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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Our Good Members

Deborah Lyon
VIRGINIA L BARTLETT
Karen Callahan
Thant Synn Win
Ashton Green
Bianca Sutton
Ties de Wit
Chantelle Zakariasen
bernie
Stone
Shawn Young
Stacy Giguere
Cheney Meaghan
Sophie Soph
Elizabeth Brooking
Kristen Black
Gillian Kratzer
Rene Vega
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Austin Smith
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Gord willms
Josemar Alves
Emellyne forman
Katy Moffitt
Nice Try There
Isobel Phillips
Mikhail Nikorich
Margaret Elliott Leggat
Sandra Rand
Caron Darbyson
Sue Lynn Yurick
chezarina moran
Catherine Fata
Jay Elliott
Steven Jay
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Yustynn Panicker
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Mark Maxwell
Scott Gilchrist
Andrew Herman
Chloe Anderson
Carlee Busby
Andrew Doucet
Alex
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Elena Tucker
Armando Gonzalez
Jonathan Fesmire
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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

An excerpt of my pages this lovely morning:

“I feel like I didn’t write for a week—I missed these morning pages quite a bit, considering I just skipped one day. But, like I said before, a broken charger counts as a valid reason to miss a day. Now that I’m back on track, I realize that I don’t want to live without these morning pages anymore; this keeps me sane, mentally strong, exhilarated, and always active in improving my writing skills.”

Testimonial Note from Reena T on Tue, Oct 18
1 cup
metadata export

I am using the metadata feature (caps:metadata tag) and I would love to be able to export the metadata as a .cvs or some data format, just monthly would be fine. Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Andielyn on Tue, Oct 18
1 cup
Secure server for writing

my writing is very personal (as I’m sure everyone’s is). Anyway this site has been such a gift to me. thank you!

New Feature Vote from Audrey McLaughlin on Mon, Oct 17
1 cup

I used Morning Pages some time ago – maybe in the 1980s or 1990s.. I used to write them by hand then, which became a bit of a chore, particularly with my obscure handwriting. 750 Words has removed the ‘chore’ element, thank heavens.
I’d forgotten how useful morning pages are. Over the past month of so of use, all sorts of helpful stuff has come up – very useful. I’ve carried some of what came up into current or intended work.
It gives me a space each day when I lay aside the tasks of the day and allow myself to imagine and sepeculate about anything. It is really valuable – and no handwriting grind either. Full marks.
I haven’t begun to learn from the daily stats yet so I am looking forward to exploring how to benefit from the stats.

Testimonial Note from Gordon Mutch on Sun, Oct 16
1 cup

I followed The Artists Way practice of writing for 3 months about 10 years ago. So it wasn’t too tough to pick up. Writing gives a sense of completion to observations and idle disconnected thoughts. It ought to help me with memory recall of conversations and eadings, as I’ve learned from Benedict Carey’s in “How We Learn.” It’s retrieval practice, a freeform recall that tests my memory within the same day. It leaves my mind less cluttered to get on to the next thing. Almost like the meditative quality of sketching or painting.

Testimonial Note from Anne ONeill on Sun, Oct 16
1 cup

I’ve recently come back to 750 Words after a 2 year break, and wow, have I needed this site. Writing here brings a clarity to my mind that has been sorely needed.

Testimonial Note from RP on Sun, Oct 16
1 cup
Secret Badges

I like the idea of going about my day and unlocking secret badges that no one has ever seen before, to create an air of excitement among the habitual users. It gets so mundane to see the same badges next to the names every day.. Flamingos, Eggs, Albatross galore. Sometimes a few others, but rarely anything new that makes you sit up, take notice and say, “What’s THAT and how do I get one?!” Imagine if you unlocked a secret badge. You didn’t even know you were going to get one, and bam! Here’s something new that no one else has yet. Perhaps some of the secret badges could be limited edition – only available for the first 10 (or 15 or 25, etc) people to do this certain thing or type on this certain day. I’m not sure what they would be for – I leave that to you. I just like the idea of never knowing what could be around the corner.

New Feature Request Note from Elizabeth Lasswell on Sat, Oct 15
1 cup

cheers

Testimonial Note from isaac bahler on Sat, Oct 15
1 cup

I used 750 Words very sporadically in the beginning—tried it when I was going through The Artist’s Way, but found that handwriting was more meaningful then. I started & stopped many times since then; started up again last fall, and recently got the Pegasus badge for 365 days. I write whatever comes into my mind—total brain dump, usually in the evening. I think it’s helped tame my anxiety.

Testimonial Note from Katt13 on Sat, Oct 15
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Michal on Fri, Oct 14
1 cup

Thanks for the simplicity and ad-free experience, 750words. And thanks to the other patrons for sharing their enthusiasm for writing.

Testimonial Note from Charlotte on Fri, Oct 14
1 cup

I love what this site has done for my life: it gives me clarity, allows me to name what I feel, gives me a place where I can play, where I can be myself without anyone to judge me. I feel so much better after I write. Keep writing everybody, just keep writing!! :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I think if you break your streak which sometimes happens to be able to build up a little stack of badges as you go through them again would be good.

New Feature Vote from Kirsti on Thu, Oct 13
2 cups

I am so grateful for this site. I can’t wait to log on and write each day. I write things I can’t say aloud to anyone and it helps me work out my problems and frustrations.

Testimonial Note from Mary Senior on Thu, Oct 13
69 cups

Best birthday present ever. Thank you for being a place of hope and miracles, where I can write myself into a rare sense of peace.

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Wed, Oct 12
1 cup
Bold.Italics, and Underline, and Paragraph spacing

We could have bold, italics and underlining for words and phrases we want to put into our entries. The paragraph spacing could be lines drawn between paragraphs.

New Feature Request Note from Danielle Pitter on Tue, Oct 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Miriam Bligh-Hasan on Tue, Oct 11
1 cup
Offline Capability/Syncing

I would love a way to have an app or some way to have offline features. Most of the time I am writing my 750words in a Google Doc, so that I can post it later. (I write during my commute and I am underground the whole time). However, I would forget to post it, and I lose my streak.

I really there will be someone to step up and develop this so people like me can continue with their streak.

New Feature Request Note from Jemellee S on Tue, Oct 11
1 cup

Writing everyday has done me wonders. After I let go from trying to edit and censor myself, I saw how much I improved. I went from 40-50 wpm to 60. Over the last week I saw myself improving further! Today I reached 68 wpm. My entries have gone from 15-20 minutes to reach 750 words to 11 minutes. And it’s all thanks to 750 words. I cannot be thankful enough. It’s given me a place to push forward. I love it all the more for helping me have a place to write, to dump my thoughts, to practice, and to use whenever I need it.

Thanks for everything!

Testimonial Note from S.Win on Thu, Oct 06
1 cup
Free Miss Day

You can use 1 cup per month as your Free Miss Day so if you are participating in the month long challenge and miss a day you can continue on.

New Feature Request Note from Josephine Kay on Thu, Oct 06
1 cup

I just got my early bird badge. This shows me how much I’ve changed in my life this last month to turn things around in order to do what I need to be healthier and happier. This includes writing 750 at day at least. I stopped writing here for a while because I forgot how much it helps me. I’m really grateful to continually have this tool to write and can’t wait till I hit 250,000 words! Thanks for keeping 750 Words alive!

Testimonial Note from Angela Gunn on Thu, Oct 06
1 cup

I had a period of time where I was quite inspired. Things changed, and since I knew my writing would become sparse, I donated in hopes that my account would stay active. My donation was received, my information is irretrievable, my account is now dead. But have hope writers! This site can be a step toward inspiration! I can say truly that the time I have spent writing here has helped me think and write differently. Kudos to the creators:)

Testimonial Note from jesse on Thu, Oct 06
1 cup

I’ve tried to write every day. I’ve tried a journal 1000 times, but for some reason 750 words works for me. This has been a tough, tough year and writing down my thoughts has helped me sort through them, make sense of some things, and work through my issues. I hope to eventually lean to more creative writing but for now even if I don’t write every day, I always think about what I will write.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Kenneth on Thu, Oct 06
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Maggie Moon on Wed, Oct 05
30 cups

I have found that a good therapist provides a space where you can be yourself, that true healing doesn’t come from being told what to think but from learning how to think for yourself. And digging deep into the subconscious is where this healing takes place. Thank you 750words for helping me dig. What allowed me to double-down on the depth was a coloring book I created (tylerastevens.com). Happy diving!

Testimonial Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Wed, Oct 05
1 cup

Day One – Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Oct 04
1 cup
Wall of Resilience instead of Wall of Shame

Shaming is counterproductive to having someone get back in the saddle and try again. I vote for a change of name for the “Wall of Shame” when people fail to meet challenges. Mistakes increase awareness and if viewed in a good like can propel us forward. So I’m for naming the wall something that gives more of a positive incentive to keep trying and to never quit!

New Feature Request Note from Sean MaryHelen Johnson on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Some have recommended being able to re-earn badges or having them stack like poker chips. But new badges would be cool too. I like completing challenges.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 03
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Improve the homepage

I would love a BADGE button to click on – not only to see all of the badges a person has, but those you can collect – and how to collect them! :-)

I love the badges idea – your little icons are pretty cool for them. I absolutely LOVE this site!!

New Feature Vote from Angela Kolp on Mon, Oct 03
1 cup
a histrogram of cumulative word count for the month

I took part in Camp NaNoMoWri in July. I found that the monthly word count total of 50,000 words to a motivating goal. The website provided a paired bar graph of the number of words written so far that month and the number of words needed to be written to be on track to achieve the goal for the month.
It would be great to have a similar plot on the stats page. It would be even more useful if the user could enter a word total for the month. I was so inspired by my experience in July that I made a similar paired bar graph in an Excel spreadsheet. I passed 50,000 words in July, fell short by several thousand words in August, and just crossed the threshold in September. I am setting my daily goal in October a little higher so that I cross the 50,000 word mark l before the end of the month and any unforeseen interruptions.

New Feature Request Note from Blaine Mooers on Mon, Oct 03