Today’s Weekend Website is also known as the World’s biggest show & Tell. It’s called Instructables, and it’s a place where people show what they do and how they do it. Members can collaborate with others, have fun, and learn a lot in the process.
What’s an Instructable?
Before we dive into what Instructables is all about, we need to first explain what it is. It’s simple, an Instructable is a step-by-step description of anything that someone wants to share. They can be about anything, really, maybe something inspiration, educational, or something helpful.
Become a Member
If you think Instructables is a site you’d visit and participate in often, you’re going to want to become a member. It’s free, and doing so will allow you to create and submit your own Instructables. You’ll also be able to comment on other’s Instructables which is a big part of what it’s all about. Additionally, you’ll be able to see all of the steps for any Instructable on one page which will save you some time.
Signing up is simple and only takes a minute.
Instructables doesn’t cater to just one crowd because they coverall kinds of things. The easiest way to navigate the site is to use the menu bar towards the top of the page that lists out each of the topics.
On the home page, they also display “Featured” and “Popular” Instructables. For your first visit, I recommend taking a look at some of those to get an idea of what it’s all about. Once you click on a particular topic, you’ll also see two lists containing the featured and popular Instructables just for that topic.
It appears the folks over at Instructables want you to get involved because they’ve always got several contests going on. The contests you can participate in at this point include a “Mash-UP Contest” with over $5,000 in prizes to be given away as well as a Laser Cutter Contest in which the grand prize is a VersaLaser worth over $13,000. It’s one way to get involved and get result in you getting rewarded for the work you put into creating your Instructable.
Another way to get involved is simply to comment. I’ve come across many helpful comments that really add to what they offer. You can also participate in forum discussions.
Why I love Instructables
If you’ve used Instructables before, you know that many of them are filled with really great pictures and instructions. If someone wanted to actually follow along and replicate what ever it was that was being explained, they could without problem. For example, this Instructable titled “How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube” is divided into thirteen different steps and each step has an image that shows exactly what they are explaining in words.
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