I've been using Beeminder for a couple of months now, and I've grown rather fond of its stick based approach to goal achievement.
However, one of the biggest problems I have with the service is the data entry side. Although it's pretty easy to add new data, frequently entering new data points can add a little friction to the whole process.
Thankfully the folks at Beeminder released an API a few weeks, so I've been playing around with ways of integrating it with my work flow. One thing I've wanted to do for a long time is blog more frequently, so a WordPress plugin to notify Beeminder when I post seemed like a good idea.
So here it is.
Beeminder Ping is a really simple plugin for WordPress that notifies Beeminder whenever a post is published. Amazing features include:
- Notify a Beeminder goal with a single value when a post is published. Good for "post 5 times a week" style goals.
- Notify a Beeminder with the word count of a newly published post. Perfect for "write 1,000 words a week" style goals.
- Only notify Beeminder for newly published posts, not edited posts or ones that have been moved from published -> draft -> published.
You can download the latest release from the Beeminder Ping page, either as a tar.gz file or a zip. Once installed, you can enable the different notification types and set which goals should be pinged.
As Carl Sagan would say, if you want to write Beeminder Ping, you must first create the universe. Luckily the universe is already here, but I needed a way to interface with the API using PHP, so I wrote beeminder-api. It's still a work-in-progress, but you can download the source from GitHub and play around with it. Please let me know if anything is broken, missing, or just plain sucks.