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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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!



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Kiteman2 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

Caveat:
comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

My recent instructable "https://www.instructables.com/id/Bluetooth-Smart-Plugtime-Settable/" has not been featured at the time of publication yesterday. Now I edited and upgraded it. Could it be featured now?

That's a very thorough Instructable, nicely done!

An area for improvement on your next Instructable could be the photo quality - some are a little dark and grainy, which could be addressed by adding some lighting, or taking advantage of natural light when shooting your photos if possible. But overall, the documentation of your project is solid and well done :)

Thanks for your words and support, that gives me great energy. feels great to be a member of the instructable community. And it is my responsibility to make my next better :).

hi just a question: why wasn't my Instructables featured? Probably was just passed over, but just thought I'd bring it up (it is similar in quality to my other Instructables which have many times been homepaged & featured in Staff picks emails.) Thanks!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Peanut-Butter-Cookies/

That's a good instructable, and very nicely documented.

An area for improvement would be the cover image. A more balanced composition and better lighting would perhaps make this project really jump out and grab readers, but it's still a very good Instructable.

thanks!
got it thanks. is this new picture better?

Yes, I think so. With food especially, getting up close and showing texture and vivid, enticing colors really helps.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Things-You-Should-Know-Before-Using-ESP8266-Wifi-M/

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