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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups

After spending several years allowing writing to fall by the wayside in favor of the more humdrum aspects of adult life, I couldn’t manage to get started again. It seems my creativity had all but atrophied from disuse. I am so thankful I stumbled across this site. It has been physical therapy for my writing. Thanks to the daily exercise 750words makes me do (and the incentives to keep going), I am back on the wagon, producing more creative writing than I ever have in my adult life. I cannot thank you enough for helping me re-learn to do what I love. This site has changed my life for the better. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Ophelia Marie on Tue, Jan 15
10 cups

C’mon folks, sign up as patrons. How much emotional therapy are you getting here for only $2 a cup of patronage? How much writing coaching and encouragement do those little badges give you? I love this site, it has turned me into a well-adjusted professional author. Haha. Be a patron! Be cool!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Mon, Jan 14
1 cup

As a person with depression, I have found that has become a big help, both in giving me a structured routine, and as a way to help sort my own feelings out.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tyler Morse on Mon, Jan 14
1 cup

I have been using this site for 19 months and find that it is uniquely helpful in getting my writing juices flowing. I would urge those who use the site to please give it some financial support. It is much cheaper than a therapist and I would hate to see it disappear.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Mon, Jan 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love this site. I will be coming up to my 500 day badge next month so I’m putting in an early request for a future badge that I can work towards.

New Feature Vote from Dr Andrew Whittaker on Sun, Jan 13
24 cups

I stumbled upon 750words and was thoroughly impressed. Being able to express myself 100% without any fear of judgment has been an incredible feeling and I am deeply grateful for this website. Put the coffee bill on my tab. Thank you Buster.

Testimonial Note from Theron Lee on Sun, Jan 13
2 cups

I use this wonderful and amazing site for various reasons. Why I wrote this morning is because I have so many feelings I don’t know what else to do! Writing here helps to get it all out, all the guck and yuck and questioning and wailing and romancing and fantasizing and contemplating and reporting…. Then I can let go. I can always let go, and writing on these online pages helps me to let go. Thank you, Buster and everyone, for creating and being a fabulous community here. Truly, I am inspired!

Testimonial Note from Rain Elizabeth Stickney on Sun, Jan 13
1 cup
I’m convinced the muse lives here in this space. The collective creativity and clarifying of at least my mind and I imagine so many others is a staggering thing to contemplate. Long Live 750 Words!!
Testimonial Note from Goddess of Kindness on Sun, Jan 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jessica Simms on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

Oh yes, we need to pass on the delicousness—and please help keep 750words alive—see its possible demise here

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

750words is my daily lifeline for 409 days now and the thought it may well disappear by March is painful—if you have not seen the post today (1-12-13) about needing a solution to keep 750words going - == please read and reply
-We Must Keep 750words! What Can We Do?

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

Apparently, “Cup of Patronage” = $4 = one post. Odd that it should cost me $4 to post a testimonial, but anyway, here it is: this site offered me a cathartic experience, to write not exactly for myself, but not exacly for anyone else, either. I used the interactive word count religiously, to monitor my progress, and even pushed myself harder to get to 750 words, and see the daily spare turn into a strike. The whole idea of keeping stats on word generation per minute seems a little silly at first, but I guess it’s totally effective, because I found myself looking for strategies to boost my production, from 7 to 12 wpm, just to be normal. In summary, I respect what you’re doing with this site, and I’d have given the $4 even without this platform to express how pleased I am with it. (P.S., How many words was that, and does it go towards tomorrow’s total?)

Testimonial Note from Marc Mongeon on Fri, Jan 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I would find it a great motivation to have either more badges, or even just the possibility of ‘multiple’ badges (i.e. ‘completed a monthly challenge 5 times’ or ‘completed the NaNo challenge 3 times’).

New Feature Vote from Weathering on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup
"Teacher" and "Student" accounts

I am currently a high school teacher in the state of Texas and as an incentive to get my students to write more, I’ve given them the opportunity to sign up for to earn extra credit. While I love NaNoWriMo, a lot of my kids have difficulty writing even a page, let alone a novel, and 750 words a day would be perfect for them. However, it is difficult for me to keep track of student progress without an ability to search my students and check a sort of “profile” page for each of them. I think a “Teacher” account would be wonderful, where I could sign up and have a unique code that my students would have to enter when signing up, which would then allow me to follow those students and check on their progress.

New Feature Request Note from Christine Hamman on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup

I am still not perfect at writing and producing excellent words, but I no longer self-flagellate and aspire to perfection. Thanks to I am a HAPPY writer, which is something I never knew to exist.

Testimonial Note from Anouska on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup

I am still learning how to make this work for me but I love the fact that I now start each day with a blank sheet of paper and no judgement.

Testimonial Note from HHH on Thu, Jan 10
2 cups
Back on the Horse (or Wagon) Badge

Once you’ve reached a certain level, say the albatross or the 50 day mark or beyond, there should be a badge for getting back to and beyond your record. This will motivate many to start a new streak and reach a personal best.

New Feature Request Note from Scott J. Wilson on Wed, Jan 09
1 cup
Turn off comparisons and analysis

The stats that compare “Me” with “The World” are interesting, but they can also be incredibly demotivating. I loved this site because it enabled me to write without anxiety, but the more I see my performance, mood, and achievements compared to everyone else, the more anxious I get. They’re also imperfect metrics; a script can make a good mathematical guess that I am “uncertain” or “concerned with death,” but the inaccuracy inherent in the formula makes that a hurtful value judgment. I also took a very long hiatus before the “schedule time off” feature was available, so now I have no way to build my stats to anything respectable. For those of us who are freakishly anxious, it would be nice to hide these comparisons and judgments.

New Feature Request Note from Nivair on Wed, Jan 09
1 cup

365 days in a row! Woo hoo!
Writing every day has been my anchor in the storm of life.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Wed, Jan 09
3 cups

Cheers to my three-year anniversary on 750 Words. I haven’t written every single day, but I’ve come pretty dang close. May writing help others as much as it’s helped me.

Double Down on Charity Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Wed, Jan 09
1 cup

Thanks for this strange and wonderful site. I have no idea why some of things that are calculated here are calculated. But then there’s a lot I don’t understand about astronomy yet I still dig looking at the stars. Five day streak for me. That’s a big deal actually. Thanks for making it possible.

Testimonial Note from KAdams on Wed, Jan 09
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Brown on Wed, Jan 09
1 cup

Days go differently when I write first thing in the morning. Whether it’s having a higher energy level, sticking with my commitments, dealing with a difficult coworker, or just having more patience in general, the daily practice of laying out the path ahead of you through a stream of consciousness entry is my favorite way of “setting the table” before going about my day.

And they say you need to write for 15-20 minutes at least to get psychological benefits from writing, but as as “speedy typist” at about 7-10 minutes per journal entry, I can still say I’ve noticed the benefits! So I’d encourage my fellow “fast-entry” writes to keep it up! Best wishes in 2013!

Testimonial Note from Michael Drake on Tue, Jan 08
1 cup

I’ve not been known as a loquacious type, but since I have been using 750words I’ve been more articulate in my writing and my speaking.

For everyone out there looking to better their communication skills, writing everyday couldn’t be a better idea. Whether you’re writing reflectively, creatively, angrily, or in any other -ly, using this site will help you. The more consistently I’ve written, the better I’ve felt. I hope you encounter the same!

Testimonial Note from Jeremy Heuslein on Tue, Jan 08
1 cup

I’ve not been known as a loquacious type, but since I have been using 750words I’ve been more articulate in my writing and my speaking.

For everyone out there looking to better their communication skills, writing everyday couldn’t be a better idea. Whether you’re writing reflectively, creatively, angrily, or in any other -ly, using this site will help you. The more consistently I’ve written, the better I’ve felt.

Testimonial Note from Jeremy Heuslein on Tue, Jan 08
1 cup
Behavioral Badge notification?

Hey, all.

HEY! I just saw that I’ve earned the NaNo badge this month AND the Night Bat AND the Inspired Writer.

I think there are some other people on 750 that are achievement-motivated, too. That is, we adjust our writing styles/behaviors to see in which new ways we can earn goals, be it explicit from the site or self-made goals, so: two requests for this lovely site that I am very grateful for.

1. We are notified of streak badges, can we also get a notification of other (currently only behavioral) types of badges?

2. Can 750words provide a facility for self-set goals? You do a wonderful job already for providing motivation (hey, I took three years off from my novel, and now I’m writing again, and 750words is helping me stay focused) simply a) by existing b) by providing goals in the form of streak and behavioral badges and c) by providing monthly challenges with the fame/shame payouts. BRILLIANT! I think if you created an existence system that the writer herself can tailor to her style of writing, there might be an increased activity from people who are motivated by being (explicitly) rewarded.

So few of us get pats on the back (because so few of us recognize and then pat on the back our achievers), so an explicit huzzah for meeting a self-made goal would help those so motivated.


header: [Enter goal name] [type: w/d, days-in-streak, ave syllables/w, ave letters/w, etc]

writer fills out: [nightingale] [2000 w/d 5 days in a row]

then tracks that and after 5 days says in the daily email: “congratulations, geophf, you’ve earned the nightingale for writing at least 2000 w/d 5 days in a row.”

This may sound daunting, but is very easy to set-up/monitor with a workflow/rule-based system.

For your consideration, and again, thank you for this site. It has done so much good for so many people

New Feature Request Note from geophf on Tue, Jan 08
1 cup

I started on this site in 2011, but after I broke my streak, I had a difficult time getting back on track. I finally started writing here again consistently in September and used it to write my NaNo novel in November. I had never made it further than a 30 day streak and tomorrow will be my 100th day in a row of writing. This site has been great for helping get my thoughts out. It’s always interesting to see where my writing ends up after writing 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Daniela Osegueda on Mon, Jan 07
6 cups

I keep missing a day here and there. It makes me all the more impressed with those that manage to write for 30 days + without a break! And how about that guy who has been writing for 500 days. Wow. Keep up the good work.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rebecca Harris on Mon, Jan 07
1 cup

I came across 750 Words in the middle of a rather black bout of depression. Within two weeks of writing my daily thoughts, about what bothered me, etc., I was able to quit counseling because writing here took its place. I’ve also found that I’m writing fiction related things by the time I start hitting 750 Words – something I despaired of not having enough time to do because of my work schedule. I decided I had to become a patron of this site because if writing here continues to keep me out of a counseling office, it’s worth the price.

Testimonial Note from Heather A. Moeller on Mon, Jan 07
1 cup
More text analysis

Could you have a feature where it counts how many different words you have used over all time, so you see how wide a range of vocabulary you use? This could be difficult since you wouldn’t want to count “say” and “said” as different words.

New Feature Vote from Claire Lefferts on Mon, Jan 07