It's amazing how awesome you feel when you get a sale! It's similar to validation. You put so much thought and care into creating your items and when people purchase them, it makes you feel so good :)
I try to list a new item everyday so I am current. Still like talking to people to find out how they keep themselves afloat. There are truly so many talented and wonderful people on etsy, it makes it hard to stand out sometimes. Pictures I've noticed are just so very important.