There's a lot of talk (whining) from the music industry these days about not being able to make any money through their music. Some artists don't put their music on streaming due to the low return. The most important thing for musicians right now is selling tickets for shows, that's where the money is made.
The music industry isn't alone; quite a few different industries are struggling with something similar. Photography is often pointed out as being one. Just like music, you can still make a lot of money from it, it's just rarer than it used to be.
Many people often blame the economy, but I think it's something a lot simpler than that.
The dawn of accessible technology made cameras easier to use, and music easier to make and record. Years ago, being a photographer was more special because there were fewer of them. Now, every other college student is one. Things like Lightroom make it easier than ever to edit a decent photo; if you can do it, than hundreds of others can too.
Same with musicians. Everyone's got a band. Not saying photography and music aren't valuable, they are just worth less in 2016 since the technology allows someone like me to even make music.
People often now see less importance in being good due to it being easier to distribute and make photos or music. Say 50 people start a band, maybe one of them will actually be good enough that someone would pay them, but out of 50 that's still pretty rare. It's more important than ever to be good, there's so much competition. The technology made photography in particular so easy that there's no excuse to not be excellent at it.
Yes, it's harder to make money with many art forms today, but that's the tradeoff for the amount of distributive power we have at our disposal. I think it's great; it makes the artists that actually want to make it work harder, thus we as the audience get to enjoy better art.
It's issues like this that could potentially poke holes in the distribution of my 365 Projects. On one hand, maybe I should work quietly until I'm ready to release something incredible. On the other hand, making something every day and holding myself accountable to hundreds of other people makes me work harder every day. Always tweaking, always questioning, never comfortable. That's 2016.