Beeminder

Dec. 10th, 2012 12:21 pm
jack: (Default)
[personal profile] jack
Beeminder tracks resolutions of any sort.

It's built on the idea that you can precommit to paying a monetary penalty (to charity). I found even mentioning that idea was a bit overkill, and simlpy signing up was a sufficient commitment, but if you want to make a resolution and fear you may simply forget about it it may be useful.

I decided to track my gym-going there as well fitocracy. I've only done it for one week, but it seems a fairly good idea for recording "have I kept this resolution or not" and I intend to try it for any other habits I want to cement.

I found the interface very confusing, though. I expected "I want to do this twice a week" to be really obvious (especially given the cute little bee icon!) but it seemed jargon-y (there were three or four suggested 'get started' but it wasn't obvious to me what the differences were). I have a feeling I may have missed an introductory "get started by doing this" page or something.

Date: 2012-12-10 05:08 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
Do you have a page of graphs you can show off?

Date: 2012-12-10 05:46 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
Rarg! Go you :-)

Is it letting you offset extra gymming in a week against the next week, then?

Date: 2012-12-10 06:19 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Their technical support are very good. If you email them they'll set up your graph however you like it.

Date: 2012-12-10 09:51 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I used it to motivate myself into improving the number of pressups I could so:
https://www.beeminder.com/andrewducker/goals/pressups

It worked rather well :->

Deconfusing Beeminder

Date: 2012-12-11 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey Jack! Thanks so much for trying out Beeminder (I'm a cofounder).
We're working hard to make it all less confusing. One thing that may help is this how-to video: http://dreev.es/howtobee

And of course we're beeminding the living crap out of Beeminder itself. Here's us committing to an average of 1 user-visible improvement to Beeminder per day: http://beeminder.com/meta/uvi