough to make me feel like I've earned my 15 minutes of fame. You can never guarantee a contest win, but a polished, well written instructable almost always guarantees it will be featured.

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