For as long as I can remember, I consumed some form of entertainment, some form of media. Either it is cartoons, documentaries, films, music or video games. But only recently have I started tracking them, and it changed how I consume media.


I’ve forgotten a lot of media. Cartoons I’ve watched as a kid, movies even so, and if not thousands of YouTube videos. To me, that time was lost. What is the point of spending your time on it, if after a few years, you’ll completely forget about it? It doesn’t sound like a proper use of your time, at all.

So, through some recommendations, I’ve started tracking my behavior. And I’ll share some of the sites I started using, so that you too can benefit from using them.

Tracking Sites

I mainly use “services” for tracking. I don’t go out of my way to set up some spreadsheet or notebook. The services I use allow me to track in a standardized and harmonious way. Their database has everything tracked appropriately with unique identifiers and much more metadata than I could sanely fit into a spreadsheet.

I’m not afraid of losing all of my progress, because all of these sites have a way to export your data, which, is great, considering that losing all of that history would be a disastrous blow to all the work I’ve put into tracking it.

Currently, I don’t rate or review. For me, it’s either “good” or “bad” and a 1-5 star rating doesn’t do it justice. I don’t want to rate an album either a 1 or 5 either.

Music Tracking

For tracking my music, I use Rate Your Music. It claims to be one of the largest music databases online. I mainly track music that I like, and not anything else. I should probably just rate junk music 1 star and track it, but right now I don’t track it at all. The only music I have in my collection are the ones I would, or actively listen to.

Film Tracking

For tracking films I use Letterboxd. I also considered Trakt. I use it in a fairly simple manner. I watch a movie, and then track it. That’s about it. Films aren’t something I’m very passionate about.

Anime/Manga

I use MyAnimeList. It’s the biggest database of anime and manga. I use Tachiyomi to read and track manga, and manually track anime, which I rarely watch these days, because the original material is always better, with some rare exceptions.

Conclusion

Referring back to the introduction of this post, and how it changed how I consume media, I believe that it will also change yours. Try these websites, or find better ones. Give it a try. Even if you haven’t started tracking since the beginning, which most people haven’t, I believe you can start, and grow your collection gradually. You’ll remember things you’ve consumed previously, and you’ll track them, and if you so happen to be consuming something at that moment, track that too. And with that, the tracking flow is set in place.