10 years ago I started a blog called Microstock Posts (December 31, 2008). I remember very clearly the day before writing the first post searching for a blogging platform, I had never heard of WordPress or the other platforms that appeared in the search results. I then wrote an introductory post and I named it “The Start“, not a very imaginative title, but I didn’t want to think too hard as it hurts my head.. er.., actually I was half expecting the post would go unread. To my surprise, someone left a comment. I was ready with my gloves off, ready to face the abuse, I also find it hard to type with gloves on. 🙂
“Hello, I wish you all the best for this new year and in your miscrostock journey. I wanted to take the microstock step for a while, but I never found the courage to work on 10 “clean” shots, so I wish you courage and success! Please keep this blog updated.”
It was all downhill after that, no just kidding, a positive person came to my blog on microstock, I doubled checked to make sure he wasn’t lost and yes he was in the right place, he had never tried microstock though which probably explains why the comment was upbeat. This comment was just the encouragement I needed and the commenter should take some of the blame for me still being here. 🙂
Initially the posts were purely about my own experiences, the first blog post which caught peoples attention was a post in 2009 on how I spent ages keywording 1 image for iStock, it was such an arduous experience that I wondered what people were taking in order to get them through the process, and how could I get hold of some. This is the post, What? Keywording? I thought I was a photographer!
As I wasn’t moving very fast in producing large volumes of images, I started commenting on the industry as a whole which I find fascinating, I also discovered how much I enjoyed writing, my head even started to hurt less when I thought hard and I’m sure one day I’ll be completely normal. 🙂
In 2011 I wrote a post called iStock’s loss is Shutterstock’s gain, which received a lot of attention as I discovered that Shutterstock had recently passed iStock in terms of website traffic. And in 2013 I reported on the mass walkout which never really was, by contributors of iStock. The run up to Deactivation Day as it was known was an exciting time and I think I was one of the first to report on it, which lead to the blog post being shared hundreds of times.
All in all, it’s been quite an amazing journey and I’ve got to know a lot of brilliant people through this blog, I’m simply astonished that it’s been 10 years since I wrote the first post.
Here’s to a wonderful year ahead and a big thank you to you all for reading.