:O I soldered something! Thank you instructables! Answered
Okay. This is stupid. But I did it!
I, me, Lithium Rain, soldered something - and it isn't teh failz.
IT WORKS PEOPLES!
I have attempted for three years to teach myself this skill, and failed badly every time. But I did it this time!
A whole new world is mine. All those instructables I looked at and sighed with resignation that I would never be able to do - I can try them. All the broken earphones - I can fix them. All the little things that would have been so much easier - I can do them!
And instructables is why. It sparked my initial interest and all the awesome projects and users motivated me to keep trying even when I was melting humongous blobs of solder into a big mess, and giving myself cancer from breathing the fumes, and burns from hot metal and solder, and a complex because I couldn't solder two dinky little wires together. Thanks, instructables!
Okay, so it's not that big an accomplishment. But it made my day!