Expanding scope

Bringing more data and functionality into the mix

In my previous post, I mentioned Tinnitus Tracker, my standalone concert diary site which can be browsed by genre, artist, venue, city, state, and year. I had been planning to continue updating that site concurrently with V7, but it recently occurred to me that it makes a lot more sense to just consolidate the two sites, which in hindsight seems incredibly obvious.

For one thing, I’ve never been satisfied with the Tinnitus Tracker design, and redesigning one site is a lot less work than redesigning two.

But even better, bringing Tinnitus Tracker’s rich metadata and browsing functionality over to V7 opens up a delicious taxonomical can of worms. Once I started thinking about being able to browse V7 by a huge list of musicians, I realized I can expand that list to include artists, filmmakers, authors, speakers, and others whose work I’ve encountered. And before I knew it, a number of data sources I hadn’t even considered before were suddenly making their way into the V7 pipeline:

So yeah, this site is turning into an even bigger monster, but I’m feeling good about it, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I might never have gone quite so overboard if the brilliant Phil Gyford hadn’t done it first.