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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New Feature Vote from Kevin Gregory Agwaze on Sun, Jan 10
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two things:
1. in dealing with sh*tty-acting people, it can be detrimental to just vent about it. some people have a tendency to death spiral, which might feel empowering in the short term, but i’ve found for myself just lends itself to dwelling and despair. so, i moved to taking a more journalistic eye and describing the situation in as objective and verifiable way as possible, and then moving on to an analysis and interpretation of the situations. for whatever reason the initial “objective” description was useful in being able to zoom out later and develop empathy + consider motivations for peoples’ sh*tty behavior instead of concentrating so much on offenses against me, which potentially weren’t allowing me to move on.
2. writing is fundamentally a craft, and so just getting into the practice of it regularly is incredibly useful in and of its own right in improving at it. (well, at least i hope i am improving.)

Testimonial Note from chakkamoru on Sat, Jan 09
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I’ve made realisations, discovered parts of me that I thought were gone. This site puts you on a journey and I’m excited to see where I’ll end up.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Blythe on Sat, Jan 09
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New Feature Vote from Sam Hysell on Sat, Jan 09
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m especially interested in badges that reward different sorts of behavior, for example finishing 750 words even if it took a long time, or starting again after losing a streak. Thanks for everything you do! :)

New Feature Vote from Sentient Human on Sat, Jan 09
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Data analysis over time

Hey guys, I really like the graphical analysis of the writing I do on this site. It is great to see how mindset is different, and what I seem to be concerned about, etc.. But I would love to see these trends represented graphically over any given time-period, a month, a year, etc…
How did mindset change over time? Where is the focus of the writing content, etc… I think you get what I am saying. There is a wealth of data you manage to represent graphically on a daily basis, and I would love to see this graphed (and exportable to other formats) for extended time periods.
What do you think? Possible to do this? In the works?
Thanks very much!
Ben

New Feature Request Note from Benson Kobi on Sat, Jan 09
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Secure server for writing

Considering the fact that this website is focused on privacy, ensuring that the user’s writing cannot be sniffed upon is pretty important and should be given a high priority.

New Feature Vote from Kevin Ndung'u on Sat, Jan 09
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Writing them each morning, I feel like I am home again. I think I might be a writer after all.

Testimonial Note from Cynthia Croot on Fri, Jan 08
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I am very impress with the value I am getting out of this program. I have been writing and gaining the habit of writing. What makes it easy is you can just do it. What every kind of writing you want to do. It offers a great deal of freedom and builds routine.

Testimonial Note from Barbara Macdonald on Thu, Jan 07
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Spanish language support

I happen to be Mexican, therefore speak spanish.

I wish my frequently used words would support spanish. All I see are “si”, “la”, “los”.

I need real words to make something about this.

Gracias

New Feature Request Note from René Galindo on Thu, Jan 07
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I am so depressed.
I write 750 words.
I am not so depressed.
Today was not so bad after all.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 07
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New Feature Vote from C. Wood on Wed, Jan 06
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New Feature Vote from Step Schultz on Wed, Jan 06
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A better mobile site

I really like using the site on my tablet, but I would love an app for Android that prompted me each day and urged me towards goals and streaks. This seems like it could be nicely integrated with coach.me or some other app as well.

New Feature Vote from Lauren Collister on Wed, Jan 06
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More badges for accomplishments

Badges are a source of motivation for some people. Maybe badges related to statistics in some way or badges about daily word counts instead of a streak. Badges are fun to try to collect but once you’ve got most of them and you’re just streaking towards a goal, it can work against you.

New Feature Vote from Lauren Collister on Wed, Jan 06
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I found this site while searching for a way to journal online for free. I have been having a very hard time in my life but recently my mother died and my life has forever changed. Since I was crying everyday, which I still do, and since my heart is broken, I thought it was time to write.

I did join 750 words and I have been very surprised at how much junk is inside my mind. Things that I would have never had imagined and it has helped me release enough that I was able to finally go to counseling. I released things that perhaps I would not feel comfortable telling anyone. Nothing bad or illegal but something I just don’t want to share with people.

Every day I hold myself accountable now for doing specific things. Writing my 750 words have been a big priority for me. Not so much to write but to commit to something and follow through. I am proud to say that 47 days in a room I have made writing part of my daily routine and I hope I never stop or miss a day. I am not doing it for any reward from anyone but myself. My reward was reading, after I completed the December challenge, the perks. I know it helps with a charity and geez, I read that and who could not be pleased about that? I am glad that something I NEEDED to do for myself has also helped others.

I hope to earn many more cups and I hope I can share things that will help others. Peace Out !

Testimonial Note from Nicole Benoit on Wed, Jan 06
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It’s good for pushing through writer’s block… to get to 750 words, you have to put words on the page.

Testimonial Note from Highlander_II on Tue, Jan 05
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Freewriting on 750 words gets me ‘unstuck’.

Testimonial Note from Bronwen Merner on Tue, Jan 05
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I have been using 750words.com for about 8 months now on and off, but this is my first note. Just wanted to write because it’s really helping me alongside Dry January – two challenges for me this month! I’ve been a heavy drinker for a long time now, so this site allows me to distract myself from that at times, and gives me an extra, positive outlet to replace negative ones (of which alcohol is my focus this month).

If anyone else has a drinking problem and is using this site to help with that, I’d love to hear from you. Cheers all and happy writing!

Testimonial Note from Dave Anderson on Sun, Jan 03
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An iPhone/iPad app

I’m frequently worried that I’d lost words written on the mobile site (and once lost the day’s work completely) when it hangs, and I wish there was a dedicated app. It would really widen the range of places I can write in, thus helping me with my streak!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 03
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I love structured settings for projects ant this site has been helpful in being the sandbox I need to work on fiction.

Testimonial Note from plumdrops on Sun, Jan 03
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New Feature Vote from plumdrops on Sun, Jan 03
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I do not know but will describe it. "Grief Partner"? "Hope Partner"?

I will describe what I am doing and await your suggestions and the suggestions of others on what might be done by you the website.
I began writing as a way to look back on my marriage since writing was recommended in a grief booklet provided by the hospital. I started the the same day I read that. I see 750 Words as a way to relive and help recall events and memories of our marriage. (The same booklet says a preoccupation with the life of the deceased is a common experience.)
In the “grief business”, if you will, I understand there are separate tracks for grief stemming from death and that from divorce. What I am talking about is death. Maybe someone has ideas for ways to use grief constructively.

New Feature Request Note from Fred Faraday on Sat, Jan 02
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Got me writing.

Testimonial Note from Lee Rusch on Sat, Jan 02
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I decided to give 750 words a try because I was familiar with Morning Pages and had been doing them off and on (well more off than on, if I am honest) for a number of years. Part of the problem for me was hand writing the MPs my hand was not quick enough to outrun the editor in my head. However, my typing is. And I was pleased to find a place where I could type the morning pages in peace. Now, I realize that some would consider it cheating. That handwriting is a closer link to the soul, blah, blah, blah. But you know, nuts to that. I think that the feel of the keys on a keyboard, the comfort level, the response of the key when hit by fingers and the material that the keys are made from, are just as tactile an experience as using a fabulous pen on a wonderful high grade paper. And for me at least, it seems to be giving my psyche some space. Sure at the moment all I do is moan, but within it come insights and those are leading to other things. So, 20-odd days later I am still going strong. Even signed up for a challenge to keep me honest. As many others have said before and no doubt others will say after, I am so glad to have found this sight. It is why I have become a patron. Happy writing to all.

Testimonial Note from Kaylois on Sat, Jan 02
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I started using 750 Words in mid-September and it really has changed a lot of things in my life.
1. It’s made me a better teacher because it’s helped me mind-dump how I’m thinking a unit will go and then brainstorm for each lesson, etc. That works for me so much better than trying to envision it while I’m filling in a unit planner or lesson planner.
2. It’s helped my state of mind a lot by allowing me to clear out some of the stuff that’s bothering me.
3. It’s also helping me keep in touch with people who are important in my life. I write the e-mail and then just copy/paste it. I love to double-dip…getting my words done and sending some love out there.
4. AND it’s helping me crack my inability to get anything done fiction-wise. I’ve even decided on a project to work on through January. That’s scary and exciting at the same time. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

Testimonial Note from Caryn Jones on Sat, Jan 02
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New Feature Vote from albi.7w on Sat, Jan 02
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Would love more detailed stats – that’s what drew me to signing up for the site!

New Feature Vote from Sam Cohen on Fri, Jan 01
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Secure server for writing

It would bring great peace of mind to know that our pages and pages of personal writing are protected by a secure server. This site encourages intimacy, and a secure server would help us to feel more comfortable exploring that intimate space without self-censorship.

New Feature Vote from Ethan W. on Fri, Jan 01
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New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jan 01