January 6, 2023

In a post a couple of days ago, I wrote about my experience of Mastodon, and the manner in which I (perhaps needlessly) duplicate / archive a bunch of my posts there on a one-person (anti-)social platform.

Today being the first #newmusicfriday of 2023, I wanted to tell you about another set of unlisted pages on this site, some of which are duplicating material posted elsewhere. These are the trackers: simple, plaintext lists of the media I engage with. On the site right now you can find complete lists of Books read; Film & TV watched; Games played; and Music listened to, going back to 2020.

The first three of those trackers work the same way: they’re simple reverse-chron lists of media I finished (with ★ tags denoting strong recommendations) — nothing more complicated than that. The Books tracker is necessarily going to mirror content on my new account over at Literal, just as the Films list mirrors what I’m diarising at Letterboxd. (If you’re on either of those platforms, friend me up, and send me recommendations!)

The Music list is a little more complicated, given that it’s essentially a year-long working document that will eventually form the basis of the year end favourite albums list. There’s an explainer at the bottom of the tracker page, if you’re interested.

Hand-in-hand with the trackers, is one more unlisted page: Now. The idea of this page is to provide a glanceable update on what’s currently occupying my time & attention. You can find out what TV series I’m in the middle of; which book(s) I’m currently reading, and… whatever else I decide to put up there — check back at your leisure to see what’s new. The concept of the ‘Now’ page was popularised by Derek Sivers, and he runs a site at nownownow.com that collates ‘Now’ pages from all over the indie web. If you have your own site, and it’s something you’re interested in adding, you can find instructions for getting yourself added to the directory here.

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Side note: I’m aware that a hefty percentage of posts here in this first part of 2023 have been — as we used to say back in the day — ‘blogging about blogging’. My expectation (and intention) is that that will ease up, or stop entirely, in the near future — not least because I have a self-imposed 2023 moratorium on needless website tinkering!