It took me 8-9 months to get 100 images online. As many other beginners, at the onset I thought it would be an easy hobby with some financial inflow. It isn't :-).
I am very grateful to DT for keeping up the competition spirit in me. I have set (a very vague) target and will stick to it. So far, I know being around DT helped me:
1. Learn basic composition rules and start understanding what makes a successful image (not that I'm able to create them at this stage :-)
2. I have improved my Photoshop skills a great deal -
layers, masks, creating shadows, advantages of RAW format, a bit of retouching (recently managed to 'transplant' my friend's head to a naked woman body).
3. Stock photography takes efforts, time and energy.
To take white water rafting pictures we had to hire a pickup, travel 5 miles, climb beneath a bridge and sitting on rocks (under rain) wait for nearly 20 minutes (my wife was protecting the camera with an umbrella). Dirty, wet, tired - but happy with 4-5 decent photos :-). For those of us who do not have studios, a 'studio' shoot means assembling all the equipment, bringing all the props you needed for a shoot, and when finished - you have to pack all the equipment back, stick it under sofa, put everything back to place and clean up (in your bedroom? living area?).
Well, it has been a very fruitful process. I've just started and will keep going - it's a loooooong way :-).
Again, I'd like to thank DT community and administrators - you're a great photography school for people like me.