365 Projects are nothing new. I didn't invent them. I'm not the one that came up with the term. I'm not the first person to ever make something every day.
There are hundreds if not thousands of daily vloggers. There are millions of photos posted online ever day.
The 365 isn't special, it's the only way to get good at something.
When you own a business, you work for it every day to help it grow.
You cook every day so you can eat.
You exercise every day to stay healthy.
These are all normal, common sense ideas, yet I keep being told I'm crazy. I've been told I need to stop.
It really pisses me off.
I used to be really lazy. I used to despise work. Now I'm not lazy, and I love work. I love making things, so I keep a routine of making things every day.
I've finally almost figured it out, but for a while, I didn't know what I wanted to be. So I experiment. I experiment every day to get good at something and figure out what I'm really passionate about.
I started a podcast, and worked really hard to do something I knew nothing about every week. I felt no growth, and I felt like it wasn't really in line with my other skills or symbiotically existing off my other work. Yeah, the podcast wasn't Serial, but I made it every week for a grueling 40 weeks. I learned it wasn't for me, but I learned a ton of useful things from that experience.
I think I figured out the backlash that I've had especially recently to the 365. It's not the making something every day that bothers people. It's the posting it to the internet every single day.
Whether they believe I'm spamming their feed or my stuff is just garbage, I don't know. But there's something, especially among artists, that bothers them about social media.
Many (not all) of the artists that I knew during college (inside and outside of college) were pretty opposed to it. Understandable; why would you let your work sit on the same screen as a tween's selfie?
The way I see it, the internet and social media are here, and they aren't leaving. I'm going to use the tools of my time to make things, whether I'm considered an artist or not.
I'm almost 24 years old. Life is so fresh and new to me. I have so many things I want to do, and I'm going to try them all. I'm going to start painting even though I suck at it, I tried podcasting even though it just really didn't fit with what I wanted in the end, I'm going to make a Youtube video every day so I can see a whole other side of internet culture, and I'm going to take a photo every single day.
I work every single day. It's already beginning to pay off.
I'm not crazy, I'm normal. Every artist or personality you've ever known made something every day, but many of them didn't have the internet to show it. The internet doesn't make you a sell out, vlogging doesn't make me a lower internet being.
If you're not working on your craft every day, you will fail. If you aren't tweaking and looking for ways to grow constantly, this world will swallow you up. I'm not crazy. I'm trying to survive. I'm doing the best with what I have. If that's annoying, unfollow me, block me, because I'm not going to stop.