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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

A friend of mine announced in January that she had started writing daily in 750 words. At first it did not appeal to me. I had my journals, after all. I could just write in there.

As time passed, she continued to talk about 750 words and the motivation she was getting from it. So, after nearly two months, I gave it a try. At first I was writing about whatever came to mind. And over time I found that I rarely was at a loss for words. Over time, I found that I liked the encouragement given by badges and a report on the number of words written. And then I began committing to the monthly challenges.

I started on March 18th, 2015 and I have now written over 130,000 words here. I tried recently to move my writing to the end of the day, but that did not work out so well. Because I have found that I use 750 words as my morning brain dump and planning session. I’m very much hooked on 750 words now.

Testimonial Note from Barbara McNeely on Sun, Aug 21
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Jason Welsh on Sat, Aug 20
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Jason Welsh on Sat, Aug 20
1 cup
More text analysis

I love 750 words. This site has helped motivate me to write daily, thereby overcoming a major writer’s block. I would love to see more text analysis, particularly on a monthly basis. This would help me to identify major themes happening in my writing.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Aug 20
1 cup
Emphasis

These are the usual bold, italic, underline, highlight.

Adding this would be great to help keep note when reflecting after having written it. This then allows the reader to find certain things whenever they go through their old entries instead of just seeing plain text. So far I’ve been compensating by using capital letters to grab my attention. One can only “scream” for so long.

New Feature Request Note from Hsu Mon Win on Thu, Aug 18
1 cup

100 days in a row. It’s huge result for me at the moment but also I understand that the same time it’s just a small step towards my bigger goal. I’ve started my 100 days streak several times but missed a day couple of times. Now I’m on fire! :)
Thanks for great service! Keep writing!

Testimonial Note from Alex (oldschool) on Mon, Aug 15
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Something to make it easier to use when travelling or unable to get to a computer. The mobile site is tough to use, and you have to log in if you take a break or get distracted. Would love something easy, pretty, and inspirational.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 15
1 cup
More text analysis

Would like information on where the analysis is coming from, and more depth if possible. Would also like to see analysis on a weekly and monthly basis- what patterns emerge from my daily writing?

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 15
1 cup
Streak freeze

750words is wonderful, user-friendly and helpful with psychology/spiritual/creativity and many other things. A little suggestion for motivational purpose: would it be possible to earn a streak freeze for a day, if you miss for unavoidable reasons? I mention this as Duolingo has this feature and it is helpful. You cannot earn and use more than one day at a time.

New Feature Request Note from Judith Worrall on Sun, Aug 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I really appreciate this site. Early on it can be hard to start a habit so maybe more early on behavior badges and badges for more diverse habits. So you get even rewarded more in the beginning which makes it easier to establish brain patterns.

New Feature Vote from Iris van de Be on Sat, Aug 13
18 cups

Celebrating a couple of things tonight: One, the amazing fact that I just passed two million words here. Never dreamt that that would happen when I started on 750 Words 1302 days ago. I’m so grateful for the daily writing habit this site enabled me to develop. The second thing I’m celebrating is the arrival of Louie Phoenix. Congratulations Kellianne and Buster. Your kids are lucky to have such conscious parents. Peace and blessings to the whole family.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sat, Aug 13
1 cup

Nice

Testimonial Note from Ervin Horvat on Fri, Aug 12
1 cup

After less than 2 weeks, I can already see a difference in my writing and feel a difference in my motivation to write. 750 Words helped me leave behind excuses. The option to write anything eased the pressure to perform while I practiced writing skills. The stats build my confidence and confirm that it is possible for me to write enough words to fill a book. I am using 750 Words as a journal tool right now and soon will be shifting gears to use this resource to write my book, “Beyond Diagnosis”

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Aug 12
1 cup

I’ve written 45 days in a row!

I’ve never done that before and it’s lead to so much clarity.

I’ve been using this material to help me remember dreams, write blog posts, add content to digital products and make videos I share to grow a following on social media.

Also, this has helped me stick to a routine which I can quickly give up easily and often do.

This has changed my life, I have a lot more fun writing now!

Awesome site, worth the tiny $5 investment per month!

Testimonial Note from Phillip Lopez on Thu, Aug 11
5 cups
Privacy assurance

It is not so much a feature request – more of a question.

In this day and age everything gets hacked and compromised. How is 750words set up to withstand cyber attacks?

New Feature Request Note from Tracer Bullet on Wed, Aug 10
5 cups
Addthis button for sharing to slack

Use the integration below, similar to how the options to tweet or facebook are at the bottom of stats pages.

http://www.addthis.com/social-buttons/slack-button

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Brown on Wed, Aug 10
1 cup

Ive been using 750 words for a little over a month now i think its been great as far as getting things out i want to get out but not particularly speak. i think its a great site and ill continue to use it as long as its available. thanks for helping me grow and be a better more expressive version of myself. i needed this.

Testimonial Note from Brad Moore on Wed, Aug 10
4 cups
Nano-counter?

For members or patrons (or however it would work, the idea is a paid feature) to have an optional word count set. If they participate in an official Nanowrimo and sign up (like the monthly challenge) or set their own Camp Nano type challenge: write 35k in 30 days or something. So their word count would still tick off at 750 but set the real goal to whatever their daily average is (and the editor would not alert the writer until the “real” word count has passed).

New Feature Request Note from Reidun Saxerud on Mon, Aug 08
1 cup

I’ve been a member since 2010 (back when dinosaurs roamed…). I tended to go on and off from this site on the regular and sometimes went up to five or six months without writing. But for the past several months I have returned as a regular writer and decided to become a Patron. It’s the least I could do as I patiently received emails nudges every day without fail. This place gave me a great avenue to vent, process, and just pour out streams of consciousness and thoughts that made sense to no one but myself, with objective feedback on them too. It’s not nearly as satisfying to just dump them into a locked block or word processor. The format is so inviting. On and off I tried to work on Nanowrimo or personal writing projects here and it didn’t quite work, I was just too addicted to my 10-minute entries. Yet recently I did in fact start using this to break through some writers’ block for my novel. Lo and behold, I can write a full chapter in just a few days rather than weeks or months. I don’t know if it was just the adult maturity that comes with living Life on Life’s terms or the sense of duty and pride I feel in being a Patron, but after six years this is finally falling into place, and I’m well on my way to breaking my previous (small but still mighty) streak of 39 days. Wednesday will mark the first 30-day streak I’ve had since 2011! The streaks are not as important to me as the word count, but there is something satisfying about seeing your work and life come together in such a cool, interactive way that doesn’t offer too much or too little. Here’s to another six+ years!

Testimonial Note from Reidun Saxerud on Mon, Aug 08
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I thought this was already the case and would recommend this as a good next feature.

New Feature Vote from Whitney-Rose Levis on Sun, Aug 07
10 cups

I am learning it isn’t about the streak but the habit of writing that is important. It’s progress not perfection. I had a baby a couple of months ago and like a lot of new moms went through some depression and anxiety. Journaling has been my “me time”, my resting place, my place to sort through rational and irrational thoughts. It’s my place to connect to God through conversation. It’s my safe place. As I sort through old stuff in my closet I am forever grateful that the many words I have written on this site take up no room in my home whatsoever.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Sun, Aug 07
1 cup
A better mobile site

I hadn’t thought of using 750words on mobile, because of the word count and the difficulty of typing with my thumbs. But I often do write much better by walking and talking into my phone! I vote for a better mobile site.

New Feature Vote from Benjamin Wolfe on Sat, Aug 06
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Avery White on Fri, Aug 05
6 cups

ONE YEAR. I’ve written every day for one year. And I don’t plan on stopping. My goal of 300k this year has now seemed to have lowered into a first-step goal. I am so giddy and proud and thankful for this website. Everytime I felt like giving up I realized I didn’t want to break the streak and now I’m a pegasus!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Wed, Aug 03
5 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Aug 02
1 cup
Set our own word count goals

This goes along with the “improve writing page” suggestion, but I would love to be able to set my own word count goals for each day on the site, ESPECIALLY during NaNoWriMo. It would be nice to either have a separate page or an option to set your own daily word-count goals with a minimum goal of 750 per day.

New Feature Request Note from Ashleigh Gauch on Tue, Aug 02
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Theodore Gault on Tue, Aug 02
1 cup

This app has inspired me to get back into writing. I am a writer who doesn’t write nearly as much as I would like to. It has also provided an opportunity for deeper bonds with my friends. I told them all about it and each day we share and discuss our stats. In turn, this brings us closer. It’s how we check on each other. We also support each others writing endeavors through this app. Thanks everyone!

Testimonial Note from Ris on Mon, Aug 01
2 cups

I haven’t written since July 2015. I am so glad to be back. I’ve been through a few things (the deaths of my mother and uncle), and I’ve learned so much. Now it’s time to write again. Thank you, 750words for still being here! And thank you to everybody who writes here and helps to keep me inspired!

Testimonial Note from Jolie Curry on Mon, Aug 01
5 cups

Having a daily space that is also tied to a daily goal (writing at least 750 words, duhhh) helps me create stability when life otherwise seems chaotic. This is a place of peace and forward momentum. Thanks for creating it :)

Testimonial Note from Josephine Kay on Mon, Aug 01