Why Beeminder likes cumulative graphs


Grayson Bray Morris, novelist and StickK-to-Beeminder convert, has a wonderful blog post – Baby Got Bonus – that describes beautifully the psychological value of Beeminder’s cumulative graphs. You don’t even have to read it; just take a look at the two illustrations she drew and the point will immediately be clear!

Question about beeminding study hours
How to make the Y axis non-cumulative
Why are do less goals auto-summing ?
Progress Report on Yellow Brick Half-Plane

I know @grayson already blogged this but it’s so good, especially with the adorable illustrations, that I think it should be repeated as a Beeminder blog post. Ideally we’d convince @grayson to do that as a guest post but we could also do our own version and point to the original.

I’m mainly saying this as an excuse to tag this #blog so we can search the forum for blog post ideas in the future and have this come up.


I loved these two graphs. I think they should be added to FAQ or newbies area. This short post, in my opinion, is simple and concise. I love it.
I would also love to see similar explanations for each goal type.