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

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Long term eternity page

The eternity page is awesome. I love being able to track my concerns, emotions and such over time. However, that data only reflects the short term (7 days?).

It would be cool if one could track this data over a longer period. For example, you could see how your emotions have changed over x weeks or months. Ex.: Do I feel less stress than I did 6 weeks ago?

It would be a bit easier doing it this way, rather than using the metadata feature, which requires manually entering in data.

I am a bit of a spreadsheet nerd, so I think it would be cool to be able to download the data via a csv file. Or you could even put the data together with the entries themselves, which we can already download.

Keep up the good work with the site,

New Feature Request Note from Peter Tangney on Fri, Nov 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges for longer streaks of a given behavior (e.g., being undistractable for 25 days = “super hamster”) would be an easy way to increase the number of badges. I’d also go for earning the same badges multiple times, e.g., hamster badges that stack for each 10 days of being undistracted.

New Feature Vote from Monique Ingalls on Fri, Nov 11
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I have been trying (and failing) to develop a daily writing habit for years. With the help of 750 words, I’m on a 50-day writing streak! The freedom allowed by the format allows me to air personal issues so I can focus on my work and also provides a forum for planning and writing ‘messy’ drafts for upcoming projects. Getting out my ideas out each morning provides a sense of accomplishment and general well-being—it’s been a very long time since I felt so on top of my work and life. Thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Monique Ingalls on Fri, Nov 11
2 cups

Love the site. Thanks, Buster, and keep up the good work. My “testimony” is more of a question than a testimony. I’m in the NaNoWriMo contest, but I’ve been writing on my desktop for that. Assuming I come out the other side, how do I show you I got through it? By the way, I’m still doing my 750. It’s just separate from my novel.

Testimonial Note from Paul Schingle on Thu, Nov 10
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anna Quinis on Thu, Nov 10
1 cup

Hi. I’ve been using 750 words to write for NaNo during the month of November. It has been so useful in keeping me focused on meeting the 50,000 word goal for the month. I can see just how much I’ve written before copying it over to Google docs or something to the equivalent. I think it could just help inspire me to carry over the practice of consistently writing words from here on out in general!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jean Morgan Compton on Wed, Nov 09
4 cups

Writing 750 words daily increased my writing capacities. Give me extreme pleasure and keep me going without hesitation, doubt or fear of writing again later.

Testimonial Note from Nicole Gilbert on Wed, Nov 09
2 cups

The challenge is an awesome exercise! It’s the best way I’ve found to keep me writing every day—which, I’m told, is one of the keys to being an author. Keep writing, you may soon find yourself exploring ideas and thoughts that could turn into something great.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jen Lamoureux on Wed, Nov 09
1 cup

Gutted. I missed the 193rd day of my writing streak. No excuse, simply forgot (not into reminder emails). Must admit I had been losing the motivation. Hadn’t been feeling the writing for a few days. Back to square one today. I am hoping this can inspire me!

Double Down on Charity Note from John Bee on Wed, Nov 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Fraa on Wed, Nov 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Fraa on Wed, Nov 09
1 cup

I expected 750 to help me get back into writing on the daily, but what I didn’t expect was that 750 would have me completely addicted to writing again like I, for some reason, hadn’t let myself be for a little while now. Thank you for giving me a new space to simply be, and then to simply write.

P.S., the bird badges are pretty fantastic and quite the motivational nudge, too.

Testimonial Note from cygnus on Wed, Nov 09
1 cup
New badges!!

I’ll admit it, I’m a badge-maven. I’ll go through crazy contortions to get the early-bird badge or the ‘write without using the verb to-be’ or the ‘article free writing’ or the ‘one minute on, one minute off’ badge. Aside from the continuity badges (which I lost the heart for before you had the ability to put things on pause & I spent a week on a train w/ no internet…), I’ve earned what I can… any chance you might throw in a couple more!??

New Feature Request Note from Quibbleable on Tue, Nov 08
2 cups

At first I was sceptical about writing 750 words every day. I didn’t get the idea, but my friend convinced me to give it a try. That wasn’t easy: my mind was sort of tough, and it seemed almost impossible to do this from day to day. Nevertheless, I was trying and trying! Surprisingly, now my memory is much better, and I feel very creative. Never thought clearing my mind every day was so important for my brain. :) Writing on became one of my favourite routines: it’s fun! And once you get in, you can’t stop – just don’t want to!

Testimonial Note from Anastasia on Tue, Nov 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Quirky badges like for “42” days in a row, for having an average word count in a certain range, something like that. Badges are fun. :]
Though I do understand there needs to be a goal to reach (obviously! Like the jump from Albatross to Phoenix) but some fun ones along the way might also be kinda cool.

New Feature Vote from Mel CD on Tue, Nov 08
1 cup

750 words provides me with the motivation to write everyday. Because of the way this site tracks my writing, I cannot say I wrote 750 words, or even wrote anything if I really haven’t.
This site helps me to remain accountable to myself. Thank you for this great site, I wish I had found it sooner.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 08
1 cup

Deep down inside, deep within each of us, is the possibility to achieve anything and everything we desire. But prizes sure do help!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hiten Parmar on Tue, Nov 08
1 cup

I love that I can complain, interpret dreams, interview shady characters, unravel my mind, confide my fears, and use any and all material in my stories and novel-in- progress. Thank you 750!

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Mon, Nov 07
1 cup

When I first came here, I was just looking for anything to help me stop being a slacker with my writing. I still haven’t become the elusive Phoenix, but I keep trying. This site also let me rant about my brother’s health as well as my own no matter what the hour or how pent up with aggravation I was. So thanks for this site. The cup of patronage was long overdue.

Testimonial Note from Ren Engstrom on Mon, Nov 07
2 cups

750 Words has been a great tool in helping me get off my lazy butt and do some writing. Last year, I stumbled upon this site when preparing for my second try at NaNoWriMo that would render a 4-year-old WIP complete. The stylish set up and reward badges really pushed me and were instrumental in my 2010 win. Since then, I’ve finished the book and moved on to its sequel. Now I can’t imagine a life without 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Christen Logsdon on Mon, Nov 07
1 cup

I’ve been unable to write for months now, and 750 Words is exactly what I needed to get going. I’m not a professional writer, but it’s the one thing I have a passion for. I found it at the right time, or it found me. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Catie on Sun, Nov 06
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An iPhone app would be great to more easily connect with my work. I am easily inspired by seeing so many people online writing that I actually check the homepage, my pages, etc. several times a day on my phone to keep me motivated. It would be great to do this more easily when I am on the run.

New Feature Vote from Leena Woodhouse on Sun, Nov 06
2 cups

I do not know what it is about this site, but somehow it works for me. After trying anything from threats to positive reinforcement, I thought all hope was gone of me ever being a productive grad student. Then I listened to Merlin Mann mention 750 words. Three One Month Challenges later I am actually working on my dissertation everyday and enjoying it. Pure working bliss. 750 words might just have saved my professional life.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Leena Woodhouse on Sun, Nov 06
1 cup

The last few weeks have been crazy for me. Our mother had a stroke so we have had to move and completely remodel the house to take care of her. Through all this I had one place to go – It was the one place that was just for me and it taught me that no matter what I can commit to something and stick with it. Today is my 200th day and I intend to still go strong.

Thank you so much for this site!

Testimonial Note from Sean O'Brien on Sun, Nov 06
1 cup

Keep at it, guys. And have fun with it! :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Justin Weatherman on Sun, Nov 06
3 cups

I’m currently taking a break from my NaNoWriMo novel (i.e. procrastinating), so I thought this would be a good time to finally get around to writing a little note here.

I first started writing here back in September. I was directed to the site via a twitter friend. I immediately fell in love with the concept and I’ve written every day since. I wasn’t here to sign up for the September challenge, but I’ve completed October’s and am well on my way to completing November’s as I’m writing my NaNoWriMo novel here (I need that badge).

The badge system is brilliant motivation, the stats provided are fascinating, and overall, the site’s just very pleasant and easy to use, which makes it so easy to keep coming back.

Writing consistently has been a life vest for me. I was in a real bad spot prior to joining, but through writing here as well as at a separate blog each day, I was able to work through things by getting them out in front of me. I’m grateful for this site’s existence and its ability to draw me in and get me to write.

Honestly, before joining 750 words I wasn’t much of a writer. I did a little bit here and there on the subject of video games, but I never took writing very seriously. But look at me now. I’m writing a novel in the span of just 30 days for NaNoWriMo. How did that happen exactly? All I know is that I’m enjoying writing. I’d almost venture to say it’s a legitimate hobby of mine at this point, and I have 750 words to thank for that.

Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Justin Weatherman on Sun, Nov 06
4 cups

Writing allows thoughts to move from an unstructured stream to a source of unexpected patterns. 750words adds to this by allowing us to go back and revisit thoughts that would normally be lost. You should be very proud of your creation, Buster.

Testimonial Note from bob therriault on Sun, Nov 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Sun, Nov 06
1 cup

I’ve been writing monthly since May 2nd and now I’m elbow-deep into the NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be harder than I imagined, so to actually crank out a novel one day at a time, not worrying about how good or bad it’s getting is a relief. I’m only concerned with the end and that’s my goal. I believe I can ace this, but we’ll see.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Nov 06
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New Feature Vote from Bee on Sun, Nov 06