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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Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups

Unable to complete this month due to internet issues, but will work for next month and will not stop writing.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Stonegiver on Thu, Sep 13
10 cups
More Badges!

More badges for total number of words and for the streak. Please!

New Feature Request Note from Jim Matlock on Wed, Sep 12
6 cups

750 words has definitely helped me clear my mind and help me focus on what I need to for the day. I can’t believe I actually hit 500 days in a row! At first, I think the effects were more dramatic, now they are more subtle. But just the fact that I have stuck with the writing this long testifies that if I can do this for 500 days in a row, one day at a time, what else can I do!

Testimonial Note from Jim Matlock on Wed, Sep 12
1 cup

750words has made me realize that I am more disciplined that I thought I could be, transforming the negative chatter in my head into and I can do attitude.
750words allows me, each morning, to sort out my thoughts and I stay focused on the task at hand during the rest of my day, be it writing, gardening, cooking or quilting. It is a wonderful tool that has helped me recover and reclaim the love for writing and the commitment to my work.
Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Myrna Raquel Cleghorn on Tue, Sep 11
2 cups

I have always considered myself a writer within, waiting for my big chance to write my novel, which would be based loosely on pieces of my semi interesting life. But a cool career, a complicated family life, and ever increasing international life, has allowed my procrastination habits to keep me from writing. All the while believing that one of these days, when life settles down, I will write.

But then, life settled down in a big bad way, almost coming to an end, with an accident and complications. I was down for months, and slow for many months more. And during the ensuing recovery, I realized that I couldn’t write then either.

Oh, what a poser I am. I only love to talk about writing, learn about writing, read what writers write. But write? I do nothing of the kind. Well, it was this self talk that sent me to my shelf of writing books, remembering Morning Pages, and then finding 750 Words. I tried it for awhile this summer, when I was at our home in the states, where I had a reliable internet connection and could plan my time, more or less. It was hard to get a streak going what with going to visit my family in the woods where internet was not set up for visitors and crazy busy visits from family where everyone comes at once because its only once a year we can do this now that we’re overseas.

Using 750 Words reminded me why I like to talk about writing, because I really do love to write, and I just need permission to do so, from myself. Writing my daily 750 words is like 20 minutes of yoga. Helps make the whole day go better. (but I don’t have a yoga habit either).

By mid-august, I had a multi-week writing streak going, and back to Asia I went, stopping off in Tokyo for a few days and then on to Shanghai. Where everything was going to be hard for awhile.

But, before I left the states, I signed up to be a Monthly Coffee Patron so I knew I would be back. A little trick I played on myself, as I know my issues. Here I am, back for more. Thank you, 750 Words.

My blog: http://tokyomurrays.typepad.com/

Testimonial Note from Pamela Murray on Tue, Sep 11
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More badges for accomplishments

I love this site, and last time I fell off at 82 days. One more badge could have really made a difference (smile). Well I’m back again. It’s only day 10 but it feels like I’m on to something beautiful… Thanks.

New Feature Vote from Crystal Harris on Mon, Sep 10
1 cup

I’ve loved having this site to motivate me to write every single day for 75 days. But I blew it last yesterday. Ironically, I spent the day writing for my copywriting client, so I can’t say I wasn’t writing. Ah, if only I could go back in time and…

Well, as promised, I’ve contributed like I said I would if I failed on the September challenge. But instead, I’ve become a patron, because I really believe I wouldn’t be writing every day if this site didn’t exist! :)

Testimonial Note from Janice Sakata-Schultze on Mon, Sep 10
1 cup

My experience with a Monthly Challenge inspired me to begin using 750words.com with my college freshmen writing courses. This semester I’m requiring students to use the site and giving them credit for how often they write. It gets them writing, they can writing about whatever they wish, and I don’t have to give low grades to dying grandmothers. Further, the fact that each day simply counts as a day forces them to space out their entries. The “follow” feature allows me to see that they have written on a day and how long it took (so as to discourage cut and paste bombs) but the students are secure in knowing I can’t see what they’re writing.

I look forward to seeing how this idea pans out. I’ll be sure to report back in December.

Testimonial Note from Todd C. Truffin on Mon, Sep 10
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I have the daily reminder set to come every morning at 6am, but if I visit the site from any computer that isn’t my usual one, the email reminder resets and I don’t receive it anymore until I actually remember to go back myself and re-check the boxes to start getting it again. The newsletter box also gets unchecked if I sign in from a computer that isn’t my usual. I don’t know why this happens, but that’s why my cup goes to vote for this feature.

New Feature Vote from Zazie Rainyday on Mon, Sep 10
1 cup

750 words really and truly motivates me to write. Writing here does not just come “when inspiration strikes me”, it comes every day, or else I break your streak and that just isn’t fun. And since I write more, I am at least slightly more inspired. And I love that. I love being able to look at my “total words written” and go WOW! I almost never write that much. 3 pages a day is a new high for me, and I’m not sure I could do it without 750. I admit, once I break my streak I am more likely to blow off 750 words even more, but if I start writing, I commit to it. There has not been a day where I start writing and don’t get to 750. It’s less “oh yeah I wrote a page, that’s good when it comes to me!” now, and more “gotta be 750 or nothing.” Maybe I should at least try to squeeze in any words at all, even if I don’t get to 750, but in any case, this has gotten me to write a lot more than anything else. And for that, I gladly donated $4, so that I and others like me can write and keep on writing.

Testimonial Note from grave on Sun, Sep 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Victoria Farr on Sun, Sep 09
1 cup

Morning pages…

One Month Challenge Bounty from elizabeth merchant on Sun, Sep 09
1 cup

I absolutely love 750 Words. I started using the site over a year ago on a whim when I stumbled across it aimlessly browsing the web, and have been amazed by how it helps me to clear my mind just by putting my thoughts on (digital) paper. Sometimes there are things in my head I would never know were there otherwise, and I find it hugely beneficial to see them there on the screen! Many, many thanks for a wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 09
3 cups

I get really frustrated with the daily statistics page. I write about a really upbeat day and it tells me that I am upset – or I mention the price of one item and it tells me that my main concern is money. I know – I know – it doesn’t matter – but I want to get hold of the screen sometimes and shake it. Still – it makes me take a look back at what I have written to make sure that I am not portraying emotions that I don’t even know I am feeling. And I get a kick out of it when the site manages to pick out from my words what I am really feeling.

Testimonial Note from Yvonne on Sat, Sep 08
6 cups
Poetry showcase

Occasionally, just for fun, I challenge myself to make a poem out the the words that are “most frequently used” — it’s a hilarious challenge that sometimes turns out in amazing ways. It would be great, if anyone else wanted to try it, if we had a place to share these odd poems.

Thank you, Buster, for creating this wonderful word sanctuary for us and keeping it running!

New Feature Request Note from Carol Bailey Floyd on Fri, Sep 07
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This would be perfect for on-to-go notes. Would hate to see it a big price tag attached to it though. Thanks again for the site– its really great!

New Feature Vote from Taylor MacDonald on Thu, Sep 06
1 cup
More badges

I love the incentive of the badges but I think some of them are too far apart like going from 30 days to 100 days or 100,000 words to 250,00 words. I think something in between would help me with my incentive to keep going.
Thanks

New Feature Request Note from Leanne Clarkson on Wed, Sep 05
1 cup
More badges
New Feature Request Note from Leanne Clarkson on Wed, Sep 05
5 cups
Secure server for writing

Love the site!

New Feature Vote from Ben Whitehair on Wed, Sep 05
10 cups
Improve the daily reminder email

Hi Buster,

It would be great if the daily reminder email could only be sent out if you haven’t written yet for that day at a set time, but then it doesn’t send you anything (as nice as the affirmation is) if you have written or there’s a checkbox to turn it off in that event.

I don’t use the daily reminder email currently because I find the extra clutter to my inbox annoying most days because I have successfully written already, but then that one day rolls around when I have to leave the house early and my routine is thrown off and I forget when I get home that night to write because it’s not part of my routine to make it up in the evenings because I’m usually so good about it and it’s only the next morning that I see my broken streak and my spirit feels that little bit crushed. I wish I had the option to only get the daily reminder email at a self-designated time on days I haven’t written yet by that time; I’m sure this involves pulling information from a database and extra queries—it’s never as simple as one would hope—but that would be a huge benefit to me and to many I would wager.

This is my first note to you Buster, so thanks for the great site! It’s been the catalyst for good habit forming this year in my creative life in truly, truly life changing ways. I am a better creative and, more than that, a better person for having spent the last year on your site. It will forever be a part of my narrative of how I became the diligent, disciplined craftsman I’m becoming. So forever and a thousand times over, thank you, thank you, thank you.

All the best,
T.G. Wilkinson

New Feature Vote from Tom Wilkinson on Tue, Sep 04
10 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Kristie Bradfield on Tue, Sep 04
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Double Down on Charity Note from Casi Newell on Mon, Sep 03
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Mon, Sep 03
1 cup

I was very excited to complete my one month challenge and get a chance to write a note of inspiration! Good luck to all of you out there dreaming big and writing every day – you can make it happen!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Sep 03
1 cup

I honestly never thought that I’ll ever find that magic tool to keep me writing everyday. Surprise! 750words worked. Writing is now one of the first things i do everyday and one that I cannot do without. I not only write more and better but I also read more and faster. I don’t see any reason to stop doing this. What a turnaround. What did the trick? Well the points and progress badges really work for me, as well as seeing the results of those 20 to 30 minutes a day I put into these writings. Amazing!!!

Testimonial Note from SilT on Mon, Sep 03
2 cups
Tags

Perhaps similar to the #hashtags and @tags used on the Peabrain site, let users establish a handful of tags and then be able to mark each day’s entries with those. I find I write about a lot of different things — personal journaling, to do lists, academic writing, etc — and I always have a hard time finding bits of writing I want to use elsewhere again. Tagging might be a way to help filter through my hundreds of thousands of words!

New Feature Request Note from ks1000 on Sun, Sep 02
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

specifically, it should NOT go off when you’ve scheduled a vacation day.

New Feature Vote from ks1000 on Sun, Sep 02
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

More badges pretty please (with a cherry on top).

New Feature Vote from Samantha Marie on Sun, Sep 02
3 cups

Promoting writing skills in youth? What a fantastic gift!

Double Down on Charity Note from Karen Mardahl on Sun, Sep 02
1 cup
reserve day(s) / future writing

You would have the ability to write a reserve day, or days. So if for some reason you’re about to miss a day, the reserve day will kick in at midnight or just before, preserving your streak.

Or maybe it’s just like you can write for days in the future. They can have a dotted X or something when completed.

Thanks for a great site!

New Feature Request Note from Avery on Sun, Sep 02