Interesting to comtemplate. I guess the first thing you have to ask yourself is why you upload? Do you upload viewing it as competition, or do you just upload to share your work with others? Is it important that it's the first in the database, or more important that you are happy with the final result.
Many have commented to me before equating A.net to a competition. Recently when I told a friend that I was thinking of going to AMS
to get my fill of KL
blue they asked me why I was considering AMS
when it's been so over shot by such excellent photographers. As true as that may be it makes no difference to me. It doesn't satisfy my desire to catch those beauties in the best fashion I can, regardless of who's "been there, done that" before. When I go they will be my pictures and not someone else's. The same was said before I went to SXM
last October. Why go? It's been so overshot, but I managed to get one that now has over 120k hits. That's nice, but the real satisfaction comes from my just being genuinely pleased with the picture. And I'm not plugging it here
I guess when I look at it there are two other reasons I upload to A.net. First, to share my work with others and make new friends and acquaintances from around the world. A.net has been invaluable in letting me get to know many that I would never before had the chance to meet and get to know. That, to me, is its most valuable benefit. I guess the second reason is to hopefully sell my work through the people that view the site daily in search of photos. And, the surprising thing is, when I look back at the photos that have sold more of them have been the boring low-hitters that most don't care about rather than the high-impact shots that get the most hits. Funny isn't it?
And, lastly, forget about the humiliation of rejection. No matter what you do in this life, whatever, there will always be some amount of rejection. Could be from a girl or boyfriend. Could be from work. And it definitely will be related to your photography. I'm sure Ansel Adams even had his fair share of critics and rejections
So, get on with it. Upload those shots and stop proscrastinating