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Honeymoons, True Love, and Yet More Buzz

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Honeymoons, True Love, and Yet More Buzz

It’s one thing to see a gushing testimonial from someone in the honeymoon phase of using Beeminder. Professor Brent Yorgey wrote such a post in 2013 (“ »

What It Means To Give Beeminder Your Credit Card

Monday, May 9th, 2016
What It Means To Give Beeminder Your Credit Card

One of the main things we’re working on right now is making Beeminder more comprehensible to newbees. We’ve even hired a web designer, Josh Pitzalis, to help us with a big redesign. Writing blog posts explaining (sometimes »

Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

News! We scrapped the overcomplicated concept of Freebees. But don’t panic! By scrapping it we mean that you don’t need to know the term “freebees” or worry about buying them: All goals can now be created with an initial pledge of $0. Can we get a hallelujah? (If you want to cap your pledge at $0, you still need a... »

MongoMapper to Mongoid; Or, Breaking All The Things

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
MongoMapper to Mongoid; Or, Breaking All The Things

Anyone remember our old blog post from 2012 about accidentally running a query that started deleting our whole database? It’s pretty entertaining and helpfully demarcates the parts that non-nerds should skip. If you’re a non-nerd I’d stick with (the non-nerd parts of) that post. The executive summary of this post... »

Revealed Preference

Monday, February 15th, 2016
Revealed Preference

The doctrine of revealed preference — that you can infer someone’s utility function based wholly on what they choose to do — has an illustrious history. John Locke said “the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” And Ludwig von Mises »

Post New Year’s Press Roundup

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Post New Year’s Press Roundup

Another month (or so), another swarm of Beeminder buzz. Since new year’s resolution season just ended we got included in a lot of lists (resources for succeeding in college, resources for MBA students, apps to stay motivated in 2016, »

Buzzy Buzz Buzz: Discover Magazine Edition

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Buzzy Buzz Buzz: Discover Magazine Edition

It’s our 7th press roundup! This time we wanted an excuse to show off our coverage in last month’s issue of Discover Magazine. The author (who also covered us in »

Systems Not Goals

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Systems Not Goals

My cofounder and I are proud to be featured on the latest Sources & Methods podcast. One of many things we talk about in that episode is Dilbert creator Scott Adams’s claim that goals are for losers. We’ve decided that our response to that needs to be its own blog post. So,... »

Cyber Monday: OK, Fine

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Cyber Monday: OK, Fine

Of the roughly 6,000 active Beeminder users, we’re approaching 1,000 who like us so much that they’ve opted in to more frequent beemails. If you love us so much that you want to hear... »

Fourth Anniversary of Beeminder

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Fourth Anniversary of Beeminder

Beeminder is four years old! We’d liiike to get this blog post started by telling you what we’ve been working on this last year (revamped reminders! so many new integrations! new versions of smartphone apps! meetups and Quantified Self!), buuut you’re probably more interested in the question of whether we owe someone $810, or if we... »