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

Kenneth Chavarria
Joseph Hefta
Suzanne Gorhau
Katy Carpman
Joseph Crow
Sam Granger
John W. Allson
Katie Sullivan
Adana Washington
Raena Emilia
Autumn Valenti
Luke Yates
n Sebastian
Cheryl Wollner
Tine Verdonck
martin
Phoenix Hoekstra
Cassandra Fussen
Amy
Carolyn Daly
William Ericksen
hannah wojno
J A Brown
Kirstie McHale
Wendy Foxworth
Hannah Collins
Julie Cantor
Bianka
Matt Codner
mike brennan
Jen Clay
Peter Reinhardt
d mello
Kristian Rasmussen
Carlos Rey
Alex James
Corissa Robey
lucubratress
Alex Ellis
margaret alexander
Maya
Madeleine Belizaire
Sofia Zagzoule
Jordan
Molly Watson
Amy Greenleaf
dorien
N Lewendon
Tim Stotz
Renee Hope
Thomas Morrison
Troels K
Michael Brown
Samantha Matush
Brigolene Z
Darla Still
Lynn Whitney
Douglas Grant
Gwyn
Patricia Gallot-Lavallee
ryc27
Emilie Sullivan
Patricia
Corrado Francolini
Naomi Brown
Megan Maguire
Shannon McDonough
Naomi Tsukino
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Amit Jotwani
Katie Verba
Leah Meadows
Chella
Kuhlia
Kyle Hale
Summer
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Amanda Hernandez
Christophe Egret
Sophie Gamwell
Luz Lekrik
Robert Guthrie
Cosette Bruhns
Vicki
Juliette
Melanie Winklosky
Patricia Frank Sher
Kristen Inman
Amy Simpkins
Elizabeth B
Erika
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Amanda Clark
Luanne Borowski
Cory Forsyth
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Notes of inspiration from members

10 cups

I am so grateful for this site. I passed one million words a few months ago and having this daily habit has impacted my life in expected, and unexpected, ways. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Thu, Mar 03
1 cup

I love 750 words so much! I have always been a pen & paper journaler, and have been a true Artist’s Way style writer many times too. But lately I haven’t felt like it. This has been amazing, getting back in the swing, getting excited about the next badge, seeing the mood I reflected in my writing, what my most used words are… it’s all so good! Thank you for creating it. I am on day 66 and planning to get to the phoenix!

Testimonial Note from Sacha on Wed, Mar 02
5 cups
API/Export option

Would like to access my data (text, statistics, meta data) stored in 750words.com from my own application (programmatically) to do statistics matched towards other data in a custom layout.

New Feature Request Note from Jane Noesgaard Larsen on Wed, Mar 02
1 cup
Exporting Statistics

I’m not sure how exactly all of our statistics are stored, but I think it would be fascinating to be able to export everything, not just our text. I’d like to be able to see in Excel (maybe export to .csv format) the different times of day I start writing, how the typing speeds change, maybe if there’s any correlations between the number of words and the emotions or tenses that are generated by your algorithms. There are endless ways this data can be looked at and analyzed. It may be an interesting way to see how the habit has impacted our lives.

New Feature Request Note from Aaron Keisler on Tue, Mar 01
2 cups

All my life I’ve been sporadic about journaling. It’s something that I aspired to, but rarely lasted more than a few days in a row. But this year, I decided to get serious. I’ve written every single day but it’s February that I’m most proud of completing.

I know, the shortest month of the year – but it was also the month where I started a new job and ended up in the hospital having emergency surgery. And I still managed to stick to writing. I didn’t write a masterpiece from the hospital, but that’s okay… because I had the discipline to write something… anything. I can’t tell you how proud I am of that. What I’ve realized by this process is that there comes a point where what you have invested in a new habit is greater than any possible excuse not to write. It’s a lesson I plan on using in other areas of my life.

So use the badges, they may seem silly but they do motivate you to take the small steps and the next thing you know, you’re half way to the big steps. And the thought of starting over is unbearable.

Testimonial Note from Cubanita Fresca on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from DSM231256 on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I have always wanted to write, but I didn’t know how to tap into my own experience to create. Forcing myself to write at least 750 words per day, I am discovering a huge repertoire of information that if I could reshape it, there would be short stories, even novels.
I have to admit that on line courses are also helping me to shape my creativity, but 750 words per day is the part that focuses the creative force coming alive in me.
I recommend it to people in the classes I take. One day I will take advantage of interacting with others on this site. Thank you for making this virtual community available.

Testimonial Note from Santa Claus Ignaty Cherry on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I liked someone’s idea of inviting writers’ feedback on this. I don’t have badge ideas personally, but I’d love to see what ideas other people have.

New Feature Vote from Brett Summers on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

My brother told me about the site and even footed the bill for my first year of membership. It’s hard to find the time to squeeze in my writing with three kids and a job, but somehow I’m doing it (even if the writing isn’t always so good), and that in itself feels like an accomplishment.
I know it’s silly, but I love the badges. They definitely motivate me. While I was going for the cheetah, no one could approach me during my writing time, because I had to make it in under twenty minutes. It felt like a funny sort of race. I definitely am in the camp of wishing there were more badges.

Testimonial Note from Brett Summers on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I am a writer of poetry and short fiction. I used 750Words all last month to suss out a series of Horror Tales that I was writing for my blog. Not only was I able to unjumble my mind every morning, but I was also able to plot out my stories. This made me a more effective writer and I had a successful month of writing. Thank you, 750Words. You made all of this possible for me!

Testimonial Note from Ravyne Hawke on Tue, Mar 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Earning badges on this site motivates me more than just about anything! It makes the whole thing feel a bit like a game, and it’s absolutely delightful. The more the merrier!

New Feature Vote from Rachel R. Carroll on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
Stop The First Day of the Month Heart attack

Could we adjust the way the x’s show up at the top of the screen so that on the first day of the month I don’t see a row of empty boxes and a zero point tally and think, OMG I just killed my streak!

It happens every month. I go to write on the first day and I gasp, mourn, and frantically try to prove to myself that yes, I did indeed write my words the day before.

I understand the points resetting to zero, but if we could see the previous couple of days in the x-boxes, it would enough to save me that lurch of the heart and moment of crushing guilt. (And I’m all for fewer mornings that begin with crushing guilt.)

Claire

New Feature Request Note from Claire Colvin on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

If this could be a space to not necessarily write all of my words but maybe a brain dump throughout the day or something like that, I would be so interested! Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Katherine Ball on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I have been a member of this site for several years, but I have only really invested in writing regularly over the past several months. I write to think, or think best while writing, actually both, and these past few months of regular writing have been the most productive, peaceful, and emotionally stable of my life. I’m not normally a person who searches for or self-describes as happy, but a thoughtful kind of happiness would absolutely be the best way to identify the results of this daily investment in my own mental and emotional health, as well as in my love for writing. I’m a writing professor, and I tell my students daily how important it is to practice their writing in order to find a voice, and with no voice you have no power. Thank you 750 words for making me feel empowered and for giving me a space to be completely and utterly myself.

Testimonial Note from Katherine Ball on Tue, Mar 01
10 cups
An option to hide the word count

Some days I am on a roll and I don’t want to see how many words I’ve written until I’ve run out of things to say. I would love a button on the write page that lets you hide the word count until you click it again, and that doesn’t turn bold when you’ve reached 750. Because when I see that I’ve reached my daily word count, it’s like crossing the finish line when I’ve still got energy for another mile or two. I’m trying to write more every day and I wish I could either hide the word count or manually increase it to require a larger number of words.

New Feature Request Note from Brittany Paul on Mon, Feb 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This way I could write my notes at cafes more effectively

New Feature Vote from Paz Paulsen-Sacks on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup

I started 750 words around NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be great to write a story, or at least, part of one, every day. Get me in the habit of writing. But, it slowly turned into more of a journal than stories. And for a while, I just wrote about my day, even though that seemed to be boring. But then, something changed. I saw my life changing, my attitude changing, because I was taking time, every day, to just… think about my day. I know this isn’t the express reason for writing, but it’s a dang good one. I look forward to seeing how my life changes in the long term, as I continue in this more self-aware journey.

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Evans on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Daria Space on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Victoria Yardley on Sat, Feb 27
1 cup
Add WPM stats to a public profile

It would be nice to see and share my WPM stats as a line chart. Day by day for a month (or for a year). E.g. https://twitter.com/romanzolotarev/status/703423021311254528

Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 26
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I am really motivated by the badges and would love to see more of them. Maybe allow people to submit designs for you with descriptions on how to earn them. Or have people design the monthly challenges badge to look different each month (heart for valentines day, etc.)

New Feature Vote from Michele Guldsmed on Fri, Feb 26
1 cup
Text features

I would love to be able to bold, underline, or italicize thoughts to look different or show emotion. Color would be awesome too!

New Feature Request Note from Michele Guldsmed on Fri, Feb 26
10 cups

I started writing on this site almost exactly 6 years ago, frustrated at my low attention spans and absence of will. I was determined to change myself and make a habit of writing every day. Today, I finished writing 2000 days in a row. That’s a number that is WAY larger than what I had set out to do – much more than what I can imagine. There probably isn’t even a badge for this yet! There have been hiccups along the way, literally hundreds of days when I had no idea how to fill up 750 words – but it feels great to be finally on this side of this milestone.

This site means a lot to me. I’ve gotten into this amazing habit of writing everyday, which was once a drag but then became something I can not live without. I love that there is this one place where I can face myself, and talk myself through all complex thoughts. On the way, I have gained a degree of self-discipline, sharpened my writing skills, and picked up touch typing. Most importantly though, it has given me immense self-confidence. Whenever I face failure or doubt myself, I can look back on this and realize – here is something I did that I never thought I’d get done, and it has required sustained effort for years and years. If I can keep doing this without giving up for years, then there is no reason I should give up on something now. It reminds me that if I proceed in small steps, I am capable of more greatness than I can imagine.

No matter how many million words I write, I would never be able to express enough gratitude to Buster and Kelliane for giving me this distraction free space to express myself. Thank you sincerely for coming up with this site. You guys rock!

Testimonial Note from Srijata Chakravorti on Wed, Feb 24
5 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Srijata Chakravorti on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from plumdrops on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

One million words today. It feels so good. I’ve worked through so many writing projects with this site. Thank you. Onward and onward.

Testimonial Note from B Carreker Jones on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

This is an amazing site! I used it religiously for a full month and then did not have the means at the time to continue with a membership, but now that I do I will continue writing daily. It reads your thoughts and is such an amazing way to help organize your mind, and i started keeping track of things and it is very useful and helpful. I am so glad to be back!

Testimonial Note from william taylor on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

Writing every day is a routine that I enjoy, and 750Words has helped me to create that habit. Thank you for all the inspiration and the for that space to release all the ideas that are swirling around in my head. Having this space allows me to be more creative and productive!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Sohrob Sa on Tue, Feb 23
5 cups

I never thought I would be a pterodactyl and yet here I am. 202 days. I wrote through some of the hardest days of my life, wrote through pain and fear, wrote through good days. I wrote even on the days I KNEW I couldn’t. 202 days. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Mon, Feb 22