You missed out financially big time, perhaps because of your pride or just bad advice (hindsight is a beautiful thing). Your 60,000 images a drop in the ocean...how could it possibly ever have a substantial impact to "kill of your newly joined profession"? That's illusions of grandeur!
The fact is that you could have made $10,000s/year just from micros since 2002 when there were still huge gaps in the market.
Not that you would try it out now...even if you came around to the "dark side", it's probably too late. Not that you wouldn't make a little bit...I'd estimate that some 10,000 of your images are "microstocky" such as PK8KR4 (without the logos) and those may earn you an additional $8,000 net a year with little impact on your Alamy sales.
It's tougher now than a few years ago with most veteran contributors are experience falling average fees. Yes, race to the bottom comes to mind. Many micro contributors blame free sites like Unsplash and thieves that can remove watermarks...or even as far as revenues being capped and algos favouring some accounts and others. I think none of those are huge factors...the market is just simply oversaturated and even though the industry is growing at 5% a year, supply is growing at 50%. That's unsustainable.
I believe that the new frontier is stock footage. Would be nice if Alamy introduced a licensing scheme for footage, but doesn't seem like it's going to happen.
I went on a tangent here but I think it was important. Perhaps not the best thread but seems like almost everybody has reported their Nov earnings so not necessarily hijacking the thread.