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

Sally Ashlock
Shannon Brown
Anastasia Lewis
Devorah Buzil
Rebecca Elwing
Kimber Lockhart
alithea seemann
Jennifer
Angelina Sisi Xia
Rebecca Steinbichler
Kayleigh Johns
JOSEPH RODINI
palomita
Io Sarah McNaughton
Rob Steinberger
Slava
Willena Flewelling
Karen Gardineer
Zoë Tangara
Ali Nicole
Sandstrom Tj
John Minnick
Matthew R
Mandino
Lee W. Turner
Caitie
Deborah Lyon

Notes of inspiration from members

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Stack 'Em

I love the badges, very motivating in a nerdy kind of way. I suggest a new feature in which one can earn repeated badges (cheetah speed, for instance) and have them show up stacked on top of each other.

New Feature Request Note from Erin Michaela Sweeney on Tue, Jul 19
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My brain is a messier and less happy place when I’m not using 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Darby Jack on Tue, Jul 19
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More analysis tools like the Losada ratio

the analysis stuff is cool. i like the mood pie charts. One thing I have been trying to track is my Losada ratio Positive/Negative affect ratio. While there is some discussion of the math behind the exact calculation, the idea is sound. Sort of like the PANAS ratio also. there are different ways to calculate it. It is pretty clear that if you have a > 3/1 ratio of positive to negative you are in a good space, less and you are not.

New Feature Request Note from Minister Of Order on Tue, Jul 19
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges inspire me soooo much and push me to keep writing, so I would really love if there were some more <3

New Feature Vote from Nina K on Mon, Jul 18
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I stumbled upon ‘750 Words’ today and after one session, I’ve joined up to be a member. How could I resist venturing over to PayPal to commit to the lowly $5 a month fee? That’s less than I would pay for a vanilla soy latte; less than the cost of yet another self-help book; hundreds less than the cost of a therapy appointment or anxiety meds.

After completing Julia Cameron’s creative workshop “The Artist’s Way” a total of 1.75 times and finding her morning pages crucial to jump starting my day, I know the value of stream-of-consciousness writing. I’ve read and reread all of Natalie Goldberg’s books on writing and I’ve done ‘writing practice’ for decades. But now encumbered with painful arthritic hands, I have to resort to typing my thoughts and out of all the online tools available that I have attempted to employ and failed at continuing to use, ‘750 Words’ is the one program that meets my need to write, to purge the jumble of thoughts in my brain, to make sense of occurrences, to forge ahead in my pursuit of living a creative life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Suzanne Berard Langlois on Mon, Jul 18
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Randy Wileshaw on Sun, Jul 17
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Randy Wileshaw on Sun, Jul 17
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Possible new badge?

Hi,

Today I hit 1.5 million words. Hard to believe. Any way this can become a badge? Next, the thousand days badge…

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Sat, Jul 16
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I love this website. It feels refreshing to just unwind and type whatever I think for a few minutes each day. I’ve started to learn touch-typing so that one day I’ll be good enough to type much faster on here. I’ll be supporting this site whenever I have change to spare (still a student) because I think it is wonderful. Extremely grateful for this space.

Testimonial Note from El Nath on Thu, Jul 14
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Maggie H on Mon, Jul 11
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Emily Dibdin on Sun, Jul 10
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Emily Parsons on Fri, Jul 08
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THANK YOU SO MUCH to the creators of 750 Words! I majored in Creative Writing in college and have been a dabbler all my life, but have struggled so hard to establish a solid writing habit post-graduation. This place is changing that for me after many failed attempts, and I can’t begin to express my gratitude. Although I don’t necessarily succeed every day (my longest sustained streak so far is 12 days) I am finally beginning to take myself and my writing seriously enough to make real time for it. That’s all on you guys and this wonderful site. How much further along I’d be now if I had discovered it years ago! Oh well. One foot (or word) in front of the other, right?

Testimonial Note from Amy Roth on Tue, Jul 05
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750 Words has helped me clear my mind as well as think solve my problems. Using this site has also improved my focus and discipline. Achieving the badges are good too. It has been an eye opening experience and I will be forever changed for the better because of it. Thank You.

Testimonial Note from Steven Starr on Mon, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a particular fan of badges that reward a different type of commitment than the type rewarded by current badges. For example, a badge for restarting on the site after a break, or for finishing 750 words 10 days in a row even if it always takes a long time, etc.

New Feature Vote from Sentient Human on Mon, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

I seriously love this site. Now while I haven’t received all available badges (because I can’t seem to maintain a streak beyond 2-3 months oops), I have always come back to it after a period of absence and I love it. Maybe a “back on the horse” badge after maintaining a monthlong streak after a period of absence of a few weeks? I realize this would be a hard one to get for people who do write every day but it would be encouraging for people like me. Seriously I love this site. I don’t use it for creative writing, I use it to work through any issues I have on my mind at the moment without worrying about messing up my paper journals or worrying about anyone reading it at some point (my kid, my spouse, or anyone really).

New Feature Vote from Alexandra Sourisseau on Mon, Jul 04
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I have written on and off here at 750 Words.com for the past few years. One thing that I have noticed is that when I start my writing session with 750 words my writing is clearer and stronger and gives me the courage to move forward with the piece I am working on. I find that my daily entries here are like a warm up exercise before the actual writing. It truly helps me out tons. I have been gone for awhile and just came back and now that my writing will be much better once I start writing here again. I love the badges, the motivational tools and emails we receive. This site truly rocks and is a much for any writer. Thank you 750 Words.com. You guys rock!! :)

Testimonial Note from William P. Gerace on Sat, Jul 02
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I’m so inspired by how much you fellow-writers are writing each day, by your level of commitment and determination – it’s really awesome. I’ve been an ‘on and off’ writer for so long – for TOO long, and that’s because I didn’t believe in myself, I didn’t take my writing ability seriously. Yes, I learnt the hard way that no matter how determined I think I am, staring at a blank page all day and ‘willing’ the words to come just doesn’t cut it! I’ve got to put the work into it, the sweat and tears, and physically get my fingers moving across the keyboard. But there’s been such a dramatic shift in my personal life just now – someone screwing us over can make us either sink or swim and I choose to swim – that suddenly, I’m thriving. I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone and doing things I never thought I could, I’m believing in myself, and I’m proud of myself. I’m proud to be writing about it and I’m even prouder to be a part of such a great writing community.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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I needed a place to write that was simple, convenient, and provided metadata tracking. Done and done. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 02
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Thanks for the site! I just completed the June challenge. I used this site in fits and starts in 2012 and made a renewed effort this year. It’s been helpful all this spring. And now, in summer, I’m moving forward on a larger writing project, so supplementing this with “Write or Die” sessions. Besides my own writing, I have used this site in the classroom (30day trial)—8 am M-F intensive course—we all sat and wrote for ~15 mins each morning and then carried on with discussion and writing for the next 1hr45m. Thanks for the badges. :)

Testimonial Note from T. M. Russ on Fri, Jul 01
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges are surprisingly motivating! 50 days seems worth a badge, too, though.
I like the 10-day behavior badges (hamster, cheetah) and wish there were more options like that—and that they were “live” (or brighter/bolder) when they still apply and greyed out or something if they were once acquired but not part of the current streak. Or just duplicated…earned again and again.

New Feature Vote from T. M. Russ on Fri, Jul 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Audrey Moyce on Fri, Jul 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Audrey Moyce on Fri, Jul 01
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Secure server for writing

I’ve been using this site for a long time now and i don’t currently have a good place to back it all up (I travel often and don’t have much room for bulky belongings); I’d hate to see it all go away someday! Would also hate for it to be leaked, though I don’t imagine I’m high-profile enough for that to matter too much…

New Feature Vote from Audrey Moyce on Fri, Jul 01
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I’ve been a journaler, on and off, my whole life. As a little kid I had a “Holly Hobby” journal with a padlock and fell in love with fountain pens & bottles of ink when I was about 6. Expression through the written word has always been important to me. When I was at a low 13 years ago, suffering some ill health and feeling unsure where life was headed for me, I plunged into the artists way… I still believe this was a vital part of my healing.
Since then however, I’ve been known to “recommend” journaling, more than doing it. Not sure why, I’d get in a groove and then stop. Not sure if I was insecure about my pages being found or what, I did an awful lot of shredding that is for sure!
But this year, up against some life changes and feeling insecure again, (and noting that I was asking others to journal but not always walking my talk)… I revisited this lovely site, which I had heard of a while back but never dove in.
I started just before the close of 2015 and with all the incentive badges and the “threat of going back to day zero” has kept me true to my word, to write every single day in 2016 (and hopefully beyond, now I have the dangling carrot of 1,000 days!)
My morning writing is rarely, if ever profound, and I have not even once looked back on my writing. I feel secure that “if anything happened to me” my words will remain private and secure and all my venting will die with me!
Some days my daily purge is utterly boring, more of an essay style shopping list really, and other days I sit with the deeper emotions that flutter around my heart and soul. No matter what, I have such satisfaction “getting it done” – even on the days when I had to leave the house really early!
I love the pie chart of emotions, the way my mood is determined, and how I get to see m most frequently used words. I was badge obsessed and I have to say when I got to day 100 and realized my next badge would not be for another 200 days(!) I was a little worried about my motivation, but now it is entirely driven by not wanting to start all over again!

Thank you for this website, this encouragement, even this “community” (even though I don’t engage really)… the quiet accountability aspect of it is quite marvelous.

Let us keep writing – getting it off our chests is so very beneficial for our health and wellness….

<3

Testimonial Note from Sacha on Fri, Jul 01
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I am finding my voice; I am using semicolons. I am very happy.

Testimonial Note from Lawrence J on Fri, Jul 01
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750 words had helped me make some headway on a major writing project—I have around 44,000 words after two months of using this site (including completing the June Challenge), but now I need to take a break from generating and start revising. I have found it helpful to produce the writing in a neutral space before dumping it into another document, where it then can be revised and reorganized. I also really love the stats, because it often helps me figure out whether I am on the right track in terms of tone and other concerns.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Tvordi on Fri, Jul 01
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750 words is harder to do every day than going to the gym. Just like the gym you always feel so much better after you go. 750words has helped me organize my thoughts on my business and my relationship and I think it is an extremely valuable exercise / service.

Testimonial Note from matthew hessler on Fri, Jul 01
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HUZZAH! After almost exactly 5 years of attempting the 750 words challenge (on and off), I have completed it in June 2016!

I’d like to thank Buster for making this site and Habitica for providing the proper motivation to actually getting it done…. next step, Phoenix Badge!

Testimonial Note from Shawn Marincas on Fri, Jul 01
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I love 750 words even though I have yet to make it through a complete month’s challenge. So today I start again. This time maybe I’ll make it. It all depends on how well I can weather the internal storms of family crisis and fears. Anyway, I love the badges I’ve gotten and hope to continue these Morning Pages day after day and year after year.

Testimonial Note from Patricia O'Leary on Fri, Jul 01