Instructables

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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hair-Growth-Laser-...

Hi - This video instructable was just published at Hackaday and is getting over 100 views per hour. I think it is very clear and teaches people how to build a $700 laser hat for $60. I have posted 100+ instructables, and a few have been featured. I don't expect most of them to be featured, but I thought this one was pretty useful.

Any thoughts? Thank You.

Hmm it's just pretty sparse. Here's a collection of award winning instructables I made: http://www.instructables.com/id/Award-Winning-Vide...

Take a look at what they did and try to emulate would be my best suggestion.

What specifically do you think is missing from the video?

From the video? Nothing, but we don't feature videos here. We feature instructables. Instructables have a decent amount of text, and TONS of photos. Your instructables had very little text and no photos at all. Look at the instructables in the collections. Does your looks like theirs? If the answer is no, then change your instructable until it does.

The rules must have changed. I only do video instructables, and have had several featured. When did the rule change to what you just said?

I think about 6 months ago we got rid of video style instructables and focused on step by steps. Hence why we recommend checking the featuring checklist. The collection I linked to you, are people who do video instructables and they get featured, just try to emulate them.

Thanks for the info. All my videos are over 95% liked on Youtube, so I hate to mess with the style my subscribers like. I may take a look though.

Don't mess with the video! Just add photos and text to the Instructable itself like in the link MSS showed.

Think of it like a cooking show. It's helpful/fun/enjoyable to watch, but it's nice to have photos and a written recipe when it comes time to cook.

Thanks for that perspective and good advice. I guess I never really thought about what instructables Really is. People that prefer video instruction just go directly to YouTube. People that like pictures and text come here. I hate to read, so I have always focused on watching and making videos. I have 20+ video projects in the pipeline, and think I can be of more benefit to the internet by creating than translating to another medium. Maybe when I run out of ideas, I will go back and do translation.

I see your point though. Some people really prefer reading, or watching, then reading. This explains why I get 50 subscribers a week on Youtube, but only 1 here. I always wondered about that. I am a video black sheep in a community of readers :). Getting featured is not a huge goal for me. I just think that people who struggle with hair loss are being taken advantage of by companies who are selling these laser hats for $700 when you can easily make them for $60. I wanted to get the word out. Its getting a lot of views on YouTube, so thats good enough.

Actually, this just made me recall something. There is a guy that breaks my videos into steps, for his web site, so they are available somewhere, at least.

Everyone loves video! And people would certainly still watch the video if you're worried about views (I assume you're trying to publicize your channel).

Creating a video takes A LOT more time than writing or photographing, but with writing, readers can see all the details in a way and a speed that makes sense to them. If instructions aren't written out, then viewers have to literally take notes like they're in a school lecture (only with the benefit of being able to rewind).

Getting featured should matter because it increases your views by A LOT, and the only way to get into the newsletter is by getting featured which REALLY increases views. Featuring also increases your odds of being noticed elsewhere online.

And there's the snowball effect. The more you publish and get featured, the more views and subscribers you get at an almost exponential rate (just like on YouTube as I doubt you started with 50 subscribers a week). It took me around 4 years to get 1 million views on my Instructables, but I've gained nearly another million views in only 1 year.

However, it's up to you if you want to put in a couple more hours of work (literally) for more views and subscribers and starting that snowball rolling. I personally think it's worthwhile for the sake of promoting your channel, but that's just my opinion. People will watch the video on Instructables, and viewers on YouTube will check out your Instructable, and la-la-la...

Thanks ARH. I am closing in on 3 million youtube views. I know video is a lot harder, but it is what I do. Posting my videos on Instructables helps a little, but it's not my core base. As I see it, either my topic is a blockbuster or its not. I can't see a moderator saying "Wow, this is an awesome project that could really benefit a lot of people, and the video is very well done and informative, BUT its not in text form, so skip it." That would be a disservice to the membership. If I had some assurance that taking the time to convert my medium would get it featured, it would be worth it. Without that, my time is better spent making my next video, which, on average, generates way more views and subscribers.

No one can guarantee anything because no one knows how good your photographs or write-up will be. Fortunately, people here can help so it meets all the featuring criteria, and generally, if you meet/exceed the featuring criteria, you get featured. Period. Beyond that, it's up to the witchery of the internets.

And you don't know that Instructables won't become a good segment of your base until you get featured. A feature rate of 3% is quite low, so it's unsurprising that this site doesn't have a huge impact. The better the feature rate, the better the views, the better the hits. People have gotten featured on television (e.g., The Colbert Report) because of their Instructables (e.g., Useless Machine).

If you go by cost vs. risk, you should just go ahead and work towards getting featured (probably a couple times), and then you can decide whether it's worthwhile pursuing further. I've not found many publicity opportunities that didn't require more work (e.g., Instructables), voodoo (e.g., StumbleUpon), or losing certain rights to my content (e.g., Apartment Therapy). You are the publicist for your channel, so you will have to determine what's a good fit for you.

So do what you want!

ARH - I really respect your tenacity and docile nature. You have taught me something. I thought ibles were featured based on usefulness or impact to the community. You are saying that is not the case. Rather, they are featured based on clarity, for lack of a better word to describe the featuring criteria list. So, by this system, a crystal clear ible on how to wad up a scrap of paper would be featured, whereas a somewhat murky, or worse yet, Video, ible on how to cure cancer, would not. Ok, that is a real eye opener. I would totally not have guessed that. Thank you.

In all the time I have spent communicating with you, I did find time to heed your advice to some extent. I added 8 simple written :) steps. I may even break down and add pictures. While I would like to this ible featured based on its substance, if clarity is all that matters, it may be worth my time to get the word out that people can easily save $600.

Regarding featuring criteria, you really ought to read the featuring criteria for the true situation, rather than resorting to baseless hyperbole. If you don't want to follow the featuring criteria, and not interested in meeting the expected standards of writing and illustration, that's fine. Nobody is trying to stifle your creativity, but you will have to resign yourself to the fact that you will not get featured.

If your interest is solely in the video format, then maybe you'll be happier sticking with a site created for the video format, rather than a site created for quality writing and photography (especially if you already feel you are successful there)?

We find that text+photo step-by-step instructables are much more useful to for people
when they are wanting to follow them themselves - videos cannot be
printed out to use in your workshop, videos that look nice have often been edited so much that important details are missing, and very few people can work
as fast as the video they are following, so end up having to stop,
rewind, watch again etc, which is not easy when your hands are full of
tools or covered in glue etc.

(Oh, and if your aim is to save people money, why do you use lasers? The research data available shows that cheap red LEDs are equally as effective as red laser diodes - you would be able to illuminate the whole scalp for a fraction of the cost of your small square patch.)

Well said. That is precisely why I am not a fan of videos on instructables. They're great for understanding how something moves or functions, but not great for perusing or actually following while making. I very rarely click on videos.

To clarify, "coolness" and/or utility are both major factors in featuring. "How to Wad Paper" would not be featured no matter how spectacular the photos and write-up, and "How to Cure Cancer" would win the Nobel Prize, particularly because the researchers wouldn't have just published on YouTube but rather in appropriate medical journals following the format guidelines for those journals regardless of how awesome the research was.

"Everyone loves video!"

Except me...

HowToLou JM19993 hours ago

Thank you JM. Exactly my point. People, like you, are drawn to instructables for the text. My videos are rated highly on Youtube, among video lovers, but are out of their element among you readers.

Is it your video?

If not it can't get featured.

If it is your video I think you should do a better write-up on it and go from there.

It is my video, yes.
It is my video.

Cool, well I don't know much about video 'ibles but the least I can say is give it a bigger write-up and see what happens.

shazni4 days ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Serviette-Ba...

Hi. Can I have some feedback on my instructable Please?. I was wondering whereI went wrong for it not to be featured. Thanks.

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JM1999 shazni4 days ago

Maybe change the first and second photos?

I think the first photo may be a pixelated effect but I'm not sure on it.

The second photo you have the ballerinas holding white (flowers?) on a white background, the two first photos may be all it needs to be featured!

Show danger/Jessy and they should be able to give you some helpful tips :)

Thanks, I sent a message to both. I don't know who featured it but someone did. Only it didn't make it to the homepage. :-( so less views. I guess I shall try something else for the paper contest as this doesn't seem to be doing well.

Cool, glad it got featured :)

Homepage feature? do you know much about it?

If so I would love more info on it -- it is one of the least talked about things on the site.

Check out the new Feature Checklist, it outlines it very well.

This ible wasn't featured initially (presumably because the photos weren't great) so I reshot the whole thing. Does anyone see any other issues I could correct?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Scarf-Camera-Strap...

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shazni4 days ago
fadecomic6 days ago

Hi,

Can I have some feedback on http://www.instructables.com/id/VU-sound-level-sensitive-Christmas-tree/ ? Thanks in advance.

There are a few little things that should be easy enough to fix.

-Intro Photo. The photo is a bit dark, and there's some general tidying to do to really put the focus on the tree. Look into night photography for some tips, and get your camera lower - don't take the shot at standing height but rather sitting height. The effect might be visible if you take a long exposure so that the bottom is very bright but the top is considerably dimmer. You can do this by making some adjustments to your camera for a long exposure and then occasionally making sound. If you only have your iPhone, then check for "Long Exposure Camera" apps. You'll need to rig a tripod with chairs, books, etc. if you don't have one for your phone.

-Step 2: Step 1: Need some editing on your step titles.

-Combine Step 1 (Materials section) with your intro. That's what a lot of people do for steps that don't have photos because the materials have already been used up.

-Final step is missing a photo. This should be easy enough to fix with just a close-up of the lights on the tree that shows the cords and bulbs and what-not.

Hope it helps! It's a cute idea!

I appreciate the tips. I'm a fairly practiced photographer, but I didn't have a picture of the tree available when I posted the article. I just captured a still from YouTube.

TopDIY7 days ago

Hey everyone,

Any constructive criticism on my recent Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Lighter-Gun-T...

Thanks in advance and cheers!

It needs a full explanation of the mechanics and why it works. Outside of that, just a better intro photo and some tidying for publishing. :)

JM19999 days ago

Does anyone have any suggestions on this 'ible?
As far as I have seen most shoelace 'ibles get featured so why not this one?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Basketweave-Lacing...

Try to give us 12-24 hours before asking why. Sometimes Community Managers and Team Members sleep, and trust me you want it that way.

OK, I see what you are saying.

Thanks for the pointer.

gizmologist15 days ago

Greetings;

Any constructive criticism on my recent Instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Lighting-in-Plastic-Models/

would be highly appreciated!

The biggest issue right now is the intro photo, and the best thing you could possibly do is to re-shoot it in near dark so the lights really shine and give a beautiful glow. I'm not sure what sort of camera you're using (guessing camera on your phone?), so you'll need to search out how to take essentially night time photography. The more of the finished project you can get in the shot, the better. You want people to be awed and to click, and for a ship, well.... it's tricksy when it comes to angle.

Thanks for the feedback!

I've done lots of night photography. I just hadn't gotten around to taking better photos, but you were right. Did a new shoot on two of the models and the page (especially the intro) now looks much better.
Used the flying saucer for intro photo since that's a more recognizable shape.

Very tricky balancing the model lights with the photo lighting. Dimmers help a lot. Any additional comments?

Looks good!

The only thing I noticed is that you might want to put the Instructable in Technology -> LEDs. :)

I disagree. It's about integrating LED technology with crafts.

It got featured, YAY!

Good job, the help was certainly worth asking for!

I think it looks pretty solid. My one piece of advice would be to add another image to the first step to be used as your primary image. The one you are currently using doesn't read well. It was hard for me to tell what it was and it's a bit out of focus. If no one can tell what the image is, they won't click on it. I would recommend this one.

http://cdn.instructables.com/FHH/OYG3/I2XTR8EC/FHH...

Kirkthepyro10 days ago

Also please look at my DIY-grinder one:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Shop-Cheats-DIY-Gr...

Sorry, thanks again

Kirkthepyro10 days ago

Can someone review mine about adding LED's to a 3D printer?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Light-up-your-3D-p...

Thanks!

Becca Rose10 days ago

Hello there! Would anyone like to give feedback on my vinyl cutting instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Logo-Creativly-...

thoughts and comments much apprciated!

Hi. I'm a newer member to this site... (I've only been on here for about 2 weeks) I just love this community... I've currently released four instructables and I wish to see if their is any improvements to be made to the way I can add to this delightful website... Just click on my name, and help however you can! Thanks!

First of all, welcome to Instructables! I'm just going to give you a few basic tips that may help you improve your current or future instructables.

1) Keep titles short. You want people to be able to quickly understand what your ible is about. If you can't read the entire title when it comes up in a search, shorten it.

2) Document everything. For example, your Mario ible doesn't have enough images in it for me to create my own version of the Mario you made. If it had more screenshots of your process, perhaps I could. The sword ible is much better in this area. There are several screenshots showing me some basics, like what tools you used. If you can't document it yourself, providing a wealth of resources like in your LEGO ible is an alternative.

Annabel12315 days ago

that's pretty cool.

ohoilett17 days ago

I came across this as I was perusing through the site and thought I would give it a try. I would also like this "extra advice."

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-DIY-Pulse-S...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Developing-Your-ElectronicsScience-WorkSpace/

PCDAILY23 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: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Tweeting-Inte...

Thanks in advance and cheers!

JM1999 PCDAILY23 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 JM199922 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!

ekarweta23 days ago

Hey guys,

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

http://www.instructables.com/id/Live-Streaming-Dog...

JM1999 ekarweta23 days ago

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!

rjkorn25 days ago

Hi All,

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

It is a headlight polishing one at http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Headlight-Ref... . 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 rjkorn25 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:

www.instructables.com/id/The-vinegar-and-baking-so...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hand-Sewn-Lego-Pix...

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 - http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Sword-1/

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 service@instructables.com.

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.

BillT31 month 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 BillT326 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 - http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Hear...

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.

solarheartrate.jpg

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.

now?

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.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-3d-Art-Of-The-Eleventh-doctor-or-ANYTHING-Y/ 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 Tyner1 month ago

How is this?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Spark-Core-iPhoneAndroid-controlled-R2-D2/#

ThisIsSteve1 month ago

Hi

Need some feedback with this one


http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Fridge-Ma...

Thanks

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!

Nikus1 month ago

Hi!

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

http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-home-with-arduino/

What can I do to improve this Instructable?

Ben Finio Nikus1 month 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 Finio1 month 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 Nikus1 month 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 Finio1 month 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 Nikus1 month 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.

robodude951 month 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.

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