As noted earlier this year, I’m keeping a media diary for 2016. Here is what I 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
These are my March findings:
- In March, I rated 12 films, 2 books, 6 seasons of television, and 6 albums.
- The average rating (out of 5) is 3.55, which is up from January and February.
- By medium, TV had the highest rating of 3.92 and books had the lowest of 3.0.
- The best of the month:
- Film: Hannah and Her Sisters (second viewing)
- Book: “The Likeness” by Tana French
- Music: “Golem” by Wand
- TV: The Americans, Season 4
Compared to January and February, March had fewer ratings (this is because I got married and went on my honeymoon). The interesting thing is how fewer ratings lead to higher overall scores. While my book ratings are consistently low – I need to take a break from detective novels – the others were higher than previous months. I think the implication is that most things I choose are pretty good (i.e. the 3-3.5 range), but that skews higher when I emphasize quality over quantity.
Year to date totals:
- 36 films, 7 books, 21 seasons of television, and 26 albums
- Averages by medium:
- Films: 3.46
- Books 3.08
- Music: 3.39
- TV: 3.67
Now that I’m no longer planning a wedding, I expect that quantity will increase – especially for books and films. While the data suggests this will lower my overall averages, I’m hoping I can boost them by making smarter choices.