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

I really love writing and have lots of ideas, but I lack the motivation to sit down and write all the time. It’s really baffling what getting animal badges and having a recorded number of days in a row can do, but it’s gotten me really motivated and I hope to continue writing with this site.

Double Down on Charity Note from Shay Andras on Mon, Aug 22
1 cup

750 Words has been amazing for me. One of my friends introduced me and I admit, 750 words a day is a bit daunting… Before, I went days without writing anything worthwhile. I love that the daily email reminders give me the jump start that I need. Plus, I find that after I get my 750 done, I’m still writing throughout the day. Thank you, Buster, for creating this site. :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amber Hawkins on Mon, Aug 22
1 cup

Ok, I’m better with words than numbers. 8/26/11 is on Friday, of course. and my streak will be 162 days, Whew! thanks!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sun, Aug 21
4 cups

On Wednesday, 8/26/11, I celebrate my one year anniversary with And, “God willing and the creek don’t rise”, a 160 day streak, (my second pass through Phoenix). It’s been a lovely, disillusioned, illuminating, bumpy spirited relationship. I have some badges to show for it! And like my two previous and current marriages, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Back at egg in April, I realized I’d been setting my sights too low: the next badge and the next, etc. Now I’m focused on my true commitment: the writing. Everyday. Period. And Pterodactyl will come in her time, and Pegasus and on to the Stars!
Thanks, Buster.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Sun, Aug 21
1 cup

Let your thoughts flow. They’re there. You’re always thinking and you always have thoughts on your mind that need to get out of your head. Don’t think too much about what you want to write about. If you must, keep a list of things you’d like to write about and keep them beside you, so that you always have something. Don’t be too distracted by spelling or typing speed or anything that would get in the way of your writing from your gut. You need a focus and that will get you through.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Aug 21
1 cup

I used the freewriting method to write the personal statement in my employee evaluation. The box on the form can fit about 850 words. I would have been delaying it if I hadn’t been using!

Testimonial Note from James Barnett on Sat, Aug 20
1 cup
More text analysis

750 Words is helping me write a book and get me clear about lots of stuff and helping me accomplish the thinking work of designing a software platform. The way I write is as truly morning pages as I can do. Free writing. So lots of different subjects can occur on any session. What I’d love to have is a way to use the analysis you do, and search through all my stuff for any element of it. So the moods, the voice, any of the key words that recur strongly over time. I’d get to look at any paragraph that holds anything that you have flagged up on the stats page. I could export that into my dropbox where I can access the text from the iPad or the Mac. Which brings up the dropbox idea. If all my writing stayed in your server as well as got dropped into a folder in my Dropbox account, or in time, in Apple’s iCloud, however that will work, that would be fully amazing. Then it is instantly on all my machines with no messing around with downloads.

Thanks for thinking about this stuff. Your value set is essential for what we will all need to practice to have a life in the emergent world. I strongly support you in all that.

New Feature Vote from Jim Ewing on Sat, Aug 20
5 cups
More text analysis

As an English teacher, I would LOVE to use in my classroom for interpreting the writing progress of my students. If possible, it would be great to run text through an engine that flags mechanical/grammatical errors, and also gives some measure as to what level the student is writing at. Then over time, I would love to see their progress.

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Thu, Aug 18
3 cups

I am sitting here with my edits for my second book next to me. I want to write one book a year. I’ve already written 130,000 words on 750words. I think I can? Thank you for helping me keep writing foremost in my mind. It’s good to get CLEAR.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Wed, Aug 17
18 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Jessica Riviere on Wed, Aug 17
10 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Laura Gjovaag on Mon, Aug 15
1 cup
iPhone App

We need an iPhone app that we could write our 750 words on and have it synch to the main site. Much like My Writing Spot does.

New Feature Request Note from Joe Madden on Mon, Aug 15
1 cup

What a fantastic idea; I’m completely inspired! Buster, you must be a genius, between this and the Health Month game. I love that you are using your brain to help other people make amazing life changes. I hope that everything good you have done flows back to you tenfold.

Testimonial Note from Nicole Caron on Mon, Aug 15
3 cups

Go team!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Caroline Lund on Sun, Aug 14
1 cup

So happy to be productively writing all summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Caroline Lund on Sun, Aug 14
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Second the “offline writing and autosync” idea – great when traveling and solves any connection problems (also an Android app, but that goes without saying probably)

New Feature Vote from Antanas Brazaitis on Sat, Aug 13
2 cups

This site is such a lovely place to visit, I love being able to come here every day and clear my head. And those badges are so addictive! Fantastic work Buster – it’s great being able to buy you a virtual coffee to say thanks.

Testimonial Note from Adey on Sat, Aug 13
4 cups

After a couple of false starts, I finally made it to 100 days and the Phoenix badge! To celebrate I salute my fellow one-month-challengers and say keep it up, it feels great. Cheers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Janet O on Fri, Aug 12
1 cup

I read about this site in a book I was reading to improve my writing skills. I began this as a challenge to myself to at least maintain a 10 day streak. However, after 10 days, I began to like the time I took out daily to write something. I was just going through my first post that I had made in June and reading that note made me realize that I have improved way better that I expected. It’s an amazing site and I am current striving to write for an year without any break and just need to maintain my momentum for another 10 months.

Testimonial Note from Kiran Brahma on Fri, Aug 12
3 cups
Rankings/High Scores for streaks and other stats

Currently, the only high score board this site has is on the month’s statistics page, but it’s next to useless because so many people have proven themselves capable of holding a streak (just look at how many phoenixes, pegasi, pterodactyls, etc. show up regularly on the Today’s Writers page!)

The only other way to directly compare ourselves to the rest of the site’s userbase is on the Eternity page, which compares our stats with the site’s average (the mean, I presume?), but they don’t tell you how close you are to the top. I’d be interested in seeing stats (maybe public, maybe private) that show you what rank and/or percentile you are for the following things:

  • Longest overall streak
  • Longest ongoing streak
  • Number of days without distractions/total days (also other things you can earn badges for)
  • Average words per day
  • Total amount of words written

It’s already kind of possible to find out what “ranking” your streak is at if you trawl the Today’s Writers page enough (if I counted right, I currently have the 88th-longest ongoing streak), but it’s a bit of a hassle clicking through sixty-five pages of names and badges to learn that. And, I have no way of knowing how prolific I am compared to everyone else, since not everyone shares their stats.

Perhaps not everyone would appreciate features like this that would make the site more competitive, but any of us with the heart of a video gamer would appreciate the extra source of motivation to write every day and keep up a streak.

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Thu, Aug 11
1 cup

I somehow doubt I am the first person to come up with this idea, but I would love to be able to tag entries. That way I could go back on particular ideas and follow them through in whatever way they need to go.

New Feature Request Note from Soli J on Wed, Aug 10
6 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Wed, Aug 10
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Chloe Chiang on Tue, Aug 09
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

Fantastic site. The ability to write offline and then autosync please. (So streaks aren’t broken by spotty cell reception)

New Feature Vote from Johnny Marr on Mon, Aug 08
6 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from John Bee on Sun, Aug 07
5 cups

I like to write and often other thoughts get in the way of what I want to get done. 750 words is my little away to let all the random thoughts out.

Testimonial Note from Layna Gagliano on Sun, Aug 07
12 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Aug 07
1 cup
More text analysis

As I write almost all my morning pages in Spanish, analyzing by (my) language could be really great. I don’t really need the analysis as I’m happy with the simple act of writing and the word count but I wonder what the eternity page would say about my writings… anyway I really enjoy the exercise!!

New Feature Vote from Jorge Sanz on Sun, Aug 07
3 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from John Bee on Sun, Aug 07
13 cups

Thanks for this great place to write, and for the opportunity to help kids learn to write.

Celebrating my 750 words anniversary this month.

Thanks for the great site Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Suzanne Wayne on Sat, Aug 06