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Redqueening, Inbox Zero, Backlogs, and Fluid Dynamics

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
Redqueening, Inbox Zero, Backlogs, and Fluid Dynamics

If you’re a fan of Mark Forster (as we certainly are) then this whole post amounts to giving a name — “redqueening” — to step 2 of his »

Motivational Archetypes

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Motivational Archetypes

Which motivational archetype do you most identify with: Philosopher — better understand the universe, live the life of the mind Hedonist — go on adventures, have wild romances Caregiver — have meaningful relationships, raise children Creator — make beautiful things, make enduring things Politician — lead and influence people, improve the world I would call myself a Philosopher, then Creator/Politician, followed... »

Pareto Dominating The Pledge Cap UI For Goal Creation

Friday, August 9th, 2019
Pareto Dominating The Pledge Cap UI For Goal Creation

This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series! Previously we defined Pareto dominance and what that means for software, and then we made our case for and committed to the »

The Pareto Dominance Principle for Apps and Websites

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
The Pareto Dominance Principle for Apps and Websites

This is part 2 in a 3-part series. Part 1 defined Pareto dominance and Pareto-efficient software.   I have some advice that now feels (to me, subjectively) too... »

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... »

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, »

Slytherin 404 Errors

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Slytherin 404 Errors

UPDATE for webdev nerds: We realized we meant “403 Forbidden” rather than “401 Not Authorized”. Here’s a little information leak we noticed and fixed some months (ok, the better part of a year — blush!) after we publicly launched in late 2011: Say our user Alice has two goals. One is her book reading... »

Beeminder in the Wall Street Journal Every Five Years

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Beeminder in the Wall Street Journal Every Five Years

Guess who’s covered in the Wall Street Journal again! You’re very good at guessing. It may not count as the front page this time (unlike last time) since this front page article doesn’t start talking about Beeminder... »