I don’t know how many times I have attempted to catalog my sizable collection, especially for dementia-related reasons. It has just happened too many times that I was confronted with a fabulous offer in some (usually real-world) shop and simply couldn’t remember there and then if I had that particular release already. With the time pressure involved, I usually bought the edition in question … and kicked myself in the head a few hours later.
I have tried just about every cataloging solution on the planet, including my own web-based one (not feasible because of the insane amount of time involved), but I keep returning to Discogs, simply because it seems to be the most future-proof one.
Still, whenever I woefully return (I don’t know how many times I started over these past years), I am still confronted with the same issues which usually make me lose momentum within a few days:
- Whereas most (still a somewhat relative term as I haven’t really started yet) of my pop, rock, blues and fusion music is available on Discogs, a lot (!) of the jazz and classical releases I own are not. Currently I have a minute part of my collection cataloged there, close to 500 CDs or so, but while I was adding items, I also had to keep an ever-growing list of editions that simply aren’t in their database.
- In my schizophrenic world, I always have to decide if I should add an edition I don’t have but which is practically identical, just so I know that I have the music already, or if I should invest the time to add my edition to their database. So far I have opted for the former strategy although that means keeping track of the editions I added that aren’t identical to what I have.
- Their submission policy seems to be rather convoluted and I haven’t fully understood it yet. Still, I think instead of opting for an insular solution (my own), I thought in the long run it might simply be more reasonable to help add to Discogs myself, hoping that others can profit from the CDs I will have to add in the future.
When an Android app rolled around that is actually quite useful when it comes to adding to and searching one’s own collection, I gave it another go … and I’m still at it. So far, that’s the longest I’ve ever managed to stay without any serious bodily harm.