My last few posts have explored the types of lists I have and how to keep them manageable. Lately I've been consolidating the list of Things I Like on Tumblr. Tumblr's flexible interface allows it to store and display various types of information. So far I'm using my Tumblr site to store the following:

  • Movies I've watched
  • Books I've read
  • Music I like
  • Quotes I like
  • Links I like
  • Videos I like
  • Some combination of all of the above

I like Tumblr for the sense of curation you get from hand-crafting each post. Delicious is great for storing and tagging links, but scrolling through a bland list of links leaves you feeling cold. Tumblr allows each post to have quotes, images, flash, and html descriptions. This flexibility gives each post some room to breathe. Capturing a movie I liked can include an image and a review. I can post Friday I'm in Love from Rdio along with a cool Threadless T-Shirt, just because. And I like how all the items from this amorphous list of Things I Like can be stored in one place. Its like you're curating your own museum of interesting stuff.

I keep these random stuff organized with the following tags:

  • If a post is about a specific media type, I tag it as such (e.g. "book", "music" "movie")
  • If I finished consuming the media, I tag it with "done". So books I've read and movies I've watched get tagged with "done". I can never remember what I've read or watched over the course of the year, the "done" tag is a digital memory of that.
  • If I liked the item, I'll also tag it with "like".

So at the end of this year, I can filter the tags by "movie" and "done" to see all the movies I watched, and then filter the list further by "like" to see the movies I liked. Same for books and music I like. In fact, searching for "music" and "like" will basically be a playlist of my favorite songs from the year!

So how is this different from a blog? As I mention in my previous post, this blog is reserved for longer, original, more thoughtful pieces. Tumblr captures quick snippets of consumption. The difference is volume. Tumblr will receive a much higher volume of posts than Blogger, and I like being able to separate the two, otherwise the Blogger posts get drowned out in the Tumblr noise. This quote from Anil Dash captures a similar sentiment (captured, of course, on my Tumblr):

make sure to blog any idea that’s worth preserving. It’s perfectly fine to tweet about trivialities — I do it all the time! But if you’re tweeting about your work, your passion, or something meaningful to you, you owe it to your ideas to actually preserve them somewhere more persistent.