“Craft & Narrative in DIY Instructions”

This article helps explain and break down, the meaning of tutorials. We all get frustrated and confused when we buy something and don’t know how to put it together; or maybe we sign up for a new social media website but don’t know how to use it. This is why we have tutorials. There are many different ways to give a tutorial, but the most common ways to give one is through a video on YouTube, or by pictures. This way the audience can follow your instructions with you as you demonstrate.

DIY: “do it yourself” tutorial

Craft: “knowledge on how to do something”

The first example of a DIY tutorial in this article was about putting together a walking desk from Ikea. Someone bought a treadmill desk and was tired of asking people around the Ikea store for instructions, so they took the desk home and found a tutorial of how to put it together themselves. Tutorials can be put to use when you are trying to be handy or even when the instructions that came with the thing you bought does not make sense. Tutorials make figuring something out so much easier for an audience.

Instructables.com

– cooking

– furniture building

– electronic hackings

– sewing

Authors of this website are not paid and they are not told what to give tutorials about, but only the authors can make adjustments and changes to their posts. This way there is no false information posted from an outside source. Anyone can become an author of this website by just posting their own tutorial of something to the website. People are allowed to make comments, more like their reactions to the tutorials rather than interacting with the author of the tutorial. When giving the tutorials, it helps to give the audience a step-by-step breakdown of how to do something; not just a video or picture showing how accomplished you are at completing a task. The point of a tutorial is to help someone else. The difference on this website, is that they are narrative tutorials. It is a person talking and showing the audience how to do something rather than just pictures. This way the tutorial is more interactive with the audience.

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