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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Vacation?

I’m not sure, but sometimes you need a vacation! I know—we’re all supposed to be connected 24/7 these days, but in fact, not everyone is. And truly, a few days or even a week offline can be good for the soul. Could one set his/her account to “on vacation” & not damage the stats?

New Feature Request Note from Elizabeth Rambo on Sun, May 23
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You know, I started using this site as a bit of an experiment – to see if I could actually stick to writing every day – and it really has turned into one of the highlights of my day.
Also, I’ve been using it as a dumping ground for my psyche, and I have to say, it really helps me get ready for the day, and to process what happened the day before.

Thanks, Buster, for creating this site – and congratulations on your new addition!
All the best,
Martha

Testimonial Note from Martha Maddox on Sun, May 23
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I have written every day for a while now and it feels good even though, oddly enough, the streak has coincided with a particularly dry period in my writing life. I just read another note by someone whose streak fell apart and I do wonder what it will be like for me when I fall off the wagon too. I hope that I can get back into it immediately and find the words I need. Maybe we should each have sponsors, AA style.

Thank you, Buster for the site.

Testimonial Note from Brian G. Fay on Fri, May 21
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While this may sound negative in the outset understand that it’s meant to inspire, if not a little out of fear. I mean, I did py 4 bucks to write it to you so I can’t be that upset over the process :)

So here it is, fair warning kind writers, missing a day is a punch in the gut. I started mid month and have been chugging along, wracking up points and feeling really good about the process. Yesterday I failed, yesterday I only wrote 250 words… my percentage went from 100% of the days I started I finished to 89% of the days I started I finished. It will never be 100% this month (God, I hope that % restarts in June as I believe it does). Theres no little dot beside the day in the THIS MONTH page. I’m pulling in points for a spare instead of a strike. If this were my one month challenge my name would be on the wall of shame. I would bet the number of people that start the One Month Challenge that miss a day probably stop all together – Buster would know better than I.

While we can’t let such setbacks get to us and just keep on writing I will send forth this word of warning – beware! Missing a day can really take the wind out of your sails. It becomes a thorn in your side, a niggling reminder of a day you didn’t keep up you end of the bargain to yourself.

So now I have to get back into the road to recovery, limp along trying to ignore the gaping wound I’ve created and hope I keep going on my journey without faltering long enough that the wound heals and I go back to my steady run.

Good luck!
- Don

Testimonial Note from Don Corcoran on Thu, May 20
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I’ve been using the site for over two months now, and I find it is a very helpful habit. It helps me to clear my head, to get down ideas that spring into my mind, to think about various things in my life, and it keeps me in the habit of writing, which makes it easier for me to write. I find I am also typing a bit faster, too. :-) I recommend this site to anyone, because I really believe there is absolutely no one who would not benefit greatly from coming here every day and pouring their thoughts out through the keyboard. Thanks for making it available.

Testimonial Note from Ray Beere Johnson II on Wed, May 19
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Gooday it is James from Wanneroo in Western Australia, no I am not a f…….. kangaroo, new migrants affectionally call us skips after the children’s show “Skippy The Bush Kangaroo”. Not that I was born here, migrated here at 7 from Africa in 1960.
Anyway decided to put my money where my mouth is after raving about this site for a month or so.
My next career is a writer, so this site is really disciplining me to write everyday. Also even though I do write a log or journal daily and have for about 20 years, this is really helpful at dumping stuff out of my head, which definately gets clogged up with all sorts of emotions, paranoia, and general rubbish to hamper the way I try to live my life, living life on life’s terms rather than avoiding the issue, or living in a fantasy or a false reality.
The result is my head is clearer during the day to absorb and observe or seems to be, therefore my mood though normally good is even better.
Will be in the US in July this year a week in Portland then travelling north to Canada, so may call into Bedlam Cafe and shout you a coffee. My hangouts here are my favourites. Kumara in Heathridge. http://kumara.com.au/index.php/cafe Followed by my favourite near home in Wanneroo the Elixar.
http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1264669338 Last but not least Macchiato Lounge around the corner from the licensing centre in Joondalup, very important for a driving instructor, my present game in life.
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&rlz=1D2DDAU_enAU313AU313&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=macchiato+lounge+joondalup&fb=1&hq=macchiato+lounge&hnear=joondalup&cid=14455524397936063743 Must go and do some work. On ya Buster, hope to buy ya a brew in July. Regards, James.

Testimonial Note from James Roberts on Wed, May 19
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Thank you for creating 750words.com. I am so enjoying my morning pages again.

Testimonial Note from Jim Sharp on Tue, May 18
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Thank you for creating 750words.com. I am so enjoying my morning pages again.

Testimonial Note from Jim Sharp on Tue, May 18
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Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Marek on Tue, May 18
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This has been a huge boon to my writing. Points, badges, and stats all went really far in inspiring me to write day after day. Thanks!!!! My first novel will certainly tell the world how awesome 750 Words is.

Testimonial Note from Don Corcoran on Sun, May 16
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More text analysis

I wanted to agree that I thought the word cloud should remove pronouns. Especially on introspective I would find it far more useful to see substantive words instead of I, me and my.

New Feature Vote from Don Corcoran on Sun, May 16
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Writer’s write. Because of you, I’m writing.
Thank you and congrats on your new family member.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Ann Courington on Sun, May 16
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In two months I’ve written just over 40 000 words by doing my daily 750 words. While doing postgraduate studies. I don’t know why or how it works, but the site rocks. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, May 13
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750 Words has affected me to a point I am too shy to write about in a public way. Seriously.

Testimonial Note from Klara Kim on Thu, May 13
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I’m enjoying 750words so much!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, May 13
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, May 13
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Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Wed, May 12
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750 words continues to be there when i need it the most. It has helped soothe my mind.

I can never say enough thank yous Buster.

Testimonial Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Wed, May 12
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pronoun exemption- frequently used words

“Frequently used words” ends up being mostly: he, she, I, you, it…. etc. It would be nice if these words (plus words like “the, and, this, that”) were excluded so the topic of writing that day would be clearer.
Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Laura Lynn Lazarus on Tue, May 11
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Change the way the ranking is calculated.

I’d like to see the rankings changed to account for ties in a clearer way. It’s a little annoying to see “You’re in 153rd place!” when I have exactly the same number of points as the person in 1st place! I’m not sure how the rankings are calculated with ties, but I assume it has something to do with when people write their words, and since I’m on the Pacific Coast, I’m never going to catch up to people in earlier time zones. I’d like to see the ties counted as all the same place (so, tied for 1st or 3rd or whatever), or base it on something more meaningful than when you wrote your entry (maybe accounting for words per minute, streak length, or something like that).

New Feature Request Note from Sara Chatfield on Tue, May 11
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More badges for accomplishments

I too would love to see more badges. I only know of one more remaining (Phoenix) and I’m still 2 months away from that. Some ideas I’ve had that may or may not be good):

  • Hitting exactly 750 words in an entry
  • Something between 30 days and 100 (like others have said it’s a long long time between albatross and phoenix)
  • Having entries that focus most on each of the areas in the analysis
  • Consistently doing more than 750 words (or is this the Inspired badge that already exists?)
  • Maybe something based on distractions beyond the Undistractable badge? A longer period of time maybe?
  • A lot of the badges (maybe even all of them) could have bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels (or number of feathers or some other distinction of levels) which would provide a lot more badges quickly and keep the emphasis on the things that are important.

Thanks, Buster!

New Feature Vote from Andy Tinkham on Tue, May 11
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More badges for accomplishments

Hedgehog for 2 months, perchance?

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 10
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Buster, your site has helped me realign my work-life balance intellectually. After I was informed of my tenure, I was not exactly sure how to re-knit my life interests with my professional obligations. This site, with it’s challenges and small motivations is absolutely perfect for this work-life reconnection. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, May 10
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At the start of this year I came across the book, The Artist’s Way. And despite all the mumbo jumbo in the book I found a useful tool, the morning pages. I loved the writing the morning pages, but when I found 750 words dot com, my journal got ditched.

Why I loved the journal and 750 words:
• The journal works equally good as 750 word as a place to dump the stuff that is going all in my head, to free some space so I can think things through.
• I feel as if since I have a rather modestly large target I take time to reflect in a way acting as a scaffold to allow me to process my thoughts more

Why in the end I have dumped my journal
• I actually write more on 750 words than my journals because am part of that generation that grew up as screenagers. It is more natural for me to type for a longer period of time than write it down.
• It maybe very sad of me to confess this but I find the badges a great motivator
• The daily nudge keeps me fired up when I see that others have not kept up with the monthly challenge. This brings out my competitive side.
• I also find the test analysis systems to be very affective at times and have really gave me a little insight into me.

So in short: thanks for the kick ass site.

Testimonial Note from Ryan Murray on Mon, May 10
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just a bug fix

Yesterday, I was having difficulty getting my account to work. It may have been because I was switching from the web to the mobile and back and forth again, or it could have been the bad karma of not having bought a cup of patronage on the first of May like I told myself I would. I alleviated the patronage karma problem today and have since taken my settings back to defaults as opposed to the personalized settings of black background and green text that I like the best. Hopefully that will fix all my woes, but my 47 day streak was broken. I wrote about 1000 words and then lost a bunch of them, so I just cut and pasted 500 words in as a replacement for my lost cause. Maybe the program was smart enough to know what i did and took those words away, but it had previously said i was up to 1000 words. Why would it try to trick me? Is there a way to fix my Saturday broken chain That shouldn’t have been a broken link?

New Feature Request Note from Daniel Bayer on Sun, May 09
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I love this site. It is something that I look forward to everyday and has gotten me back to writing my morning pages that I used to do years ago (although I don’t always do it the morning). I think Buster Benson is brilliant for doing this and I just love the way he’s put it all together. It’s the little things like the rewards of different icons, and the encouragement built into the site. It’s sweet. Kinda tells me the kind of person Buster is. It’s so nice to be part of this remarkable community. I cannot express to you, Buster, the gratitude and appreciation I have for you for doing all this.

Testimonial Note from Richard Bienvenu on Sun, May 09
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buster: Thanks for the great site. I was in an illustrated journaling class and mentioned your site. The instructor loves the morning pages but found the charts I told her about fascinating. She couldn’t write the URL down fast enough. Expect another member.

Thanks for a great site.
…dave

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 09
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Sat, May 08
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You will feel a whole lot better 750 words from now.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Doug Dawson on Sat, May 08
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Thanks for the opportunity to support this charity.

Double Down on Charity Note from Doug Dawson on Sat, May 08