As I have used thesite for some time I have come to the understanding just how difficult it is to make the jump from 98% to 99.9% in the voting algorithm.
It's really hard – I am not one to be big on voting in general but it is nice to see that others appreciate your work, that said I believe even if you make a amazing image in your own mind, someone else has always made a better one or one that at the time more viewers appreciate seeing.
The photo below at 98.8 (which I am not complaining about) to make the jump to the top of this page which is only a sub-category of "All Categories' (which is even more difficult to get to the top of) is a very big accomplishment – in upwards of thousands of views, votes and favorites.
I have to say I think the biggest secret to getting to the top of any page is based on many factors, timing of the post being a huge one and the general category posted too, along with the need for a great image and one that makes people look for more than 2 seconds at it.
I have also determined that Landscapes and Nature are hands down what people want to see. But it does seem that beautiful faces and bodies are a close second.
This all goes back to the issue of cracking the mind of the viewers, a goal that is in constant motion and never is the same day to day.