But wait! How do I get featured? How can someone like me, an average Joe, with bare minimum tools and random junk, have his own Instructable make a first-class appearance on the front page?
That, my dear Watson, is exactly what I plan to show you. This Instructable will offer several tips, tricks, and more tips on how YOU can hit the headlines!
Step 1: Have a Good Idea
Remember that only the big guys at Instructables HQ (and then a select few) can feature someone. It might help to know what they're into. View their Personas, check out their interests, browse through some of their Groups and Favorites; kind of get a "feel" for what they like.
However, there are many "big guys" at Instructables, and almost all areas of interest are sure to be covered. In fact, it's probably best to just make an Instructable over an area of interest that appeals to you, and hey, you never know, you may inadvertently be featured.
So what is a "good idea", exactly?
Well, what defines a good idea is a prime example of what we call an opinion. However, even though it can be argued that all ideas are good ones to someone or another, there are a few "ideas" that probably should not be written about in an instructable. These would be the common knowledge ideas, instructables that have already been published*, K'Nex guns (hehe, just kidding guys =P), etc.
*Note: To see if an instructable similar to your idea has already been submitted, try a search. And remember, if someone has published an instructable on your idea, you can always publish your own with variations or improvements, just remember to credit the original author and post a link on your instructable ;]
Need a good idea? These guys are chock full of 'em:
Peruse their instructables for inspiration.