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

1 cup

I’ve been trying to write my story for quite a few years now, but never really had the discipline to do it.
Now I have written more of my story than I ever have and am making it a habit to write every day due to this challenge. Heck, I even wrote on my phone one day because I wasn’t going to be home at all that day.
It’s helping me get this story out of my head and onto the pages and it’s helping me calm down and relax.
Love this site!! Best writing site I’ve found in a long time.

Testimonial Note from Angelina Rettenmaier on Tue, Sep 09
1 cup

While I have—once again—failed a monthly challenge, my head is bloodied but unbowed, so to speak. 750 Words still remains an amazing tool that, time and again, helps me work through problems or refine my observations, simply because it is, for me, a safe environment. I feel safe to expose my inadequacies and my fears here; I don’t have to strive to get my words exactly right before setting them down. I can just spout them out. Sure, if I want to, I can go back later and edit—and I probably will, because I’m that kind of a girl. But I appreciate the ease with which I can write on this form. For whatever reason, I find it far easier to spill out my ideas when my fingers are in contact with a keyboard. Thanks for keeping me sane!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Kathleen on Mon, Sep 08
1 cup

The days that I start with 750 words are better than the days I don’t. Simple as that!

Testimonial Note from Barney Struggle on Mon, Sep 08
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I tried the whole Seinfeld, I don’t want to have a day without an X in it thing with a regular paper calendar and I didn’t really care enough to keep it up. I don’t know why, but even with my stuff set to private I feel more compelled to write just because I want to see the little bar of green x’s fill up. Also I really wanted that blue horse.

Testimonial Note from Nena Craven on Fri, Sep 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing

But I also want an iPhone/iPad App.

New Feature Vote from Megan O'Connor on Fri, Sep 05
1 cup

750 motivates me to study and work on school assignments in a journal-like fashion to keep a streak (and actually whittle away at something every day instead of cramming and rushing). Whether it’s actually writing for a writing class, or putting my chicken scratch into sentences, I find that it’s an enjoyable precursor to the more painful side of homework. Thanks for this wonderful site!

Testimonial Note from Kellybird on Fri, Sep 05
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I’ve read recently that small steps are the key to affecting change (read this blog post from Jeff Goins: http://goinswriter.com/lifes-work/ or this ebook from James Clear: http://jamesclear.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/habits-v2.pdf). 750words.com helps me do exactly that: break up my practice into easily-digestible small steps. Not only can I reap the benefits of taking small steps, but I can be rewarded for sticking with it. I love 750words.com and am so grateful you created the site. I am hopeful others will find the push they need here. I know I have.

Testimonial Note from CZ Wright on Thu, Sep 04
1 cup
A better mobile site

I like the metadata possibilities; please continue to make that feature work it’s magic. It can be a great way to track progress with all kinds of challenges!

New Feature Vote from yvonne kuennen on Thu, Sep 04
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from rebecca earl on Thu, Sep 04
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

The site is great, but it took me a couple of minutes to figure out where to donate money… ;-)

New Feature Vote from Celeste LeTard on Wed, Sep 03
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Thanks to 750 words I’m finally overcoming the writer’s block that has plagued me for so many years. The words aren’t always pretty, but for 35 consecutive days (so far) I’ve managed to put 750 worlds per day on a page, which is far more than I’ve ever been able to do before. Thanks again 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Wochner on Tue, Sep 02
3 cups

Writing here daily provides a much needed outlet where I can be frivolous, high-minded or a risk-taker. Since I’ve been doing it for nearly two years though I have yet to carry a streak the length of a year, it’s become a treasured part of my day no matter where I find myself. Its simplicity, playful badges, and silent commitment to clarity for all made it possible for me to earn the Nano badge BEFORE November rolls around again. I can’t tell you the volumes this speaks for whatever comes next in my writing life. I thank you, 750words at a time!

Testimonial Note from Word Skwirl on Tue, Sep 02
1 cup
Improve the homepage

Needs a more intuitive approach to accessing account information.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Sep 01
2 cups

Thank you for helping me write every day. Your site is so important to me.

Testimonial Note from Donna Raskin on Mon, Sep 01
2 cups

750words.com has helped me through a bout of depression, create a private online journal that I can dig back into and reference when needed, and encouraged me to create a good habit of writing every day.

Although I’m currently struggling with physically using the website, I do know that I write more than 750 words every single day in my communications and sometimes creative pursuits. I look forward to expanding my creative pursuits and jumping back on the 750words.com horse.

I may have failed the one-month August challenge, but I am determined to achieve the September challenge and regain my streak.

Thank you for all that you do.

Testimonial Note from the network on Mon, Sep 01
1 cup

I have been trying to get the hang of this for the longest time. When I am able to keep up with the writing, I definitely see the difference. I feel the difference in my day when I am able to wake up and get this one thing accomplished each day. I am coming back with a renewed sense of determination. I was all hopeless and now I’m so hopeful. This site is amazing and I look forward to writing more and more!

Testimonial Note from Mignon Johnson on Mon, Sep 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from NocturnalRites on Mon, Sep 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Nathalie Kangasvieri on Sun, Aug 31
1 cup

Just finished my first one month challenge!

Testimonial Note from Carolynne Dee on Sun, Aug 31
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More badges for accomplishments

I feel that we are always asking for more badges, I know I am. I really think that this is something that the site should listen to and jump on. There are many other “secure” sites to write daily and some of them even have writing communities where you can chat with fellow writers. What makes this site so different is that it helps with setting up writing goals and rewards you for meeting them. If there is no reward for continuing on…why do so? Why not move to one of the many other sites that offer the same thing minus the badges? I don’t really care about if the computer says that I’m talking about death or family or that my writing feels happy or angry. Half of the time those stats are wrong. Make that about 90% of the time they are wrong. Pretty much none of the information in there is useful. Badges would be useful and would keep people paying and supporting this site. Here are some ideas, many that I and others have voiced before.

705 days
1,000 days
1,500 days
2,000 days
750,000 words
1,000,000 words
2,000,000 words

Also, you can take some of the badges like the night owl and the hamster and extend them. How about 30 days in a row gives you a ring around the badge or gives you a star above the badge.

How about collecting a different colored horse for each month of the year that you do the monthly challenge. Silver for Jan, Red for Feb, Green for March and so forth. The one we have now can be for just completing your first monthly challenge.

How about a badge for writing so many notes of inspiration? This too would encourage people to support the site.

There are so many ways to go about this. Even I would pay to have badges unlocked.

New Feature Vote from Katrinia17 on Sun, Aug 31
5 cups
750 DAYS

How about a badge for 750 DAYS in a row? To be followed with one for 1000 NIGHTS, or days of writing. It seems appropriate to have a badge to honor the site name and mark such great achievements. And there are probably a few people approaching those milestones now that you have been up and running for 5 years. I am fast approaching 750 days in a row and would love some way to mark it :)

Peace & Love,
Holly M. Roddam <><

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Sat, Aug 30
5 cups
See who else...

It would be interesting to know how many other writers have written over 500,000 words. Maybe their names don’t have to be given, but numbers of how many. e.g. 600,000 – 7 people , 700,000- 3 people 1,000,000 – 2 people. Also, it would be interesting to see the top 10 longest streaks on an on-going basis and how long people have been writing. Yes, I am competitive :D It would be fun to have a goal to chase!

Happy writing,
Holly M. <><

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Sat, Aug 30
5 cups
Million Star Badge

What about a badge called Million Stars? It could be a picture of a bouquet of Million Star flowers (aka Baby’s Breath) and would be presented for writing 1,000,000 words.

I would love to have a badge for 1,000,000 words since I have already passed that milestone and would love a way to celebrate it.

I would take the badge whatever it is :)

Peace & Love,
Holly M. <><

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Sat, Aug 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from A. O. Juarez on Sat, Aug 30
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from A. O. Juarez on Sat, Aug 30
1 cup

Yeah, this site is some kind of your daily conversation with your psychologist. Damn, you even have to pay him, but not as quite much as you could to the real one. It’s fun, it’s melancholy, sometimes it’s rather sad, but hey, this is life after all. Okay, I’m not really good at writing about nothing in English, so pardon me. You guys are making a great job here and I’m very glad. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Hubert Wójcik on Sat, Aug 30
4 cups

After I graduated with a “writing” degree, I felt dried up, uninspired, unable to write, even in my journals. My blogs fell behind. I didn’t carry a notebook with me everywhere anymore. 750 has brought me back to the discipline of daily writing, and for that, I am grateful. Heading toward two years as of this writing! Thanks so much, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Ari Summerland on Thu, Aug 28
1 cup

Day 1000 today!! Feeling on top of the world and 750words has been my path up there. Onward, and enjoy all the days of writing to come! Thanks 750words! And congratulations to me!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Aug 26
1 cup

I love this site. The badges and the monthly challenges have really helped keep me motivated. I’ve only missed one day of writing since I started this journey on June 1st, and I’m kicking myself over that missed day. This site has helped me create a long work of fiction that is currently at 47K words. I never knew I had it in me to write anything longer than a short story.

Testimonial Note from Rachel Pereira on Mon, Aug 25
1 cup

750 Words was suggested to me by my therapist when I was going through a terrible break-up. I was able to clarify thoughts and feelings so well in this forum. Since then, I have begun working on a novel and an account of the friendship between myself, a Buddhist, and my best friend, a Christian. I love my writing home.

Testimonial Note from Laura O'Brien on Sat, Aug 23