I did not read the copy, and I did not watch the video.
We have multiple threads going on right now about how people use Beeminder in completely different ways from each other. I think there was a list of 13 categories of reasons to have a Beeminder goal, and I’m certain it isn’t exhaustive.
I have achieved many goals here that I struggled to achieve without Beeminder, and many of them I did not come close to derailing on. We even talk about it here: https://blog.beeminder.com/olimay/
I’m seconding Kenoubi here. I think I spent a year or two Beeminder without a derail, or maybe one or two, but I got immense personal value out of it.
I do not think I would have stopped at a commitwall, but I really understand that I may be unusual. (For instance, people saying they trust Paypal more than giving their credit card information out? I work with Paypal on the business side and I’d do a chargeback on my credit card 20 times in a row before touching Paypal. I do not understand the consumer trust, but it’s obviously there! (Doubly parenthetically, I know multiple creators who have had Paypal take and hold $20,000+ of their money for months with no recourse since Paypal isn’t a bank!))
On the other hand, I totally get the struggle Danny’s going through here. When a new user derails, they’re probably pretty sad about it, and honestly, what percentage of them are confused about it? Imagine any other service where the company asked you to enter your credit card information only at a time when you’re sad and confused!
If I had a good answer at all, I’d sing it from the rooftops.