The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!

Kiteman3 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Then you need to read this how-to guide.
(Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.)
anouskadg21 hours ago


I would appreciate some feedback on my Spark Core Read-a-Tweet Instructable:

Many thanks in advance :)

PCDAILY3 days ago

Hi folks!

We just published our first instructable :) Not only this would be reason enough to kindly ask for your feedback but we are also (German speaking) journalists - so please don't expect object oriented coding or standardized technical schemes since our daily business is reviewing products rather than creating something new ^^

Our instructable is all about monitoring intercom relays with a Raspberry Pi and can be found here:

Thanks in advance and cheers!

JM1999 PCDAILY3 days ago

Firstly I would like to say; Welcome to Instructables!

Secondly I would like to say that your 'ible looks great but I think it is in need of clearer photos and maybe break up the large blocks of text, it gets hard to read paragraph after paragraph without a break in the line.

I would say it is a good first 'ible but I would like to also say that you should review all the featured electronic 'ibles that there are and make modifications based on them.

Hope this helps you!

PCDAILY JM19993 days ago

Seems the reply from a couple of hours ago didn't make it's way to the server...

Anyways, thank you very much for the feedback ;) Those are some interesting and definitely valid points. Trying to get my colleague's Raspberry Pi since it's not modified and fitted into a GameBoy enclosure like the one we used to make the pictures. Then the wiring should be way easier to see. We will also prepare some sort of a rig installing all the components there and shoot another video with it ^^

Awesome I just checked it out!

Thank you ;)

Hey guys! Im having some trouble getting followers and viewers :(

Please help!!!

Review some of the related 'ibles before starting your next one and see if you can copy the general photos/idea behind them photos and do it yourself.

Keep posting content, but make it good content.

I have 67 'ibles, 11 have over 1,000 views and only 7 of those are featured so it is quality not quantity.

Just take the best photos possible and learn from other 'ibles!

If you use social media you should post your channel and projects there and see if you can drive more traffic from there.

It is a bit ovewhelming at the start to see first time authors getting over 20,000 views and you can't get 2,000 but everyone had to start somewhere!

ekarweta3 days ago

Hey guys,

Can you review my intructable? trying to make it better :)

That it as good as it is going to get!

When something gets featured/wins a contest that is as good as you can get with that 'ible.

Glad to see it got featured, you did an awesome job especially considering it was your first 'ible!

You should enter it into the formlabs contest too and see what happens!

rjkorn5 days ago

Hi All,

I have an instructable I'd appreciate your comments on.

It is a headlight polishing one at . It got a almost a thousand views in the first week so I thought it might be featured. Then it kinda died out. Maybe the taillight picture in the last step would have been a better cover image? The red is more catchy.

I have so many problems getting videos to play right I shy away from them but would a video of the actual polishing motion help?

JM1999 rjkorn5 days ago

You really should add a video or more text and better photos to clearly explain the whole thing.

You should also get family members to read it and give you their opinion on it because sometimes your mind will fill in a gap in the information and you won't realize there is an error there.

Popularity hardly ever gets something featured, you need to check out these two opposite ends of the scale here:

The first one got featured but it only has 756 views

The second one has over 3K views and hasn't gotten featured.

So better photos, maybe a video and lots more description and I think it should be good to go!

Hey guys!

I recently posted this Instructable -

It got featured for a few seconds and now it's not =( Any suggestions why it could happen?

I'm not sure about the possible featuring bug. You may want to send an email to

I happen to love the video, and it cleared up the questions I had when looking at the pictures. However, if you are going to put the images into steps, a small amount of explanatory text would be helpful to those who don't want to commit to watching the video. A materials list would be helpful as well. I'm wondering what kind of nails and torch you used.

Are you sure you received the email to say it was featured?

If not I would suggest (as tough as it sounds) to type at least 2 paragraphs in each step explaining what you are doing in the photos.

Some people (like me) HATE videos in 'ibles because of download restrictions.

BillT311 days ago

I have created a new Instructable (unpublished) for using GE Color Effects christmas light bulbs in a homemade holiday lighting display. Any concerns about using a specific commercial product? What sharing license is appropriate?...I am not expecting any profit from this.

JM1999 BillT36 days ago

Many people used purchased items in their 'ibles, this is what the site is about! Create something new/different from an item that already exists (and sometimse from next to nothing!)

Hey guys!

I recently posted this Instructable -

I worked quite hard to make this stuff, and ive tried my best at presentation, but it ain't getting featured.... Please Help!!!

I would use a pic of the finger over the sensor board as your first image. It's more important to see it is a heartbeat sensor because solar powered arduinos are solar powered arduinos. If the thumbnail doesn't change you might need to use the publish button and republish to switch out the image. You should also embed your video in your intro. More interest comes from seeing it in action than to read through the theory and build process and trying to figure out what it does. I don't know who that personal pic is in the last step but kinda irrelevant to the build and more facebooky. No need to have a separate step to beg for votes. The ible will get votes if it stands on its own. Good luck.

oh, you did have the video in the intro. I did scroll past it on an ipad because you had too many shots of the cluttered arduino wiring setup. Closeup image of finger on sensor. Closeup of LCD readout or graph and a wide shot of the setup should be all you need. I guess the angle shot of the setup looks more complicated for people who like things laid out schematic wise.

Is it better now? have changed and edited the pics completely....

Look at the other pics you have from your previous featured ibles. They are simple and to the point. This photo doesn't catch the eye, and when it does, you have to really think about it, what is the arrow pointing too, the text is hard to read. Try to get a closeup shot of the finger on the sensor centered in the shot. In contrasting text you can have a full title solar heartbeat monitor below or above everything. There is just too much going on and you want to distinguish it all from a quick look from the thumbnail.

So do you think I don't need to show the panel in the intro PIC? Or just a thumbnail? And what about the LCD readout?

try to simplify the composition into this, that embedded second image in an image was too busy.


i edited it now... With a new intro PIC,.... Is it good?

I think if you crop out some of the white space on the right...the photo is a bit washed out, taking a good shot of an LCD and the reflections are hard. You seem fixated on collage pictures. In the ible, change the order so that the your edited simple shot is the first one.

Let's see if you can get that BPM up over 100. LOL.


ah, much better, now you can just chill and relax.

Is there any way I can bring the ible to the attention of the editors? Cos its already 1 week old.... H

No one dares to look the Great Robot in the eye. Patience is a virtue, my friend.

besides, they are out partying for the weekend.

Hey there! Thanks to your extremely helpful advice my BPM is well over 120..:-D it was Featured! Yay! Thanks a bunch!!

Haha OK :D :-)

Thanks! If you think there's anything else to improve , do tell me.... I'm sure my BPM will go over 120 when it gets featured! ;-) :P

Thanks :p will do it. I just recently posted this instructable: its my first one. I would greatly apreciate it if you looked at it a provided constructive criticisms. Thank you in advanced.

And yes I looked at the how-to guide... I just want to make sure to maintain good form when I work on more instructables

JR Tyner15 days ago

How is this?

ThisIsSteve16 days ago


Need some feedback with this one


Both of the photos where the device is on the fridge could be re-done, the first one has quite a bit of glare and the last photo, the magnet kinda gets lost on the empty fridge.

Also the first diagram of connecting the UNO to the LCD screen is a little bit unclear, maybe expand it a little bit or change some of the colours.

Other than that I reckon it is a great 'ible!

Nikus22 days ago


Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

What can I do to improve this Instructable?

Ben Finio Nikus18 days ago

It looks like you have a lot of what's required for a good electronics Instructable, including a detailed parts list, circuit diagrams, and clear photos with white backgrounds. One thing I'd recommend changing is your cover photo. In general, I think the cover photo for an Instructable should always show the actual final product. You have a graphic with the Arduino and Android logos, which could apply to a number of projects. Maybe try taking a picture of the final Arduino assembly and/or include a screenshot of the app, like what you have in Step 5.

Nikus Ben Finio18 days ago

Yes, I know, but when I wanted to make a video with my smart home my Arduino has failed and does not work. I do not have pictures of the whole system, so I added screenshots to the main photo.

Is it enough to get featured?

Ben Finio Nikus18 days ago

I think this is coming down to personal opinion - I think the graphic is still featured more prominently, and the screenshot inserts are too small. I would redo it completely just using the screenshot on the right, make it as large as possible (while still fitting in the thumbnail), and then shrink down the text and Arduino/Android logos. BUT that is getting really nitpicky and just my personal opinion of what would look good for a thumbnail. I think your bigger problem is that you need to actually show that the project works - what do you mean by your Arduino "failed"? Did you burn something out? Does the circuit just not work as intended?

Nikus Ben Finio17 days ago

My arduino probably be burned or something happened with bootloader. Unfortunately I have no programmer so I do not have to upload it. Thanks for your help but I can't do anything to improve my Instructable.

Ben Finio Nikus17 days ago

FYI in case you aren't signed up for the newsletter, your project was actually included in today's email! So, your improvements were certainly enough to impress someone on the staff.

Just a heads up, since I didn't know about the newsletter for a long time, until someone told me one of my projects was in it. You can sign up in the little "join our newsletter" box waaaayyyy at the bottom of the page.

robodude9522 days ago

Hey folks,

Would love some feedback on making my instructable better (maybe get it featured).

Thanks in advance :)

It looks like your writing is good, you did a good job taking a ton of photos, and you certainly made a cool robot. A few suggestions for improvement:

- Buy a piece of white posterboard and use it as the background for your photos. This is a little extra work, but it eliminates background clutter and makes your pictures look much nicer. I recommend looking at some of Randofo's robotics Instructables as a good standard.

- Use a computer program to make your circuit diagrams instead of drawing them by hand. Again, it's extra work but worth it if you really want to get featured or stand a good chance in a contest, it's worth the effort. Fritzing is a really nice free program that will also give you "breadboard view" diagrams. Also, the hand-drawn diagrams you do have in there need to be rotated by 90 degrees, right now they're sideways.

- Provide links to where you got your parts. I don't think this is strictly necessary for being featured, but it helps out beginners who might not be comfortable browsing electronics websites for parts.

I wrote a guide on How to Write a Good Electronics Instructable that goes over some of these things in more detail, if you find that helpful.

Thanks a lot for the pointers and links...especially your guide!!

I've updated the instructable with the Fritzing ckts though I won't be able to get my hands on posterboard so resorted to a couple of A4s instead..hope it doesn't look too shabby. :p

Cheers :)

Nice improvements! The white paper certainly looks better. For future projects if you can ever pick up posterboard or a white sheet or something, that will help even more.

Thanks Ben Finio for helping so many folks with their electronics ibles! I had wanted to provide some feedback to several, but I am simply not experienced enough with these types of tech projects.

No problem! I am completely useless for craft and cooking Instructables, so it's good that collectively we have all our bases covered :-).

Definitely will!Thanks for the help. :)

Please help me make this i'ble feature worthy!

ok how do I embed my collections on my blog

This specific forum thread is for help writing Instructables. You might want to create a new thread to ask this question in the Authors topic area:

(It looks like you aren't the first person to get this confused, it's kind of ambiguous since this thread gets linked to as "Author Help" from the homepage)

Could someone please help me?

I bought these DC 4.5v motors:

that run at 24,000 RPM. I want to slow these motors down to 10 to 50RPM using Arduino Uno. Could someone please help me with the circuit and parts list?



Hey, sorry you never got a reply on this. This forum thread is for help writing Instructables, not technical help with a project (this is a little misleading if you just saw the "Author Help" link from the home page, but it will make sense if you read the original post). If you go to the main forum page, there are a bunch of different topics:

This question is probably good for Tech:

For the record though, you should be able to just follow this tutorial:

KRA5H23 days ago

Any suggestions to improve my Instructable to make it a featured Instructable?

Ben Finio KRA5H18 days ago

While I don't completely agree with JM1999 that this "isn't really an 'ible", I do think you have one problem - in Step 5 you explicitly tell users not to try this at home. The point of an Instructable is that people should be able to reproduce your work, so you should explain how they would go about properly hooking up a current-limiting resistor and an LED. There are some other tools that could improve the general presentation of the Instructable:

- Fritzing for making a breadboard diagram of how to connect the LED and resistor

- scrot is a command that lets you take screenshots of the Pi's desktop, these look much nicer than photos of a monitor. This would be especially nice to show the Scratch program. Directions here.

- If you want to be really fancy, you can use VNC to remotely control your Raspberry Pi's desktop from another computer, and then use screen-recording software like CamStudio to make a video tutorial. Some of the popular Raspberry Pi YouTube channels like Geek Gurl Diaries and RaspberryPiIVBeginners do this.

JM1999 KRA5H23 days ago

It isn't really an 'ible, you are basically telling people what happens in the setup process of a Kano computer.

If you wanted to change something, I would make the photos clearer and in better lighting.

Hope this helps!

So I spent two hours typing up my instructible last night to have everything be really clear. However, today when I went to look at it, over half of what I typed is missing. I made sure I saved it multiple times during the process to prevent that from happening. Is there any way of recovering all that information?

FYI there is a separate forum for bug reports so you might wan to report this there as well:

Technically this one is supposed to be for help writing Instructables and not technical support, but I guess it's a little ambiguous since it's linked to as "Author Help" from the homepage. Hope you can get your work back!

Maybe click the little drop-down box that displays the options:

"view all steps"

"go to step one"






Click "HISTORY" and there should be an option to revert to original, if not you will have to contact Instructables direct via this email: service (at)

(at) ahouls be replaced with the "@" symbol.

Hope this helps :)

OK I made this Instructable,

I just feel something's wrong... ¶

Can anyone offer help on how to make it better? I know the pics "may" be a weak point, but other than that anything else? Even *if* it gets featured, I'd still want to make this Instructable as good as possible.

Like JM1999 said, your writing is pretty good, and you already got featured, so it doesn't look like you have a ton to worry about. If you want to make it even better, here are some suggestions:

- Include individual links to the Radio Shack parts on your materials list

- Use a computer-generated schematic for the circuit in step 6 instead of a hand-drawn one. It looks like you already used Fritzing for the breadboard diagram in step 3 - Fritzing also has a "schematic" mode.

- Do try to get better lighting for your photos. You're off to the right start with the white background for your cover image. Try fiddling with your camera settings to increase the exposure, or post-processing in a program like Photoshop or GIMP to brighten up the images a bit. You can try to get more artificial lighting (by bringing another lamp nearby), or more natural lighting by taking photos in a room with lots of windows during the day.

It is awesome, readable and well done.

If I made this 'ible I couldn't find anything to change in it either.

After browsing through the text I couldn't find anything that prohibited or distracted me from viewing the displayed content.

It is very well written and congrats on the feature!

Really? Cool!

144095520 days ago

I'm doing a project for my science class. I need to interview a robotics expert. Please Help!!!

Hi - I don't think you're quite in the right place, this forum thread is for asking for feedback on an Instructable you've written. Have you posted this question anywhere else?

JR Tyner25 days ago

How is this:

Any constructive feedback?

What a fun idea! Something I would recommend is to separate the two different cakes into two instructables. It seems a bit confusing having them both together. Something you can do to make your next food ible better is to concentrate more on the photos. Photographing food so that it looks delicious is tricky. While I believe that your party goers loved the cake, it doesn't look as appetizing as it could in many of your pictures.

siemenc1 month ago

Hi Clinic,

What do you think I can do to improve this Instructable? I'm not sure if there are some things missing or not clear.


It looks pretty good to me with a glance. Did you enter it in a contest? I can see it hasn't been accepted into one yet, so If you did, I wouldn't worry about it not being featured until it has been reviewed by the contest moderator. Often this is when good instructables get featured.

Yes, I entered it in 3 contests and got accepted & featured right after your reply. Thank you!

I thought you would. Good luck!

JM19991 month ago

How can I improve this one to get featured?

I *think* it *may* be the intro photo, I don't know how to change it to make it better so any suggestions will help.

Thanks in advance.

The icon image is definitely a problem as it gets cut off in the square format and it doesn't seem to make any sense. Leave the image as your intro in the instructable but use a different image when creating the icon during publishing. The craftsmanship on the project is also not fantastic. You may want to burnish the edges, mark a straight line for your stitches, and use a lighter marker since the marks can be seen in the finished project. Here's an ible about burnishing.

You can also hit the edges gently with a lighter.

OK, thanks.
I won't be able to do anything different now, a friend owns it :)

Thanks for the tips, the intro image was a bit of a fail, I modded it in Adobe and when I uploaded it the image sort of messed up.

I think I will have to let it slide and focus on my papercraft 'ible I have mentioned several times - it should be awesome!


I'm quickly becoming an Instructables addict. Posted this late last night, just wondering how it might be improved.

It's already featured. Congrats!

RJM20011 month ago

Hi, does anyone know how I can improve my instructable?

It has already been featured. If it's featured, it's quite good already if not great.

hello again guys!

I need your help... Any thing you can tell me for improving my Instructable

Yes of course it isn't anything big or anything different or unique, but I've tried to make it as elaborate and easy to understand for beginners as possible. I've also included my own video, which I think for an amateur youtuber, quite good.

Hopefully with your ideas I can make my Instructable much much better...



Looks like this was already featured! Congratulations!

I really like the videos, your hand-drawn circuit diagram is helpful, and most of the room for improvement is in photo quality. A tripod is your friend. Or a friend with a tripod is your friend. :D

Im sorry I made a mistake... I wanted to know your opinions of this Instructable m...


It's well-documented aside from two important questions: "how does it attach to the book?" and "what are my Mechanix-alternatives?"

I suspect that's what stood in the way of a feature. Otherwise, your words and pictures are good.

Jazzmyn1 month ago

What can I do to improve this instructable to make it feature worthy? I put a lot and I mean a lot of work into this project and was surprised it was not featured. Did I not put enough effort into the instructable itself? Dose it being a remix hurt its chances? Maybe switch out cover photo? Any suggestions are welcome.

I see that you did put a lot of work into it. A couple of things; you might want to edit the title to be "Giant Robot arm remix" or "Supersized MeArm Mechanical Arm", something like that. There are a lot of people that do not know what the MeArm is. The first image, which becomes the thumbnail for the ible, is cluttered with two mechanical arms and the 3d printer. You should have just your mechanical arm in the shot, maybe with better lighting with a solid white or contrasting background. You can play around with pixlr to edit the uploaded image in the editor. From your intro and a quick read, I really couldn't tell if your meArm was the kit that was purchased since you drew the comparison so quickly. I think just a better narrative as your opening would help frame your project. And as for me, a set of googly eyes on the arm would personalize it and show it was a fun project. Good luck.

I made some changes to the intro and cover photo. Any idea how long before the image will update? I am nervous about changing the title because it is linked on other web sights. Thanks for your suggestions. After rereading my origional intro you were right.

I think the first image you have now is much better. Go ahead and change the title. I've got old ibles with typos in the url because it is system generated when you create the instructable. When they link to it or see it in the listings, it will have the edited title. By the way, you might have to hit the publish button again to select the new thumbnail image. The system will still retain your original publish date for contests and it should retain the two contests it was entered in. Yeah, it's quirky but you came to the right place to ask.

We did it! Just got my "Your Instructable was Featured email"! Thanks for all the help.

You did it! Hope to see more ibles from you in the future.

I made the changes now I will sit back and hope they will be noticed. Thanks for taking the time to help me and to explain some of the odd bits of the Instructables system. I did not even know about pixlr. This will be my new favorite tool.

JM1999 Jazzmyn1 month ago

Even if you change the title, the URL will stay the same.

You can see that on my mini fitness park.

Jazzmyn JM19991 month ago

This is good to know. I always debate on what to call a project.

I am back to the clinic. Can you please help me on this instructables of mine, so that I can improve on it and make it feature worthy. Thanks in advance.

You can't mod it to get featured - it already is featured!

Good job!!

Happy it got featured. It was not when I had posted here.
JM19991 month ago
Any help with this one?
What are the requirements for something to be classed as 'popular'?

I don't know the exact numbers, but to be popular, an ible needs to get a certain number of views within a certain period of time. See this thread

OK, I think it (may) be around the 1,000 mark judging y my previous 'ibles.

What do you think about the 'ible?

The ible is a good idea (though likely more simple than the average featured ible) and the pictures are reasonably good. I would change the first image with the over exposure on the right side. Improvements could be made in grammar. For example, there are a few sentences in Step 2 that have commas where there should be a period. It's also an ible that is very visual. The pictures are all most people will need, so you may have more text than necessary. Great job!

What do you think about it now?

I have edited it a lot and changed the cover photo.

The photo is much better and the text is much more concise. There are still some punctuation errors though. I sent you a PM with details. Good luck!

It is changed now!


Should I enter any contests, do I have a winning chance with the instructable given below:-

It is my first instructable and let me be honest I had no intentions of doing an instructable for my project untill I saw the prizes of tech and microcontroler contests. So please review my instructable and give appropriate advice.


Just a quick advise when it comes to entering contests: don't hesitate about entering, you never know what happens! Sometimes the outcome of contests can be quite a surprise. There have been multiple times where I entered a contest just because I got a project that fitted the description of the contest and then became a finalist : ) I personally think contests on this site are a win-win situation: they inspire people to create and if you're lucky you can even win something.

A quick review and some advises about your instructable (and for future instructables :) : when making a project, pictures are your best friend. It's better to take a lot and have to discard most later then not to have enough. When looking at instructables, a lot of people tend to make quick decisions on what to read and what not to read, based on the first thing they see: your main picture. For example for this instructable you could use a picture of the machine with a finished drawing under it.

More pictures also make it easier to split up steps in multiple smaller steps, so the instructables becomes more attractive to read completely.

And for your project: I think the result you got is really cool, loved watching those videos : )

I hope that was helpful!

Thanks for the help

Last quick question

How do I get my instructable featured, they seem to get more attention and preference in contests (read somewhere), so that it reaches its full potential?

emilyvanleemput has given you some great advice, but I wanted to add that contests are also great ways to get your instructable seen. Even if you don't win, people will see your ible in the entries, so definately enter!

There is a complete checklist for that written here:

Hope that helps :)

SparkySolar1 month ago

I have tried for 2 days to get into thr Instructables

called Solar wax melters, and can not get in.

the error message stated


but I can get into other instructables without any problems. Is this happening to anybody else?

You should post this in the Bugs category of the forum. I'm not having this issue, but if it's posted there, the appropriate staff will see it.

Thank you for ppinting me to the right area, newbie here

My pleasure!

JM19991 month ago

Can anyone please give me some advice on the linked Instructable?

Compared to all the other rubicks cube 'ibles out there this one has less than a 10th of the views.

JM1999 JM19991 month ago


For someone like me, who's very visual, there's too much text and not enough images. Some of the images have tints and reflections that make it difficult to tell which color it really is. A video would be very helpful.

Yes, I agree, there are a few photos in there that are hard to see right, I would love to post a video but I don't have an account with any video supporter.

If Instructables would host videos I would make one.

Thanks for the help, I will have to let that one slide and focus on my mystery upcoming project!

(hint: it uses FIRE!!)

I hadn't uploaded anything to youtube before my Marrionette Mania instructable but found it quite easy. I think I might have even been able to log in with Google. They even have editing software built in that I used on my Zombie Topsy Turvy Doll ible. Neither of my videos are all that good, but without them, those projects are harder to understand. I recommend diving in now so you'll be more confident on any future ible that really needs a video.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Jayefuu (author)  JM19991 month ago

It's not very original or exciting. That's the kind of Instructable that will gradually accumulate views through Google searches rather than get a big burst at the beginning from featuring.

JM1999 Jayefuu1 month ago

Hi Jayefuu, I realize what you are saying, you have worded it well.

I never knew how much the google searches affected the view count (I guess I don't search for much!)

I appreciate your help, I will have to wait until it reaches the 10K.

You mentioned featured? it isn't featured - I don't know why or how it passed the filters that way but someone must have missed it.

Caldorn1 month ago

Hi All

I've been reading the list of requirements to get a featured instructable and I'm sure mine does tick all the boxes (or at least I think so). Now I may be blinded because it's mine and I can't see what is obviously failing. So was wondering if any one had some time they could take a look and give some pointers more for future projects to understand where I need to improve or what I'm doing wrong.


I think it is a good detailed writeup but your first image doesn't sell it. You need to have them on, maybe some crossed armed pose on a person wearing other period gear or at least outdoors where it would be used in action. Just from the image, it looks like a chopped up pair of high lace boots. You can also go back in to edit and change your title to something more catchy like Authentic Leather Warlord Guantlets or something more associative with LARP. (Don't worry, the published URL stays from the original title but no one looks at that) Oh, and try to crop that first image to be somewhat squarish so that the shrunken thumbnail image will be good. Good luck.

Ok, so primarily it is the main picture. That I can fix. Not sure I want to change the title because when I was writing it I thought this is more a how to with leather than it is the Gauntlets, and as the gauntlets themselves can really be used for anything, the design and write up was more for here is the base now do anything you want with it.

A number of sales I've had with the item is for ladies club wear as well as LARP and Cosplay.

Thanks for taking a look and i'll definitely take on board your comments and remember this for future.

JR Tyner1 month ago

I just recently posted my first Instructable, and it needs the Clinic.

Please leave comments, feedback, and constructive criticism in the comments on it. I would really appreciate that so I can make this system
even better, and it gives me help for helping anyone who reads this.
Thank you Clinic.

JM1999 JR Tyner1 month ago

As far as I have seen, this is as good as it can get, it got featured!

General Instructables have categories:

Ordinary, nothing is special about these (I have 47 of these)

Featured, these caught the attention of the moderator, they liked it and featured it (I have 3 of these)

Featured in the newsletter, it is hard to get to this position, but some make it there

Homepage feature, this is the hardest position to get to by far, you have to really catch the attention of a moderator and sometimes it can take weeks before it gets there.

I read it fully, you have nothing to change, if you really want to change something for the sake of it you could re-take the photos with the flash turned off, I noticed in some of the tank photos there is a bit of glare from the flash.

Not many first time authors get featured so consider yourself awesome!

JR Tyner JM19991 month ago

Thanks, the photos would be hard to retake except for the last one since it's built now.


So after reading through the advice about photos, I went through my instructable this weekend and re-did a lot of the photos. Would appreciate some feedback on what other things I might be missing...

I'm kind of worried that some of the steps are too long...but I tried to break up the steps in a logical manner. For the longer steps, I used headers to split it up so it's obvious you're doing something different, but still related.

Yes, the steps are long but when you start reading the content they don't matter.

I saw a nice complete 'ible, good photos.

Maybe on the electrical circuits you have to do that diagram stuff in pencil to get it right (you can find plenty of that stuff in other electronic 'ibles).

I would be asking the same question if I had posted it.

I think you have done a good job.

Thanks for the input. I think my videos maybe aren't very polished. It's much harder to improve on videos than photos. I was hoping the thoroughness of my videos would help make up for the lack of polish in that area. I tried to show videos of everything to show how it actually works.

I'm hoping to get some attention for it, and maybe get featured.

It got featured!

Good job, changing out those photos definitely made a difference!

JM19992 months ago

What happened to this Instructable?

I was confused when this didn't get featured.

Any help is appreciated.

Can you people review these two projects of mine and give your valuable feedback:



xxlauraxx2 months ago

Hey guys! I just posted my first Instructable, and I'd love to hear any feedback so I can improve my process/presentation next time.

Thanks for your time!

At first glance:

Great title! Very eye catching. And using up food before it goes bad is something we all need to know how to do. Nice pictures, and very clear instructions....

I will have to think about it for awhile and see if I can come up with anything that you need to improve. But for a first attempt, I would say you did a great job.

JM1999 xxlauraxx2 months ago


People on this site don't normally have their first 'ible featured, that is so cool, I took a quick look through and the presentation is so neat!

Keep up the good work and I don't think you could have changed anything to make that one better - nice job!

xxlauraxx JM19992 months ago
Thanks, JM1999!
JM1999 xxlauraxx2 months ago

You're welcome!

DangerousTim2 months ago

Ok I made this 'Tutorial' instructable, which has lots of pics, information and is simple enough for at least beginners in Arduino to understand -

Yes maybe it doesn't show many unique projects, but its easy for beginners and is the only 'Touch sensor' tutorial on Instructables, if you may.

How can I make it good enough to get featured and have more views???

Well, it might as well be written in an alien language for all I was able to understand. So I guess I can't help you. My suggestion would be to simplify it a bit, but for all I know it might already be extremely simple.

If I had posted that 'ible I would be asking the same question, I can't think of anything except break up the steps because some of them are long.

Again, I don't know how to improve on something like this.

Thanks! Who do you think can help me then?

Maybe try Ben finio or ewilhelm or even Jayefuu might have some tips for you.

Danke! Do they have separate "clinics" or do I send either of them a private message?

Ya I know this is Jayefuu's page...

I think Jayefuu was the starter of most cool things on this site.

You would have to send them a private message.

While thinking about it you probably could send Jessyratfink a message, she would have some tips for you.

The Freak2 months ago

Hi everyone! I made an instructable and
it would be nice if I could get some feedback on it. I already changed
the first picture to a more clear in focus picture, but perhaps some
other changes are needed.

JM1999 The Freak2 months ago

Maybe it didn't get featured because it sort of is a dangerous thing?

I thought it was funny you left the batteries in, you probably should re-take those photos without batteries.

That's my opinion anyways, hope to see more stuff from you!

The Freak JM19992 months ago

Haha yeah, I also laughed when I noticed that in the pictures but it was a bit irresponsible of me. But thank you for your comment, it might be a good point.

rickyeatough2 months ago


I was wondering if anybody had any feedback on my Instructable: The Ultimate DIY Guide for Quadcopters?! It got a lot of popularity at first, but now its slowed down quite a bit, and also not many views!!

That's just normal behavior I think. When featured, it gets on the front page many people see the thumbnail and click on it. Maybe they share a bit.
But as your instructable gets pushed back by newer featured instructables, people will have to scroll and go further to see it which they will do less and less likely with increasing "distance" from the front page.
In the end, you'll only get views from people who searched google or the occasional link on an other website. (instructables aren't very viral like youtube videos)
The view statistics pattern for all my instructables look like this image.



Thanks! I guess i'll just have to wait for views!

Any suggestions on how to improve the actual content?

GrowlAndBuild2 months ago

Okay, so I made an Instructable that I believe could use improvement, but I am not 100% sure what else I can add to make it the best. I would love some help! Here it is:

How To Neutralize Spiciness In Your Mouth

I think you have done well, it is going to always be awkward with these type of instructables but you absolutely nailed it!

JM19992 months ago

Can someone please tell me where I went wrong with this one?

makendo JM19992 months ago

Low res pictures.

Statements like "If you are confused google it" are not really what this site is about. Provide the link, or better, do a clearer job of explaining and/or add a video or animated gif.

JM1999 makendo2 months ago

What do you think about it now?

I so hope it is feature worthy, I posted it and then realized the papercraft contest was coming up :(

Hmm.. Maybe show how to make the water bomb bases? You have really great photos and I think the 'ible is definitely "feature worthy" though. I voted for you in the teach it contest :)

OK, I will get some photos on the bases up and see what happens from there!

Thanks for the vote!

It looks good and I agree with Thederpyninja, but I would also add more images in the last step. Some of what you're saying seems confusing. Perhaps if I was actually making one it might make more sense, but a couple more pics of what you're describing might be nice.

Ok, I will hopefully have it changed within the week.

Thanks again for the reliable source of information.

No problem JM1999, and good luck!


JM1999 JM19992 months ago
Is this what you were thinking when you said to add how to make a waterbomb base? I think it is totally finished now thanks for the help!
nwalt312 months ago

hey i worked really hard on this instructable and i was wondering what more i could do to make it featured?

JM1999 nwalt312 months ago

You have a few grammar mistakes in there, for example in step 10 you have put; "back pack and I sowed it" it should be sewed.

I also wouldn't want fiberglass on my face or even near it like you have shown, mabye put another layer there.

Nice job though, I like it!

nwalt31 JM19992 months ago

thank you so much for the advice

JM1999 nwalt312 months ago

It got featured!

Nice job, I still haven't mastered the "fix up and feature" process as you can tell by my origami octahedron.

Did you get the 3 month PRO membership for getting featured?

JM1999 nwalt312 months ago

That is totally fine!

I hope the information has helped you and I hope to see it featured soon!

Passion Make2 months ago
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That looks like a very nice 'ible, I think it is feature worthy but unfortunately I can't feature stuff :(

I voted for you too.

Thank you so much :)

That is totally fine !

M3G2 months ago
M3G M3G2 months ago

Any suggestions?

JM1999 M3G2 months ago

That looks really neat, I voted for you in all 3 contests.

If I had posted that I would have been wondering what I could do to make it better.

There aren't any other Instructables on the topic you have posted so that is even more puzzling.

I would just let it slide and focus on another Instructable in the hopes of getting it featured.

M3G JM19992 months ago

Thanks for the reply!

JM1999 M3G2 months ago

That's totally fine!

I'd love any constructive criticisms toward getting this featured.

Wow.. Nothing? I was told if I changed my images to originals, the Instructable would be featured (Was done immediately), but I can't bring any attention to it now. Help?

I have never found diagram insturctions very interesting, look at my profile, your 1 instructable is more than any 1 of my non-featured instructables.

MoTinkerGNome3 months ago

Howdy Y'all Any suggestions on how to improve my write up would be appreciated. I am getting a lot of views and want to ensure that it is the best it can be. My writing is my weak side.

Thank you


Looks like you're already doing a decent job since it got featured. One potential area for improvement - the lighting is a little harsh in some of your photos. Not sure if it's from a camera flash, or a nearby bright light aimed directly at what you were working on, but there's a lot of glare on some of the parts. Don't get me wrong - the photos certainly aren't bad, they're in focus and were good enough to get you featured. It might still be worth looking into some of the "how to take good photos" Instructables to make them even better:

As for writing - I didn't have time to read the whole thing, but it couldn't hurt to go through and proofread. Here are a couple random examples:

- Step 7, second paragraph: "It is maid with a strip of Tyvek" should be "made" not "maid"

- Bottom of the Introduction: "If you drill into your leg (, table, hand, arm, etc...)" shouldn't have a comma right after the opening parenthesis

- Beginning of step 1: "I used a 19” 4:3 planar monitor specifically because about 10 years ago the company i work for bought several hundred", the lowercase "i" after "company" should be capitalized

You get the idea.

Ben, Thank you for the constructive criticism. I will revisit my directions to ensure that it is properly formatted.
Nikus2 months ago


Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

Ben Finio Nikus2 months ago

Looks like you got featured, nice job! Sometimes it just takes the staff a few days to notice and feature something, so don't panic if a project doesn't get featured right away.

Passion Make2 months ago

Hi friends! I have made this 'ibles. Tried to write and gather materials clearly. Basically it was fr the Hunter-Gatherer Contest. Can you suggest what else is lacking. This was my dream project but did not get featured. I would like your feedback. Thank you!

I've just sent you a PM : )

Thank you so much for the suggestions you had given and for the help in the editing part. It got featured now after editing. :) It is so kind of you to help me out.

Thank you so much :)

benet06713 months ago

Is it possible to change the license for my instructable, after i have published it?

JM1999 benet06712 months ago

Yes it is, you have to go to the edit section an you should see it there.

What do you guys think of this i'ble? I have worked hard on making the tutorial clean and presentable, but it wasn't featured. I believe many members would enjoy this project. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

Thanks for your help,


Looks like it got featured now. Nice job!

Yes, it did! Thanks!

nodcah5 months ago

I worked pretty hard on this one: DIY Fingerprint Scanning Garage Door Opener.

Thanks in advance!

-Nodcah =D

Teisha nodcah3 months ago

Nice job getting featured and winning the sensors contest!

nwalt314 months ago

Hello I spent a lot of time on this build and would really like to see it finally get featured, can someone help me out? Here is the link.

Teisha nwalt313 months ago

Looks like it's been featured now. Nice job!

yoda3333 months ago

Hello instructables,

I recently entered the lego contest with my arduino controled automated lighthouse. I worked really hard on this one hoping to get it featured. However it was not featured, I believe many members would enjoy my project. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting featured? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

Ben has given some great advice, but I also noticed that 5 of the finalists in the LEGO contest were not featured. That seems very unusual to me. It is possible that there aren't a lot of authors that are confident in what makes a good LEGO ible or the ones that do know are more picky than in other categories because I thought your ible looked pretty good. I'm definitely not an expert in LEGO or arduino though.

You're right that is weird, thanks for pointing it out! We've had some changes over in staff recently and it looks like legos were part of what slipped through doing this time. We are taking actions to fix this, and to make sure it won't happen again.

Ben Finio yoda3333 months ago

To be honest I'm kind of surprised this didn't get featured. I'm not very familiar with reviewing LEGO projects, but it looks like it has everything you'd want in a good Arduino project: pictures with clear backgrounds, a parts list, nice circuit diagrams made with Fritzing, downloadable code. Even though you didn't provide literal LEGO-instruction-manual style build instructions, I don't think anyone really does that.

That being said, here are some suggestions I think could help make it better:

- The blue-green text on the cover image is a little hard to read. I'd make sure the text stands out clearly from the lighthouse and the background.

- The cover image also seems a little grainier and lower-resolution than your other photos. You want the cover photo to be your prettiest, shiniest one.

- Part numbers, or even better, links to the exact parts you used for your materials list can make it more newbie-friendly (since there are a bazillion kinds of transistors, diodes etc. with different specs that beginners won't understand)

- It doesn't look like the LED is on in any of the photos. I'd definitely take some shots of that, including some in low light so the LED really stands out.

- Along those lines, a video or at least a GIF of the whole thing in action with the motor spinning would be good.

Those last two points MIGHT be why it didn't get featured - technically there is nothing in the Instructable proving that it "works." That's just a guess on my part though.

yoda333 Ben Finio3 months ago

Thank you for your advice. I greatly appreciate your prompt help. I will definitely be using your input to improve my ible when I get free time. I did attach a video though. It is in the last section of my instructable.

Ben Finio yoda3333 months ago

Ah - I didn't notice the video since it was attached all the way at the bottom of the last step. I'd recommend uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo and embedding it on the first step, so it's much more prominent. People are way more likely to watch it that way since they don't have to download and open an attachment.

JM1999 yoda3333 months ago

That looks cool.

JM19993 months ago
makendo JM19993 months ago

I suspect you already know your photos aren't really up to feature-standard. However, you can get great results even from a cheap camera - get a big piece of white card and curve it up against a wall outside (but not in direct sunlight). Place your project on there for your photos. And check out Ben Finio's comments below - he has lots of good feedback on similar projects to yours.

JM1999 makendo3 months ago

I don't have the money (or the allowance) for a camera at this point in time, I only have my dads HTC desire smartphone and I don't even have a piece of card to use.

So, I am just lacking in photos? If so would it be possible that if I added better photos it could still get featured or is it too late?

Thanks for replying.

Jayefuu (author)  JM19993 months ago

It's never too late! I had one Instructable featured two years after I wrote it.

makendo Jayefuu3 months ago

Jayefuu is right, but I'd recommend you just treat the older ones as good practice and put your efforts into making your new projects better.

And your smartphone camera probably has more MP than the cheap 2001 3 MP point-and-shoot I used for most of my early instructables - the main thing is to get the lighting right. Jessyratfink recently published a good instructable on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera.

JM1999 makendo3 months ago

Yeah, the smartphone is 8mp but it is getting old (4 years old) and the camera lens is getting stuff on it that I can't clean off, I will definitely take your advice though thanks.

nevets_mcd3 months ago

I've had decent luck at getting my Instructables featured before in the past , but my latest one doesn't seem to be getting any views. It was created for the Toy Building blocks contest. As Lego building is my number one hobby it is disappointing that no one is looking at what I think is one of the best projects I've done in my lifetime. Is creating giant Lego displays really not interesting to others? What am i missing?

I think your biggest hurdle to getting hits in this case is having a really great image that makes people want to click. The cover image for that ible is a bit hard to read. It was likely really impressive in person, but a closer image that makes someone curious might be better.

wilgubeast3 months ago

This is now in the homepage community menu.

Great! Much easier to find now.

I just saw that, and the other changes. Good call.

Hello, could you please go through and review my instructable? I'd appreciate it if you could give me some tips on making my instructable worthy of being featured.

So, this looks like it has everything that a tech Instructable would normally need to get featured - good photos with white backgrounds, a complete parts list, circuit diagrams, code, etc - very thorough and well done. It looks like there's one big problem though - the title is "Voice controlled TV remote", but unless I'm really missing something, it isn't actually voice controlled. The final step of your project says "You can now use the app and 'Aergia'. Click on any button in the app
and your TV will respond to it just like it would after
receiving a signal from the Remote Control." but there's never anything about voice commands.

I'm not sure if that was just a mistake on your part when you created the title, or if you were planning on adding voice commands later, but published the Instructable early? Either way, making sure the title matches the project is important.

Finally, there are some typos - not bad enough to make it unreadable, but it couldn't hurt to proofread. For example in the first step, there's a "your" that should be "you're", you alternate whether or not Android is capitalized, and "bear" should be "bare". I don't think minor typos like that will prevent a project from being featured, but it still can't hurt to fix them.

Thank you for reviewing my instructable. I have just updated it with info about the voice recognition feature. I am now working on a video to showcase this feature.

Ok - I'm not sure if you published it prematurely so you could make the deadline for the Battery Contest, but FYI that can be a little risky and/or frowned upon. In general it's best to make sure the major content of an Instructable is complete before publishing - then you can go back and make minor fixes to things like grammar or slightly better pictures, etc. From this contest FAQ:

Can I edit my Instructable after it's entered in a contest?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer:

You can make any modifications you want to an Instructable that's
already entered! We get so many entries that there's absolutely no way
we'd be able to police it even if we wanted to - but it's never
something we want to discourage.

Improvement is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. :)

However, I must caution you: it's best to get those changes done before
voting closes. The voting period matters the most because that's the
time that we start looking into picking finalists.

Another slightly related caveat: don't publish a mostly empty
instructable and try to fill it after the contest ends. We're starting
to see this happen more often, always with a promise that updates are
coming. You can never tell when we'll be reviewing it as a possible
finalist, so chances are you'll get overlooked going about it that way.
We are currently looking at 50-300 entries per contest, so anything
incomplete doesn't stand a chance these days!

Thanks a lot Ben for your insightful review. Your comments have been very useful for me.

I just hope that my instructable can be a finalist in the Battery Contest as I have put in a lot of hours and efforts in my project.

Wow - featured AND a finalist in the battery contest. Looks like those improvements were worth it! Well done - I must say that I'm jealous, I really wanted that DSLR...good luck in the judging phase!

Hahaha, the clinic really helped me improve my instructable. Now I just can't wait for the decisions to be announced!

009agent4 months ago

Could anybody suggest some improvements to my Instructable?

Thanks in advance

amansell14 months ago


i just posted this instructable. I am looking for ways to improve it. Do you guys think an led bar that lights up would be a distraction? Also, did i describe it enough? would someone else be able to do it?

here is the instructable

Hi - this is definitely a really cool hack - I like the video in the intro. The Instructable could definitely benefit from a few things:

1. Proofreading - capitalize your i's, make sure you don't miss spaces between words or parenthesis, make sure sentences end in periods, etc.

2. This might seem dumb, but I'd explain a little bit in the introduction about what an audio visualizer is. Just imagine that you are someone stumbling across the project who has never heard of an audio visualizer before. How would you explain it to them? Can you provide any good background links (Wikipedia etc) they may find helpful?

3. Photos - you even say "sorry for terrible pics" in the intro - I wouldn't call them terrible, but there's definitely room for improvement. Some of them are a little blurry or have a lot of background clutter. You don't need expensive lighting or a fancy camera to take good photos - there are a lot of Instructables on how to take good photos with cheap equipment. Scroll down and you'll see some suggestions in the other comments.

4. Writing - in some places, for example, "Step 2: Find a candidate", I would favor complete sentences over bullet points. When you say "please try to fix your mac before you do this" - does that mean you should ONLY do this on an old, otherwise broken/useless computer? Are the changes you're making completely irrevocable? Again, this might seem obvious to you, but imagine that you're someone stumbling across the project who has never seen it before.

5. In step 3 - you explain HOW to do it, but you don't really explain WHY you're doing it. Again, try to write for someone totally new to the project. You need to explain that you are connecting an audio source to the wires that control the CRT, so you can visualize the audio signal on the screen. That might seem obvious or redundant but it can't hurt to explain it in detail.

6. Step 3 is the place where better pictures would help the most - some of them are blurry so it's hard to see what to do. I'd also recommend making a diagram, just with colored wires, because that completely eliminates background clutter. It doesn't need to be super fancy - a free program like MS Paint is fine if that's all you have access to.

Hope this helps!

thanks ben!

will start working on improving with your suggestions! I will definitely make some diagrams and work on making the instructable into paragraphs!

Akin Yildiz4 months ago

is it possible to get featured using a 3-5 megapixel smartphone camera? or do we have to use a digital slr? or can a regular human priced pocket digital camera do the job like a nikon or smtg?

I use a point-and-shoot (Canon Powershot D10) for all my photos. You definitely don't need an SLR (although I'm still hoping to win one in a contest one day...). It's amazing what you can do just with decent lighting and a good background. My "photo booth" consists of two $15 clip lamps from Target, two "daylight" CFL bulbs, and a piece of white posterboard. It doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg.

I also started using GIMP to clean up my photos and get that really nice, white background. For tech Instructables I use randofo's Simple Bots projects as examples.

There are also a bunch of Instructables on how to take good photos, and how to set up a cheap home photo booth. Here's a collection of them:

winning one would be so cool. and yes i have stumbled upon some of those posts lately and realized that it is all about lighting and background. your reply is extremely informative. I am actually trying to donate a corner in the house for some photography. what I didn't realize when I first started posting here was that you also have to be a writer and a photographer while creating crazy stuff... can be very time consuming! thank you very much!

Yep - the point is to write instructions that are good enough that someone else could follow them to completely reconstruct your project from scratch, not just to show off what you made. I always think you can NEVER be too detailed with the writing. Things that might seem obvious to you won't be obvious to someone who has never seen the project before. So, especially if your goal is to get featured and win contests, you should always be as thorough as possible - take as many pictures as you can, and do a written description for every step of the process without skipping everything.

Obviously this is way more time consuming, but it also helps level the playing field a little bit - an amateur with an extremely well-documented project can beat out a professional engineer with a poorly-documented one in a contest.

I have used a $10 tracfone to take all my pictures ok so now its 5

I have 2 featured lighting and background helps

very good to know, thank you. i'm definitely getting featured with my next post..! it's my only goal in life at the moment :)

AmateurHour4 months ago

Can anyone give me advice to get this bench featured

I think I did a decent job explaining it with words and pictures but any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

M3G AmateurHour4 months ago

I think it looks awesome, great work! My only suggestion would be to list the dimensions of the pieces as you attached them together (for example, "first I glued a 14" to a 16" piece at a 90 degree angle. I then attached that to a 32" piece at another 90 degree angle, forming a "h" shape"). Hope I've helped!

AmateurHour M3G4 months ago

Thanks I'll add that in!

AmateurHour5 months ago

Anyway I can improve this Instructable?

It seemed pretty clear and turned out pretty nice. Was it too simple?

spunk AmateurHour4 months ago

I'm not a woodworking expert - but I think you wrote a very nice and well explained ible. The pictures showing the process of making are very nice and crisp but the titel picture doesn't have that quality.

You could make a new title picture to show the beauty of your shelf. I recommend taking the picture in a setting with daylight. Take a look at this ible: There are lots of advices about taking pictures.

You may consider decorating the shelf a bit. Placing some nice objects on your shelf not only "explains" it's purpose :), objects also give the spectator hints about the dimensions of your piece.

This ible shows a nice decorated shelf:

I hope this helps...

AmateurHour spunk4 months ago

Thanks for the ideas to make it better! I changed the pic to one that fits your advice. I hope it gets featured :)

Robson Couto4 months ago

Some suggestions and advices about my first instructable?

I tried to make it the most detailed i would.

Very good for a first time! Maybe change the title a bit(less technical) or possibly a better cover photo. Other than that it was great you are very skilled at reverse engineering!

Thank you!

I'll try do to these modifications.

Raphango4 months ago


Please, could you take a look at my Instructable? I don't know what I did wrong so I didn't have it featured.... =(

Thank you very much in advance!

Hi! Photo instructables (that basically have one step) are much less likely to get a feature, because they are much more of an explanation of the project, instead of a complete step-by-step instruction. This can sometimes work out really well, for a recipe for example, but for a project like this people would rather read a step-by-step on how you made it and how you programmed it, with pictures during these steps. The fact that you already have 10 subscribers after your first instruct able, does show that people are really interested in what you do :)

Ok... thank you so much for your help! =D
Have a nice sunday! n.n
asrivastava104 months ago

is there something wrong with the presentation...The idea seems great...executed it in a good way..!!!

Background is very cluttered in nearly all photos - try a piece of well-lit curved white card as a backdrop. Arduino, not adruino.

Hello -

My instructable is a thought experiment so photos would be almost exclusively decorative. I was thinking of diagrams and/or equations ...

I guess what I'm asking is - my instructable makes sense to me, how can I make better sense of it to others? What would help me communicate my idea more effectively to you?

Thank you!

your Instructable will only make sence to the right type of person , most people get turned off by equations add lots of cool pictures including the cover best I can suggest

FabricateIO5 months ago

Thoughts on improvements for this 'ible?
We thought we did pretty well, but our last one had a much better reception.

Hard to say. It is a really good instructable and a very cool idea. The title, though descriptive, isn't very catchy. For example live and simultaneous are basically saying the same thing so it's redundant. I would also capitalize more on what you will use it for and not what it does. Building a smart home that's voice control from scratch and for $30 bucks I'd check that out! Anyways its a great guide.

ThisIsSteve4 months ago

Presentation and language is good, as are the pictures. Only issue is there are many instructables already on the subject. You need something to catch people that noone has done before, something unique specifically to your project. Other than that it looks great and you are on the right track!

Any suggestions to improve this one??
Is there any problem with the idea, the pics or the matter??


I would say that there is too many pictures in the cover image I would keep it to one jar , even might want to limit the amount of images per step you have to open the window to see them all stretch them out in more steps so your images are all visible with out clicking ,

One point of advice would be to expand your title to be more descriptive. While I enjoy your humor, others may not get it.

Whoops, I seem to have posted to the wrong post. My apologies, your title is perfect.

Thanks for the reply! :)

'Expand' the title?? I thought it was already long enough..
Any suggestions for the title?

Triclaw4 months ago

what can I do to make this Instructable better towards getting featured?

M3G Triclaw4 months ago

It's a cool instructable, and the title's great; it'll definately catch people's attention! My only suggestion would be to use a different title image, since the people who feature the instructables might get the wrong idea if they came across it while browsing :)

Triclaw M3G4 months ago

I had thought about doing that as well I was trying for some shock value got a lot of views with it who knows might have detured some people from looking at it ,. I changed the cover image and see where it goes from there

Porda5 months ago

I just posted an ible, Touch Lamp, for the Lamps and Lighting contest. I know it's too late to revise it for the contest, but I'd like to make it shine nevertheless. I'd appreciate any advice you can give.

Tater Zoid Porda4 months ago

You can revise your Instructable at any time.

Nikus4 months ago


Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

Tater Zoid Nikus4 months ago


This is a great Instructable with good detail. There are so many projects uploaded everyday that all of them can not be featured, I should know. Haha.

ThisIsSteve6 months ago

Need help with this, I'm not sure why this did not get featured.

It looks like you posted two very similar versions of this, one from a few days ago and this one. Was that intentional, or was this supposed to be an update that replaced the first one?

May 30th:

May 26th:

It looks like you did something similar with your "Smart Distance Measuring Tape" (further down in the comments) - posting two similar Instructables just a couple days apart. The editorial staff would know better but my hunch is that it's better to consolidate your efforts into a single Instructable, and not try to increase your odds of getting featured with near-duplicate entries.

Anyway, let me know which one it's supposed to be, and I can take a more detailed look.

Hey Ben,

First of all thanks for reviewing my instructable,the 30th one is supposed to be the one which should be published. I unpublished the 26th instructable, but its still on the site. It must be a bug or something. Take at the look at the pic to see what I mean.

Don't know why it did not get featured on the other hand.


Honestly this one looks pretty good - I'd just give it some time, since you just published it yesterday and the staff probably isn't working over the weekend. A breadboard diagram for the complete layout would be a nice addition. I also don't think you show what the header pins (which appear in the photos in Step 8) are connected to

No luck, it didn't get featured. Anyways thanks for the advice.

ThisIsSteve5 months ago

Any suggestions to improve this one...


Naren_Murali5 months ago

advice for this instructable?

It looks like you did a pretty good job with many of the things that make for a good electronics Instructable - clear pictures with white backgrounds, circuit diagrams, a parts list with links, and lots of detailed steps with pictures.

One thing I would suggest working on is making your writing a little more formal. Spell out "you" instead of "u", and capitalize "I" instead of "i". Also try to use punctuation to help break up long run-on sentences. That will help improve the Instructable's readability.

ok I'll correct it thanks for the advice

FabricateIO5 months ago

Thoughts on this Instructables? We'd love to hear suggestions on how to improve!

Nothing....Its amazing.

amorarun6 months ago

I would like to improve on my presentations so any suggestions are welcome this is my very first and I'm working on an improved one so need guidance..

Ok, some longer comments:

Laptop cooling stand:

- Detailed materials list is good. Whenever possible, provide exact part numbers or a link to where you got the part. Some things, like "small switch", are too broad - there are thousands of different kinds of switches. A new user trying to follow your directions exactly might have trouble picking the right switch.

- Writing style: avoid long run-on sentences. The very first paragraph of the first step is mostly one really long sentence, so try to break that up into shorter sentences.

- I think you need to more explicitly describe what the goal of the Instructable is. I figured it out after re-reading the first two steps a couple times and looking at the pictures. It looks like your goal is to take apart an existing laptop cooling stand and 4-port USB hub, fit the USB hub's electronics inside the cooling stand's case, and then put it all back together so you have a laptop cooling stand with 4 USB ports. I know that's exactly what your title says, but I was confused by the "planning" step because it looked like you just started taking things apart.

- The same goes for other steps. Never worry about re-explaining things to the user, even if it seems obvious or redundant to you. For example, Step 2 starts with "First mark the size of the holes to be made". My first response in my head was "What holes?". Instead, you could start out with something like "In the previous step, you should have planned out where you want to add holes for the USB ports, power jack, switch, and LEDs to your cooling stand's case. Now, you will mark the exact location and size of the holes so you can drill or cut them out." That reminds the reader where they're supposed to be in the process.

- Steps 3-4 - you did a great job taking a TON of pictures and labeling them well. If you want to go the extra mile (and again, I think it's worth the effort to help get featured), a nicely-drawn circuit diagram always helps. At a bare minimum you can draw it by hand and take a picture, but it's even better if you use a computer. You can do it Microsoft Paint, Powerpoint, or a free vector graphics program like Inkscape.

- Thumbnail photo - I like the last photo in Step 5 better than the one you have at the beginning of the project. The lighting is better and they show the final product more clearly. Remember that you REALLY want that thumbnail photo to be an attention-grabber since it's a big part of what will drive views to the project. If possible I'd try to shoot the photo from an angle that shows both the USB ports and the cooling fan, without putting the laptop on top.

Thanks for taking time to read everything and pointing out the mistakes I made. This information is very useful for me and I will use it in my future instructables to make it better, I might probably edit this one to make it more clear. Once again thanks...!!

Happy to help!

I don't have time to give a detailed read-through to the batteries and saw blade ones at the moment, but hopefully some of the advice on the laptop stand one will be useful there as well. Good luck!

One quick comment after glancing through all three (I don't have time to read all the text tonight, but might be able to this weekend) - always try to use a white background for your photos. It looks like you did this for some, but not all of them. The lighting in your photos also seems a little harsh (not sure if you were shooting directly under a bright light, or using a flash). I think the "Siimple Bots" series of Instructables by randofo provide an excellent example of clear, well-lit photos with solid white backgrounds for tech projects. For example, see this recent solar powered robot.

There are several Instructables out there on how to make a cheap home photo box if you want to take really nice pictures, and if you want to go the extra mile you can use free software like GIMP to touch up the photos. A really nice thumbnail image can be a big part of getting featured so I think it's worth the extra effort.

ThisIsSteve6 months ago

I need help with this instructable.


Don't know why the link is not working, anyways here is the link

It's awesome how you show how to do this by salvaging old components instead of buying new ones. Most of your photos also have the nice white background, which is good. Some possible improvements:

- In Step 3, it isn't entirely clear how you got the "voltage regulator" part out of the phone charger. To an untrained eye, the last photo looks like you just kind of broke the circuit board in half. A novice would need much more direction on how to extract only the voltage regulator part from an entire mobile phone charger.

- Step 4 is a little clearer, since it looks like you don't have to actually take the PCB apart. However, rather than just saying "You should attach the battery pack, to where the car battery power goes on the charger PCB," you should show this very clearly with a close-up labeled picture (remember that Instructables lets you add little labels to images you upload), and/or a diagram that you draw yourself.

- There needs to be a step that shows a circuit diagram and how to wire together the voltage regulator, battery pack, and USB port (speaking of which, did you salvage the USB port from somewhere? I didn't see that mentioned in a step, unless I missed it). Right now you just jump from salvaging the voltage regulator, straight to putting it all in a case.

- You skip some information about the case - i.e. it looks like you cut holes in the sides for the USB port and LED. You should describe that in the written directions.

- The biggest overall issue - if you're going to advertise this as a solar charger, you need to show that it actually works with a solar panel. At a minimum you need to show how you would connect a solar panel to the existing circuit (right now that isn't clear). Ideally you should show that a solar panel, when connected properly, is capable of recharging the batteries (which can then charge a phone or something) after they've been discharged.

ThisIsSteve6 months ago
woodandmetal6 months ago
Porda6 months ago

I'm working on my first instructable and I'm hoping to get some feedback. I'm heading towards actively making instructables, so please let me know of any practices or standard features I missed. I'd really like to start on the right foot with this.

Ben Finio Porda6 months ago

Your writing is pretty general bit of advice is to use a solid-color background for photos. There are several "DIY photo booth" Instructables that show how to do this, although most of them use white backgrounds, which might not work too well with white 3D printed parts. I think I linked to some of them further down in this thread, but you can also just search for them.

A few more photos of assembly and painting couldn't hurt either, maybe some "halfway through" shots as you're working on it.

Porda Ben Finio6 months ago

Thanks for the advice Ben, the pictures were my biggest concern so it's great to hear that you think the same. I've been researching photo booths and actually just found some great techniques in Make magazine. I'll probably be printing a second one soon, so I'll be able to take better, and more, photos the second time around.

14bwenger6 months ago

This is my first instructable, I'll take any advice I can get

makendo 14bwenger6 months ago

Good start! Couple of things: explain how you handle stinging and prickly plants - I assume you do something to make them easier to deal with; and illustrate more clearly how strong it is (i.e. hang something heavy from it, and snap a picture of that).

Jan_Henrik6 months ago

Created yesterday!

critic please! Thank you!

altaybilgin6 months ago

Background is way better, yeah.

nodcah6 months ago

This was created for the science fair contest. It the idea just too cliche? I haven't seen it done often in a measured experiment, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Thanks in advance!


M3G7 months ago

Any suggestions on how to improve this?:


makendo M3G7 months ago

You've done a great job overall - very clear. However, the main image is not especially interesting, and if you set up a dynamic Les Stroud-style photo in a survival setting I think it would add a lot (doesn't actually have to be wilderness - Stanley Park would be fine!). Also, for your animated gif - try to tripod it (or otherwise immobilize the camera) so the background doesn't move.

M3G makendo7 months ago

I uploaded a new main image, any better?

makendo M3G7 months ago

Background is way better, yeah.

M3G makendo7 months ago
Thank you very much for your input! I'll try to find time to make it out to a more outdoor setting, in the meantime would the 3rd image of the first step be better for the title image?
makendo M3G7 months ago

Not much better, no... :)

M3G makendo7 months ago

Regarding the gif, i posted the individual photos used to make it instead, would that be better?

toasteroven477 months ago

Hi any feedback on how to make this better would be great. I have already entered it in some competitions. Cheers

gsyme137 months ago

Would you mind critiquing this

My first. Critiques and brushups please.

I think it's a great project! What would make it easier to follow, would be more pictures. Especially in your step 2, since you explain a lot here, with more pictures you could also break it up in smaller steps. The video is quite clear, but seeing a long text afterwards could prevent people from actually reading it all, where pictures (screenshots) with the text split up in different steps could be a lot clearer.

Ok cheers, I'll have a re-look at it.

ThisIsSteve7 months ago

Any suggestions for this instructable?


ThisIsSteve7 months ago

Any suggestions for this instructable?

Jan_Henrik7 months ago

My new Instructable, critic please! :)

Teisha7 months ago

Any suggestions for this one? I'm just not sure why it hasn't been featured. Thanks in advance!

It's a great ible but could use a better title along the lines of "Etched Eggshell Votive Shadow Lamps". I think the crowd here gets the name confused with something like an iphone movie projector. You want to emphasize the technique you show. You can go back to re-edit the title to your liking. Good luck.

Thank you so much, caitlinsdad! Changed the title to what you recommend -- that describes it a lot better! Here's hoping!

I also wasn't sure what category it should go in - I put it in Living -> Crafts originally, then changed to Workshop -> Lamps after two days, and just put it back to Living -> Crafts. Guess I'll see how it does. Thanks again!!

I think if you were trying to document an experiment on determining luck, you might want to know what luck is basically from a probability and statistics standpoint and then see how that is used to set up your experiment.

Sadi7897 months ago

Any advice on these two I'bles would be greatly appreciated:

Washer Pendants

DIY Foam Weaponry

nodcah7 months ago

I'm just curious about this one for future 'ibles, I posted it about three months ago and just found out about this page. So, what does it lack? Or is the subject matter the problem?

Link: here

Thanks, Nodcah:-)

any suggestions?

Actually, no. No suggestions at all.

It got featured! Thanks a lot! :)

AmateurHour7 months ago

My instructable: has been up for a while now and hasn't had many visitors, any suggestions to make it better?

In my opinion, the mask needs more glam and someone to model it for the intro shots. It just looks like it's missing something to make it "wow" and, more importantly, a reason to make the mask rather than use makeup. If I had to choose between a mask and makeup, I'd probably do makeup, but if it became obnoxiously complicated (e.g., body jewels/rhinestones), I'd opt for the mask. If you wanted to make it even more special, you could have a glamorous mask and terrifying makeup underneath for even more "wow".

Constructed8 months ago

Any Advice?

I would like to see the steps a little more detailed, possibly with links to a latitude calculator and an equatorial sundial guide. I would also like to know how to find "true north" and what a gnomon is. By adding these, you eliminate the need for the reader to go searching the web for those things, which could lead to more favorites.

I'd also really like to see a picture of it in use in a yard or somewhere.

You've got a great start going, but these little things could take it to the next level.

THank You!

dalegribble8 months ago

I was expecting a higher traffic on this instructable. Would you look at it and give me some pointers on it. Thanks

I would put a better title like"Homemade mega outdoor playset" or "scratchbuilt giant outdoor jungle gym". You can go back in to re-edit. From the outset it just looks like you just assembled a kit in your yard. You might want to write a little in the intro on why you wanted to build the set. I would be interested in learning any tips you have as the need to pour proper foundations and maybe the skills needed to weld the pipes. Good luck.

Thanks for the advise. It all made a lot of sense and was very helpful. I've made the updates, hopefully it will get a little more views

diamondmine8 months ago

Here is my instructable.

Constructed8 months ago
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A couple things:

- There are a BUNCH of Instructables on how to make a cheap home "photo studio". All you really need is a piece of white posterboard to make a nice background, and some decent lighting. No need to spend extra money on fancy lights - just move a lamp near your photo area, or try to take the pictures during the day in a room with good natural light. In general you'll want to do this for each step of your build. Photos where you are working on a table and can see a bunch of other stuff in the background (chairs, plants etc) are distracting. Here are some examples:

- Going along with what caitlinsdad said - being funny or witty can help make an Instructable a little more fun to read if it's done well, but it won't necessarily get you featured or guarantee a lot of views. View count depends heavily on how many people click on your Instructable after looking at the thumbnail (so the first picture is really important). Getting featured depends on the Featuring Checklist, which doesn't really include writing style - just "spelling and grammar don't distract." Asking for specific comments at every single step might risk being seen as cheesy by some. It certainly IS ok to ask for feedback - for example, something like "I hope you enjoyed my project - please let me know if you see any typos or have any suggestions!" will sound better than "If you have read this far, Tell me if there are any typos. I suk at writing gud." (speaking of typos, note that the T in Tell should not be capitalized in that sentence).

Thank You!

(removed by author or community request)

Pandering for contest votes is never in good form and talking down to the reader with the read on comments and ****** is cool comments is so not what the general population here wants to read. That distracts from the informative text of your instructable. Being humorous or humourous is subjective, you have to know the audience here.

On a general note, I would recommend that you change your profile pic to something so you don't stand out as a generic new user. The dash - as the first character in your username might trip you up later or it may already have, the system does choke every once in a while mysteriously when trying to form URLs and stuff if it runs into anything else besides regular alphanumeric characters.

It's hard to gauge how many views an ible should be getting since it depends on the time of the week, the season, the contests that are running, what people are interested in at the moment, if blogs have picked it up, if it was featured, etc.

Thank You, that explains a lot why it takes a while for my instructables to show up under recent i never would have thought the dash was messing it up.

Should I change the main image of this ible to a collage (second image actually) for attracting better views or it's just fine?

Thank you.

ThisIsSteve9 months ago

Hey I worked hard on this one but it did not get featured, Please give any suggestion on how to improve it..

Honestly I'm kind of surprised - this has a lot of the things you'd usually look for in a good tech Instructable. Nice photos with white backgrounds, a parts list with links, good circuit diagrams. Although, I notice you just posted V1 on Feb. 16th - and I don't see a "Posted" date at all for V2, for some reason. Maybe just be patient and give it a couple more days? Sometimes it can take a few days for something to get featured after you post it, and yesterday was a holiday in the US (not sure if staff still review things to feature them on weekends and holidays).

Has your contest entry been approved yet? Sometimes I seem to get featured almost immediately after getting accepted into a contest, which makes me think the same staff person handles both sometimes.

It couldn't hurt to touch up on some minor grammar things - make sure you capitalize the word "i", know the difference between "its" and "it's", "your" and "you're", etc.

Hey thanks Ben just noticed that it got featured.

Hey I got the contest entry approved, and i din't notice that the posted date is missing I think that is a glitch and maybe it is the reason why my instructable din't get featured.


Looks like it's been featured, lamefreaks. Thank Ben for clearly articulating why it merits a feature.

SuperTech-IT9 months ago

Is it possible to get an instructable re-featured?

I have an instructable that was featured once, but it has changed and improved with age, and it might be nice if it was "re-featured" to get it out into the public eye again.

One improvement is that the project now has music input trigger response and is about to get a wireless remote function.

Is this something that's even done?

That's probably a better question for the guess would be no, because editors screen incoming NEW projects to decide which ones get featured. I've seen people do "Version 2" posts of their projects when there are significant revisions - for example this one just recently got featured. Of course, if you're making a lot of small incremental changes over time, instead of one or two major updates that actually warrant writing an entirely new project, that could be harder to do - you don't want to post 10 different iterations of the same project.

If you haven't done the wireless remote function, maybe you could write a new one for that?

I made this instructable, and I am surprised it did not do better. Any ideas as to why that might be the case?


I agree with Kiteman - this will probably be a very handy reference Instructable that people will stumble upon when they google "how do I build my own capacitor." But, it isn't exactly something you'd see on the front page and then go "Ooh, cool, I want to make one of those!" Of course, there's nothing wrong with that - there are lots of good "reference" Instructables that accumulate a lot of views over time, like Basic Electronics and Beginner Arduino.

One minor tip - it looks like you got the idea of using a white posterboard for a background right, but a lot of the photos still look kind of dark with a yellowish or grayish background. Some steps look better than others - for example, the shots of the multimeter in Step 7 aren't too bad. Not sure what type of camera you have, but if it isn't too difficult, you can always try going back and re-shooting the images with different lighting, white balance and/or exposure settings. You can also use GIMP or Photoshop to touch the existing images up. I think there are several good Instructables out there on how to take good photos, if you need some pointers.

That's very helpful- thanks for the advice!

It's a niche instructable, so you shouldn't expect a massive number of views in the short term (it's the sort of project that gets a steady, long-term trickle of views via search engines), and it's an unfortunste truism that every formula in a piece of work halves your readership.

I see... Thanks for your help!

JM19999 months ago

What can I do to this instructable to make it feature worthy?

And what is a benchmark for views on the first day? the instructable in focus got 237views in 6 hours, Is that good or average?

Ben Finio JM19999 months ago

The link to your instructable doesn't work for me.

Not sure about benchmark for views - obviously it depends heavily on whether not not it's featured. You could browse by "recent" and see how many views most non-featured projects tend to have after their first day, if you want to get a rough idea.

JM1999 Ben Finio9 months ago

It does not work for me either :(

It is my secret compartment in a door stopper.

Ben Finio JM19999 months ago

Can you just paste in the full text of the URL instead of trying to make it a hyperlink?

JM1999 Ben Finio9 months ago

Ben Finio JM19999 months ago

So it looks like there was a mix-up below and Jayefuu thought you were asking about a food Instructable - but I think the comment about photographs still applies. It might be hard to do for this one since you're stuck taking the photos where the door stopper is attached, but the photos look like of dark, gray and dingy. Can you try:

  • Taking the pictures on a really bright, sunny day, when there is more natural light?
  • Moving a lamp near the door stopper to get it more light?
  • Touching up the photo and editing the white balance in free image-editing software like GIMP or Picasa?
JM1999 Ben Finio9 months ago

I will try it in a different room for the sunlight and will get a better photographer to do it.

We have Photoshop, I should have used that like I do with all the other things I take photos of.

The lamp idea is good however we donated our last lamp to an opp shop :(

Thanks for the ideas, I will get on to it ASAP!

bongodrummer9 months ago

Hi guys.

So I have been putting together a chainsaw mill instructable, here:

It's almost done. I just need to finish off text in step 15 and take some photos for steps 12, 15 & 16. I would really appreciate any feedback you might have on this one before I go 'live' and publish. I have gotten so close to the project, I think another perspective (or a few more) could be a real help.

Thanks Loads!

That looks good to me (bar a couple of steps needing photos).

I've never used a chainsaw, so this might be a stupid idea, but what about adding a handle at the non-engine end, for a second person to help guide/handle the saw?

Hay Kiteman,
Thanks for taking a look, means a lot to me. Like you say, I do have a few photos to add yet. And I would like to strengthen and finish off step 15 too.
In terms of the extra handle - for general handling it's a good idea! Though a second person could grab the long frame handle, just on the other side. Will mention it somewhere though. In use, it really doesn't need two people, as it just sits atop the guides and goes. Another pair of hands is handy, but for putting in wedges and carrying cut slabs more than anything.
Thanks again, any other comments more than welcome :)

i really thought that this one would get featured.....

put a lot of efforts into it...!

Well, what you are doing is illegal. That won't win you a feature. Sorry.

fjordcarver9 months ago

Would love some feedback on how to get this one up to 'featured' standards

JM19999 months ago

What can I do to improve this instructable?

Any suggestions will be helpful!


JM1999 JM19999 months ago

Thanks for the info, The photos are the best I can do at the moment but I was actually supposed to post this link: and wanted suggestions for it!

Thanks for the info though and the links are great!

Jayefuu (author)  JM19999 months ago

The recipe sounds fantastic, though I think you're exaggerating by trying to put a healthy spin on it. The grammar and spelling are good, the writing and presentation is well done but I think the photos aren't as exciting as a lot of the featured food Instructables.

You should take a look at:

1 ) How to take food photos for Instructables by AngryRedhead

2 ) Some of Scoochmaroo's food photographs

3 ) Some of Jessyratfink's food photographs

To get ideas on how to pose and photograph to make food look REALLY tasty.

achakravarthi9 months ago

i have uploaded my instuctables now i got 35 favorite and 945 views.( i would like to see my instructables in featured can i improve my instructables to be in featurred list.plz help me ,thanks in adavnce

Jayefuu (author)  achakravarthi9 months ago

Nice Instructable! I like that you went to so much trouble to make a well presented and detailed video.

got a lot of the key requirements for featuring but I think perhaps the
lack of punctuation, capitalisation and grammar could make a lot of
people skip over it.

If you take a shot at correcting these things, let me know and I'll point out to you any that you miss. (send me a PM)

AmateurHour10 months ago

Hello, my first instructable was featured and now I can't seem to get any others featured. I think I'm doing them all in the same manner but I'm probably missing something. Any help to improve these two in particular would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It seems the false bottom trunk Instructable became featured which is awesome. Any tips on making the Day of The Dead Mask into a better Instructable?

JM199910 months ago

Any ideas on this one? it has over 380 views and 14 favorites and 2 comments (other than myself) and I really want it featured.

ahmedyasser10 months ago

Hi, a couple pointers:

- Spelling, grammar, and punctuation in general could use some cleaning up:

1) Avoid using all caps.

2) Avoid excessive punctuation marks!

3) Avoid very long run-on sentences with lots of commas, but no periods.

4) Proper capitalization (for example, I should always be capitalized)

If English isn't your first language, you can probably get more help in this forum.

- Materials list - it never hurts to link to the exact parts you used. Where did you get the ultrasonic sensor? What exact type of piezo buzzer did you use?

- The pictures are kind of blurry with poor lighting. You don't need lots of fancy camera equipment and expensive lights to take good photos though. Just use a white posterboard or piece of paper as a background, and try to take the pictures near an open window (but not in direct sunlight, to avoid glare) or in a generally well-lit room. See some of my Instructables for examples. I just have a point-and-shoot camera and the backdrop for all those pictures is just a $1 white posterboard.

- For step 2, it would really help to have a circuit diagram and not just pictures. This helps beginners follow your steps more exactly. There are free tools out there that help create breadboard diagrams - Fritzing is a very popular one. You can also draw the diagrams yourself from scratch in a program like Microsoft Powerpoint, Inkscape, or even Microsoft Paint. Here is an example of some Arduino circuit diagrams in addition to photos.

Hope this helps!

Thanks alot for the reply

English is my second language, i didn't give much attention to these mistakes.

am gonna get started with fixing it

nerd747310 months ago

I feel that this needs improving but how can I do that?

Ben Finio nerd747310 months ago

Taking a quick look - proper punctuation and capitalization will help. Make sure you always capitalize the first letter of a sentence, and avoid run-on sentences. For example, I would re-write Step 4:

go to the LX menu in the bottom of the screen it is sort of like the
start menu on Windows but its Linux. Adding the icon to the desktop
isn't hard just go into the menu and you should see a "Electronics
button" right click it and choose add to desktop.

to say

Go to the LX menu by clicking the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. This is kind of like the Linux equivalent of the Windows start menu. Move your mouse over "Electronics", then "Arduino IDE". Right click "Arduino IDE" and select "add to desktop.

Some other thoughts:

- A materials list might seem obvious for this one, but it can never hurt to include it. In this case it looks like your materials are a Raspberry Pi (with standard peripherals), an Arduino Uno, a USB cable, and a working internet connection for the Pi.

- It looks like you took pictures of the Raspberry Pi monitor with a cell phone. You can take screenshots on the Raspberry Pi, which would improve the look of the Instructable significantly. You could even use an image editing program (GIMP is a good free one) to highight important parts of the images, like the button to open LX terminal (step 2) or the LX menu (step 4).

- This is a straightforward "how-to" guide for how to install Arduino IDE on a Raspberry Pi. What about spicing it up a little though? Can you post a simple example of something you can do with the RPi-Arduino combination, that you couldn't do with either device alone? Maybe that would warrant a separate Instructable - just a thought.

AngryRedhead10 months ago

So I guess I need help with these two Instructables:

They've both gotten pretty good hits from CraftGawker and Pinterest (the cleaning wipes has even been on the Instructables' Pinterest which is confusing), but maybe I need to add something more? Or the photography's off? Or they're boring?

azharz10 months ago

Can please someone see the mistakes and tips for featuring this instructable:

BAH!!! STUPID FORMATTING! Trying this again:

I think this is an incredibly ambitious Instructable for a 15 y/o who worked on an Android program for a couple days with no previous programming experience. :/

From my husband:

It looks like you’re going for the typical "Hello, World!" demonstration that is usually the first chapter in any programming book. They usually make that the first chapter so they can focus on all the unrelated stuff that you just have to know to get a program to run at all: the editor, the language, the toolchain, the API, and the engine. In some other languages, you just paste one line in Notepad and run a program against the text file and you get its version of "Hello, World!". Android programming is particularly complicated because there are special steps for everything there.

I'd recommend you dump the code part into the Instructable and be very honest about not actually getting much into the language. The problem with following that text is if a new programmer messed up one character, they wouldn't know if they missed a line, or what, and they would have no basis for fixing the error. I would never try to explain to a beginner GUI callbacks in an introduction tutorial, but would rather point out that stuff is just the wizard behind the curtain for now. Heck, I have to interview people that have 10 years of programming experience and callbacks cause them to melt down. All you really need to explain is that you put in a button, which tells something else to display "Hello, World!" for five seconds, and specifically point out those parts.

Back to me:

I think you should scale it back, create a very specific focus of the Instructable, and be ridiculously simple in your explanations. It'll still be hard to do because it's just one of those things that's hard to explain, particularly what to explain and what to call "don't worry about it - it's voodoo magic at this point".

And then there’s the issue of featuring because you need a "cool" factor to it. If you can keep it as simple as "Hello, World" but make it slightly more interesting, you'll have a better shot. For instance, you can try to sell the Instructable as "Passive-Aggressive Real Life Messaging: Baby's First Android App". So instead of printing "Hello, World", it prints, "Hello. I just hit a button to tell you that I'm playing the smallest violin in the World." Or whatever. You can tell people that they can insert whatever phrase they'd like.

Basically, I think you can do it and create a feature-worthy Instructable. The explanations just need to be clean, clear, and not overly complicated, and it just needs to put a fun little spin on the whole thing to make it a little "cool". Get creative with how you can use it and how it’s a neat thing!

Hope it helps!

You are just awesome, actually no one replying to this one. Thank you very much. I will change it as soon as possible.

Persistent = Driven

Keep going for it!

Hey how is instructable
please help me

Hi, a couple suggestions:

- Do your best to proofread for punctuation and grammar. For example, in the Introduction step, "it is a mini PC and has a built in arduino.which makes it cool", there shouldn't be a period in between "arduino" and "which". "I'm going to pst many versions of this robots with improvements", the word "post" is missing the "o". "Once you got all the Hardware the pcduino is easier to use than arduino", the word "hardware" should not be capitalized.

- Your introduction step doesn't actually explain what the robot does. Does it drive around autonomously? Is it a line follower? Do you control it over WiFi? You mention your "previous robot" - can you provide a link to that, for people who haven't seen it yet?

- Give a much more detailed materials list, with exact quantities, descriptions, and links to where you go the parts if possible. I think this is one of the biggest differences that can help get an Instructable featured. Imagine that someone has never seen your project before, but they find your Instructable and want to follow it exactly. They need to know what size PCB, how many and what type of connector pins, what kind of motor, etc. There are thousands and thousands of different motors, so if I want to do your project, just reading "motor" doesn't help me very much.

- Circuit diagrams: I think it's also helpful to have a "breadboard view" diagram in addition to a photograph and a regular circuit diagram. There are free programs out there to do this like, or you can just draw them in MS Paint or Powerpoint. See this for an example of what I mean. It looks like you actually have this in your Arduino Mini Robot Instructable.

- Step 3 - you say to refer to your previous Instructable - you should provide a direct link so people don't have to go to your author profile and guess which Instructable you were talking about.

- Step 4 - the Instructable ends rather abruptly, and doesn't actually provide any code. Are we supposed to use the exact same code as your Arduino robot? If so, you should state that explicitly.

- There are no instructions for actually assembling the body of the robot. Again, imagine if someone has never seen this project or built an Arduino robot before. You need to give them all of the exact steps and not leave anything out. Or, refer back to a previous Instructable of yours if the directions are already written somewhere else.

Hope this helps!

Hey help me with this instructable


- Watch your grammar, e.g. spell out "your" instead of typing "ur".

- Give a much more detailed materials list, with links to parts if possible. For example, there are probably thousands of different kinds of switches. Exactly what kind did you use? "A case to get all of this in" is very vague - about what size should the case be? Judging by the picture, I'm guessing you also need some hookup wire and a soldering iron - you should mention that in the materials too.

- Circuit diagrams: I find it very helpful to have a pictorial diagram, or "breadboard view", of circuits. This can make it easier for a newbie to follow a step-by-step procedure to build a circuit. This is in ADDITION to regular circuit diagrams and photographs of the finished circuit. For example, you can see a couple of my Instructables:

There are free programs out there that will help you make these diagrams (see, but you can also just make them yourself in a program like MS Paint or Powerpoint.

Hope this helps!

M3G10 months ago
I've been trying to improve this instructable ( and I'd love to hear some suggestions on how to make it better.
Kiteman M3G10 months ago
My only small criticism is that you are not "lifting" the print, you are revealing, highlighting or discovering it.

"Lifting" is what they do with clear tape, to physically lift the evidence away from the surface upon which it was found.
M3G Kiteman10 months ago
Thank you for the information, I'll change that.
roshenac11 months ago
Hello everyone :) Any advice on how to make my Instructables better in future would be greatly appreciated. Here is my first Instructable:
Kiteman roshenac10 months ago
Your project has already been Featured, so I don't think you need to do any more!
Jacoby-1 year ago
How do I delete an instructable
unpublish it -> go to edit -> more -> delete
azharz11 months ago
Can please someone see the mistakes and tips for featuring this instructable:
number8wire11 months ago
Hi, any helpful tips or criticisms of my latest project?
Thanks in advance!
XaqFixx11 months ago
Howdy - Could someone take a big red ink pen wielding look at my latest 'ible?
Thanks in advance!
Kiteman XaqFixx11 months ago
That looks fine to me - I like the writing style, and you've included all the necessary information, and even referenced your sources and inspiration.

One small quibble; not everybody uses the word "gear" to mean "clothing" (I'm thinking especially of international readers). Maybe re-title it "Cheap and Easy Vintage Style Weatherproofed Clothing"? That's up to you, though.
Jacoby-1 year ago
How do I delete an instructable
Hit "edit", then check the tabs that appear.
rwelgosh1 year ago

Any advice, thanks!!!!
That looks fine to me!
Kiteman, thank you for the review.
azharz1 year ago

Please review it.
Jan_Henrik1 year ago

please critique :)
My niggle is the spelling and grammar - starting sentences with capital letters, etc.

Some of the language is jumbled as well. For instance: "Importand, eighth at the transistor don´t permute the legs or maybe there will be curents around 200mA (i tested it!! ;) )." is quite confusing.
Hello, could you'll please go through my instructable and help me make it even better.
The write-up looks good, well-photographed etc. I can't comment on the code itself.

It might benefit from some "in use" images (blur your car's licence plate!), or a short video of you finding the car in a car park, but otherwise fine.
Thank you for your quick reply.
I am working on a short video in which I stage a car theft and recover it back using the device I built.
Do you think that adding the video will help it get featured.
Wouldn't hurt.

PM me when it's done.
Please help me to make this better and get it featured
Two first steps:

Change the spelling if the title ("Remedies").

Add a space after every period ("full stop" to non-American readers). This breaks up the block of text, and allows a mental "breath" between sentences.

Otherwise, remember that not every reader has a wide vocabulary. I consider myself quite proficient in my native tongue, but even I had to Google for "rubefacients".

As for featuring, I'm afraid, personally, the project simply does not engage me. That may simply be because I'm not a great fan of recipes, but I feel there's a lack of "story". If you had selected a single remedy, started with how you discovered the remedy, showed it being applied, so that each step flows naturally into the next, that might help.
Teisha1 year ago
Hello! I would greatly appreciate some feedback on this Instructable: 
Thank you in advance for your help!
Jan_Henrik1 year ago

Thank you :)
Congratulations on making your first instructable!

I think at some points there aren't enough images, two steps have no images at all. When I go to step 4, Put it together, I just can't tell from the pictures how to put it together. This can make it hard for people to follow your instructable. Also, there are a few grammatical/spelling mistakes, for example in the intro projekt, which should be project.

I hope you found this helpful and will share more projects! 
Thank you for your feedback, in the next instructable i will integrate some more pictures. :)
hey any suggestions to improve this instructable
I'm wondering what device you used to take the pictures, some of them don't seem to be completely in focus. Maybe the intro image would be better if you turned your camera a bit, I've taken two pictures to show the difference (sorry about the picture quality, not enough light here at the moment actually)

M3G1 year ago
Hi, any suggestions on how to improve this instructable? Thanks!
Well, it has been featured already! Great job!
rwelgosh1 year ago
Hey guys, Im looking for some tips. Any and all are appreciated.
I don't know if it's just me, but there seem to be a lot of enters, which is a bit annoying when you're reading the project
Agreed, all that empty space feels like the page isn't loading properly.
Kiteman, Agreed to your agreed!!! I wish I knew why that was. I will continue to work on the wording to see if I can get it to work a bit better. Thanks..
Just edit, and delete the empty lines.
There are no empty lines. When I edit and go to the end of the text, it is placed right after the last character. I was actually thinking of deleting and rebuilding it but I want to be sure it gets in the contest.
Oh, that's odd.

I'll pass this on to somebody who might know.
Mikeasaurus checked it out.

The issue was down to you editing the project with an external editor, then pasting it into instructables. This pulled in a bunch of blank HTML tags, which the instructables editor interpreted as placeholders, which manifest as empty lines.

Mikeasaurus has fixed it for you.
Kiteman, THANK YOU!!!!

I was concerned about the final look of the instruct able. It wasn't nice but now it looks great (If I don't say so myself :) )

Thanks again.
Maybe you could create a new instructable, copy and paste the text, put the images on the right place, preview it and, if the problem is gone publish it and remove the other one
Also, at some points I think there is just not enough information.
For example in step three, build the pop up flash, you say "Our of cardboard build the flash and duck tape it to the body" Here it could be useful to tell how to tape it to the body, preferably using pictures. You used one pic a step, but there's one thing about pictures when making a project: They are your best friend. Always try to make as many as possible, you probably don't end up using all of them, but that not a problem, you can just delete the ones you're not going to use.
Emily, thanks again. This is great advice and I wish I took more when building the costume. For now, Im stuck with the pics I have but because of your advise I will be sure to take many more in the future. Thanks so much.
Emilyvanleemput, thanks for the feedback. I see the same think when it loads but I can assure you there are not a bunch of enters. It is somewhat frustrating. I have tried to edit the text and remove all enters but it still loads that way. I do appreciate the feedback.