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Is there a listing of the top instructable authors? (just curious if it's reasonable to shoot for first place...) Answered

I've long intended to write instructables on many diverse topics. Considering my extensive building background and ability to teach coherently, I feel I could be a great resource to many people. However, I am a numbers oriented person, and I think it would be a fun challenge to see if I could match the output of some of the more prolific instructors on the site. Is there a list of 'the top ten most prolific instructable authors' or something similar? Or even a 'top ten best instructable authors by popular vote'. I would just like to make sure I am putting out comparably awesome content, not just making 'ables for mere quantity...Heaven knows how I hate opening an instructable to find one lousy sentence and an obscure picture....Thanks!

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Kiteman

3 years ago

My view; if your only motivation is hits, you should start a YouTube channel and do strange things with jelly.

If, though, your aim is to be an author of good instructables, then the only way to do that is to do that - do not sit an analyse other authors, because you will end up copying them, and copies rarely do as well as the originals. Start publishing, see what works for you. Find your own style and your own voice, get satisfaction from what you make and you will become a Instructabler.

(Many "old hands" will tell you, view counts are nice, but comments are wonderful.)

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Vyger

3 years ago

I can't help but think of "top author" in what category? There is no one person who is expert in all areas. There is a large number of members who are Knex enthusiasts. They usually don't write instructables on cooking. But in Knex construction they are pretty advanced. It all depends on what you do and what you are good at.

A number of the staff have a lot of followers and a lot of instructables with a lot of views. It can be because they are good, but that fact that they are neck deep in the web site is a big contributing factor.

You might find this instructable of mine to be interesting reading. It deals with getting published and what the numbers might mean.

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-have-a-posi...

But by far the biggest thing you have to do is SOMETHING. Just talking and thinking about it is not the same as doing it. I have had a lot of ideas for more instructables, I even have 5 in the draft stage, but finding the time to do it rather than just think about it is a real bottleneck.

And remember, it is not set in stone when you publish. You can edit and refine and add to your work at any time. Revising something based on the constructive comments of readers is what can help make anything better.

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iceng

3 years ago

If you get featured, that would be a very big achievement indeed, but you will need to publish some very good instructables which will that take some effort on your part. As you have not a single publication in four years I hope you can do better next month. I know I was a lurker for several years before getting into the works.

"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."

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Vygericeng

Answer 3 years ago

yep, need to make a start first. Being extraordinary comes after.

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bwrussell

3 years ago

You're getting addicted to the brain crack. Building up something in your head, imaging that when you finally get around to doing it that it will be awesome and you will be showered with praise while people stand and applaud. You don't want to lose this dream so instead of doing anything you continue to imagine how great it will be and build it up more and more. Most likely it will take a try or two or ten to make a hit and if you've got some glorious picture of the moment in your mind, when it fails to live up to that you'll be severely disappointing and might stop pursuing your dream entirely. Fight the addiction and just start doing. (Besides, if you really are set on matching the performance of the most prolific, the longer you wait the bigger a head start they get.)

Massively popular guides are very tricky to create, the quality of the work and write-up are the only things you can control with certainty and those alone are not enough. There is a lot of luck involved. The timing of being featured and pushed to the front page plays a huge role in views, as well as having something that people are actively searching outside of the Instructables site.

I too am a numbers person but I think your mistake is comparing yourself to the cream of the crop before you've even published a single word. Instead start by comparing yourself to yourself. I have a spreadsheet where I track a few stats. Things like views/day and views/instructable let me track my performance over time in a meaningful way for me rather than tying my self worth to other people. I'd be happy to share the form with you if you want to adapt it to your needs.

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KitemanJosehf Murchison

Answer 3 years ago

Also, do a general search for "featured author", as other authors have been featured since that guide was published.

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Yonatan24Kiteman

Answer 3 years ago

What exactly is a featured author?

Is it someone that gets voted in something? And the "Featured Author Contests"? Are they part of that?

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KitemanYonatan24

Answer 3 years ago

It's somebody that the site staff think have made a bunch of cool projects, and/or contributed a lot to the site.

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rickharris

3 years ago

Top in what way?

By views?

By acclamation?

By number of instructables published?

By most awards from instructable staff??

By most featured instructables?