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

My first month, I hit every day but one. Tomorrow will mark the last day of my second month — this WILL BE a “no miss” month. Next month, I’m upping my ante — will aim for 1000 words everyday. I LOVE this site!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Watts on Wed, Jun 29
1 cup

I really enjoy using 750words.com it has helped me get into the habit of writing and has also helped me get my head in a better place than it was. I have also suggested to colleagues that the site could be used by students to create a private reflective diary each day. I think that would work well and help then get the habit of critical reflection.

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Tue, Jun 28
4 cups
Away From The Internet

Sometimes you can look ahead and see that in October (for example) there’s going to be a week or more when you’re not going to have access to the Internet, and so are not going to be able to add your 750 words every day – even if you’re writing them.

It would be great if there could be an Away From The Internet feature that lets you book a specific number of days in advance, and allows you on return to the Internet to post your 750 words for each of those days. This feature could even be paid for with Cups of Patronage, so it would be only accessible to people who have already invested a lot of time in writing for this site.

Obviously I know I keep writing! But I’ll never get my Astronaut badge at this rate and it makes me SAD.

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Jun 28
5 cups
Turn it up

Perhaps a setting that would allow the users to set their word-count threshold a little higher? The baseline would of course be 750 words but it would be nice to add words (say 250 words at a time) like a weightlifter adding additional weights as he gets stronger…

There is nothing to stop us writing more at the moment of course, but I think the ability to raise the bar for oneself in this manner would very much be in the spirit of the site.

New Feature Request Note from Chris Limb on Tue, Jun 28
1 cup

750 Words has been an amazing jumpstart to my book that I’m working on. More importantly, it’s forced me to think outside of my normal writing comfort zone on the days I’m not working on the book. That’s about as much as anything on the Internet has done for me in awhile. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Paul Edmon Graham on Mon, Jun 27
1 cup
Friends you are following improvement

This site is great! Part of the reason a few of us are using this site is to monitor each other’s progress with writing, but in reality the site does not make that easy. Would it be possible to improve the “people you are following” feature for the patrons? It is very difficult to find people, and even when you are following them, they are only available if they finished their words on the same day you did. It would make the feature much more user friendly if we could have their names or some easier way to follow them. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Holly Norton on Sun, Jun 26
3 cups

I’ve been writing morning pages since the mid-90s. I was delighted to find 750words.com. On my 100th day of writing I hit 100,000 words! I love the badges, the daily email encouragement, and the feeling of being among many other daily writers.

Double Down on Charity Note from Steven L Johnson on Sun, Jun 26
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I’m interested in this because sometimes I cannot get to my computer. I would like it if there was an app for my mobile phone that would use less battery power than using the website. I found this out the hard way during a power outage a few days ago. An application would have made my battery last longer than using the website through my mobile phone.

I do request that, if this is put into existence, that an Android app is made as well. I am an Android user and I think there are others who use Android as well. Plus, you’ll get even more people using it and be even more kickass.

Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Jun 26
1 cup
API

Thanks so much for the site, Buster! It really helps to keep up with the practice of the “morning pages” by providing external motivation to continue.

My most wanted new feature is the API – it would be very useful for everyone who crossposts entries between different blogs or prefers to write in an external editor. It doesn’t have to be complicated because there’s only one required function – posting an entry (either replacing the current one or appending to it – or both modes). Editing, browsing old entries, viewing stats and such can be added later but mostly for eye candy.

[edit] I see there’s quite a few requests for standalone applications; an API would kill a few birds with one stone, as these requests will eventually get fulfilled by the users with programming skills ;)

New Feature Request Note from Diane on Sat, Jun 25
4 cups

I joined 62 days ago and I wrote 62 days. It is great for me to keep up during a time that long, really. And I practice my English, which is amusing as well. The Month challenges are really fun, at least for me. I always told myself ‘take it day by day’ and ended up not doing anything. Now, I tell myself ‘take it month by month’ and I complete it. That’s a nice change! I love 750words and I will use it for both my Nanowrimo camp and actual Nanowrimo. And I will try to keep going for a long time.

So yeah, thank you!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Audrey Pomerleau-Lalongé on Sat, Jun 25
1 cup

I can put all my crazy here so other people don’t have to see it all… unrefined.

Testimonial Note from Pat Wiedorn on Wed, Jun 22
2 cups

After about a month off for no good reason, I’m back in the saddle and writing again. I’m inspired already, and want to show it with this note. Thanks for the wonderful site and the impetus to get me writing again!

Testimonial Note from Ross Goldberg on Wed, Jun 22
2 cups

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, I know you can make it through at least a one month challenge. In the beginning I never would have considered myself a writer, but here I am now on a 53+ day streak.

Good luck too all the challenge runners.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Peter Tangney on Wed, Jun 22
3 cups

What a wonderful challenge you have met! Don’t stop here though. There is still more life to be lived and written about.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lynn Forster on Wed, Jun 22
1 cup

This site has really helped me think and clear my mind. I haven’t been writing every day, but it is becoming a more regular habit. Thanks for creating a site that offers a simple and effective way of writing (nearly) every day.

Testimonial Note from DD Scribbler on Wed, Jun 22
1 cup

24 Days and counting. When my Japanese daughter introduced me to it I thought, “No way!” “Impossible!” but then I started. I have had writer’s block with my new Novel – Saga for months. After two days of writing emotional catharsis junk I decided to start the day with 750 words towards the book. Now I am addicted and have hit the 83000 word mark. nearly 44 000 in three weeks! Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Ralpapajan Thurman on Tue, Jun 21
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Judy Jayne on Tue, Jun 21
1 cup
seed words

Sometimes as I’m writing, especially as I finish up writing for the day, I have in mind another topic I’d like to write about, and it would be cool if that could be sent as part of the daily nudge. Something like this: when a writer navigates away from the writing page, a little pop-up asks for a seed word (or words? but there would have to be a limit, say 3-5 words), then the next day’s daily nudge includes that seed word. OR the seed word could appear in a pop-up at the start of the next writing session, though I guess that might be a bit trickier to implement.

This feature could be used also as a motivational carrot. Maybe you only get the pop-up if you’re already on at least a 2-day streak.

That’s my idea!

New Feature Request Note from Judy Jayne on Tue, Jun 21
1 cup
A better mobile site

It’s particularly frustrating on an ipad which has the capability to have a nice experience with the regular site, but switches to mobile. In particular, not being able to navigate through past days of writing.

New Feature Vote from N Silas Munro on Mon, Jun 20
1 cup

I started writing everyday 70 days ago. This site has really helped me write down all my thoughts. I use it to talk about recipes that I cooked the night before, trips that I have taken and mostly how I feel. Without this site I don’t think I would have written all 70 of these days. Thank you Buster for this amazing site!

Testimonial Note from Brett Jason Miller on Mon, Jun 20
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Sharon Sun on Sun, Jun 19
1 cup

Today is my 60th day writing and I can’t begin to express how much this site has helped me not only clear my mind, but feel a sense of accomplishment.

I started this site just to see if I could actually write every day. Obviously, I can but now instead of feeling like I have to I feel like it’s part of me. Each morning 750 Words is part of routine and helps me clear my head and get my thoughts in order.

It’s a great place to come each morning.

Testimonial Note from Sean O'Brien on Sun, Jun 19
1 cup

I owe this cos I missed a day by about four words at the stroke of midnight so I flunked out of the one month challenge as well.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Pete Przyszlak on Sat, Jun 18
1 cup
750words App?

My fiancee and I would love to see an app for 750words to use on our phones. We can access the website on them but it would be nice to have something that is formatted specifically for mobile use so we don’t always have to copy and paste from our note systems on our phones to the site. Also, in cases like our recent move when we didn’t have net access via a pc, it would be a huge relief to be able to do our daily words on our phones instead.

New Feature Request Note from Hannah Miller on Fri, Jun 17
1 cup

I Love 750Words!
A perfect place to keep track of everything running around in my mind each day and the ideal place to vent. I’ve always wanted to keep a journal and this is the perfect way to do it. The badges are great too.

Testimonial Note from Jason Shep on Fri, Jun 17
1 cup

I am an entrepreneur and currently in a mental block about a new business proposal. I recently began seeing a creativity coach and she suggested that I begin writing Morning Papers. She gave me a brief overview of the idea but I wanted a little more information so I did a web search on Morning Papers. The search yielded this website. I did “a look and see” and thought it was an excellent way to write what I think in a secure environment. I have been writing everyday this week and enjoy it. The writing analysis is a cool tool to have. It gives one a cursory overview of one’s mindset for the day. As a goodwill gesture I became a patron today. I am proud I found this site. After almost a week of writing I can feel the clutter leaving my mind.

Testimonial Note from Mike Brimberry on Fri, Jun 17
1 cup
new Badge every 30 days

it can be more motivation to get a new badge each 30 days like with names of the months in greek or something like that

New Feature Request Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, Jun 16
1 cup

feel better than ever after writing more than 100 days on a streak

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Thu, Jun 16
1 cup
intuitive stats

Either change the red/green coloring on the stats page to align with what people expect (green is good, red is bad) or pick two different colors so that the ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ meaning of the colors is easier to understand.

New Feature Request Note from Crystle Pishon on Wed, Jun 15
4 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 15