I learned that photos and drawings can be sold through the Internet somehow about 8 years ago (I was 17 years old), don't recall any agencies of that time though. I tried my luck in microstock as soon as I managed to buy my first camera (I was 20 at the moment). I don't really remember what's my first agency was but it was not DT, I'm sure. My camera was a very simple and cheap one and photos appeared to be far from good quality, none were accepted. So I gave up and forgot about the idea I liked so much.
I became interested in microstock again when I began to draw (I'm a very late beginner, was about 20 or 21 when started), but a dream remained a dream until all pieces of the puzzle joined together. It took time...
First, I thought I drew so bad that I was shy to merely show my pictures to someone, not to think of trying to sell them. Now I realize that some of my images were rather nice and even stockworthy despite of being abstract or lacking some proportions. But a few years ago I didn't know this and was sure nobody would buy that.
Second, I had no scanner (and my camera, as you know, was very poor). Even when I aquired avearage drawing skills I couldn't transfer my drawings into digital form. Also, I had no tablet to draw using graphic editors, and I knew nothing of vector drawing.
Third, and the most important problem that remained even after solving previous two, was my expensive Internet traffic. And the connection through dial-up modem. Really bad, you know.
Now you see my way to microstock was a long one. I must admit I didn't choose DT somehow: just had clicked the first link from the microstock agencies list someone recommended in his blog. Liked the name, perhaps :) But it was a lucky click (and I wonder if I'm someone's referred member)...
Now my monthly revenue is 20-60$ (30$ average). In the province I live in it's a good deal of money, really helpful for the young family's budget, especially while I cannot work (my kid is very young yet).
By the way, just by being on DT for a while I improved my English greatly. I can easily read books in English now. I wish I was able to translate my own books into English one day.
The dream makes you move forth. No matter how real or unreal it is, how small or big. Have more dreams, I advise you, because they also lead you somewhere and make life more interesting and happy. Thanks for reading :)
And what's your DT story?