When you have restrictive parameters — microstock's obsession with film grain and digital artifacts, or their paranoid fear of unreleased images, even for what has been traditional editorial usage — then it does call for some creativity. My background is in editorial, documentary and journalism. That is still what I enjoy.
As many have stated, I will continue to offer up what I do and be happy when my work is useful to others. As long as it lasts, I have a nice income stream to suppliment my retirement.