I’m starting a post series here tracking my media diet. Why? I consume a lot of media in my day-to-day life. For example, I watched 37 movies in August.
A Typical Day’s Media Diet
Early each morning (during and/or following daily workouts), I typically listen to podcasts/music/audiobooks. I’ll often continue podcast listening through the morning and into the afternoon on weekdays, depending on my workload and the cognitive requirements of work tasks.
On weekday evenings, when I’m free from other tasks/responsibilities/hobbies, I’ll pick up a book or consume film, TV, or short-form videos.
Similarly, once I have free time on the weekend, it’s typically open season for consuming media, including:
- Reading (or listening to audiobooks) while out on long walks and at home
- Watching films, television, or live sports (typically Formula 1 and Premier League soccer)
- Occasionally reading comic books and graphic novels
- Playing video games (rarely, save for one exception: an afternoon workout and/or work decompression playing Beat Saber in virtual reality)
- Listening to albums — digital and vinyl
I recently started paying closer attention to and keeping notes on films I’ve watched. Now seems like a great time to do something with that info1.
Every month (or quarter, we’ll see), my goal is to share a list of lists tracking all the media I consumed/enjoyed in the previous month — possibly with recommendations and a wishlist/watchlist for what I’m hoping to consume next.
Hopefully, this post series push me further into my data science self-education as I desire to draw insights out of the raw data.
I might also share some asides connecting pieces of media over time. I often notice the presence of threads running through my media diet, like a succession of books about ‘big tech’2, a grouping of sports films or documentaries, etc.
Lastly, I’m also contemplating building a few dedicated recommendation pages for content across various formats.
- 1 Inspired by: Julian.digital and Kottke.org
- 2 I also have Steven Levy's Facebook: The Inside Story (2020) on library loan to add to this list (and my bookshelf).