Thursday, April 3, 2014

Publishing DIY Articles

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/20/15


Craft and cooking tutorials need to be clear and concise. Provide a list of supplies, tools or ingredients, depending on the type of how-to guide you publish, followed by an easy to follow step-by-step set of instructions, illustrating how to follow those instructions perfectly. Strategically placed pictures of the process help tremendously.

When writing your tutorial, break it down as much as possible, making your steps easier to follow. If this means you have more steps, so be it. The goal is to create a tutorial easy enough for people to replicate what you are sharing. You might also include video tutorials for extra clarity, but it’s not necessary if your written instructions and photos are clear and easy to follow.

Avoid using unnecessary words that have nothing to do with the project or recipe provided. A few words are fine. However, brevity is preferred, especially if the reader wants to print the page for personal use.

Copyright your original designs and recipes. Give credit where it is due, or better yet, link to your source, if the project, pattern or recipe isn’t yours. If it isn’t yours, you might do it yourself, and provide commentary about your experience and results.

Include tips about how you improved or learned from the process of your tutorial. Offer alternatives whenever possible. Things like substitutions for difficult to find supplies or ingredients is always a plus, when writing a craft or cooking tutorial.

Provide some sort of contact information, so people can ask you if they have questions. If you do receive questions for clarification, be sure to follow them up readily, and if you receive a lot of questions about the same thing, it might be a good idea to up-date your how-to with extra information that explains things a little bit better.

Finally, thank visitors for being interested in what you are sharing. You can never appreciate your visitors enough. The Internet is saturated with all sorts of information, so the fact that someone is paying attention to yours is no small deal at all.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I hope this little how-to on how to publish diy articles is helpful for you.

M. J.

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