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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I practiced daily Morning Pages religiously when my daughter was first born and I needed a centering activity to guide me through newly-found fatherhood. This challenge has put me back in the routine of writing at a time my daughter is now 17, I’m nearing the end of my career as professor, and I feel the need for a rejuvenation. Thank you, 750words.com, for a fun and thoughtful way of reconnecting with my writing self!

Testimonial Note from John Barrett on Fri, Apr 29
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My friend Katie told me about this website yesterday, and, for whatever reason, I waited until today to figure out what this whole thing is about. Sure enough, I was intrigued, and decided that I would make today Day One.

I’m really looking forward to using this as a creative tool in the future.

Testimonial Note from Tom Fleenor on Thu, Apr 28
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This has been such a great exercise for me. It has helped me focus in my writing, brought me clarity and insights, and shown me the power of consistent application of set goals. Thanks for the resource to continue exploring the resource of me!

Testimonial Note from Bob M on Thu, Apr 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I love, love, love the badges. In fact, I’m finding ways to incorporate little icons declaring how awesome I am into other places in my life. It’s amazing how motivating a computer graphic can be! I want more!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Apr 28
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A rainbow of horses

I love my turquoise horse, earned for completing a monthly challenge. But… why stop at turquoise? Shouldn’t April give me a crimson horse? Can’t August be a maroon horse? A carnation pink horse in September? I intend to complete many months of challenge, and I would love to get a stable which runneth over.

New Feature Request Note from Ed Turner on Thu, Apr 28
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Improved social features

User profiles consolidating our stats, badges, and other information for public consumption/bragging rights. ¶ Make it easier to follow other users, and to manage which users we follow. ¶ A non-spammy way to share our stats and badges on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

New Feature Request Note from Simon Crowley on Wed, Apr 27
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More badges for accomplishments

I may not be six years old anymore, but it turns out I still find little animal stickers highly motivating. More, more, more!

New Feature Vote from Simon Crowley on Wed, Apr 27
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I didn’t complete April challenge and due to upcoming events, am not going to participate in the May challenge. For the folks who complete the May challenge, I happily contribute to your bounty – you have earned it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Heidi Berthiaume on Wed, Apr 27
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Double Down on Charity Note from Stewart C Baker on Wed, Apr 27
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I have been 55 days writing without missing a single day because the inspiration has been growing and getting to be really there , It is a great site to promote the value of writing everyday… thanks

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ana Sofia iS on Sun, Apr 24
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One Month Challenge Bounty from C. Wood on Sun, Apr 24
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I love this site and the challenge. It really seems silly, but it is inspiring for me to make sure I write every day! Good luck and keep writing!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Seamon Lautman on Fri, Apr 22
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750 Words is a haven for me, where I can gather my thoughts and clear my mind. I have never felt so inspired to write! It brightens my day and gives me something to look forward to, and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Carozza on Fri, Apr 22
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sandra Carozza on Fri, Apr 22
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Lara Smith on Thu, Apr 21
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lara Smith on Thu, Apr 21
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Vacation Time

I would love a way to be able to set aside time for a vacation, by which I mean time that you intend to keep writing your 750 words a day, but will be without internet and don’t want to lose your streak. Basically, you would set aside the time in advance by marking the dates (just like you would at a job—prevents anyone from popping in a ‘vacation day’ anytime they forgot a day) and then enter your words. Since the distraction and time taken stats wouldn’t be valid for this (especially if you just copy/paste your words), they wouldn’t be counted for your vacation days, but if you still met your 750 words each day, your streak would be reinstated!

New Feature Request Note from Danica West on Thu, Apr 21
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Karen Lissa Ingram on Wed, Apr 20
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More badges for accomplishments

This was tough, the iPhone app was calling my name, but the thing that drives me is getting a badge. It’s a long time between Albatross and Phoenix, there must be something else that could be rewarded with a badge. A badger badge for predominantly grumpy writing? An elephant for posts mostly about the past? A buddha badge for being in the present? Is there a place to make suggestions?

New Feature Vote from Karen Lissa Ingram on Wed, Apr 20
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I decided to commit to donating 1 cup of patronage every day that I skip writing for the next little while. I won’t be able to afford it forever, but so far it’s helped me keep up my streaks pretty well! I’d also like to add my voice to the requests for more badges, specifically ones that don’t have to do with streaks, such as writing for at least 90% of the days in a year or something like that. Thanks!

Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Toronchuk on Mon, Apr 18
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More badges for accomplishments

I enjoy so much receiving the badges and they are an incentive to write on days that I am dragging my fingers across the keyboard in slow motion! I would love to see badges not only for streaks but also for completing a year of writing (even if you didn’t have a one-year streak). And also more badges for the number of words written.
Thanks Buster for all your efforts and for giving us this forum to offer our suggestions!
—Vicky :o)

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Apr 18
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Offline Work

I think it would be good to release an app that will allow you to get your words in daily, and report back to 750words.com servers when you get internet access next as to what amounts (and stats, etc) you wrote since you logged in last.

I spend about three weeks a year staying in a place with little to no internet access, and therefore there’s no way that I can keep a streak going over that span.

New Feature Request Note from Chris Davidson on Mon, Apr 18
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kaitlyn D. Aylward on Sat, Apr 16
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More badges for accomplishments

I want a badge for a 365-day streak, as I’m about to (hopefully) reach mine!

New Feature Vote from janet chant on Fri, Apr 15
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Fri, Apr 15
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Fri, Apr 15
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Sync with/export to Dropbox

OVERVIEW: Daily writing would be saved to the user’s Dropbox to serve as an archive and backup of their work.

INITIAL SETUP: The user could link their 750 Words account to their Dropbox using the latter’s authorization API. // The user would then select an existing folder in their Dropbox, or choose to have 750 Words create a folder, in which their daily writing would be stored. // At this time, the user could choose to export all previous days’ writing to their newly-linked Dropbox.

ONGOING OPERATION: The feature would require no further interaction or maintenance from the user. // At the end of each day, once the user’s latest writing had been locked from further editing, a file named with the current date (e.g. ‘2011-04-15.txt’, or perhaps ‘2011-04-15.markdown’) would be uploaded to the user’s Dropbox. // 750 Words could also export to Dropbox with each incremental save, if this would not create undue load on the server. // These files would be for archive/backup purposes only. Changes would not be reflected on 750words.com.

BENEFITS: Search – Users with local tools such as OS X’s Spotlight could easily search their archive of writing. // Portability – Users could export their writing into other journaling software or convert it to alternate formats. // Security – User data would be preserved in the (unlikely) event that 750 Words were to experience data loss or termination of service. // Feature parity – More and more text-based services are allowing users to sync, export, and backup their data to Dropbox. Dropbox export would be an attractive feature for 750 Words newcomers and a welcome addition for existing users.

RECOMMENDATION: The Dropbox API is well-suited for this purpose, and plain text files require very little bandwidth overhead. Implementing automatic export of users’ daily writing to Dropbox will enhance the usefulness of the 750 Words service and provide substantial benefits to users for minimal development cost.

New Feature Request Note from Simon Crowley on Fri, Apr 15
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Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Fri, Apr 15
1 cup

Thanks, Buster and all the writers on 750words.com! I love the combination of privacy and community. I come here to vent, know that nobody will read the words I write, and yet am proud whenever I see that Turkey badge by my name. And seeing all those Flamingoes and Phoenixes and others inspires me to keep going.

Buster, would it be possible for us to earn our Turkeys and Penguins more than once? For me it is so difficult to get a streak going, especially as I struggle with fatigue and disability. I’d love to be able to say “well, at least I’ve earned the Penguin twice in the past month” instead of only seeing it appear once up top. :-)

Double Down on Charity Note from Sophia Wong on Wed, Apr 13
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I have noticed that in the month that I have been using the website, I have a more balanced attitude toward life, that I don’t feel so overwhelmed by my circumstance. As Ortega said “yo soy yo y mi circunstancia” — “I am myself and my circumstance” and with 750 words a day, I am able to better understand how that circumstance (be it personal, political, social, or cultural) affects the way that I am behaving in this world. My work ethic has improved, my follow-through is much better, and my self-esteem is solid. I feel a little guilty that my focus is always on the “I” but I think that in purging all the “me-stuff” I am better able to give back to the community that nurtures me. Thanks for the pick-me up… I’m sure my circumstance thanks you too, since I’ve stopped whining to those around me!

Testimonial Note from Coffee Drama on Wed, Apr 13