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

1 cup

I’ve only written three days and not even in a row and I’ve already used the writing time to purge things hidden in my mind I wouldn’t have gotten out otherwise. I’m still testing this site but I think it’ll work out wonderfully!

Testimonial Note from Modest Magenta on Wed, Mar 07
3 cups

I signed up for the April monthly challenge (aware that I have a week of NO COMPUTER, NO INTERNET scheduled in March!!) and saw that a lot of people have donations to 750things (or a charity) as a ‘punishment’ for not completing the words. I had to wonder if giving might feel more joyful if you gave as part of celebrating your accomplishment rather than yet another way to make yourself feel worse about being an ‘egg’ again… It’s just a thought, from a happy patron who gives when she can…

Double Down on Charity Note from Quibbleable on Wed, Mar 07
1 cup

Maybe this will help me get to the end of the month successfully!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Wed, Mar 07
1 cup
Image support

Allow the user to paste images in posts. You could auto-size them to keep them from consuming too much storage space. I’d love to include pictures of things I’m thinking/writing about.

New Feature Request Note from Bart Childers on Wed, Mar 07
1 cup
Meta-data template

For those of us that use metadata to track things on a regular basis, but what often forget to enter the metadata when writing or 750 words, it would be very useful to have each new days page preloaded with empty metadata tags of our choice.

For example, I want to keep track of the number of hours that I work, in this format:

HOURS:9

But (about 75% of the time) I forget to record the metadata, until it’s much too late. It would be nice if I could say “okay, for the month of March, use this template when I start a new days page”. And the template is preloaded with the metadata entries that I want to track regularly.

Just an idea,
Grant Totten

New Feature Request Note from Grant Totten on Wed, Mar 07
4 cups

Before finding 750 words.com, I always had planned to start up a personal journaling activity. But I never got around to it.

I friend introduced me to this site, and I was immediately hooked. It makes it so easy for me to stick to my desired journaling habit that I love it.

I’m completely addicted to badges. :-)

Thank you very much for making this wonderful site available.

Grant Totten

Testimonial Note from Grant Totten on Wed, Mar 07
1 cup

I’ve never been very good at keeping a diary or establishing a habit. But I’ve just got to my Space Bird badge! 500 days without a break! I find the ease with which I can do the free writing on here makes it easier to keep it up.

Testimonial Note from Elaine Walker on Tue, Mar 06
1 cup

All of us have fast paced, busy lives and we often give of ourselves so much that we forget to sharpen the saw and take care of ourselves. 750 words provides that much needed “me” time that we need so badly. It provides a safe and objective proving ground for our ideas and allows us to think through issues. I have often come to the computer thinking that a certain problem would weigh on me all day but within 750 words I become better able to see it in its true light and thus continue my day in greater peace and happiness.

Testimonial Note from Michelle V Burger on Tue, Mar 06
1 cup

on the occasion of my double flock, i am at once proud and aghast at what appears to be a severe case of diarrhea of the fingers…

Double Down on Charity Note from Quibbleable on Mon, Mar 05
2 cups
Multiple Languages

I love the stats at the end of every entry – but I can’t really use them as I mostly write in German. So the stats tell me, that I am “mostly concerned about death” because a word I frequently use is “die” which is just a personal pronoun in German ;-)
I love the idea of 750 words becoming multilingual; I am not sure how this would work but I am willing to contribute if a translation for German statistics is needed…

New Feature Request Note from Franziska on Mon, Mar 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Definitely more badges…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 05
1 cup
A better mobile site

For sure…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 05
3 cups

Pteradactyl achieved… it can be done…

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 05
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Allison Cabellon on Sun, Mar 04
1 cup

This site is great. I use it as my journal. It helps me clear my mind a lo and feel lighter at the end of a long day. i am somehow addicted to it.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

The ability to search text for keywords – I know you can do it in the archives…it’s a very useful feature that I hope would be included in any app versions! Cheers! :)

New Feature Vote from Victoria Farr on Sun, Mar 04
6 cups

How many days have I written? How many words have I spilled on the page? The stats matter, but the stats diminish when considering the affect of 750 Words. Writing daily lengthens thoughts, teaches word and sentence efficiency and sentence rhythm, and calms my head and heart. Thanks for offering the 750 Words for my expression, learning, and purpose.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 04
1 cup
Multiple reminders to write

I’ve been having a terrible time remembering to write since I’ve gotten out of the habit. I have the one reminder email, but could we set multiple reminders to ourselves throughout the day? I think this would be useful to me as most days my one reminder works, but on weekends and vacations when my schedule is interrupted I could use two or three more reminders!

New Feature Request Note from Danielle Stillman-Diederich on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup

I’m not good at sticking to things, and I know that 11 days isn’t a big deal to most people, but I feel like the 11 days I have been on this streak I have been better able to focus, more centered, and more productive. It’s a fantastic feeling and it’s really working for me.

Testimonial Note from Anne Griffin on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from GK on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup

love <3

Double Down on Charity Note from Sofia M. on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Meredith Mizell on Sat, Mar 03
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Meredith Mizell on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup

One month of writing daily. That was amazing. I’m a writer who’s left writing for other pursuits and came back when I found 750 Words. Through the February Challenge, I finished and submitted my first short story in about 2 years! Waiting for publication. And I love my Blue Horse!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Julia Sinn on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup

Most people that get to know me say “You should write!” “You have so many stories!” and I should. I have always written pieces and a little of our family history and have some great letters that expressed the time, situation and place, but these were scattered, in drawers, lost or whatever. Since starting with 750Words.com, I use it to tell a story, or a chapter, or an event, and I have been using the ALL CAPS: TO MAKE TITLES that organize. Not everyday, some days I just muse and talk about the day. But I am writing, and collecting pieces. Pieces could make a book. So I am closer than I have ever been to collecting the stories of my life. The everyday necessity of it is good discipline for me, an undisciplined person. My typing has gotten more flow to it, getting my thoughts down is easy. I have used diaries and other things, but this is getting it done for me. I am excited about the future with this!
I am in my 70’s. My time to write is now!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Chiles on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from GK on Sat, Mar 03
4 cups

Thanks so much for this site! Writing every day helps me clear my mind. And cheers to everyone who’s writing!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jessica C. on Sat, Mar 03
1 cup
Yearly vacation without breaking a streak

I know the whole idea of a streak is writing a set amount of days in a row, and yet the idea of a vacation is to not have to do such things. I leave civilization for a month each year. No TV, no computer, no Internet access… and of course that would mean losing the current writing streak here at 750words… unless it was possible to define a certain timespan of absence for which the streak is temporarily suspended. It’s a feature that could be abused, of course, yet I hope the suggestion is considered. To minimize abuse the feature could be limited to a single use each year, It would be a very welcome feature addition to the site.

New Feature Request Note from Bob Axell on Fri, Mar 02
4 cups

Thanks

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Mar 02
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Priya Chandra on Fri, Mar 02