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How long does it take you to write an 'ible? Answered

I just finished one and it took almost as long as it took to make the superhero cape. I spend forever ordering pictures and being very specific. And I feel like I felt a lot out this time!

It normally takes 1-5 hours for me, I'd say.

So what about you?


My current ible seems to be taking quite a while to write... I can not wait for it to be done!

I felt that way with the plushie! Sometimes both the project and the documentation take FOREVER. I finished a huge one today that took about ten hours. But I'm really sick, so it's not like I can do much else!

And sometimes it seems like there's just so much that you have to remember to put in there, and then it takes even longer because there's always new stuff you can think of having to put in it. I'm making a blanket and that's taking forever, just because my math was off and so I have to cut some stuff smaller -_- I hope you get better soon!

I spent about a few days on my latest, My first one...I think it took me about a half hour, Because i had so many images to upload...

I have spent as little as an 3 hours on one, and as much as 3 days (if the time is all combined) on others. And I don't have that many....

Although I DO have some in the works, that have been there over a year LOL and still not finished

It varies. Physical labour aside, though, I knock most of them out in less than an hour, unless I have a video to add. But then, I've had practice, since I ~~BS for a living~~ am a teacher.

I've never been very good at that BS bit. People keep telling me it's what I should be learning in college, but I've failed to pick up on it.

It does take practice.

When I first joined my school, I had a lot of old-fashioned colleagues, so dictation was often a feature of lessons. Teachers talked. A lot.

I haven't done an actual dictation lesson for about 8 or 9 years now, but I can still talk non-stop for an hour or more, given a vaguely receptive audience and an interesting starting point.

Talking for an hour or more in front of people is terrifying. Talking for an hour to myself is not as bad. But perhaps a little worrying.

They're people, they're pupils. They have to listen to me, it's a rule.

Captive audience.

I think you wanted a "not" in there, Kiteman :-) But seriously, I kind of feel the same way about my grad students. When I go talk to high school classes, I don't feel that way, but I think they do, at least to start with.

Actually, I meant "people, not monsters" ;-)

Well, yeah, but I think my version is funnier....and have you seen a room full of first graders (or hormonian eighth graders, for that matter)? You may need to reconsider your definition, hee hee :-)

(Google... Ah, "Eighth Grade" = "Year 9")

LOL - I once spent a week in a Primary school (kids aged up to 9) - I could not walk across the playground without having to physically detach small children from each leg.

Actually, I like working with the icklies, I just couldn't teach the same kids all the time, and certainly not subjects like English or Maths with any proficiency.

Icklies? Is that another strange British term of endearment? Like Muffin, or Cumpet? That's so funny that the kids literally hung onto you...they must have liked you...

Er, "ickle" is baby-speak for "little".

"Crumpet" is a word that should never be linked with minors!

It was because I was the only male member of staff apart from the caretaker. Female staff are so much the norm in primary schools that it can take kids a year or more to stop calling all teachers "miss" occasionally.

Free career hint: I was told by a lecturer at teacher training college, the quickest way to get promoted to head teacher is to be a male primary school teacher. Male primary staff are so rare, and sexism is still so endemic amongst those that write the pay-cheques, that you can be a head within five years of qualifying.

Heehee. Icklies. You'd sure get some strange looks here if you called little kids that!

I see. Why, though?

Once again, male chauvenism never seems to stop reaching new lows

"Crumpet" is a word used to denote a physically-attractive member of the opposite sex, often in a chauvinistic manner, vis; "She's my bit of crumpet" or "Cor, look at that crumpet!"

Get heard using terms like that about younglings, and you quickly attract the attention of the modern equivalent of a lynch-mob.

What about "puppet" (or "poppet", the pronunciation has me confused as to which it is)-is that a no-no, too?

Poppet is good. My mother calls all three grandsons, in fact, anybody under the age of about 25, "poppet", then she doesn't have to remember which one is which.


I heard a small child called poppet by an adult once, so it set me to wondering...

You can relax now, poppet.

That being an example of its use... ;-)

That's the first time anyone has ever called me Poppet! :-)

That's much better than the nickname some of my friends gave me...

In school grades 6-12 they referred to me as professor in a very deleterious manner...highly uncomplimentary (although I didn't know it was meant maliciously at the time).

*shocked* and I thought a crumpet was like a biscuit. LOL

Oh! I had no idea! I thought it was just like "sweetheart", which you might call a small child here, especially down south or if you know them really really well.I though it was something you would call a litle kid. Man, if I ever go to England I'll have to consult you first about what I absolutely should not say...

Sorry about the Americanisms. We count years of pre-college schooling C-style here (kindergarten == grade 0), where you count them FORTRAN-style :-).

My wife has a good friend from college who teaches kindergarten, and she is absolutely amazing. Science projects, match, language arts, you name it....I can't image where to even begin with something like that.

...Sorry for hijacking your thread, by the way! Are you an undergrad, or a first-year grad student?

You wrote, "Talking for an hour or more in front of people is terrifying." I remember my first couple of "big" talks...I must have spent two or three weeks preparing slides, and had real trouble making eye contact.

What I've gotten in the habit of doing since then, at least for public lectures (as opposed to my technical talks at conferences) is keeping a lot of extra slides as "backup." I encourage people to interrupt with questions after I start my planned talk, and then just follow their lead in a more "conversational" way, instead of forcing them to quietly listen to "my lecture." It's fun, and much more relaxed, and by the end I usually have at least a dozen people involved with questions, comments, etc.

This sort of thing, any form of public performance, takes practice and preparation and experience. If it's something you're going to have to do as part of your career, try starting small. Join your department's Journal Club or weekly seminar series, and give talks to the small group you actually know, and work or socialize with. They'll be friendlier, and much more forgiving as you develop your skills.

It may not get any less terrifying, but you may at least feel better able to put the terror aside for the time you're talking. Cheers!

Depends on which of the 2 I've made thus far you speak of. The rifle I made took me 2 days of writing because I hadn't slept in a while. The pistol I made, on the other hand, was a 40 minute Ible.

When I have a lot of free time, like when I'm not allowed downstairs for saturday morning when my sister teaches piano, I sit in my room with the laptop. I usually take pictures on friday afternoon/evening, then post it on Saturday morning. Pictures for me depend on how big the project is. My K'NEX ball machines are large, but easy, so they only took 1-2 hours each, but my guns require detailed instructions on how to build them exactly, so about 3 hours?

And while the pictures are all uploading, I usually look at lolpics on the internet =)


9 years ago

Most of my time is spent just getting an idea. It's all easier from there. But as for the actual writing time... well I know that one of mine only took me just under an hour. On the other hand, for my fan project I just wasn't satisfied for a long time, so I spent a whole lot of time in front of the computer for that one.

I *do* find it useful to create "skeletons" of instructables I MIGHT write/finish someday. The worst that will happen is that they'll sit there with just a title and some ideas and never have anything else happen... (I currently have about a dozen unpublished instructables in various states of completion.)

That seems like a good idea. I think i'll try that.

Kiteman is right, it varies. For me its the ideas that take time to work, sometimes theyre good sometimes theyre bad, sometimes they dont come out as planned. Then comes the design stage, the building stage, and the wrap up stage. Then I have to do it again so I can take pictures and write out my instructions as I go. and, well I only have 2 instructables but believe it or not I actually have an instructables notebook.*mind wanders off* ill be right back :)

Oh some of them take me a long time to write or build but some of them ended up written very quickly for what they are, how to be attractive took me months to stop procrastinating and get past a decent intro then just attacked it over a couple of hours, same with how to talk to an ex, however I've had a project I planned in my unpublished box for a long time and it's not going anywhere fast because this thing seems to be nigh on impossible to make work which is annoying because I know it will but I can't get it to do it properly.

Interesting question. I've only done half a dozen so far, and each one has been somewhat faster per step than the previous (ah, the joys of climbing the learning curve). Right now, my rate seems to be about 15-30 minutes per step to get it into a publishable state. For me, there seem to be two main parameters: how many steps does the project need, and do I put the I'ble together while I do the project or wait until afterward?

seeing my massive talent at composition, most of my projects take 2 hours to upload .that is the actual time spent in front of the computer ,photoshop (yes i edit my photos),that spell cker thingy that is clearly a cat toy and of course inserting steps that some how got lost .what makes me grumpy is sending a video to revver for a project and then waiting 8 hours for it to go online.my usb lamp took 1 hour to make ,30 min to get it on the site ,8 hours waiting for the sorry movie to be up. note to the powers that be can we get folders to separate project photos?i have to hunt like 5 pages of photos that is a pain


9 years ago

1-5 hours of actual work sounds about right. Usually that gets spread out over ... months :-( FIrst I have to have an idea "that would make a good instuctable"; then I have to put together some sort of idea what steps I should have, and what sort of pictures I'll need. Then I have to get around to actually DOING it, and taking the pictures, which usually involves doing something AGAIN (so I'm not all that motivated.) Then there's editing and uploading the pictures, putting them into the instructable, and actually writing the text.

(and of course, if I decide that I'm not happy with the pictures, or need to change the steps, that takes even more time. For instance, I have a partially written instructable on taking apart a disk drive. I used bubble wrap for the background of the photos, and the more I look at the pictures, the less I like them. Sigh.) (excuse: I do have a day job, a wife, and three kids!)


9 years ago

The longest was the Guide- it was in planning for about 18 months, took several evenings of work to work out the problems from, and a few hours to write the Instructable.

The studio headphones took about 10 minutes to make and maybe 20 to write the Instructable and crop/resize the photos..

Take shots when I do something - varies if its worth an ible and if the mp4 player (with 300kpix cam) on me Write in notepad - as long as I want. Its the most boring part so its kinda stalled forever Copy paste to site - few minutes

I would say about six hours for photo-taking, uploading and putting it all together.