After you've been in the micro stock game for a while, perhaps a few years, you'll come to appreciated the satisfaction that comes along with a long awaited sale.
Perhaps it was one of the first images you uploaded and got accepted. Maybe it was an image you worked hard on in post processing, carefully cutting out the background or blurring the trademarks, or erasing the tiny numbers on a rubber tire. Maybe it is an image that has been teasing you with tons of view but no sales. Or maybe it was one of your favorite shots whether anyone else likes it or not.
Or perhaps it was a long forgotten image in your growing portfolio. One that you forget you even had. In any case a sudden sale of a "well seasoned" image has a particular satisfaction to it. Not only does it mean the image will survive the automatic culling after four years but perhaps it will gain some new respect and interest. Nothing stands out better than an image that has had downloads. It kind of reassures the buyers that some else also thought the image had merit. Success breeds success as they say.
Now this is not to say one should hope a truly weak image should survive the four year cut. I remember a while back a contributor was expressing concern that a few of their images were about to get culled. For some reason they really like these images although they really were kind of dul l and boring - shots of mud or feet as I recall. Sometimes its simply better for these images to fade away quietly. Besides four years later surely you are a better photographer, with better stock offerings and a stronger portfolio. Better to just let the week shots die of starvation from not having and downloads and look forward to producing strong work.
Here are a few of my oldies that have just recently been downloaded: