I bought my first digital camera on 2004 ans I discovered stock photography on 2006, I was searching if I could do some money with my pictures and discovered microstock agencies, what people call "big 6". Beginning were very very frustrating, rejections a lot and more, sites that requires 10 pictures accepted to be contributor and they rejects all you send, etc...
I would like to talk a bit of my feelings, sometimes I get too many involved with stock, I check DT page every day and I become very very happy with every sale or every picture approved but on another hand I got very frustrated and depressed with rejections. I tend to Starblue or Maigi's or Sleiselei or Justmeyo, only to mention a few, portfolio's for example and tell to myself: "I won't never be as good as they, I will never will be able to produce the wonderful images that starblue's" etc...
Not to mention about "Top contributors", I don't look at these because I don't want to depress myself more ;);)
Well, I just need to take this like a hobby and just keep uploading, besides sometimes I would stop because of rejections, and just be happy with sales.
Participating in forums is fun, I take part of community and express my opinion, or just get fun in some topics like Nice
I was thinking in buy a DSLR but I think I'll stay with my G9 until it breaks and then yes, I'll but a Canon EOS
I'm not a pro, but rejections hurts (Sometyimes I tend to consider they personally, yep I know it's a error), as well as sales cheer me up, so I need to try to get fun with this and don't let me affect my mood ;)
I have also learned a lot these years, about what's stock, about isolations, noise and so... pity I can't have any models because all people I know don't want to be published ;)
I wouln't every imagined that I would had 63 dl with that olympic flame picture!! Or that the cave series that I was so proud to take and get accepted don't
I'm also proud and happy to had 3 accepted pictures for assignment
I didn't expect to win, I'm just happy to get them accepted :D:D
So finally, I would say to those people who gets frustrated and depressed and angry, not to give up (in spite that sometimes I would do!), just keep uploading and get fun of this
Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone!!!