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How do you keep track of your backlog?

[How] Do you [mainly] keep track of your backlog?

  • Anime backlog site[s] (MyAnimeList, etc.)

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • Spreadsheet

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Paper and pen/Hand-written

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't/by memory

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • Joe-sama's superior forum posting is all I need to keep track of my Chinese cartoons

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters

Sceptile Master

Survivor of the Great Avatar Depression
Well, how do you keep track of your backlog/whatever you kids wanna call it these days?

Technically, I don't. Not externally, anyway. I did it by memory for a while, just mainly watching what I could whenever I could. I did some occasional posting on here for currently watching/just finished anime to help me remember and boost my post count. But soon enough I inevitably evolved into the giant weeb I am today and had to use MAL for a while. And yes, while they got hacked, that isn't what made me stop using them.

Meticulously keeping track of everything I've ever watched/read, planned to watch/read, am holding off on watching/reading, and stopped watching/reading and whatever else started to make things feel like such a chore. (It didn't help that unless I were to make a custom spreadsheet, MAL didn't support doing things like having just watched a random episode of something, dubs/adaptations of anime, and other more little detailed but significant things). For me, I wanted to be able to enjoy things like the good-ol' days again. At this point, I've gone back to just watching things without keeping any sort of [constructive?] backlog at all and it feels so freeing. I have scattered notes/lists and such of where I've left off on some anime/manga, and some stuff I wanna watch/read, but I'm mainly relying on my memory, and they're something I'd discard at a point in the future, as long as I remember.

So TLDR I don't keep a backlog really, I just let my mind do nearly if not all the work, and hopefully I can keep it that way. But what about you guys?

(Yes, I realize backlogs don't just apply to anime/manga, but I'm talking exclusively about anime/manga here. They seem to be the most common application of a backlog for media today, anyway).


Paladin of the Snow Queen
I don't keep a backlog other than memory. I just pick up something that seems interesting and finish it. I almost never choose not to finish something.

Kutie Pie

"It is my destiny."
I use MAL (with backups elsewhere) because I clearly have a problem and watching that completed list grow has made my mind reel. Like There's that much anime out there to find and watch??? and I have no life, help! reeling. On the occasion I am unable to get to my list for updates, depending on the length of time and/or where I am, I will use my memory or I jot it down someplace temporary.