Media diary: January 2016

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to track the media I consume. To be clear, I’m mostly counting what I experience for the first time. If I watch thirty minutes of a movie on HBO or listen to my favorite Beatles album, I do not make a note of it. Here is what I do track:

  • Film: each first viewing or second viewing
  • Books: each new book completed
  • Television: each new series or season (must watch 3-4 episodes before I can enter it)
  • Music: must give two complete listens to a new album before I can enter it

I am keeping note of these on a Google Spreadsheet, where I record the date, title, medium, rating, and any additional notes. I plan to analyze the data every month, and these are my January findings:

  • In January, I rated 11 films, 3 novels, 9 seasons of television, and 9 albums.
  • The average rating (out of 5) is 3.52.
  • By medium, TV has the highest rating of 3.66 and books have the lowest of 3.0.
  • The best of the month:
    • Film: Tie between 45 Years and Winter on Fire
    • Book: “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    • Music: “Blackstar” by David Bowie
    • TV: The Great British Baking Show, Season 5

As I continue, I will also include year-to-date data. There is little I can infer from the diary so far, but I’m hoping it will make me a savvier media consumer in the year ahead.