06 Mar 2008 Microstock Diaries 12 Months On

Birthday Cake, Ian CrockettMicrostock Diaries was launched around this time last year. The 12 month anniversary seems like a good time to take a look at what has happened, what’s been created, and what I want to create for the future of Microstock Diaries.


There were many motivations for creating this blog. I have always been an avid observer of disruptive technology and its impact on markets. I’d been participating in the microstock market for 18 months and was intrigued by all the changes that were occurring. And as a web developer who enjoyed writing, it seemed like the perfect way to combine activities.

The crowning achievement of this blog has been all the help it has provided people starting out in the microstock market. I receive emails and comments on an almost-daily basis thanking me for the information in my posts. It’s fulfilling to be able to earn money in a way that provides so many people with free assistance.

Speaking at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo was another highlight. It forced me to take this blog seriously, which was the catalyst for investing much more time and effort. It was also very gratifying to be acknowledged in that way.


I started this blog all too aware of the fact that I was a student of the microstock market. I proceeded cautiously, asking lots of questions and researching thoroughly. The knowledge I’ve acquired is one of the greatest results of creating this blog.

Much of this information came through the generosity of the people I’ve met. I’ve written Microstock Celebrity posts about most of them. Their knowledge and willingness to share it is responsible for all the helpful and insightful parts of this blog.

At present, Microstock Diaries has 167 posts (including this one) with a total of 405 comments. There are 459 subscribers and 270 links to the front page on other websites.


The biggest opportunity for me with this blog is to increase my own microstock earnings. All that I’ve learned about the market and the contacts I’ve made give me an advantage to improve my photography and its commercial appeal. Therefore, my primary goal for this blog is to be posting earnings reports with bigger numbers!

I’ve enjoyed writing the 167 posts in this blog, so I will continue doing so. Naturally, I’ll strive to continue improving in all aspects – content, research, writing, insight and visuals. I also hope to start publishing guest posts to broaden the perspective on offer.

I’m very much looking forward to the next 12 months.

  • James
    Posted at 10:34h, 06 March Reply

    Happy birthday!!!

  • Insomniac
    Posted at 11:37h, 06 March Reply


  • Marek
    Posted at 12:09h, 06 March Reply

    Great job! Your blog is for me the main source of information on microstock.

  • Photonomikon
    Posted at 13:55h, 06 March Reply

    Way to go Lee!
    I always enjoy reading your posts.

  • victoo
    Posted at 17:28h, 06 March Reply

    I really enjoy reading your posts Lee. All the best in next 12 months!

  • Geir Are Jensen
    Posted at 17:49h, 06 March Reply

    Congratulations, Lee.

    Your site is a great resource for the entire microstock industry. You really provide a lot of both inspirational reading and useful information.

    Keep up the good work – and all the best for the future.

    Geir Are Jensen
    CEO, crestock.com

  • Dev
    Posted at 05:09h, 07 March Reply

    hi Lee,

    U put lot of effort writing this blog and that really help us analyzing new thoughts . We wish u all the best for your future.


    BDM, Emetaworks

  • Steven Kapsinow
    Posted at 15:37h, 07 March Reply

    Happy Birthday, MSD and congrats Lee!

    It’s been a real pleasure reading your entries. You and the site have done so much in helping to create and unite the microstock community.

    It was great meeting you this year in NYC, and I hope our paths cross again soon.


  • jan
    Posted at 08:54h, 08 March Reply

    Happy Birthday 🙂 I am happy seeing you succeeding. Hopefully there will be many more years coming.

  • Joyce
    Posted at 21:48h, 08 March Reply

    Happy Birthday/Congratulations ……Lee, keep up the excellent work. I check your blog regularly.

  • MarkFGD
    Posted at 19:26h, 13 March Reply

    Happy Birthday and thanks for taking the time to make and run this site. It’s great.

  • Olga
    Posted at 14:27h, 14 March Reply

    Congrats Lee! 🙂

  • mikari
    Posted at 09:18h, 15 March Reply

    Happy Birthday also from me and congrats to your impressive blog!


    PS: Thanks for stopping by on my “embryonal” blog and your kind words. 🙂

  • Matt Antonino
    Posted at 01:39h, 16 March Reply


    Your blog has inspired my own journey from 0 to $1000 per month and beyond! 🙂 I love the way you’ve tracked this and I started my own to keep track of my growth over the next year. My blog/journey has started March 9th and I hope that in a year I am posting numbers like yours!


  • Jeff
    Posted at 10:07h, 19 March Reply

    Long time viewer….first time comment:

    I happened to read a reference to your site about six months ago and have been fascinated by your “take” on microstock and what works and what doesn’t work.

    You have done a great service to the multitude of microstockers out in cyberspace – including me.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

  • john
    Posted at 19:51h, 26 March Reply

    bravo. good work lee. here is to 12 more months of intuitive and insightful writings. thanks for being so open about your experience and teaching the rest of us along the way.

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