Archive for 2013

Scheduled Breaks!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Scheduled Breaks!

We have once again knocked off what was the highest voted item from our feedback forum: you can now schedule flat spots in your yellow brick road. In fact, you can schedule any change in your road, between arbitrary dates, as long as it starts outside the akrasia horizon. Even more »

Beeminder ♥ RunKeeper

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Beeminder ♥ RunKeeper

RunKeeper! Now with more running! and cycling! and walking! Beemind all the RunKeeper things! Get it while it is hot! Actually, we’ve had an integration with RunKeeper for over a... »

Combatting Cheating

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Combatting Cheating

The second most puzzling thing about Beeminder, for those who don’t use it, is why people don’t lie to avoid paying us. Here’s why! Beeminder is foremost a Quantified Self tool, so it feels really wrong and counterproductive to falsify your data. People take a lot of pride in their graphs since... »

New World Order: Goals No Longer Freeze

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
New World Order: Goals No Longer Freeze

We’ve been referring to this internally as Beeminder’s New World Order but in fact it’s a natural consequence of The Third Great Beeminder Epiphany: Ever-increasing awesomeness should always be the path of least resistance. Namely, if you... »

Beehind the Curtain: Secrets of our Support Success

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Beehind the Curtain: Secrets of our Support Success

We’re often praised for our stellar customer support. For the possible benefit of other startups, or anyone else who’s curious, here are our secrets! First, all the usual “customer is always right” stuff is just common sense if you’re genuinely excited about promoting your company and having your users feel good about you. I’m skipping everything that was... »

Spiraling Into Control

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Spiraling Into Control

This is a guest post by Nick Winter, cofounder of Skritter and CodeCombat and author of The Motivation Hacker. He also works on Quantified Mind. We’ve mentioned Nick Winter and The Motivation Hacker before, in particular because... »

Beeminder Glossary

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Beeminder Glossary

By popular demand, we’ve created a jargon file! We don’t expect this to be the permanent home of this glossary (maybe it belongs with our FAQ) but it’s on the internet now so from now on you can google things like “beeminder flatlining” and hopefully be sent here to learn what we’re... »

Beeminding Sin

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Beeminding Sin

For a long time I found that I was spending too much time on certain unproductive things and struggled with getting myself to do what I actually wanted to do with my time. The big break came one morning when I noticed that there was a very tight correlation between the things I wanted to stop doing and the traditional Christian concept of... »

Zeno Polling

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
Zeno Polling

It’s been six months since our last crash of ineptitude so it’s time to disabuse you of the notion that we may have gotten our act together since then! The backstory is that we’ve... »

Catch-up Unmustered; or, Easier is Harder

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Catch-up Unmustered; or, Easier is Harder

Rule #1 of Beeminder: Things that make staying on the yellow brick road easier make reaching your overall goal harder. There’s no free lunch. Any leniency today will get paid for down the (wait for it) Road. If that sounds counter-intuitive, imagine the extreme case of ultimate leniency where... »