And so it begins...
The articles you write on RCPilot will be discoverable by hobbyists for years and years to come. Precisely because users can locate articles, your work will not be lost in the digital dustbin of obscurity. But, the key to pleasing your reader lies in how you organize, write and display your content.
This piece will give you hints on how to make an effective and enduring article.
People simply hate long blocks of text. This is especially true online. I like to break up content with headings. In our tool HEADING 3 is a nice size. Not too large, not too small.
Media Media Media
We strongly encourage you to add image and video media to your articles. It makes them more engaging. BUT, too much media grows tiresome so just post the BEST media you have instead of ALL of it.
In our editor, you'll find a pretty complete set of tools to make a nicely formatted and professional looking article. If you click the IMAGE icon, you'll see the UPLOAD menu item on the left. Click that first and then upload your image. You can use the GENERAL menu item to resize the image or you can drag and resize the image. Thought it's a bit weird, you can drag your image to different places but you may have to fuss with extra spaciing to get the image to display nicely. Notice the white space to the right of the Viper Jet? That's what you want.
Use The Formatting Tools
The toolbar at the top of the editor has lots of options. Take a moment to play with each one! Nobody will be harmed in the process. The TABLE tools are disabled until you create a table. The table tool will allow you to create charts! The text formatting tools are standard, as are the indent, list and linking tools.
Lay Off Colors Unless It Enhances Your Story
Although we permit you to use different colored text, we don't encourage it. Stories look amateurish when they have different colors and different fonts -- UNLESS the change in color is used sparingly and purposefully.
Length is Never as Important as Quality
How long should you make your article? As long as it takes to make your point. Generally, if you are only writing two paragraphs, we recommend you use the DISCUSSION area. If you have a very long piece of content, consider using the build story, provided the piece relates to a build. Everything else can go into an article. I generally view as appropriate for an article anything that has a focused theme and sufficient information to warrant three paragraphs (whether or not you have accompanying media).
Get To It!
If you publish good stuff, you will not only gain followers, but your content may also be featured in Model Aviation Magazine. Let's see what you've got!