365 is my series about starting, making it through, and loving one of the most famous photo/art projects in the book. I have gained so much from the 365, and I hope you do too. If you're interested in starting your own year long project, check out my tips.
The 365 has many benefits, but ultimately, it's a way to practice your craft. It forces you to commit to your art in a way that you commit to a relationship, you must give it a little time each day. Some days are better than others, you have amazing days and you have just plain terrible days. You put horrible text on a photo, you use bad filters, but it's okay, it's part of the learning process. If you truly care, you will naturally improve, and you get a visible timeline of your year of improvement once you're done.
I'm one of those people that jumps headfirst into things and gets so dedicated that when I mess up or fail, it makes me sick to my stomach. My first 365 project had a strict rule: Photo would be posted before midnight, no matter what the cost. This however, did not take into account that I may be put into a situation that I don't have internet for a week, a lens breaks, a memory card gets corrupted, etc. Things happen, and I didn't learn to lighten up about it until my second 365. I once drove 3 hours to a Starbucks to get wifi in order to post the photo of the day, because there was no other place to get internet nearby. You shouldn't force yourself into that situation, if you can't post or take a photo that day, you can't do it. Life doesn't stop for the 365 and that's the beauty of it. If you didn't have things going on in your life that changed the variables of the 365, it would be pretty boring, wouldn't it?
Go for it. Take a week to feel the excitement of a fresh project, and post it on every social network you have an account on. All you need to do is start, there's no real set of rules or a guide you have to follow. Start it on your own terms.