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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More badges for accomplishments

While writing the text is its own reward, I’m sure you could think of more badges to award diligent writers. Out of the top of my head: writing 1000 words 10 days in a row; having a diverse vocabulary; not cutting&pasting text for 10 days; computing readibility scores (some are very easy to calculate) and awarding the most readable texts (this could also be part of the statistics page…); etc.

New Feature Vote from Daniel Jorge Viegas Gonçalves on Mon, Feb 21
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Shock the monkey?

Could you develop a way to send small electric shocks to people who aren’t writing enough? I would find that helpful as long as it doesn’t permanently injure my gadgets or my brain.

New Feature Request Note from Andrew Haukebo on Mon, Feb 21
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a big fan of the badges and I’m willing to bet that with all the data/numbers you follow, you can derive some additional ones to reward positive writing behavior.

New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Mon, Feb 21
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Secure server for writing

With the sort of “private, unfiltered, spontaneous” writing we’re doing here, it’d be scary to imagine our words getting out!

New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Mon, Feb 21
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You guys rock! Keep it up through March :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Angela Gunn on Mon, Feb 21
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An iPhone/iPad app

I love the site, but a native iPad app would be cool for sitting around a coffee shop banging out my daily 750.

Rock on Buster!

New Feature Vote from Walton Jones on Mon, Feb 21
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I’m new to the site but am determined to get maximum points in March. So congrats to February’s winner — I’m adding in my two cups to the prize package. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Denise Small Kelley on Mon, Feb 21
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I just broke my run of 105 days due to illness. I thought I would be devastated about having to start again. The me from 106 days ago would have been.

I don’t mind that I am an egg again. I will hit 100,000 words soon and I am proud of myself getting this far.

I started out on this site thinking that using my computer was cheating and the only way to do morning pages was on paper. I was wrong. This feels so right!

Thanks for a great site.

Testimonial Note from Dennis Woodruff on Mon, Feb 21
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Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from Samantha Wheeler on Mon, Feb 21
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I’m not even sure where I heard about 750 Words, but I have to tell you it has really changed my outlook on writing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, a serious writer, and have always known that the key to actually becoming that writer is to just sit down and do it. Writing for a little bit each day, just getting words down on paper is a huge help, even if it’s just a journal entry it helps. So I continue to come back here and enter monthly contests and try to win as many badges as I can and look forward to writing every day, to seeing that little green box pop up up in the corner of the screen to let me know that I’ve succeeded in my daily goal.

Thank you, 750 Words. You have no idea how much you’ve helped me!

Testimonial Note from Phoenix Maddow on Sun, Feb 20
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750 has really given me a chance to just write it out as they say, move through, around and past my worries and celebrate what is good too. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Lauren Shannon on Sun, Feb 20
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Love wins.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Starfighter Simon on Sat, Feb 19
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Today my stats page told me I was upset and I wrote mostly about death, haha! I was only musing on the origin of morality and the nature of humanity. But it does sound more hardcore to say I was upset about death. 750 Words, you are great.

Testimonial Note from Jay on Sat, Feb 19
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Flim Flam on Sat, Feb 19
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Flim Flam on Sat, Feb 19
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Ah! 750 words!
Some days you’re like pulling teeth. I curse your word count and bang the typewriter like an ape. My thoughts refuse to flow.
Some days you’re easy breezy, a joyful outpouring of unihibited brilliance. Twenty minutes and I’m done, no problem.
Every day you’re worth it.
Dear 750 words: I love you. Passionately. I am sticking with you for better or for worse.
Have two cups. It’s the least I can do to say thank you.

Testimonial Note from Richard Porter on Sat, Feb 19
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What started out as a challenge has turned into a wonderful habit. I look forward to sitting quietly with a cup of tea and my thoughts every day, and have realized that writing has helped me to understand myself better, work through problems or challenges and be a calmer and saner person. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Rosanna Casper on Sat, Feb 19
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Spirituality Vs. Religion

I LOVE this site and you for building it! Thank you. Here is my request: please consider changing the label Religion to Spirituality. (I obviously some “baggage” around that word.) Keep up the great work.

New Feature Request Note from Paula HIll on Fri, Feb 18
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750words is a necessary start every day for my dissertation writing. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anne-Marie Strohman on Thu, Feb 17
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This site is amazing! The game-inspired features have me coming back every day and forces me to have about 15 minutes a day to reflect on what’s going on. Since I’ve started using the site I’ve had a clearer head throughout the day, been able to focus more on work and tasks, and have been able to more clearly articulate my goals. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Lauren P on Thu, Feb 17
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Thu, Feb 17
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Tagging

I’m sure this may have already been requested in some form, but I’d like to tag my daily entries and be able to pull up all entries by tag. If I am musing about a book or short story idea, I’d love to tag it as such. Multiple tags would also be nice, because Lord knows I’ve rambled through several topics during one sitting. You could then create individual tag clouds or daily clouds or tag clouds based on different types of people, etc. I think that would be the coolest result of instituting a tagging system.

Thanks for your hard work. I have just recently found 750 words and it’s been wonderful for my focus and just as a reminder that I do indeed really want to be a write someday! :)

Thanks,
Jeff

New Feature Request Note from Jeff Waggett on Wed, Feb 16
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I’ve just recently seen my 100 days and my 100,000 word badges appear on my status page. I cannot believe that I actually have followed through with this. They say it takes 66 days to create a habit and I am glad that this is one of mine now. It definitely helps keep me in better spirits when I can work out things in my life without having to share it with the entire world.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Moira K Guthrie on Tue, Feb 15
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Over the past 8 or 9 years, I’ve become passionate about NaNoWriMo for the writing discipline it gives me during November. But I also ran out of steam in December…
Last year, I was introduced to 750words.com, and although I didn’t manage to write every day in December and January, I’m so far acing February’s challenge and I’m loving the discipline that writing my 750 words brings to my paid writing work as well as my personal writing.
So I wrote a brief love note to / review of 750words.com yesterday (Valentine’s Day): http://sharp-words.co.uk/personal/2011/02/750-words-to-get-me-going/

Testimonial Note from Catherine Sharp on Tue, Feb 15
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I really enjoy 750 words! It clears my mind, let’s me express myself and ramble. I am so glad I found this site. :0

Testimonial Note from Kim Seamon Lautman on Tue, Feb 15
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Today's writers - nearest first

It would be great if we could apply a geolocation filter to show today’s writers in order of physical distance – this could encourage new real world friendships, collaboration, even boost the sales at our local coffee shops!

New Feature Request Note from Robin Layfield on Tue, Feb 15
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Secure server for writing

After reading about a customer who lost his Flickr content, and having an experience myself this month losing my work on Popplet.com, I’m desiring some redundancies with 750words to back up my work and make me sleep easier. What about automated secure email backups? The content could be zipped and password protected. Or sync with Google Docs?

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Mon, Feb 14
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I have grown to depend on 750words.com. It’s part of the routine, even when the routine sometimes means writing with an hour left in the day, or within an hour of waking. I have killed time waiting for meetings by dumping my thoughts into 750words. I have learned to go here when my brain hurts. I feel like I can write with abandon here, and it’s impacting my writing elsewhere. FLOW HAPPENS and that’s what Julia Cameron intended and Buster made accessible. Thanks to both of you, but, really, thanks to you Buster (Julia doesn’t respond to my emails).

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Mon, Feb 14
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I used to journal in my moleskine, but somedays I’d forget it at home or not have enough time to scribble something down , but with this site it’s so easy to just jump on while I’m doing something else and finish my post for the day.

By writing here, its helped me to figure out some things on my own without having to talk to someone else about it which is great when it deals with personal issues.

I’ve told everyone I know about this site, since I believe its such an awesome tool to help yourself with.

Testimonial Note from Phillip Han on Sun, Feb 13
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You rock and I thank you for your dedication to the site. I had an issue and it was resolved faster than a speeding bullet. Thank you!!!

Double Down on Charity Note from Jim Storey on Sun, Feb 13