Strategy Memo: Beeminder Is Pledge-Focused

Friday, January 22, 2021
By dreeves
A bee considering a fork in the road, leading to two piles of money, one for premium and one for pledges

Since we like letting you all peek behind the curtain of Beeminder, let’s dive in with this internal strategy memo that our beeloved Queen Bee sent to the team last month, reproduced here verbatim: Howdy my sweet bee people, We’ve subjected you to a lot of polarized ideas about Beeminder pricing over the last month. Whee! I’m... »

Death To Lifetime Plans

Saturday, January 9, 2021
By dreeves
An old bee with a cane

Announcement! Beeminder has stopped selling lifetime plans. Obviously if you already have one, we will honor it forever and ever . We’re just not selling new ones. We’ve thought about this hard and have five(ish) reasons: Inability to give lifetime people premium credit Special cases and complexity in the subscription logic Lifetime plans take away your leverage as... »

How To Beemind Nebulous Goals

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
By dreeves
A nebulous bee and a nebula

Beeminder works brilliantly for quantifiable, graphable goals. What about nebulous projects like remodeling your kitchen or finding a therapist? It doesn’t really work for those things. Unless! Unless you find a clever metric to mind. Like the word count in a log of your progress. Here’s what I recommend: Create a... »

Beeminder’s Achilles Heel

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
By dreeves
A bee on a Beeminder graph with a calendar and an initially flat yellow brick road

Beeminder’s Achilles heel is that you need a meta-Beeminder to get yourself to create a Beeminder goal in the first place. (We sometimes call it Beeminder’s bootstrap problem.) Here’s a trick to mitigate that problem: Create a goal as soon as you think of it, but with an initial flat spot of a week or a month or... »

Ice Cream Truck Loopholes

Thursday, December 3, 2020
By dreeves
A bee driving an ice cream truck through a loop of rope

Sometimes Beeminder goals have loopholes, like you could dehydrate yourself to get your datapoint below the bright line on your weight-loss graph (please don’t!). There are plenty of things like that and I probably shouldn’t think too hard about more examples. Sometimes loopholes like that can ruin a goal. But other times, ironically, such loopholes... »

Upside-Down Support

Friday, November 20, 2020
By dreeves
A workerbee making an assembly line of humans do its bidding

By popular demand… (I.e., thank you to our fantabulous community for the impetus to »