I found Beeminder through Mark Forster, when he discovered us back in 2012. Might have been this article: How to use Beeminder to monitor all your work, though I didn’t join until March.
Back then, every time you derailed on a goal, it froze and needed to be manually resumed. After experiencing this a few times, along with the psychological friction that led me to delay the restarting, I wrote this email to the founders in April 2012:
FYI. To avoid procrastination in resetting my road if I fall off the wagon, I’ve added this to the fine print of my most important beeminded goals:
If I fall off this road I will give the nice folks at Beeminder an extra $50 if I don’t reinstate it within 48 hours of receiving the off-the-road email, plus $10 per day delay. Alternatively I can walk away for $100.
The numbers aren’t very big, but it was surprisingly difficult for even my lucid self to type. Hence the caveats and zero-cost path, etc. I don’t like obligation, even to myself, even when I could so easily cheat (again, on myself). Oh, the games we play.
Thanks for providing your fine service.
Seems that it struck a chord with @dreev, because he replied:
this is so many shades of awesome i’m cc’ing our internal list.
This led to the new normal state, that your goal automatically continues, which we called “precommit to recommit”. And to my first blog post, Getting Back on the Wagon. And to my continuing happy involvement with Beeminder. And to a heck of a lot more getting done than I would’ve done without us.