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

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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
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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
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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
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Brown on Wed, Jan 09
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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
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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
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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.

E.g.:

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 750words.com 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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multilingual writing

Like a few other patrons — I’d like to be able to write in more than one language without my non-English language showing up as “bla-bla words.” It would also be cool not to have them all marked as misspelled by the computer. This could be a special setting, if it’s too difficult for the program to recognize the other language automatically as happens in Word and in Gmail. For me, the other language would be German, or sometimes Italian. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from oneseaurchin on Mon, Jan 07
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I get great joy in writing 750 words that do not have to make sense. Sometimes i am shocked how i find deeper meanings in my life by letting sense come out of the random phrases i am typing. It is like my fingers are thinking.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Mon, Jan 07
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Doing this writing regularly is incredibly healing for me. I find that I am not good at sorting out what’s going on inside of me without writing it down, and yet it’s difficult for me to find the time and energy to do so. 750 words gives me the platform and game-ifies it, which is a helpful motivator. I always feel refreshed and revived. Better than therapy.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 07
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iPhone App

An app for the iPhone/iPad that would allow you to write your words through it and provide the word count/WPM stats would be awesome, especially if it could run without data if needs be. I would be willing to pay for an app like that for those days when the only internet access I have is my phone. Accessing the website through an iphone can be annoying, and does not give options to manually save, so sometimes portions are lost because the autosave did not go through.

New Feature Request Note from Jaqui on Sun, Jan 06
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Just go for it…the badges make you feel great!

One Month Challenge Bounty from rose on Sun, Jan 06
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Like many others, I’ve resolved to write more (and more frequently) in 2013. That so many of you have been diligently writing pages without fail for months — even years! — is inspiring beyond measure. Cheers to you all!

Testimonial Note from Ryan Namba on Sun, Jan 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from A. Nonymous on Sun, Jan 06
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Improve the patronage features

I just finished a streak of 500 days! I am having a hard time believing this myself.
I do hope that by mid January, as I have been told, I will be able to “patronify” using my credit card, instead of Paypal, which I do not trust at all.
Thank you 750words for helping me find the motivation of writing every day for such a long streak. I never thought it possible!

New Feature Vote from Claude Covo on Sun, Jan 06
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I started using 750 words (again) to do my Morning Pages because my hand got too cramped when I used a pencil. Now I couldn’t imagine doing them any other way. I love this site, especially the fun insights into the mood of my writing. Thank you for keeping this going!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Danielle Meitiv on Sun, Jan 06
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I’m in a kind of clean-up-and-renew-your-life-state. My house, my closets and most importantly my mind. 750 words has proved to be surprisingly helpful in the process.
It seems, that as long as I force myself to keep writing, even when I don’t think, I have anything (valuable) on my mind, the inner clean-up takes carer of itself. And I can go … Wauw … så that’s how it is!
- And then I can go organize another drawer ;-)
I’m truly grateful for this page.

Testimonial Note from Maria Kjær-Madsen on Sun, Jan 06
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So today was a really busy day, and at 9pm I decided to go upstairs, get into bed, and read for a while. As soon as I opened my book, I remembered: Oh no, I haven’t written my words for today yet! I’m at the end of my first novel, and it’s getting tougher every day. If it weren’t for 750 words I might have just stopped writing, decided, Oh, I’ll just edit what I’ve done so far, etc., etc., and never finished the project. Tonight I wrote the hardest scene, and broke my own record for the fastest time. Write every day. Easy to say. Hard to do. Thanks, Buster

One Month Challenge Bounty from Liz Demaree on Sat, Jan 05
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More badges for accomplishments

I really enjoy the badges, they make my spirits grow and I’m proud of them in a funny way (being an albatross – a proud bird). So if there were more to get, I would have even more fun with them! Thank you.

New Feature Vote from Sonja B. on Sat, Jan 05
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Bilingual writing

Being a German living and studying in Britain, I often write in English and German in the same note. Would it be possible to select two writing languages at the same time so if English is selected, German doesn’t just show up as blabla words in the stats?

New Feature Request Note from J Laubmeier on Sat, Jan 05
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I am so impressed at those of you on 100, 365, even ten-day streaks. I’m in awe (and, admittedly, a bit of envy) of those who have succeeded in such crazy feats as writing for 416 or 844 days in a row. My longest streak was eighty-two days, and that was years ago. Since then my longest run is closer to nine days. I feel I am in very good company, fellow spillers of words. I joined this site on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, and have written 760,029 words and completed 815 days. And because I am so inspired reading the stats of others, I’ll report on a new feature I just found: “All-time stats: 1020 days since you joined. 939 daily pages started. 815 daily pages completed. You’ve participated in 92% of the days since joining. You’ve completed 80% of the days since joining.” As others have testified, I, too, like to spill my thoughts, worries, and obsessions, notes for ideas and projects to undertake, to-do lists and things that make me mad or sad, or simply, world-weary. This site, however, and knowing I’m in the company of many others tapping away, is inspiring. So look at your stats again, and, if, like me, you don’t have a super streak to brag about, consider the all-time stats of keeping on keeping on. Your own long-time percentages might just make your day.

Testimonial Note from Adriana Grant on Sat, Jan 05
10 cups

Just wrote my 400,000th word, a couple days after my one year streak, and I just wanted to thank 750words for giving me an excuse to set aside 30 minutes to reflect on every day. My words aren’t always an inspiration, but the process always is!

Testimonial Note from Robert John Metcalf on Sat, Jan 05
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Karma Nima on Fri, Jan 04
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Highlighting of my own name in Monthly Challenge Horse Chart

I think that it would be an excellent motivational feature to have my own name highlighted on the Monthly Challenge Horse Chart so that I know how I am going on the “race”. It would certainly keep me motivated to continue writing everyday, as I can see my progress throughout the month. Also, I think psychologically it keeps me focused on the idea that I am doing a Monthly Challenge, and not just doing my daily exercise.

New Feature Request Note from Cindi Chwang on Fri, Jan 04
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I am happy to have 750 Words, and I am happy to support the power of writing for youth.

Double Down on Charity Note from Alec on Fri, Jan 04