Archive for 2016

The Cockroach Principle

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
The Cockroach Principle

If you spot one cockroach in your kitchen you can rest assured that there are hordes of them sneaking around not making themselves noticed. Or maybe possibly it was just that one passing through, but if you see another one you’re very probably supporting a colony with the biomass of a blue... »

Beemind Arbitrary Tasks Automatically with Complice

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Beemind Arbitrary Tasks Automatically with Complice

This is part two of our announcement of the official Beeminder + Complice integration. It is also the second guest post by Malcolm Ocean. As you’ll see, this is... »

Beeminder and Complice Make It Official

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Beeminder and Complice Make It Official

Remember back in November when we first wrote about Complice on the blog? We described how nicely Beeminder and Complice complement each other for different goals and different aspects of goals, and described the new ways Complice could automatically send data to Beeminder. Well a lot has changed... »

New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

Friday, June 17th, 2016
New Premium Feature: Rudimentary Road Editor

The road dial was one of the first Beeminder features, announced almost 5 years ago when we were still in private beta. It lets you adjust the steepness of your yellow brick road — how much you’ve committed to doing... »

New Premium Feature: Weekends Off

Friday, May 27th, 2016
New Premium Feature: Weekends Off

Beeple of the world want to take their weekends off, and for a long time the best answer we’ve had is “well, if you just make sure to get green by Friday night, then you can safely take Saturday and Sunday off”, which is highly unsatisfying to the truly akratic. Because if I had the... »

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 »

16 Obscure Beeminder Features

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
16 Obscure Beeminder Features

It’s our first ever listicle! We tried these out in a daily and weekly beemail and even among those most hardcore users, many didn’t know about many of these features. For the average feature in this list, 30% of daily subscribers and 40% of weekly subscribers weren’t aware of it. So here they are, listed... »

Walking On Custard

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Walking On Custard

When we were smaller we’d take pains to point out that our guest bloggers weren’t just friends of ours. I mean, they usually are friends of ours, but they’ve generally been Beeminder fans who then became friends. (Turns out hardcore beeminding is a strong predictor for us liking you a lot!) ... »

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... »