Archive for 2014

New Feature: Pledge Caps

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
New Feature: Pledge Caps

The exponential pledge schedule is a key part of the, dare we say it, genius of Beeminder. It means you quickly reach a pledge that’s highly motivating and keeps you on track for a long time. But one more exponential step beyond “highly motivating” was... »

What To Mind: Picking a Metric

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
What To Mind: Picking a Metric

We use the word “goal” a lot but, ironically, we agree with Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) who argues that goals are for losers. He points out that the most... »

Press Roundup 5

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Press Roundup 5

We’re such press darlings! This is our fifth big press roundup. For the sake of completeness (and because I’m certain you’re terribly eager to read every word of all our press coverage ever), here are the previous four: Press Roundup: What’s the Buzz? »

Don’t Be a Smarmbot

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Don’t Be a Smarmbot

In which the CEO of Beeminder quibbles with Patrick McKenzie, aka patio11, about what we call smarmbot emails, while... »

Birds and The Bees: Beeminder Has Twitter Integration

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Birds and The Bees: Beeminder Has Twitter Integration

We are exceedingly proud to debut the work of our intern, Chris Goodman, in this blog post. Chris has joined us this summer through Saturday Academy’s ASE Internship program. Both Chris and Saturday Academy have knocked our socks off. Chris... »

The Type Bee Personality

Monday, July 28th, 2014
The Type Bee Personality

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 17th, 2014
How I Use Beeminder

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 7th, 2014
Ringcycles Wins Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Contest!

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 27th, 2014
Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

UPDATE 2017: This whole post is of historical interest only. We have gotten rid of exponential roads in Beeminder! 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 6th, 2014
Bethany’s Maniac Week

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 compared to my average. Here’s a time-lapse video of me working. So fascinating! Look... »