As I've started to get some sales, I've started analyzing my downloads to make sure I focus (at least as far as uploading) on what I'm selling, to some degree. What I've found surprised me: my sales are evenly split between photos I take specifically for stock, and those from my more personal shots that happen to be candidates for stock.
For example, my last four sales are split between shots I took for the shot (personal), and shots I took for stock specifically. The brick wall and street sweeper being ones I wouldn't haven taken for my own use, and the New York and Victoria shots being ones I took for myself, without the thought of stock sales.
I'm taking away two things from this:
1. Taking shots specifically for stock is turning into sales.
2. Shots that appeal to me personally have some sales value as well - in other words taking the shots I enjoy taking is worth doing for both personal reasons AND stock sales!
Don't take this to mean I don't enjoy taking the shots specifically for selling - I'm just happy that both have turned out to be rewarding!
Which do you focus on - stock specific or more personal shots?