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
Preserve line breaks

When one types into the daily page on 750words, one can of course press enter to create a line break. But when the day is saved and one looks back on the writing, single-enter line breaks are ignored (put into one continuous line); only double-enter paragraph breaks remain. For poets and others concerned with line breaks, this is problematic because it “deletes” an aspect of composition for those who are concerned with how the text lays on the page. For prose, it’s no problem. But as a hybrid writer I find myself vexed by this aspect of the auto-save feature. Thank you for making a wonderful website that I’ve happily (and productively) integrated into my writing practice!

New Feature Request Note from lucubratress on Mon, Sep 26
1 cup

750 words is the first and only way I’ve managed to maintain a relatively consistent journal practice. Given how many doctors and therapists have told me this is important in my life, my total inability to maintain a journal beyond three or four days before abandoning it has been annoying to say the least.

Perhaps the most interesting thing over the past couple of months has been the overall increase in my typing speed. I have a job in which I don’t so much type as I cut and paste a lot, and I’ve gone from an average of 35-40 words a minute to something in the high forties. I suppose I type faster if I’m angry, but I’ve consistently been over the 45 mark for the last month or so, and that’s exciting.

Small victories.

Thank you for providing this service.

Testimonial Note from Shadowsinger on Sun, Sep 25
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 25
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be fantastic to be able to write things in bold/underlined and have at least two more colours to chose from, would make it much easier to use past writing. Except for that, it’s great.

New Feature Vote from Viviane Lucia on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

750 Words has positively affected my life. I now have a daily routine that I look forward to and that benefits me psychologically, emotionally and allows me to be prepared for the day with a clearer mind than before.

I find that I am experiencing an increasing confidence in communicating with words as my thoughts are getting clearer.

I also I am more confident in writing generally and assignments that I have to write articles, proposals and general documents seem less daunting.

Thank you Kelliane and Buster for this life changing experience!

Testimonial Note from Kenneth Seretse Small on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

When I started this, I was full of thoughts. I had tried journaling in the past – but I could never contain how much I wrote and I would always look back on it with such shame. I was getting tired of feeling shame and I was desperate looking for something to help me just decompress my thoughts. I found this site on someone’s top ten list of daily writing sites. I liked the idea of 750 words of anything I wanted helping me cope with daily life. It has been a phenomenal experience so far. I know have a better way to cope than I did more than a month ago. My therapist highly approves of this site and the use I have for it. Being a military spouse you feel on days when your spouse is gone you are going to explode. I wish I had had this during last year’s deployment (first for me and my husband) and I am glad I have this for the next one.

Testimonial Note from Sumisu on Fri, Sep 23
12 cups
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Pravesh Narayan on Fri, Sep 23
1 cup
750-day streak badge

I think it’d be nice to have a badge that coincides with the secret number 750 that gave a name to this wonderful resource.

And it’s a nice intermediary reward to strive to in the long journey between Space Bird and Flying Squirrel.

And thanks again for the hard work you put towards keeping this resource alive!

New Feature Request Note from Geniyat Issin on Thu, Sep 22
10 cups

So great to have this place to make 750 words easy every day. Morning words have opened secret places of creativity that I didn’t know were there. Thanks to the team – you guys make it so easy and fun!

Testimonial Note from Sues Sulley on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

Thank you, 750 words, for helping me put my inspiration from Chuck Close’s famous quote into action. “Inspiration Is for Amateurs—The Rest of Us Just Show Up and Get to Work”

Testimonial Note from Brian on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

Recently got knocked down several badges after missing the day after hearing the news that I was laid off from my job of more than a year. And somehow, writing my entries the past couple of days has been just as sweet. I was on the longest running streak I’ve ever had (60+ days) and I am all geared up to go the elusive Phoenix badge again. Both of my losses hurt but my certainty I’ll get it right the time around is that much firmer. Thank you, 750Words!

Testimonial Note from Yola Smith on Wed, Sep 21
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Emily Rose Giddings on Tue, Sep 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Amanda Jones on Tue, Sep 20
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Improved word analysis : machine learning

Machine Learning:
This only came to mind because I had written something about race in an entry, using the world “black” a bit and death twice, once as part of the word deathrow, the name of a rap record label. Consequently, death represented 45 % of the content for my entry, though I hadn’t really written about death at all. I LOVE this site, especially the word analysis. That said, I would like to see something that can learn from usage. So maybe there could be an optional toolbar when writing that gives users the ability to influence the word analysis algorithms. Again, THIS SITE IS GREAT. I just have to say that too. because the price is right and I get a lot from the accountability and encouragement this website provides. THANKS.

New Feature Request Note from Chase Montague Markovich on Mon, Sep 19
1 cup

It’s done exactly what morning pages used to do: let me dump all of my emotions. By the time I’m done typing, I feel a thousand times better than letting it sit and fester. Glad I found this!

Testimonial Note from DeGi on Fri, Sep 16
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Something that works offline, where if you are travelling you can type it, find dodgy wifi in a cafe for five minutes, do all your synching then move on.

New Feature Vote from James Kell on Thu, Sep 15
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Just came back from two weeks of travel w/o my laptop and was totally aching from writing withdrawal. I have a bunch of notes on my iphone that would also be great to get stats for!

New Feature Vote from Yinna Wang on Wed, Sep 14
1 cup
Evernote integration

I would love to be able to sync my notes into Evernote when I finish writing.

New Feature Request Note from Pavel Novel on Tue, Sep 13
1 cup

I feel free to write without the hassle and it helps me create content for my blog .

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline on Mon, Sep 12
2 cups
More text analysis

I haven’t seen any specifics regarding people’s ideas on analysis, so I will start from scratch… I think that analysis of the writer’s vocabulary strength would be fun to look at. According to the Global Language Monitor (2014), there are an estimated 1,025,109.8 words in the English language. I did a search on the subject and found that the number is technically difficult to ascertain (adopted foreign language, inflections, scientific, dual category, etc.) and could be off by a quarter-million. That being said, I don’t throw this request out lightly… There has to be a way to boil down a list of frequently used words (Pareto’s 20/80 Principle) and then analyze the writer’s word usage over time to see where they fit in with the average population (bell curve?). Tall order, but I would imagine language and vocabulary are very important to the majority of writers and perhaps the patrons of this site. I am curious… Thank you for all that you do. I have been enjoying this forum for a very short amount of time but look forward to it every day. Write on!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Sep 12
1 cup

I’ve only been on this site for around a week, but I can tell it’s really good for me. I’m an introvert, and tend towards thought spirals and loops. This forces me to complete them and structure them to put them out into the world, which makes me keep from endlessly looping arguments in my head, and makes them much more complete and persuasive.

Testimonial Note from Ian D Clark on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

I’m back on 750 words after struggling with a lack of regular writing habit for over a year and a half. Let’s get back on the bandwagon! (earning badges is a motivator for me, for real)

Testimonial Note from Jenni Sands on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

I am grateful to 750 Words for helping me develop a daily writing habit. I have aspired to and attempted to do so many times over many years but never had the success that I have experienced here, writing 37 of my first 38 days on the site. Perhaps having a small financial stake is part of the motivation. Or the gentle urging of badges and points and monthly challenges. Or the clutter-free writing interface. In any case, it works for me, and I very much appreciate the positive difference it is making in my life.

Testimonial Note from Jason Britt on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

Morning Pages have been a regular in my life as a way to steady my mind, life, attitude, growth and groundedness. I recommend it to every soul on the planet I meet. Thank you for forging the way forward!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Just being able to write on the go, with any device, anywhere.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Taylar on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

750 words is a great site. I’ve been having trouble in my life and finding ways to stop bad and negative thoughts from entering my mind so I audio type and paraphrase sermons on here. I am very forgetful so doing so every day does I think help me to think on the Word despite my own spiritual weaknesses which I’m dealing with every day.

Testimonial Note from David Braithwaite on Sat, Sep 10
1 cup
How do you Follow people?

Hi can anyone tell me how you follow people and what that means? What do you follow?

Holly M. <><

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Fri, Sep 09
1 cup

This has helped me open up and be less afraid of my own thoughts, feelings and emotions when it comes to writing things down. I’m glad I have the chance to still use it. Thanks to NANOWRIMO and Buster and Kellianne for showing me this website to express myself and my words.

Testimonial Note from Danielle Pitter on Thu, Sep 08
10 cups
Import a photo

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, the ability to import a photo into a daily entry would clearly help everyone exceed their 750 word goal by at least 250 words. Right? Heeheehee. I am a photographer and hardly a day goes by that I don’t snap a photo of something that is going on in my life. Several times in my 753 day streak, I’ve longed for the ability to include a photo in my entry. Before I became a dedicated “750 Words” convert, I would frequently tape a photo in my journal and write about it. I’d love to be able to do that same thing electornically within my daily entry. Just one photo per day. I’m not even talking the ability to include multiple photos per day. I’d settle for just a single photo that I could copy and paste into my entry. Here’s an example of how I’d use this application: tomorrow my youngest starts kindergarden and today we spent a special day together while her sisters were at school (kindergarteners in our district start a few days later than the older kids). My entire entry today was about her and my sadness and joy about her marching off to school tomorrow. I’d love to have included a single shot from our day to serve as a focal point for my writing as well as captures the essence of my day. Just a suggestion from a wordy photographer. Thank you for your consideration of my suggestion. Be well.

New Feature Request Note from Gabe on Wed, Sep 07