Tips for Making Instructables Easier, Faster, & Better


It took me about a week to make my Instructable on my magnetic pegboard, and about a month to make my I'ble on SpectrumLED.
Now I don't even want to know how much time it took chr to make his 8X8X8 LED Cube Instructable...

2 Weeks ago, I published an Instructable on my Articulating Lamp, I don't think it took me more than 3-4 hours...

Other than the fact that I now have way more experience, I've thought of several tips that decrease the amount of time I have to sit in front of  the computer and type, by a HUGE amount.
If making and I'ble is a lot of work, it'll feel like work, and I'll need to take a break... If it's fairly easy, I'll want to make more!

I will leave some of the tips that I've come up with in the comments. If you have your own leave them in the comments below!

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Yonatan24 (author) 1 year ago

2. Document as you build.

I take all of my pictures with my camera, and by the time I get to the computer, I've already forgotten what I wanted to write... This is a huge time waster.

I make, take pictures, and send myself an email of the exact steps.

When I go to the computer, all I have to do is copy paste the text, sppelchek, and type more, because it won't feel as exhausting. Also, If I can think of something that I can add which is funny, there's a 0.1% chance that I'll remember it... I remember things that happened 10 years ago as if they happened yesterday, and remember things that happened yesterday, as if they happened 10 years ago...

I often find a project circulating in my head for a long time before I actually build it, to the extent that I can picture how every step will go, so sometimes I end up writing the whole thing out before I take a single photo or pick up a tool.

Yonatan24 (author)  Kiteman1 year ago

Your new profile picture is freaked me out. I will have to type this reply while covering my eyes...

"Sometimes I end up writing the whole thing out before I take a single photo or pick up a tool." Good to know I'm not the only one!

For many of my I'bles, I can already picture the steps, so I know how many pictures to take, from what angle, and so on...

Yonatan24 (author)  Yonatan241 year ago

I've been typing up the intro for an I'ble that I will probably publish in a month or so. 827 words, so far, and that's only the intro.

Oh no...

LOL - it's Halloween soon, sacred holiday of Makers everywhere...

Yonatan24 (author)  Kiteman1 year ago

Yup, I saw it. In the beginning, it looked that the lines on your face are actually blood that's pouring from your head. Now if I look closely, the bat looks like it was a shuriken that was made out of an old saw blade...

I will stop here ;)

Yonatan24 (author) 1 year ago

6. (I believe that's the correct number) - Take your time.

Just take your time while making your Instructable. There's no need to hurry.

I've been getting better at this...

Yonatan24 (author) 1 year ago

3. Take too many pictures!
Because deleting is so much easier than having a poor Instructable, and retaking them...
"It's better to have and not need, than to need and not have"

Yonatan24 (author)  Yonatan241 year ago

Speaking of pictures... Set up adequate lighting! Make sure to project light from as many angles as possible.

Just because you think you have enough light doesn't mean that your camera has enough. Expensive cameras with poor lighting will take (fairly) bad pictures.

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