Eeeks. I’m still not 100% happy, but I’m not sure what to do? It feels maybe a bit too long?
Why is it sometimes so difficult to find what should be right at your fingertips?
My husband and I are both music buffs. On our first date, we challenged each other to pick three CDs from our collections. We would exchange them with each other on our second date and share our thoughts on them on our third date.
You can tell our first date was going really well. (Yay!)
When the idea came up, I immediately knew exactly which albums I wanted to give him. Three gems from my monstrous collection:
Pearl Jam Lost Dogs. ( A collection of B Sides you don’t hear on the radio that would surely wow him.)
Hawksley Workman Lover/Fighter. (To show that I’m hip with the Indie rock scene.)
And The Killers Hot Fuss. (Because if we didn’t work out as a couple, I would go back to my dream of marrying Brandon Flowers.)
I knew when our date ended I would immediately pop these discs into my CD player at home, just to make sure they were still as good as I remembered them.
But there was just one problem. I had to find them first.
When I walked into my apartment with this mission on my brain, I realized my massive “collection” of discs wasn’t a collection at all.
It was empty cases littered around the house. Reams of CDs spilling off of bookshelves. And probably a dozen loose discs stuck in my best friend’s centre console after being blasted on the drive home from a Girl’s Night Out.
Why was it so hard to keep my CDs properly organized?
I knew why. It was because I didn’t train myself to put things away where they belong. I wasn’t strict with my roommates and friends about my return policy when they wanted to borrow an album. I didn’t have rules and processes in place to control the chaos of my collection.
These same weaknesses are exactly what can turn an online college program catalogue to become unwieldy and cumbersome for users and backend supporters.