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

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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
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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
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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
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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 Mon, Sep 10
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Double Down on Charity Note from Victoria Farr on Sun, Sep 09
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Morning pages…

One Month Challenge Bounty from elizabeth merchant on Sun, Sep 09
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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More badges
New Feature Request Note from Leanne Clarkson on Wed, Sep 05
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Secure server for writing

Love the site!

New Feature Vote from Ben Whitehair on Wed, Sep 05
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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
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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 Tue, Sep 04
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Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Tue, Sep 04
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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
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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
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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 Mon, Sep 03
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Improve the daily reminder email

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

New Feature Vote from ks1000 on Mon, Sep 03
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More badges for accomplishments

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

New Feature Vote from Samantha Marie on Mon, Sep 03
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Promoting writing skills in youth? What a fantastic gift!

Double Down on Charity Note from Karen Mardahl on Sun, Sep 02
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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
3 cups

I remember when this was first introduced to me, I thought, “Can I do this? I have trouble writing and editing as it is?” But instead by cleaning my mind of the stuff that I have had to do and the things that circle around and keep me from focusing, not only is my other writing getting better attention, but my life is also improving in general. Thank you Buster for this site!

Testimonial Note from Deborah McCann on Sun, Sep 02
1 cup

I love this site! I learned about it near the end of July and now have 50 days in my streak. I have never been able to be consistent in my writing except for long, long ago in my late teens and early 20s. Now I’m a working wife and mother, so my time is extremely limited and writing has been an ongoing challenge for me. Because I am an introvert, writing provides me with a mental space to process my days and experiences. 750words provides me with motivation and reminders to write. Writing the minimum of 750 words usually takes a minimum of 15 minutes, and I often continue writing for a little longer. I don’t have the time to write as long as I’d like on many occasions, but I do walk away with a feeling of accomplishment on a daily basis. I can clear my head and re-claim some mental space to add new experiences or notice new things. A bonus is that I can download my journaling from 750words at the end of every month. I don’t know when I might read my ramblings again, but I have looked at old journals many, many years later and enjoyed the experience. I’m not good at photo-journaling or recording events for my kids, but somewhere in the midst of my rambling, perhaps one day my kids can piece together their childhoods and different events in the course of our lives should I ever succumb to a condition that deprives them of my memories otherwise. I hope that this site inspires and motivates you to write. Though it may seem unimportant to write on a given day, write about how unimportant writing seems to be that day. I’m sure it will unlock something else for you and move you forward. Many blessings to you and to your writing!

Testimonial Note from Jeanette Cameron on Sun, Sep 02
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C’mon everyone, get in and patronify! Thanks to Buster for creating this site, it is perfect for anyone starting out writing (a book, blogs, whatever) as a brilliant way to build a daily writing habit. Those nifty little badges have worked a treat for me! I have also used it to learn how to touch type – after doing a few online typing lessons, my daily practice has really worked to build a good typing speed and it’s been fun along the way! C’mon everyone, get in and patronify!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Sun, Sep 02
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Thanks for being awesome <3

Double Down on Charity Note from Rosie C on Sun, Sep 02
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Timing of monthly challenge email

Just a suggestion really- not so much a new feature.

I live in Australia and entered the September challenge. The 1st of September was a Saturday (I’m not so good at writing on Saturdays) and on Sunday morning awoke to the reminder email which had arrived in my inbox at 11.55PM my time on the 1st of September, and I had totally forgotten about it!

SO just wondering if time important emails- such as the reminder for a monthly challenge, could be sent out in line with some of the earlier timezones- that way everyone gets them on time, even if they are a little early.

Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Gina Harris on Sun, Sep 02
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Bethany Sparkle on Sun, Sep 02