I want so share this as encouragement for anyone considering launching something. Your idea doesn't have to be nearly as good as you think to produce results.
I wear many hats, and one of them is a high end tutor. 14 months ago I discovered an untapped local niche of athletes who needed to take a particular test to get into US schools.
I made a website titled "cityname-testname.com", and spend a day making 17 posts that summarized my knowledge of the test. I advertised a tutoring package that amounted to $100 an hour.
Over the past 14 months that crappy, 17 page site resulted in $7,000 of revenue. It could have been more, but that business is not my focus and I put zero effort into it after making the site.
Make a useful site, and people will find it. And if you have something good to sell, some people will buy.
By the way, total monthly traffic to that site is 60-80 people. That's all you need, if they're the right people.
I'm kind of going the same route, filling the gaps that other people skip over because they're chasing the big dream. I'm just hoping to make enough income so I can work on my own projects full-time, and have the flexibility of self-employment.
Also, this talk for startups reminds me of these points: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CDXJ6bMkMY
Is there any interest in creating a subreddit for people who're interested in doing their own "game/website/app every day/week/month"? Just a place to chat about what they're doing, encourage and inspire each other, etc.
It's inspiring to read about projects like these. Related:
Personally, I've tried a similar experiment, but failed miserably; I had no motivation, inspiration, guidance etc. I'd love to be driven by such posts and succeed...
I have a similar goal this year of releasing a product each month so am happy to moderate.
I'm hoping writing about the projects will help motivate me and hold me accountable a little bit. Let me know if you start such a group, I'd obviously like to participate.