Recently one of our DT members asked me “out of curiosity: why are you so active in the forum but have a small portfolio. . . . . .”
A good question.
Georges' observation is very true. I have been on DT for 6 months and do actively take part in most of the forums and do write blogs at times.
It is good to interact with the other members. It also improves the chance of your uploads getting noticed one way or the other.
I will give you an example.
There is this Free Discussion (on Dreamstime message board) in which there is a topic named Nice
What one has to do is pick up a picture from the person’s portfolio that has posted before you.
After I took part and did my job, the next person (Nobilior)
posted my picture of the Antique Cannon
(Message posted at 10/04/2010, 12:39:19 PM by Nobilior)
Immediately after that on the same day (4th Oct) there was a sale for me. And it was none other than the Antique Cannon
(the price listed as 5 credits. Resolution – Large)
Was this a coincidence that the dates matched ? Maybe. Or maybe some one happened to see it on the forum and decided to buy it. My strong belief is that some one noticed it.
I do also browse through the latest additions that take place on DT. People who have freshly joined and are having just 1 or 2 or 3 uploads but with no sales so far. I put a positive comment on their picture and send it to them. This will boost their morale and encourage them to add more pictures.
After all we don’t loose anything by giving an unknown person a word of encouragement, do we ?