I’ve had an IFTTT rule tracking articles on Pocket to encourage me to read things as opposed to just keep adding them. It’s worked out pretty well, counting archived articles but not deleted articles until a few weeks ago, when suddenly reads in Pocket stopped registering. I haven’t been able to nail down the problem with IFTTT but while debugging it, support mentioned that I might want to try using Beemind.me instead.
Beemind.me looks like it would achieve the same thing and I’m intrigued by the Article Words Backlog option, which might be good for encouraging me to read the longer articles, rather than cherry picking the short ones to get my point more easily.
However, I searched on the forum for details hoping to find out how it worked or how to set it up and I couldn’t find anything – most of the conversation I found is centered around 2015 and debugging.
Starting from Beeminder, I found that Beemind.me isn’t listed as one of the services.
If I start from Beemind.me, it asks me to choose the correct slug from my existing Beeminder goals. I disconnected IFTTT (which, interestingly, is working fine now that I’ve set it up again) and added Beemind.me, in hopes that it would simply update the data source and keep going.
This kinda worked, except that Beemind.me updated with a value of +4,512 which means I don’t need to read another article until March 2030.
I have a vague recollection that there’s a way of creating a manual goal on Beeminder and then connecting it to a service, which I guess is what’s needed here, but I have to admit, I don’t remember how to do that and again, a quick search on the forums didn’t get me an easy answer.
Beyond that, I’m now not sure if the Beemind.me/Pocket integration needs to be approached differently because I don’t know what the 4,512 data update is meant to represent.
Is there any documentation at all or some better means of testing that I can try?