Archive for 2019

How You Talk Yourself Out Of Reporting A Bug

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
How You Talk Yourself Out Of Reporting A Bug

It’s funny how universal it is for users (including programmers, including myself) to gravitate so strongly to “it’s probably just me / my crappy phone / my timezone / me not reading the webcopy / me not being deserving of love or working software / etc”. It might be an impulse to be kind and not... »

Quantified Self Talk: Tracking My Personal Reliability

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Quantified Self Talk: Tracking My Personal Reliability

On 2018-09-22 I gave a talk at the Quantified Self conference. This is that talk. You can also see an actual recording of it. I got a lot of encouragement afterwards... »

Beeminder, With The Power Of Reading!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Beeminder, With The Power Of Reading!

Lawrence Evalyn has been beeminding for almost 7 years and we’re very proud to have him guest posting for us. If this whets your appetite, check out his professional blog where he’s written about beeminding his comprehensive exams. (Graphs and charts and spreadsheets oh... »

Derailing Is Not Failing; or, Beeminder Revenue Proportional To User Awesomeness

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Derailing Is Not Failing; or, Beeminder Revenue Proportional To User Awesomeness

“Potentially Paying Customers” We ended the last blog post with what you might think is an unfortunate epithet for new Beeminder users. Being buried at the end of a bunch of nitty-gritty about business reasons for the timing of collecting payment info, approximately zero percent of people noticed it, until we had to go... »

Commitwall: No More Beeminding Without A Way To Be Charged Money

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Commitwall: No More Beeminding Without A Way To Be Charged Money

If you’re nervous about handing over your credit card number, let us start by solemnly promising that we’re super trustworthy. Wait, that’s exactly what a scammer would say. Ok, getting more specific: We promise you won’t ever be charged due to any kind of technicality, including confusion about how Beeminder works. (You won’t be charged at all if... »

13th Beeminder Buzz Press Roundup

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
13th Beeminder Buzz Press Roundup

In case you missed our previous 12 press roundups (starting all the way back in 2012!), here they are: one, two, three, »

Accountability Partners and Soft Accountability

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Accountability Partners and Soft Accountability

Malcolm Ocean has been on both sides of the accountability relationship. Among the many roles he’s played is professional accountability provider: initially as Beeminder’s beekeeper, and now also independently with people who use his... »