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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Double Down on Charity Note from claudia on Wed, May 25
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Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Wed, May 25
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Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Tue, May 24
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Privacy Policy

Like most other sites that gather personal information, this site should have an official policy detailing how our information, personal writing and stats will be used. I would really like to see a guarantee that none of it will ever be shared or seen by anyone with the exception of aggregated, impersonal stats. The policy should also explain how long our data is kept on the server after account deletion.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 24
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Double Down on Charity Note from Glenn Archer on Tue, May 24
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This is an awsome site, I had trouble writing my morning pages in notebooks. Thanks for creating this for people like me!

Testimonial Note from Lids Crhak Knox on Tue, May 24
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It is currently exam season at University and the last thing anyone wants to do is revise. We are all looking for ways to motivate ourselves and with two jobs and a very busy life, this is especially true for me.

I have always been a great believer in self improvement and this site, which I found early last year, sounded like a fantastic concept to me. I try and write every day, however when I forget I get very annoyed at myself and don’t write for a week or so.

In those few days I don’t write though, there is a noticable difference. A large mind cloud lurching over me day and night that I never noticed was there before 750words, and now every morning before a lecture or before hours of studying, I log onto 750 words and clear all the junk out of my head. Then I am ready to fill it up again!

Testimonial Note from Clark Sirl on Tue, May 24
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More badges for accomplishments

There’s a number of things I’d love to see develop further — an iPad interface, the possibility to use tags in one’s notes (… and, er, perhaps even the use of footnotes? I realize I’m probably the only sad, academic writer to conceivably aspire to those in my morning pages, but a girl can hope, right?!) In the short run, though, I’ve found the badges to be very motivating and would love to see a few more: A three-week one, perhaps, or one that could fit snugly between the “30 day” and “100 day” accomplishments, a badge for writing consistently more than 1,000 words, etc. I realize at some point habit takes over, but for those of us who (like yours truly) are motivated by pretty colors and shiny stickers, a few more badges would spell even more writer-ly happiness!

New Feature Vote from ME Doerfler on Mon, May 23
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I am on my 22nd day of the May Monthly Challenge. I’ve tried and tried and never made it this far before. Just being able to empty my mind of things that are bothering me helps me to get on withy my day. So thank you, Buster, from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to making it to the 31st!

Testimonial Note from Chris Stachura on Sun, May 22
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I’ve posted before about writing daily on 750words.com. I’ve been journaling for over 30yrs and writing daily for almost 3yrs. Writing online at 750words has been a major change and one I truly enjoy. Today, I passed 200,000 words of daily writing since Aug 2010. That’s roughly the equivalent of 2 novels. I feel I’ve really accomplished something. For years, journaling was that accomplishment. Now, it’s daily writing. I’ve metabolized it – writing every morning is part of who I am. Many days, the writing is just drivel. But on some days, there are flashes of insight, self discovery, problem solving, brainstorming, emotional venting. It’s a creative space for me and has added greater value to my life that I could have anticipated. I’m a daily writer for like. Thank you to Margaret Hamlin, my high school English teacher that started me journaling. Thank you to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, who got me started with daily writing. And thank you to Buster Benson for creating 750words.com.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 20
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Improve the Today page

It would be great to see the dominant stats along the site of the whole 750 community. Like ‘feeling mostly’, etc.

New Feature Vote from Andrew Baerthel on Tue, May 17
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More badges for accomplishments

Although the site is 750, it would be great to have more behaviour badges, especially the 10 day ones. Like challenging people to write over 1000 words for 10 days, over 2000 words for 10 days, 3000 words for 10 days and things like that.

Other behaviour related suggestions could be a badge for a 10 day streak of any of the mindset or other stats. Example “Thinker” badge for someone who is dominantly a thinker for 10 days or more, etc.

I like challenges personally, so any way that badges can inspire us to do more, to enjoy our process of writing and reflecting more would be awesome. I already really appreciate the structure you have given us for writing and reflection. Lots of gratitude!

Thanks.
Andrew

New Feature Vote from Andrew Baerthel on Tue, May 17
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I thought I had become one of those self-motivated people who writes every day just for the sake of writing. Then I discovered new badges to earn! Who knew little badges could be so rewarding? Thanks Buster for giving me something new to strive for!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Tue, May 17
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750words has helped me develop the habit of journaling daily. I have tried various times to start and maintain a daily writing habit but did not persist. Now with 750words I just passed my 100 day streak!

Testimonial Note from Mark McFadden on Tue, May 17
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Double Down on Charity Note from Dawn McWilliams on Mon, May 16
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Yesterday, I hit 400,000 words. This still seems unreal (I laugh when I hit these milestones) even though this is now as much a part of me as brushing my teeth or riding my bike — and I skip doing those sometimes! It’s amazing what 750words has given me — inner peace, a nonjudgmental place to work through issues, a reasonable spot to be embarrassingly giddy, something to look to when I feel like I can never accomplish long-term goals. I can. And I know I can because I have this hilarious record and animal badges, and strangely, it means the world to me.

Testimonial Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Mon, May 16
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Double Down on Charity Note from Sarah Tuck on Mon, May 16
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Sarah Tuck on Mon, May 16
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Thank you for this amazing site. Everything is easier when I begin a day with writing 750 words. After years of trying to handwrite my “three-pages a day,” this site has finally helped me to become successful. I love the badges and the little X in the box at the top of the page.

Testimonial Note from Amy L. on Sun, May 15
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Metadata display ranges and 3 other suggestions

1. In the metadata comparison chart, enable the compared data to be on a second Y-axis.
2. More importantly, allow a manual setting range for displaying each metadata item.
For example, I want to compare my weight over time with the number of items of crap that I’ve eaten daily. So I might have 100.8 (kg) on the one axis, and this is only ever going to change by … say 10kg over a period of months/years. When compared with 0 to 15 items of crap eaten a day, on the same axis the visual is meaningless because the amounts are so vastly different. I’d like to have a simple axes min and max box for each item that is saved in my settings or somewhere. So for my weight I might put a max at 105kg, and a min at 85kg (apparently my ideal weight), and for my Crapeaten metadata, I might have the range from 0 to infinity.
When I now see these two together over time, I can see trends and cause-effect patterns.
Some other range might see the minimum as -10 and the max as +10 (eg a rating scale).
3. You might also create a little window in the top right of the writing page called TRACKER or CHECK-IN and there our metadata check-in can happen without affecting the word count or the analysis of mood etc. I had seen my swearing, negative and anger ratings unusually high because of my metadata name being CRAPEATEN and then talking about the number of “serves of crap” that I had consumed…
LOVE this site (and Health Month). Thank you.
4. P.S. sounds peculiar, but consider creating an affiliate program. Credit them 10-20% of anything spent by those they introduce. Perhaps they can use it for cups, donations, buying lives, patronage, … etc… or in case of an uncontrollable influx of cash, you could even send them a cheque… :)

New Feature Request Note from Tim Wade on Sun, May 15
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I am loving this site. I have succeeded in completing a i month challenge and have written over sixty five thousand words in a timescale that I never thought would be possible for me. I am also recovering from my depression which I have had for years. I feel ten years younger. Thank you so much for this. I won’t be able to keep up my streak beyond fifty days or so this time because I will be away from the technology on holiday bit no matter I will go for 100000 words instead and restart my streak in pursuit of that. I hope everyone else is getting as much out of this as I am. Keep typing!

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Sun, May 15
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Ding on 750

I write with my eyes closed much of the time – it helps with the not judging what I’m writing, and just letting it flow. It would be nice to have some kind of gentle audio alert when I reached 750 words, so that I wouldn’t have to keep checking with my eyeballs, and just keep going…

New Feature Request Note from Marc Majcher on Sat, May 14
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Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Sat, May 14
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Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Marek on Fri, May 13
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Ability to plan days without internet access

I love this place. Because it forces me to take time for myself at least 20 minutes every day. I am now up to 66 days… and I am so proud of myself. But I don’t know what I’m doing to do when I’m on vacation next summer, with no access to an internet connection. Will I lose my streak? It means to much to me. Buster… can’t you do something about people like me? Like allow us to determine in advance the days we won’t have internet access, and not lose our streak for these days… And we could have a yearly limit, like 10 days or something…

New Feature Request Note from Lea Woolf on Thu, May 12
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Welp, I had a nice little testimonial written up, but it locked me out and I lost it. Here’s to saying that despite its little quirks, 750words.com is still the best thing out there, and I love it to pieces!

Testimonial Note from Jessie Sven on Thu, May 12
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Buster,

Thanks again for putting together and maintaining this site. It has been a great experience for me to come here daily for the last some odd eight months or so and be able to practice the craft of writing. I sometimes read through the notes that others have left for you and am amazed at all the things that people ‘want’ to make the site ‘better’. At some point, I would hope that they realize that while all the badges, stats and other things are nice, it really is about just writing. So just write. Thanks again for your hard work in keeping the site running!

Ronn

Testimonial Note from Ronn Reeger on Thu, May 12
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awesome, motivational, I almost reach the 100, 000 words and I feel great with myself, having achieved the discipline and sticking with it. Love this site.. and the bagdes.. it keeps you going and going..

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, May 12
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I started out writing my words today feeling bad, and halfway through I was feeling WORSE. Nothing was good about my life. Then I found myself trying to save myself by listing small things that are good (example: penguins). Then somewhere along the line I was thinking about how I wanted to reorganize and ramp up my charitable giving plan, and around 1000 words later my mood isn’t wonderful, but it’s better than before I started writing, and I didn’t think I’d achieve that today. It seems like a little thing to say “My day was a bit better after 750 words,” but it’s a little thing that makes all the difference.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Alys Lindholm on Wed, May 11
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Some tweaks for words per minute stats

Right now, the Eternity page seems to count Words Per Minute as an overall thing—including idle time. This is unkind to writers who like to type their entry and then come back later in the day to add more, as it factors in those extra hours between writing. On individual pages, there’s a distinction made, between total time and “time actually writing”. Why not only factor in the latter for the Eternity page, giving us a more accurate picture of how fast we type rather than just how long we have the browser window open versus how much we type?

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Wed, May 11