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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It’s the holiday season but 750 words can help you slow down in a way that’s not always possible this time of year.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Nov 30
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In September I was on a roll. Then I missed a day. Then I missed many days. It was about the competition, not the commitment.

In October I was on a roll. Then my wife got hurt, a trip to the ER, then snuggling with the kids, only to realize, at 12:15 am, that I didn’t do my words. Instead of being upset this time I took it as a challenge to complete my words in the morning. Every morning. I finished October 30/31 and with an Early Bird Badge.

In November, well, I added my speedy typist, and I have completed my first month. On my 100th day using Words I hit 47 in a row. And what’s more, I have had a TON of great things happen in my life. I have more focus, more discipline, and feel better about life.

Thank you Buster! A simple app, but life changing. And now a permanent part of my daily routine.

Testimonial Note from Geoff McNeely on Wed, Nov 30
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Today I finished the November Challenge and yesterday I completed the NaNoWriMo contest. I started writing on 750 words back in February and although I accidentally broke my first major streak at 172 days by opening a window in front of my writing window before I reached 750 for the day and forgot about it, and have since had to claw my way back up to a 101 day streak, I have managed to write at least something every single day since I started. It has been amazing. And writing every day has helped me to realize the other healthy habits I am capable of forming as well. Like tracking food and daily activity and completely reorganizing my office and my life through GTD. 2011 has been a really hard year for me many many ways, but it has also been a really good year. Much of that good started out with you Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Turrell on Wed, Nov 30
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I just want to say thank you. I had more in me than I realized.

Testimonial Note from Adam Briggs on Wed, Nov 30
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Double Down on Charity Note from claudia on Wed, Nov 30
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Today, I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge. I reached the goal of 50,000 words—one day before the deadline. (Actually, I have 50,107 words. Yay for me!) ;o) I now have a completed manuscript, one that will need editing and rewriting to be sure, but I have a manuscript! And I credit for helping me achieve this goal. Without the daily nudges, badges, incentives and the site, itself, I don’t think I would have had the daily writing habit that I have built over the last 20 months. So thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 29
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More navigation for reading old posts

I love to read back over old posts now and then to see what a moody cow I can be! I know you can click on the little green boxes to get to old days, but a previous/next entry button would be awesome!

Love the site to bits, thank you! :)

New Feature Request Note from Lardeedah on Tue, Nov 29
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Tomorrow I get to day 200, and I plan to pass 250,000 words on that day as well. Thank you Buster. I’m surprised at myself, but having something to shoot for like a badge goal makes it all worth it. I love the badges. I love the idea. I love this community. I love this site! I’m in the middle of writing my second book and I know I can finish it because of my stats here. This site has lent structure to a freelancer’s life! And PS. I LOVE HealthMonth too. Thank you for being mindful of meaningful work! You make me want to keep on track with that too.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Mon, Nov 28
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An iPhone/iPad app

An iPhone app would be amazing! There have been days where I just can’t get to my computer but I could easily type or dictate my words while commuting. I would really love a voice recognition feature that could do the typing for me. I mean, how great would it be to do my writing while going for a walk? Although, I guess that wouldn’t quite be writing in the true sense… but seeing as how I use this mostly as a journal, it would suit my purposes quite well!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 28
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Stats Reset Button

I would like to be able to click a button and clear all of my stats, rather than deleting my account. When I first joined 750 words it was on the 2nd day of a month, so for ages I had a little statistic telling me I’d participated in all but 1 day since joining. It just gnawed away at me. I couldn’t stand seeing that I only had 99% participation, when in fact I’d participated in every day since the day I’d joined.
Now, since that time, I’ve been struggling with depression symptoms and actually completely fell off of the November challenge wagon. It hurts me every time I see how low my stats have dropped. Of course, I’d love to keep my badges, but I wouldn’t mind losing them to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Perhaps it’s just me, but seeing how much I failed in certain areas, makes me feel more discouraged rather than motivated. For me, it would really be nice to just wipe the stats clean and start over. I’m tempted to delete my account to achieve that, but I’m sure that an easier method could be installed.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 28
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This is to celebrate the fact that I didn’t loose my streak even though we spent Thanksgiving Day and night with NO internet connection.

I “prewrote” my words and trained a friend to post them for me on TG Day. And THIS time it worked!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sun, Nov 27
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Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Sun, Nov 27
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Better Explanation of Categories

First, I love this site so much because it is the first tool that has helped me remain on track. I love the breakdown of categories – affectionate, etc. But I’d love to get so more info — what is about my writing that make me come up affectionate so much even when I think i’m spewing hate onto the page? Why is my predominant sense the sense of touch? As a data whore, I love the categories and the badges, but I would like a little more info behind them so I can see a little more deeply into myself.

New Feature Request Note from Katy Wilkerson Jackson on Sun, Nov 27
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Random Post Trackback

You would click a button (or a link) and it would let you read back into a post randomly selected from all of the entries you’ve made.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Nov 25
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Improve the writing page

I use Safari on Mac OS X and when writing, the footer always slips a bit below the page fold. That way, I cannot see my stats while writing. No big deal, just slightly annoying. And hopefully fast to fix?

New Feature Vote from Leif Singer on Fri, Nov 25
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For over a year, I’ve failed miserably at trying to recuperate my journaling habit on paper, knowing that opening a word document wouldn’t inspire me and would feel too much like work. And then I found 750 words. My jumbled thoughts about a tumultuous time have been forming into something productive; my sense of belonging to this beautiful community of eggs and birds and, somewhere back in there, humans has grown; my commitment to growing possibilities has blossomed.

On this Thanksgiving day, I want to say, “Thanks, Buster.” And to any who have not read the Patronage page explanation, it’s a great thing to do.

Peace, writing, and health to all!

Testimonial Note from Karen D. on Thu, Nov 24
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The collective energy here has become a staple in my day. Thank you all so much for keeping on keeping on.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Quinnie Mulcahy on Wed, Nov 23
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More badges for accomplishments

I am surprised and sort of hate to admit that the badges inspire me! They make it fun. They feel like something I can accomplish that is secret and for me. I would like more badges, exspecially between 30 day streak and 100 days.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 23
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Streak mender

The important thing to learn from streaks and breaks is that one’s success is related to how quickly one is able to recover. Sometimes my day is just a bust and I break my streak. I think a nice feature would be to earn streak menders for every time you pick right back up and keep your streak going despite that day that just gets away. In knitting, you can go back a pick up a stick, I am suggesting the same sort of thing. The result would be a great incentive to not let failure defeat you. 3 streak menders earned could be spent to repair a streak or something.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 23
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I get a lot of positive things from writing here so I thought I would do something that might help other people and this seemed like one way of doing that.

Double Down on Charity Note from Derek Harding on Tue, Nov 22
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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, I’d like to say that I’m thankful to you, Buster, for creating this site, and to all my fellow writers here. Since February of this year I’ve been writing on and off, and my total is 88,384 words off the top of my mind.

My longest streak is only 16 days, but I’ve completed 750 words on 89 days, which may seem little compared to other writers, but for me it is very significant. Since I seldom write on weekends, I like starting every Monday as an egg and trying to get to a Turkey or sometimes a Penguin each week. I’ve learned to forgive myself for the lapses and start anew each time.

I’ve learned a lot about what’s bothering me under all the busyness of my day job. Thanks, everyone!

Testimonial Note from Sophia Wong on Mon, Nov 21
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth Tankersley on Sun, Nov 20
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A better mobile site

The reminder email is great. It would be great to get an email when we have done the words too. I have forgotten to save my words twice this month though I wrote them:)
The site is still brilliant though tweaks aside.

New Feature Vote from Monique Ngozi Nri on Sun, Nov 20
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The One Month Challenge – take it on! It’s not that it’s easy but it’s definitely worth your time.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Sat, Nov 19
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750 Words has both inspired and frustrated me at various times. Inspired because you have those days when everything just flows. Frustrated when I’m blocked and no matter what I do, I have to struggle to shake my words loose.
However, I like the both the struggle and the ease – it’s like life. There’s a little bit of both and I look forward to wrestling with my muse every day.

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline A. Gross on Sat, Nov 19
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An iPhone/iPad app

I write from my iPhone a lot because I travel a lot and sometimes just work crazy hours that don’t allow me to be at a computer for even the 13 minutes it usually takes me to hammer out the 750. I’d love an app that allows me to complete this and hold my streak without so much difficulty with compatibility.

New Feature Vote from Erin Foster on Sat, Nov 19
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As I amble through my third One Month Challenge, I am reminded constantly of how necessary this ritual has become in my professional life. It helped me get passed the desire to give in to excuses such as not being in the mood to write or not feeling in control creatively. The challenge forces me to plow through, and even when it is tough to churn out a decent 750 words, once I get past the number I always feel like writing more. I wonder what it is about the tipping point of 750….?

One Month Challenge Bounty from Leena Woodhouse on Sat, Nov 19
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I have dreamed of writing a picture book since 2006. However, I lost my focus on fiction writing when I began writing a professional book in 2009. My book, Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice, came out in November 2010 right before I gave birth to my daughter. Once she came along, I had another excuse to push off writing fiction since I had so much to do. However, I recently realized that I can no longer lose my focus if I want to publish children’s picture books. Therefore, 750 Words has been an excellent tool for me to GET WRITING again! I have been using my 750 Words to develop and write two separate stories that have been rolling around in my head for awhile. I’m excited about the possibilities now that I’m writing fiction again. THANK YOU!

Testimonial Note from Stacey Shubitz on Sat, Nov 19
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I’m in deep in this NaNiWriMo Competition and I’m loving it! I enjoy writing much more than ever before, thanks to this site and to the suggestion of the NaNoWriMo. I’d heard about the competition before but this site had propelled me to do it. Since I was writing everyday anyway through this, I figured I could crank out a novel and I’m still doing it! I don’t want to stop. I didn’t see how long I would keep up with this site, but since I now feel inspired to do novels next year and so on, I could see myself writing much more. Also, with the Script Frenzy coming in April. I’ll write my notes here and write a script with them, so this has been valuable for my mind and my creativity. You’ve received many thanks from many patrons of this site and I’ll give you one more to add to that: Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Thu, Nov 17
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Question: How is it that, here at 750, sad is measured as a negative in stats? Writing every day is a bit like peeling away layers, getting to core truths. I see that as positive. My truth welling up. Thank you, 750.

Testimonial Note from Quinnie Mulcahy on Thu, Nov 17