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Beeminders

Menacing bee on a todo list
Sorry to give you nightmares (AI generated image)

A Beeminder is 'a reminder with a sting'. Essentially, I have to make sure I stay above the red line, or I commit to paying the company a pledged amount (stupid, I know!). You can see a full list of what I'm committed to doing here. I discovered them thanks to my brother, who has been using his to keep ahead on his degree, amongst other things.

My Beeminders

Blog Posts

Blog post beeminder graph
My blog posts Beeminder

This makes sure that I publish (on average) one blog post per week. To stop me cheating, and to encourage me to write more, these blog posts must be at least 1,000 words long to count, hopefully aiming for 2,000. At the time of writing, these are my posts, and their lengths:

wc -w *.md | sort -nr
 9136 total
 2485 offsite-backup-nas.md
 1068 2024-06-27-testing-sd-cards.md
  848 2017-08-09-discord-bots.md
  843 2024-04-21-swcp-watergate-bay-to-porthcothan.md
  788 2024-06-15-raspberry-pi-boot-modes.md
  713 2017-03-20-radio-stations.md
  442 2024-06-20-serving-samba-with-lldap.md
  402 2017-04-01-hacksoton.md
  341 2017-04-12-euro2-1-and-2.md
  259 2017-04-13-euro2-3-and-4.md
  196 2024-03-17-disassembling-dji-intelligent-battery.md
  196 2017-08-08-updates.md
  181 nas-upgrade-comparison.md
  113 localizing-tuya.md
  103 2024-05-31-wales-2022-part-2.md
   88 2024-04-19-wales-2022.md
   70 2024-06-07-reflashing-smart-plugs.md

A couple of these haven't yet been published, and my off-site backup NAS post is about the length I'd like to see them.

Previous Beeminders

I've found that these are particularly good for a sustained catch-up, where I have fallen behind on certain work. For example, I used one to catch up on a backlog of 46 lectures over the course of a few weeks. I've also used them to ensure consistent coursework efforts.

Future Ideas

  • Running?
  • Keeping up to date with academic research? Training?
  • Professional development
  • Reading
  • Git commits
  • Video backlog

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