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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1. You must not dilly-dally.
750 words helps me not dilly-dally about getting the writing done on a daily basis. Now it’s the first piece of business in the morning, after brewing caffeine of course. Seeing my word count go up is thrilling, and the badges are cute too. I’ve started another account to track the accumulation of words on my more deliberate writing projects. Thanks Buster, and continued good luck and inspiration!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Miller on Wed, Oct 20
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I just discovered this site only a few days ago and I already feel like I have found not only an outlet, but also a kind of friend.

Even though I’m connected to lots of social sites, I still need a place to unload myself. Though I could journal, heavens know I’m a kid of the internet age and can’t neatly hand write to save my life. Having 750 Words helps me let it all go and come back to it, learning from myself a little more each day.

What I write here helps me in all aspects of my life, both in the purgative and meditative senses. Thanks so much for making this site! It’s quickly become a big part of my daily routine.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Oct 19
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I had a busy weekend ahead, and doing my words first thing. I didn’t realise how much the discipline had got to me until I couldn’t get my words down. In the end, I absented myself for 20 minutes just to get those words down so I didn’t miss the end of day and lose my streaks.
When I don’t do my words first thing, I find my anxiety takes over more. 750 words is working as a way to keep me healthy and reduce my medication. I didn’t start it for that reason, but it’s working. It’s also clearing my head so I am more effective at work.

Testimonial Note from Miriam Moules on Mon, Oct 18
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I’m on day 167. In April, my dear friend Yuko passed away. Her husband asked me to speak at her memorial, an honor, but such a difficult thing to do. I kept putting off writing what I would say. On the morning of the memorial I sat down with 750 words and wrote out my thoughts about her. Somehow the site had become more than a web interface, but a trusted friend, a safe place, the exact place to clarify my thoughts and feelings.

Testimonial Note from John Niec on Sun, Oct 17
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More badges for accomplishments

What comes after Phoenix?

New Feature Vote from John Niec on Sun, Oct 17
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I missed a day on the challenge, not because I didn’t write, but because I didn’t make sure I could get online to post my words. It was an interesting lesson of struggle. It showed up like I didn’t really care that I couldn’t get online even though it might mean wall of shame. So, how do external challenges effect me. I guess my brain rationalizes them out of the way.

How could I have made it a stronger incentive to ensure that I did what was possible to get my words online? I broke a 26 day streak in the process. Well, keep writing – that’s the good part. Next time, remember the lesson of finding a way to creatively get done what needs to get done. Enjoy your 750+ words.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Brian Ball on Fri, Oct 15
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750 Words has definitely made me a more committed writer. I may not always be able to keep my streaks, but I write more regularly than I ever have before, and I’m more likely to stick it out and finish – or at least finish 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Jack Clayton on Thu, Oct 14
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More extreme badges

1/2 year badges, 200 days, 300 days, year badges. I’m at nearly 180 days, and I haven’t seen a new badge in, well, 80. It’s sad.

New Feature Request Note from Shawn Waugh on Thu, Oct 14
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After almost 200 days of writing every day, I think the habit is finally starting to take! :)

Buster, thank you so much for creating this site and putting it out there. After agonizing over how and why I use it, I now just use it, and have come to depend on the clarity I get from the process. Hope you and your family are well.

Testimonial Note from Pat Hughes on Thu, Oct 14
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Metadata To-Do's

It would be neat to be able to flag a line/paragraph of text as a To-Do using a special set of characters in meta-data style and then have the ability to link all to-dos tagged this way to an external service like Remember the Milk, ToodleDo, Nozbe, or even just email that is automatically sent once you finish writing for the day. I often write things I want to remember as I do my daily brain dump and not losing these to the ether would be nice.

New Feature Request Note from Andy Affleck on Wed, Oct 13
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An iPhone/iPad app

I’m new to this community and have quickly become addicted to writing every day, but life happens and there are times where I can’t get to an internet connection (i.e. yesterday when I saved my writing in a Word document, but couldn’t upload due to a busted phone line). I would love love love to be able to write offline and sync via my iphone.

Thanks for a great site!

New Feature Vote from Rosanna Casper on Wed, Oct 13
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I decided to donate to 750Words on my first day of using it because I believe that in this, my first day, that I have already accomplished more than I would have without it. I am going to take part in NaNoWriMo next month and I needed to get started on my plot/character ideas. I used 750words.com to help me kick-start the thinking process and I sat down and wrote 837 words with only 1 distraction… Definitely worth my $4.00 already! :D

Testimonial Note from Chris Davis on Tue, Oct 12
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I’m brand new to this site, but I absolutely love it. The design and layout is gorgeous. The format is intuitive. The badges are fantastic.

I’ve never been one for extrinsic arbitrary awards, but those birds are so darn cute. I feel compelled to pursue them!

Thanks, Buster, for creating a fantastic site. I’m looking forward to many days of writing — and completing NaNoWriMo 2010 via 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Frances Clark on Mon, Oct 11
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Just a thank you to Buster for this site. We are grateful. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Thompson on Mon, Oct 11
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I just reached 100,000 words, and until recently I didn’t even know there was a new badge for this, so I am doubly excited! I didn’t really think that I would continue writing for this long – or that I would have this much to say!
Thanks to Buster for an amazing site that has become part of my day and to my daughter, a graduate student who was so excited about her penguin badge months ago that I had to join!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 11
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Saving your words

So far in October I’ve written 750 words at least each day of the month, and that’s fantastic and something for which I’m very grateful to this site.

I’d like to be able to always save my words when I’ve written 750+ of them, especially when I have access to the Internet but the site isn’t working, but also on days when I just don’t have access to the Internet.

I wrote on the 10th and on the 11th of October: attempted to save my words to the site: failed. I had access to the site, and on the 10th my words weren’t being counted and on the 11th they seemed to be counted and seemed to be saved but when I looked I had an absence.

Someone else suggested that you should be able to sync your words in case of unavoidable absences from the Internet: I think that would be great, and it would also mean that it wouldn’t matter when the site went down or was otherwise unavailable for a couple of days.

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Mon, Oct 11
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Chris Page on Mon, Oct 11
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I realized just how much 750 words has become part of my life when I panicked this morning, thinking I’d broken a 100+ day streak yesterday. When I sat down at the computer, I found that I had in fact written, and had even been thinking about my words since then. 750 words has gotten so deep into my soul that I don’t even notice that I do it anymore, and I love that! My life is the better for it.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Winfrey on Mon, Oct 11
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An iPhone/iPad app

There have been a few critical times this year where I’ve been able to write, but didn’t have an Internet connection. It would be truly fabulous if there was an app where we could write our 750 daily while unplugged from the Internet, and then sync up or something when we get back from Timbuk3 or whatever. So we won’t lose our streak just because we went out of town and offline…as I did. On day 92. See why this is worth 6 cups of patronage? :) Thanks for all that you’ve done. Sorry to be asking for a good bit more. I’d be up for putting in some real cash on it … had you considered putting the app project into Kickstarter to give us an opportunity to fund it?

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 09
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An iPhone/iPad app

I use my iPhone all the time. If we had an app for the iPhone, I would be able to write my 750 words a day, even if I was away from my computer.

750words.com is one of the best things that has happened to me as a writer, and I can only imagine an iPhone app would double my productivity.

New Feature Vote from Moit on Sat, Oct 09
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Selective Sharing

This would allow you in your sharing section to select who you would like to be able to view your content.

New Feature Request Note from Eric Andrew Fode on Fri, Oct 08
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I really didn’t think I’d be able to stick to the 750 Words idea. I’m not so good at that. But here I am, 28 days in, and it’s become a really important part of my night. I just vent. And I love that it’s entirely private, and I can say whatever I want, and yet still have some sense of community. I’m pleased with the balance I find here, and I greatly appreciate the safe space it provides me. There’s a great comfort in “morning pages”, though for me they’re definitely “evening pages.” It’s been like my own private therapy session. I love the analysis provided, even though it’s a bit dubious at times, but even still it helps me see myself from an outsider’s perspective, without having to show my writing to an actual outsider. So, to sum it up, thank you for coming up with this. 750 Words is a wonderful site with a great goal, and it’s starting to become a very important part of my day.

Testimonial Note from Jill Anderson on Fri, Oct 08
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When I checked out 750 Words for the first time (after a coworker recommended it) I thought the whole badge thing seemed a little silly. Then I started typing away and logging the days. And before I knew it I was also a silly badge aficionado, craving every last one of them. Very inspired, that whole badges-as-motivators idea…

Testimonial Note from Linda Dyer on Fri, Oct 08
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This is a GREAT service! I really wanted to say thank you more than anything. 750 Words has provided the space for me to remember I can commit to something I enjoy doing and stick with it! I am on a 27 day streak of writing and have committed to November’s challenge. Once again – thank you for this therapeutic and creative tool!!

Rochelle

Testimonial Note from Rochelle Nardelli on Fri, Oct 08
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For reaching 100 days!

Double Down on Charity Note from Chris Glover on Thu, Oct 07
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Thu, Oct 07
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!*!Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. -Jules Renard, author (1864-1910) Indeed this is what I love about 750 words! Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Thu, Oct 07
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Many years ago I began the Morning Papers but continued for only a few short weeks when I was rudely interrupted by the torment of a tortured romance! When a friend told me recently that she was doing them and showed me Julia Cameron’s book I was inspired to start again. I’m still doing them, in longhand, every morning without fail.

Having woken up my writing bug I then discover 750 words. OMG I want to do this one too. Once I figure out that this one being online means I can take advantage of writing in two different ways I can’t not accept the challenge so I sign up.

And what a revelation it has been. All the ideas that were roaming around in my mind for future applications have now been assigned a poem, or a piece of writing of some sort. Some have even been written. This I’m very happy with.

And to top it all off at a poetry performance night the other day someone mentioned NaNoWriMo which I forgot all about until I bumped into it later the next day. Write a novel in a month, I thought! Now HOW could I do that?

On the bus going to the theatre the next night, stream of consciousness notebook open on my lap, with the bus turning my normally artistic script into stunted creatures hobbling across the tramlines, I devise the basis of the novel. I’ll heave out that old idea that’s been hiding at the back of my mind waiting for a book and combine it with something new I’ve been thinking about and voila! If I can write this many words per day I reckon I can write enough to have the first draft of a novel in a month, no worries mate, as they say in Oz.

I can hardly believe that I am plotting this after so many years of avoiding it but see what this writing practice does for you………. Chris Baty said ‘No Plot, No Problem’ and I really believed I would have to figure mine out as I wrote but twenty five minutes on the number 176 with a focused mind and I was sorted.

It really is true that the more I write the more I can write and in the process my brain is making connections I never ever imagined it would.

My thanks to you Buster for having the brilliant idea of putting up this site and for making it such fun; I love the badges and the coffees etc. I’ll say hallo when I come to Seattle next year. I’m sure I’ll recognise you in the cafe.
Maggie

Testimonial Note from Maggie Dodson on Wed, Oct 06
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Mike McGee on Wed, Oct 06
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I was intrigued to try 750words back in April when a friend wrote on Tumblr that 750words had changed his life. I was like, “Ok, maybe I should try it.” So I tried it for a few days in April, and fell off hard. I just don’t think I was ready for the commitment of writing 750 words everyday when I could barely write a paper.

This summer I joined four of my college buddies to create a startup company, so I have been driven ever since to learn as much as I can all day everyday. I think I wanted to use 750words to talk about my daily experience but also a start to my day which now started at 6am, which was a major departure from college. What was 750 simple words turned into a routine which has now turned into necessity. Writing my 750 words is the FIRST thing I do everyday, and I have now done it for 89 days in a row. I have only missed one day since I came back in July, and that was the Friday of the first week (I still can’t believe I did that), but besides that hiccup I am 93/94 since early July.

When I started my first One-Month Challenge in August, I thought it would be tough, but it went by like a breeze. The One-Month Challenge in September was an afterthought, because my true goal has been to get to 100 and get the Phoenix. I am also inching closer to 100,000 words, and that is something that I am truly shocked by. Almost two novels! You kiddin’ me! I WISH I could have found this my freshman year of college, it would have truly revolutionized how I thought about writing. But I don’t try to worry about that too much, I am just glad I have it now.

After I get to 100/100,000 I am going to create more rewards! This is not an official recommendation to Buster, but I think there should be some even crazier rewards. I see on some of these testimonials that other people think they have written around and over a million words, there should be something for that! Or for 250,000 and 500,000 words! And for somebody who has written for an entire year! But if these are not created that’s ok, the main point is not getting the badges, it is this feeling right now as I am typing. The feeling to express yourself on an open canvas is refreshing, and I am always excited to start typing every morning.

As I tell my friends, as long as my brain is functioning and I have fingers to type with, I will write my 750 words. Thank you for making this enormous difference in my life.

Testimonial Note from Mike McGee on Wed, Oct 06