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

2 cups

July is a splendid month. If you succeeded in writing 750 words a day for each of the 31 days, you will have written at least 23250 words – that’s nearly half a novel! Well done you.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Yonmei onIJ on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup
adjustable writing space width

instead of fixed width on a daily writing session, let users set the width themselves, so that those who prefer to expand their browser to full screen can also write their words all across the screen. one benefit is that writers can use a large font and still see all 750 words on the screen without having to scroll up and down. another benefit is that writing in full screen removes distractions. or for people who keep several windows open at the same time, adjustable width would allow for a more narrow writing space so that people can consult other windows on their screen while writing at the same time.

New Feature Request Note from Jesse Hession Grayman on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

I am so proud of myself for completing the May challenge. It was my first month-long challenge but it certainly won’t my last.
I am also proud to support such a rewarding and inspirational site. Thank-you Buster, it seems the internet can be a powerful force for good after all.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anita Carter on Wed, Jun 01
6 cups

This was my promise should I complete the May One Month Challenge, which I am pleased to say I did. This has been a remarkable journey. Thank you for having created this site. The opportunity it has afforded me to organize my thoughts has led to greater creativity and productivity in other areas of my life. I’m happy to be able to share this bounty with others.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth Wendy on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

I have become a person that thinks more before acting or saying things since I have wrote that morning about it before it actually happens..
… or I write at nights what I did not like what happened that day..
.750words is the tool to analyze my day to day activities and helps me to become a better person.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Wed, Jun 01
5 cups
Offline writing

I’m an albatross again (yay!) after losing my phoenix to traveling, where I didn’t have access to the internet for a couple of weeks. Someone suggested an Evernote-style program that syncs with the server next time you get online. I like this idea.

New Feature Request Note from Jay on Tue, May 31
1 cup
Share your 750 words

I don’t know exactly, but I am curious about how other people use 750- what does everybody write about every night? I would like to see a feature where people have the option of sharing their output on a given day.

New Feature Request Note from Peter Tuite on Tue, May 31
1 cup

I just finished the May challenge successfully. Nice to finish something for once- thanks for the opportunity!

Testimonial Note from Peter Tuite on Tue, May 31
4 cups

Well, May was mostly a bust for me as I skipped days and forgot others so I am back to try again to get moving for June. Since I was so out of it for May, I want to send a little more to charity…

Double Down on Charity Note from Elizabeth Weiden Philipbar on Tue, May 31
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Tue, May 31
1 cup

Great work!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Angela Gunn on Tue, May 31
1 cup

I just finished the May Monthly Challenge. I’m feeling terribly accomplished and fantastically good about myself, so here’s a cup raised to my fellow finish-liners, and to those who didn’t quite make it, and to everyone who’s signed up for next month. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Simon Crowley on Tue, May 31
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I haven’t searched around in the forums, so excuse me if this has already been addressed. But I would like the option to separate my journal-keeping from any fiction writing I do. Although I find it interesting to read the stats about my fiction (what I’m concerned about, etc.), I don’t like that it mixes overall with my journal entries. Can we give our writing a simple label?
Otherwise, I love the site. I didn’t finish the first day I started and have gone for 49 straight days since. Or is it 45?
I do get too competitive and caught up in my WPM. I wish I could cut that feature off in my brain at times, slow down and create. But I usually can’t.
Thanks for the encouragement to write,
Jeff

New Feature Vote from Jeff Dowdy on Mon, May 30
1 cup

Sheez, I’ve worked through some really bad writing here, and it’s been a lifesaver. I’ve also untangled a few piles of emotional coat hangers by just showing up and puking on the page.

Thanks Buster for a terrific, simple tool to do the thing that writers fear the most: TO WRITE.

Testimonial Note from Jason Barmer on Mon, May 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

With my gaming that I do, I’ve become a bit of an achievement nut. I try to get every single one the game has to offer. Needless to say that when I saw all the badges I could get from here when I signed up, I thought “challenge accepted” I suppose if more badges were to be added I would personally have more increments to the writing streaks. The first three were pretty good but after you get to 30 days, it seems like a rather daunting task. Not that validation is the only thing driving me to write, but splitting the difference between some of the larger gaps may be reassuring.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It’d be nice for an iPhone/iPad app because in the event that I forget to write in the morning or if I get side tracked, I can at least write at work on my iPad. The only thing I’m skeptical about is if it would actually register. I’d be kind of bummed if I entered something on the app and it didn’t transfer over which then made me miss a day. But I’d definitely consider buying it if it was a paid app.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 30
1 cup
Monthly Challenge and/or Day Streak Forgiveness

Okay, I know I’m not the only person here who has felt absolutely TERRIBLE when they miss a day in either the Monthly Challenge or just in general and instantly, there goes that X amount of days streak. Sometimes, real life gets in the way and it’s out of our control.
With that said, I suggest that there be a feature implemented for this site to “forgive” us for missing a single day. Only one, lest people take advantage! So whether the “punishment” to make up for the previous day be writing double or triple the usual word amount and/or offering the chance to donate a set amount of $ even to erase that one day mistake, it would most certainly be lovely.
Anyway, that’s my suggestion for the month… a month I was signed up for the Monthly Challenge and that I missed by a single day with only three days in May left! Ouch…

New Feature Request Note from Lena Josef Vreeland on Mon, May 30
2 cups

More badges, I think everyone appreciates more badges. :)

Double Down on Charity Note from claudia on Sun, May 29
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Ethan Abel on Sun, May 29
3 cups
Daily Badge Holder Totals

I was wondering if we could see the total number of people on the site who had earned each badge (as of the day before.)

On the Today’s Writers page, on the right hand side, you have a column that shows all the possible badges and how many writers with that badge had written so far that day.

Could you also add a second number after the first that shows how many people total from the previous day had that badge?

So for Albatross, it would show the badge, then 56/209

Meaning that so far that day, 56 albatross badge-holders had written, while as of the day before, 209 people had that badge.

Sorry if my suggestion doesn’t make sense. Guess I need to keep writing to polish those technical writing skills.

Thanks for the great site – it is a great resource for me.

New Feature Request Note from Suzanne Wayne on Fri, May 27
5 cups
More badges

A badge for 500,000 words would be awesome. A badge for completing the monthly challenge multiple times would be cool as well. Other badges would be appreciate. They are wonderful motivators.

New Feature Request Note from Shannon on Fri, May 27
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Fri, May 27
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Fri, May 27
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Fri, May 27
3 cups

I have recently walked on my (now ex) boyfriend of five years cheating on me – with our roommate. As of today, this site will not only help keep my sanity intact, but will serve as a documentation of newly found freedom, and the decisions (both good and bad) that will shape the rest of my life.

Having tried to do that on blog sites and other such things, and having failed miserably, I am confident that the pegasus badge will be mine… eventually. Bring on the challenge!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 27
6 cups

This site has enriched my life and for that I am grateful. I am no longer afraid to be creative and break through the barriers of writing. I have since been able to boost my grades in school and it all stems from this site!!!

Thank you!!!

Testimonial Note from Derrick Woolfson on Fri, May 27
4 cups

Writing every day at 750 words has been a big part of some major life changes, and investment in me, that I began this year. Just that little bit of support that comes from knowing that I’ve got a running count of my entries, words and badges gets me to the page when otherwise I might let it slide. Thanks for showing me I’m much more disciplined than I ever knew. A great confidence builder.

Double Down on Charity Note from Sonnet L'Abbe on Fri, May 27
3 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Shadlyn Wolfe on Thu, May 26
1 cup

Not only is 750words a great way to clear my mind and get ready for the day ahead; it’s also a great thing to do as I sip my morning cup of coffee. The combination of caffeine and inspiration helps me start most every day off one the right foot!

Testimonial Note from Shadlyn Wolfe on Thu, May 26
3 cups

Simple and inspiring. Writing daily helps me become present to my life. I stopped jounaling after having children almost eight years ago. 750 words, through its word count, stats, badges and daily e-mails keeps me going. Thank you for bringing me back to the page. It is a quiet, special space just for me and a daily reminder to reflect and live with intention.

Testimonial Note from C Love on Thu, May 26