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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Force HTTPS for all pages
New Feature Request Note from IS on Fri, Aug 08
3 cups
Yearly badges

I’m coming up on my first anniversary, and I would love to see a badge to mark my first year, second year, etc… You wouldn’t have to write everyday to get this badge, but you would have to write some in at least every month of the year to qualify for a year to count…. Thanks

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Rose on Thu, Aug 07
7 cups

Today, I earned a badge for completing 500K words. It’s also my 500th day on the site, despite setbacks and broken streaks.

What this community has done for me is given me a place to return to myself repeatedly. It has made it possible, at long last, for me to not only envision but to write in a direct line on the same topic and for myself, for real, for the first time ever.

750words.com has made me bold enough to say “50K by Labor Day!” and mean it. The ripple effects are immeasurable. Thank you Buster & Kellianne. Thank you 750words.com. Thanks to all you word skwirls, writing your hearts out day in and day out!

Testimonial Note from Word Skwirl on Wed, Aug 06
3 cups
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Danny Rose on Tue, Aug 05
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Paying for more features

Hey there! I can’t honestly tell if any of the stuff we write here gets considered or even seen by the powers that be (hi Kellianne and Buster!). So that would be my first request – a bit more interaction so it doesn’t feel like we are tossing pebbles down a bottomless well.

Secondly – I thought it would be nice to have new people paying a bit less for monthly membership – maybe $2-3 – BUT to make up for the money you wouldn’t be making, to give options that everyone could opt in for or not, as they chose, to enhance their experience.

For example – we could pay a bit to unlock new badges or new writing challenges. Or to have a way of tracking how many times we’ve attained each badge, rather than having a one time only thing (example – state how many times I’ve gotten to the albatross level, or how many times I’ve done more than 50,000 in a month etc).

The site is a wonderful one that I am grateful for. However it was designed with far fewer users in mind, and hasn’t been expanded for wider usership, OR for what happens once people have been using it consistently for a year or two. What do you do after you’ve gotten 500,000 words and after you’ve attained the space bird. Wouldn’t it be fun if there was ALWAYS a new level to attain?

The site needs some refurbishing – getting rid of things that seem extraneous now that there are so many users (the point system and “people writing this month” list of 100 for example don’t really add all that much to the experience when there are thousands of people. The monthly challenge is great – but once you’ve won it once, there isn’t as much incentive to try it again – etc) and expanding other things.

There are all sorts of ways to improve the site but I realize this would take time, money and hiring someone you trust both to program and to brainstorm about the layout and functionality. But I think it would be worth it. Even if you kept it really simple – just to streamline it all a bit, get rid of what’s not necessary, and add a bit more badges and tracking statistic capacity.

People who really love this site and use it every day, and have for a long time are incidentally also the ones who aren’t paying anything to use it. Give all those folks the opportunity to invest in the site in order to make their own experience here even better. I think a lot of people would be willing to put a bit of money in for more badges for example.

Best wishes!

New Feature Request Note from Pacifica Noel on Tue, Aug 05
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alice hill on Mon, Aug 04
1 cup

I hope 750 Words will give me hope and new energy to finish my doctoral dissertation!

Testimonial Note from Piritta S. Parkkari on Mon, Aug 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Create an iPad app to record the date and time and other info that could later be uploaded and count toward your goals. For instance, if you don’t have internet access on August 25 but you use the app to write 750 words on that date, once you have an internet connection it would be recorded that you wrote on that date. This would preserve your info for challenges, badges, etc.

New Feature Vote from Sonya Harrell on Sun, Aug 03
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love an app so I could use this on my ipad when I don’t have a wi-fi connection and then sync up when I get to wi-fi again. Would help make my commute into super productive writing time!

New Feature Vote from Andi on Sat, Aug 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from J. August Vomit on Sat, Aug 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Baileys in my Coffee on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup

250,000 words in, I can appreciate many ways in which 750words has changed my life. Writing first thing in the morning has given me valuable clarity, both in terms of endless insights and in getting the prattling thoughts out of my head. Out of all the tools I use to evolve, this ranks right up there with yoga practice.

Testimonial Note from Baileys in my Coffee on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup

Whether it’s drafting up blog posts, writing random scene ideas, or just putting rambling thoughts to text, 750 Words is just the warmup I need to get me ready to dive into my daily writing. Love it. :)

Testimonial Note from Robert John Ruthven on Fri, Aug 01
3 cups

If I didn’t have this, I wouldn’t know where to vent? I do have a diary, but coming here, there’s just something more satisfying when I type out my thoughts then when I use paper and pen. This is a great release, plus, I get my NaNoWriMo novels done here. Writing every single day, I get things out of my head and that’s my goal. Feels great for the moments I’m actually writing here.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup

I love the site and being able to have a place to write my words and clear my head either at the start, middle or end of the day. The ability to have some analysis is nice to see and review and the badges keep the achievement addict in my happy to keep going to get that next badge.

Testimonial Note from Jeff Leger on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup
tags

I frequently write parts of stories that I have spinning around in my head, and I label them above where I start writing, but sometimes I write for multiple stories I am working on. I also don’t necessarily write sequentially I would love to be able to tag entries with which stories or poems are in the entry so I could export those and it would make it easier to compile the entries into a single document.

New Feature Request Note from Brittany Morris-Easley on Thu, Jul 31
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Michael Parks on Thu, Jul 31
8 cups
Improve the patronage features

July’s challenge has beaten me. I am out. These 8 cups are what I promised if I lost the challenge. So we are square.

I was almost a phoeonix, 2 days away, and then I missed. Now I am an egg. That is too depressing, loosing the challenge wasn’t bad but loosing my streak of almost 100 days, that is very hard to take.

Please let me know when you implement a feature that will allow me to trade “cups” to maintain my streak. Until then I have decided not to use the site to write. I couldn’t take the pain, if for example I were nearing the Space Bird badge, and missed a day.

Thanks for everything.

New Feature Vote from Michael Dean on Wed, Jul 30
1 cup

Writing 750 words a day is better than physical exercise probably. And it’s really a lot of fun to see the stats. Thanks for building this site. As goofy as it sounds, this writing exercise has had a tremendously positive impact on my life and made me a better person.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 30
1 cup

Great site. It’s really helped me streamline my thoughts and benefited my writing.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 30
1 cup

This website has helped me clear my mind and get rid of a lot of stress. Another benefit is that I’ve gotten better at organizing my thoughts and expressing them, so I’m now better at communicating with others. I love 750words and I recommend it to everyone!

Testimonial Note from Gerardo Cardenas on Wed, Jul 30
1 cup

750 words used to be great – however, despite the fact that I have been paying for the site for 3 months, my “free trial” is sadly over and now I am shut out of the site. Boo hoo. Good luck to everyone else.

Testimonial Note from Lynda Payne on Tue, Jul 29
1 cup

This site has changed my life. I have been a fan of Julia Cameron for a while but never stuck with the 3 morning pages. This sites gives you the motivation to stick with it through challenges, badges, etc. I’ve noticed that I am becoming more aware of my life and what is most important. Since I’m writing about things like that each morning, no wonder. I am also getting a rush of new writing ideas that I work on later. Julia talks about this phenomena in her books and audio programs. I’m also becoming more organized. Rooms are getting neater with less clutter gradually without a conscious effort to do it. Not sure I understand it all but I love it. Thanks 750 words for creating this site and for the difference it is making with me.

Testimonial Note from James Franks on Wed, Jul 23
10 cups

Showing up everyday at 750words.com helps me to clear the cobwebs. When I’m journalling here, no matter what I’m writing, I’m more productive in other areas. Thanks for the great forum and support!

Testimonial Note from Jackie McG on Wed, Jul 23
2 cups

I really love this site. I used it for a couple of months before forgetting about it for three years, and I am so glad that when I came back it was still around. I now use it as my primary place to write, especially freewriting and journaling, and appreciate how simple and elegant it is. Thanks for not adding a bunch of extra junk like so many other websites do.

Testimonial Note from Josh B on Tue, Jul 22
1 cup
Better exporting

I would love an improved export option, including more formats to export to (i.e. pdf, doc, html, rtf, etc) as well as a better file name output. Right now it automatically exports to “750words-export-month-YYYY.txt.” I would prefer it to be “750words-export-YYYY-MM-DD.txt” to properly catalogue. Also when it exports to a text file sometimes the formatting won’t stick; having other formats to export to can alleviate that issue.

New Feature Request Note from Josh B on Tue, Jul 22
1 cup
More text analysis

Text analysis in other languages. I always write my notes in Swedish and thus cannot use the text analysis feature.

New Feature Vote from Johanna Lindh on Tue, Jul 22
7 cups

I started using 750words.com somewhere around December 2010, and it helped me a lot. I finally managed to write on a daily basis, even if I didn’t feel like it or had other things to do, and watching me progress badge by badge without ever missing a day – until one night, when I was about to update my words, our router broke down, instantly killing the internets and my status as a space bird. Things were’t the same afterwards.

I became sloppy. After being a space bird for almost a year, being reduced to egg status sucked. I could as well try again tomorrow, or some other time, or cut and paste 750 words of Lorem Ipsum. It didn’t feel like it mattered any more. Still, I kept my subscription going, bearing in mind that if you pay for something, you’ll have to do it, but it’s somewhat like a gym membership, paying alone won’t make you fitter …

I started setting up a new account, one that hadn’t been ruined by posting Lorem Ipsum or taking too many days off. It wasn’t the same. I missed my old days of writing 750 words a day, at ease. I turned a freelance writer in 2012 and ending up writing less than before when I was still working part-time. I was quite busy for a while, publishing two books (that couldn’t have been written witihout the help of 750words.com) which meant quite a lot of work in revisioning and marketing. That was last year, however. 2014 was meant to be a year of writing.

I lost half a year with whining, mourning the loss of my joy in writing, and hating everything related to books. But some day in June, the magic happened. I didn’t look at my word count goal (which was somewhere around 1,650 words for a goal of 400,000 words/year), I logged in to 750words.com and wrote some 780 words, and it felt like a victory. I came back the next day, again for 750 words, and again, and again. When July started, I was ready to tacke my actual daily goal, and I did so with ease. Now, it’s been 43 days of writing, and like a recovering drug addict, I cherished every one of them. I’m a proad albatros now, and I won’t stop before I’ve made it back to space bird.

Thank you, Buster! Next book’s for you!

Testimonial Note from Maja Ilisch on Mon, Jul 21
1 cup

I just spent the last year on an IT project. Thing is, I’m primarily a writer, but I had totally lost my writing groove. I had no idea how important daily writing was to the writer until I decided to try to get back, not only into the habit, but the MINDSET of being a writer.

This isn’t some vain, froofy thing where I need to find myself as an artiste either. After the project was over, I was hired by my client to do tech writing and documentation. I know morning pages are supposed to be to help the writer as an artist. While it does, it also helps considerably more pedestrian forms of writing as well.

Thanks for the site!

Testimonial Note from Noel Lynne Figart on Sat, Jul 19
1 cup
Kindle App

I know that in terms of development, apps available through the Amazon app store are way down there. But I am a Kindle fire user and would love to see it as an app on that platform.

That said, the site works just fine on Silk, the Kindle browser, as well. But I’d definitely buy the app, as well as tell people that I use it!

New Feature Request Note from Noel Lynne Figart on Sat, Jul 19