The Type Bee Personality

Monday, July 28, 2014
By dreeves
The letter B in the style of the superman logo

People often ask, sometimes incredulously, what kind of person uses Beeminder. We’ve found that the following personality traits are required: 1. Akratic (obviously), 2. Ambitious/motivated (ironically), 3. Self-aware (knowing the limits of one’s motivation), 4. High-integrity (to not spoil the whole point by... »

How I Use Beeminder

Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Philip Hellyer
person at a desk in the middle of a field with a big blue sky

When I first introduce people to Beeminder, they either recoil in horror or they want to dive right in. But the easiest way to defeat a new system is to overload it [1], so if you read this blog post and then immediately create a bunch of goals, I’ve probably failed. There are two obvious ways to overload a system: volume and intensity. In Beeminder terms, volume is creating more goals than you’re able to keep current, and intensity is setting too aggressive a slope. You might want to lose... »

Ringcycles Wins Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Contest!

Monday, July 7, 2014
By dreeves
standing on the scale

This is crossposted on the Fat Cyclist blog. Greetings not-so-fat cyclists! We’re pretty much beside ourselves with how the first annual (oh presumption!) Beeminder Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Competition turned out. When we say we’re beside ourselves we mean that literally —... »

Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

Friday, June 27, 2014
By dreeves
People biking down a very steep hill

Once in a while someone tries to set up a yellow brick road where the steepness automatically increases by, say, 10% each week. It seems like a so-called exponential road (available with custom goals, which is one of the »

Bethany’s Maniac Week

Friday, June 6, 2014
By bsoule
Bee smiling and waving maniacally at the camera

Last week Danny took our children to Canada while I attempted a Nick Winter style maniac week. It was delightful, though less epic than its namesake. Nonetheless it was a massively productive work week for me... »

Beating Beeminder Burnout

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
By dreeves
A 1968 Dodge Charger doing a burnout

Here’s a perennial topic on Akratics Anonymous: How do you keep from feeling overwhelmed by all the myriad things things you’re beeminding? I'm going to repeat my advice buried in a previous blog post, which is actually to... »