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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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Natalia Marek on Sun, Mar 11
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More badges for accomplishments

Genre badges, more behavior badges, anything for more badges! They’re seriously fun and very motivating.

New Feature Vote from Alexandra Berryhill on Sun, Mar 11
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I want to inspire the site caretakers to take care of my grouses…….
Thanks for having so many fun features on this site, they have kept me going as I passed Phoenix and head for Pterodactyl!
Now my grouse note:
I wish my deleted-before-writing dates would go away instead of staying on the list under Settings: Schedule Time Off.
I wish my two latest badges were next to the others instead of being isolated two rows down and to the left of all the others.
I wish I appeared, even once, in the “People writing this month” “Updated hourly”: I have checked back once an hour all day long, hoping to see my name and never see it. Ah, that hunger to have my name up in lights! How is this list updated, from the top or from the bottom?
I wish there were a few badges between the long-spaced ones (yes, lots of badges in the early days motivate us to get hooked on writing daily, but gold-star-junkies need a few more often). Maybe if we use FICTION or NON-FICTION metatags we would get a badge after a certain number of entries, not necessarily consecutive.
And my fifth wish was granted as I hit 100 days and the Phoenix Badge = my local weather appears on my stats page now = HAPPY!
Thanks for all your work on a site that has taken me back to being a writer!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Mar 11
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Thank you, Buster. This is a great site.

Testimonial Note from Darlene on Sun, Mar 11
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An iPhone/iPad app

Hi Buster, thank you so much for 750 words. It’s a fantastic site and I’m often referring friends and colleagues to you.

Have you thought about doing a commercial version of 750 words for bloggers and authors? I type my blog posts on 750 words because it’s distraction free and I like getting the feedback on what words I’m using and whether I’m “I” or “you” focussed and Past/present/future, but the only downside is that many blog posts are only 300 words so don’t trigger the stats. I think many bloggers and even journalists would get a lot of value of using 750 words and you could be providing it to these professionals on a subscription service.

Anyway, ther’s my two cents worth (or rather one cup worth).

Cheers,

Jenny

New Feature Vote from Jenny Vandyke on Sat, Mar 10
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rachel Tapley on Sat, Mar 10
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Genre Badges

Fiction Badge

Ainy Rainwater suggested a set of Fiction badges for number of consecutive days writing fiction. It could be keyed to a “FICTION” metatag. Go one further, 750words team, create Genre Badges, for fiction, non-fiction, and whatever writers here ask for. I’d love it! It would make a writing project sing!

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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Settling my mind as my fingers pump out 750 words, I say thanks for all it took by Buster & The Team to make a site that enables me to really Do It! I love following others here who have big badges and write and share their stats, too. We’re a little gang, the 33% of us who make it through each month and I love being with you all!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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Wearing my Phoenix Badge on my FB Timeline CoverPhoto, I feel on top of the world; like a reward, the weather stat appeared on my stats page on the day I made 100 days in a row! So Happy! 750words a day was insurmountable for the first month or two → such a struggle. Being a Badge Junkie, a few badges later I found a word garden blossoming every day and I looked forward to writing first thing every morning. At a writing event last night I was so happy to find I had written for the entire 10 minutes of the exercise! And it was good! So I am back to being a writer, after illness and a move and disruption, I am back, thanks to 750words! Now to follow through on my promise for finishing February = If I succeed, I will… treat myself to a publishing challenge! I have the project ready, now to write it. I’m a writer! Thanks Buster & all the Team

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Mar 10
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This site has helped me get a consistent writing practice. Thank you!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Thu, Mar 08
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More badges for accomplishments

A way to reset/clear the badges and re-earn them after you fall from a great height (like after 100 days…) so that it’s more fun. I have to admit I am way too motivated by little graphics like badges!

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Thu, Mar 08
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I was doing really well with 750 words last year with well over 100 days straight of writing, when I had to go to an area that had unstable internet connectivity. Sum result was that I went back to being an egg and found it difficult to re-motivate to write. But eventually with help from my avid 750 words writing wife I have and am well on the way to having my Phoenix rise again. I support and thank you for the innovation of being able to schedule time off for when I head back overseas to such internet unstable locations.

Testimonial Note from Darrell May on Thu, Mar 08
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Fiction Badge

I know a lot of people (like me) use this for fiction as well as journaling. Not all fiction writers do NaNo, so how about a set of Fiction badges for number of consecutive days writing fiction. It could be keyed to a “FICTION” metatag.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 08
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I achieved quite a few badges, and was at 187 days – on my way to a Pterodactyl badge, when a long day of flying and jet lag led to a missed day. So now I am a turkey again, and will slowly work my way through badge after badge until I arrive at a new one. I am so thankful to have a site such as this that inspires me to achieve, even after a small setback!!!!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Stewart on Thu, Mar 08
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I joined at the closing of NaNoWriMo, with a yearning to continue writing. That was 100 days ago! I knew I could do it, but seeing my albatross turn into a phoenix gives me such a thrill! I found the rhythm of writing and didn’t worry about getting my needed words most of the time. There were a few times when I came close to missing my days, but it never actually happened, even when I was at a convention. I found a routine that works for me. I prefer writing in the wee hours to any other time. I find that when I write after midnight and then go to bed I wake up refreshed and my mind positive and abuzz with creativity.

I am so grateful that Buster created this site. It has given me much joy and has been a major tool for my healing. I am getting to the point where I am ready to venture outward with my writing. I yearn to share my writing and this writing routine has helped me face my feelings of insecurity. I wish everyone happy writing! You can do this!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Redelle Carey on Thu, Mar 08
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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More badges for accomplishments

Definitely more badges…

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

For sure…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 05
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Pteradactyl achieved… it can be done…

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