The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Our Good Members

Buster Benson
Marc Tretin
James Edward Hervey
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
Noah Stetzer
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kate beswick
rose beezer
Carol Ladewig
Chris Davidson
Sam Young
Christine Leal Walsh
Miss Tea
Grant Faulkner
Chris A.
Shelby Gibbs
Neeraj Hirani
Nick S.
Ilus Elu
Alison Bartley
Brian Hodson
Mary Warner
Robert John Metcalf
ramarameti
Jennifer Barrier
DaleSnow
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Bart Post
David Michaels
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Gary Chou
Jesse Bowline
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Kaimipono Wenger
Katherine Holmes
Jim Sharp
Carmen Isáis
Nicole Poweleit
Francis Floyd Occena
Janna Marlies Maron
Dave Beck
Paul Schingle
Donna Grace Noyes
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Dan Mertz
Liz Flynn
Julie Hughes
Holly S
Joel Bradshaw
Julie MacAller
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Leah Givens
Carl Yirka
Bill Archibald
Kelly Gammon
Dodo
Betsy Devine
JS
Sherilyn Lee
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Ted Strutz
Carla Weiss
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Maja Ilisch
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Aaron Webb
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Michele Stankowski
Bianca St.Louis
Kevin Albers
Maureen
May-Li Khoe
Jassim Latif
Anim Aweh
Jeff A
Richard
Wukub Kan
Eric Sheetz
Ben Nesvig
Gene Desrochers
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Mikkel Snyder
Daniel Russo
Amina Omari
Kell Willsen

Notes of inspiration from members

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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Ramona Fowler on Mon, Jan 22
1 cup
Search by stats?

Could the Search feature be expanded to allow us to find all days on which particular stats scores occurred, ie, all my Extrovert days or all my Positive days?

New Feature Request Note from Kimberly Coleman Healy on Sun, Jan 21
3 cups

Since I’ve come back after my break, I’ve decided to let go of expectations, and take my days as they come, so when yesterday got complicated and exhausting, instead of forcing myself to write, I let go of it and embraced my new egg status. Actually felt good, and here I am today, writing.

Testimonial Note from Katt13 on Sun, Jan 21
3 cups

750 words is better and cheaper than a therapist. I cannot even begin to describe how much daily journaling on this site changed my life. I tried to journal regularly many times before, on pen and paper, in Word, on other online platforms, but it never stuck. I am not sure what is different with 750 words, but it just fits me so well.

Writing 750 words daily helped me believe in myself again; if I can commit to this action, I can slowly start improving my life in other areas without giving up.

Testimonial Note from Anna Salt on Sun, Jan 21
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Just realized this already exists—thank you!

New Feature Vote from Nabil on Sun, Jan 21
1 cup

750 words helped me to discipline my mind into being “inspired” regularly.

Testimonial Note from Jack Gish on Sat, Jan 20
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Though I haven’t always been consistent over the years, I have always returned to 750 words during the most difficult times in my life to write and process my feelings. I began in 2010, and now in 2018 as I look back over my old journal entries, I am able to see how much I have grown and think back on all the challenges that I have overcome along the way. I am so grateful that this site is still around and that I am able to revisit from time to time to write and reflect.

Testimonial Note from Jules Hansen on Fri, Jan 19
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Improve the homepage

Actually the feature I’d like is the ability to retrieve a lost account with an email address I no longer have, and forgot the password.

New Feature Vote from Page on Fri, Jan 19
3 cups

750words.com might have actually saved my PhD thesis. Or at least made me finish it successfully. Since the day I this site, I haven’t skipped a day and can’t see why this would stop anytime soon. It’s amazing how almost every time after around 250 words my mind starts focussing and sorting out the mess in my head (and there was a big mess in my mind during that final PhD stage, let me tell you that).

I’ve actually written it down many times during my morning pages, now I’d like to make it public: thank you so much for creating this site and designing it in such a beautiful and simple, yet playful manner. Don’t you ever stop! :-)

Testimonial Note from Jan Ullmann on Fri, Jan 19
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Chat Room -- Right Here

I would love to connect with people who are doing the same thing I’m doing — writing 750 words per day (or more, or for a specific purpose). I just made it to writing 50 days in a row, and at this point, I’m wondering if I’ve emptied out a lifetime of brain detritus. Do I have anything else to say? We could talk about how our lives and our writing are affected by this discipline, what detracts us, etc. We can inspire each other when our commitment is faltering.

New Feature Request Note from Tanna Marie on Thu, Jan 18
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Tonight I am a Night Bat! Today, I am a man! I can’t believe how much getting the badge pleases me. 750 Words helped turn my anger and bitterness to always being stuck on night shifts , to making the night beckoning. What alchemy is this?
Next is the Challenge of the Cheetah!

Testimonial Note from Chuck Findley on Thu, Jan 18
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An alternative to self-important?

This is a very minor thing. It hurts my feelings whenever I’m told that according to my words I am feeling mostly self-important! I mean, it’s my diary, surely it’s okay to make it all about me? “Self-important” sounds officious and blustery. I’d love to see it called something else— self-reflective? self-focused? Thanks for the chance to give feedback. And thank you for the site— I love it and can’t wait to hit 100 days.

New Feature Request Note from grrlpup on Mon, Jan 15
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is that a bug or a piece of rice? oh, okay- rice. good. Hot in here. where was I? oh- words, yeah… great site, love the badges, and dumping thoughts, practicing presence and noticing and describing, like the way my wrist hurts at the moment and I really want more coffee but I’ll just finish this first, and man, it’s quiet in here, except for the sound of kids going by outside and somebody taking in their garbage cans. what a clatter, oh and that is a truck going by, with a roar and a crunch of snow, I don’t really want to go outside today but oh, well. what did i want to say? yes! this site is great. Really helpful and good practice. Gets me into the habit of habits and makes it hard for me to read the drivel i have written and then get all critical and stop because its not perfect but when I do write something ‘good’ I cut and paste it and then use it maybe to do something else later. Useful. i think i said that already. Thanks : )

Testimonial Note from Bonnie Miller on Mon, Jan 15
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Reading Posts

will it ever be possible that we as writer’s could agree to others reading what we write…

Of course with permission granted via each member choosing whether they wish to share ( default setting f do not share set for everyone so that privacy is assured).

New Feature Request Note from tanya on Sun, Jan 14
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More badges for accomplishments

Um, maybe another badge after the Nano for writing x amount in one month. Some more streak badges, like writing x amount for so many months.

New Feature Vote from louise carter on Sun, Jan 14
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Giratina on Sun, Jan 14
1 cup

As a graduate student, writing can be elusive at times and, as a person, life does not always go as expected or wanted causing stress and decreasing motivation to write. Also, as a person who ruminates a lot, I often find it difficult to focus because my mind will not be quiet.

I learned about this site at a dissertation writing seminar as a way to stimulate writing, but it has been so much more. The explanation and justification for this site is perfect and the way that it is designed and the tools that are available have really encouraged me to try it and to continue writing. This site has become a place where I can quiet my mind, by unloading – with no rules – and then have the freedom to think about what ever I would like to think about the rest of the day (even if it is fantasizing about what I will write about on 750words.com the next day). I have built some rules around my writing, like I only allow myself to write on the site once a day, which is very doable considering that it only takes me 20 minutes to write 750 words. The time writing everyday has become my sacred time where I can explore every inch of my mind while being tethered to the present which has had a great positive impact on reducing my ruminating and increasing my ability to focus. Additionally, writing about the day’s events helps me to process my stress, figure out viable solutions or at the very least, unburden my mind.

750words.com is very dynamic and tailorable with plenty of reward systems (badges, challenges, acknowledgment of word goal achievement, etc) and ways to engage in a social capacity while still having my work remain as private as I would like it to be. The analysis of the entry is a nice touch too because it allows me to evaluate and know what I have written without going back to read over it. The no rules part is liberating because it allows me to just write; I don’t have to think about sentence structure or typos or other things that might slow me down while writing. While I often write in the morning, having the whole day to accomplish the goal allows me to have flexibility. My life has changed in unexpected ways as I am able to focus better and understand myself better, regarding my goals, attributes, weaknesses, and how I plan to move forward. Thirty-seven days in and still going strong.

Testimonial Note from Chantele Mitchell-Miland on Sun, Jan 14
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Stephanie Zhong on Fri, Jan 12
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750 Words was there for me when I was at my lowest. I was in the middle of my undergrad, struggling with mental illness at the time, and my sister had found this site and recommended it to me. I signed up, and then the next day 750 Words started charging new members to join and I received a free life time membership. I took this as a sign that writing would be good for me, and for my mental health. Whenever I was struggling, whenever I was so caught up in my head with self-deprecating thoughts that I could not tell what was true or not, I was able to go on to 750 and write out whatever I was thinking. I found that just by putting down what was in my head on to a screen, I was able to separate myself from my illness, even if it was just for a little bit. This helped me tremendously. And it helped me process through so much emotional baggage. I do not use the site all that much anymore, but I know it is here for me when I need it.

Testimonial Note from John Woods on Thu, Jan 11
1 cup

I have used this practice as therapy, writing my day and my thoughts every day for more than 555 days. It has kept me alive, while I sorted through some seriously depressed and depressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stuff. Thank you for keeping a space that I feel safe to write in, and for having incentives to keep me alive.

Testimonial Note from Wukub Kan on Mon, Jan 08
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Logan Bishop on Mon, Jan 08
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I have been a longtime fan of The Artists Way and when I came across 750.org I immediately signed up for the free 30-day trial. I rocked it but when it ran out and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit financially. It wasn’t a lot, but commitment isn’t my strong suit. I noticed that I missed my practice and even doing it on a plain doc I missed the algorithms and the praise with little emojis. Today I just signed on and committed myself to what is a great way for me to start the day. Committing to the pages, being able to check that off my list and working on my writing practice. Looking forward to writing my first 750 of 2018.

Testimonial Note from Colleen Mullaney on Mon, Jan 08
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Vocabulary measurement

If there was some way to measure the variety of vocabulary that an individual uses in each post it would be interesting and useful for individuals who seek to expand their use of language.

New Feature Request Note from James on Thu, Jan 04
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I’ve been here for six and a half years and 750words has come to mean a lot to me, through good times and bad. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Harper Wyam on Thu, Jan 04
1 cup

After a few years away, what’s missing in my writing now is consistency. Thanks 750 words for still hanging out here for me :)

Testimonial Note from Amy Hollinger on Wed, Jan 03
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Every morning I am writing 1000 words, its helping me to wake up and be sharp, I feel like I am making much stronger decision when my brain is fully awake.
In this website I use to write and count my words it give me great analytics of my words, and I can find out about this:

Frequently used words

am better camp choose clean come community create everything feel forward going good great her house idea into just like looking lot love make making me meditating meeting minute more morning my myself need next now option our past people really see share start take things up world

What do you think about this combination of words?

Can you guess what was in my head this morning?

Thanks for being so awesome and supportive,

Vision

Testimonial Note from Alon Bar on Wed, Jan 03
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I'd like to edit my metadata

I would like to clear out the metadata mistakes where a typo is now enshrined as data that I don’t need. I LOVE the metadata option as it helps me keep track of writings on different book projects, scenes, or writing responses. THANKS!

New Feature Request Note from KAdams on Wed, Jan 03
5 cups

Today is my first day back after about ten weeks off. I had been writing steadily here for well over a year, and it had turned into a slog. I wasn’t enjoying it at all, so I just… stopped. Didn’t think about it at all. When the task came up on my list today, I actually felt eager to get over here and start. I took a huge break at the beginning of writing, because lunch happened, and then I had a chore to do, but for the first time in ages, I was surprised when the message telling me I’d got to 750 words came up. It feels good again, and I know that until that last month or so, writing here has always helped me work things out, whether I write about issues or not. Thanks for keeping this place going.

Testimonial Note from Katt13 on Tue, Jan 02
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Monica Kee on Tue, Jan 02
3 cups

I blergh the words out and they appear on the page. No editing. No judgment. No failure.

Testimonial Note from Monica Kee on Tue, Jan 02