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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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rachel Neugart on Fri, Jan 24
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Regan Mies on Fri, Jan 24
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Just a word of thanks for being here. My internet connection was down for a while today and I found myself wondering if the library was still open, and if not, whose internet I could use to get my words to you. ~~ I’m a grandfathered in member but I give you some money from time to time. I hope you’re doing well enough financially. I love the advertizing free, simple writing page. I’d rather not have formatting options myself because I’d rather just write here and not worry about how it looks. ~~ Thanks again.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Fri, Jan 24
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More badges for accomplishments

I don’t really know if you need MORE badges… rather, more celebration for achieving badges… and also a list of the number of times you’ve achieved each badge (rather than only the first time you achieved it). Like the early bird and hamster badge – shouldn’t you get this EVERY time that you write 10 days in a row before 7am and are undistracted, respectively? It would be great to actually show this.

AND right now the badges just mysteriously appear at the top of your stats… they should ANNOUNCE themselves somehow – so that getting them is more of a big deal. Would also be great to show them on the ’today’s writers’ page… don’t know if they’d fit there, but that would be pretty cool too!

New Feature Vote from Andy Petranek on Fri, Jan 24
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It’s amazing to me the power of daily writing. And 750 words makes it so much more interesting – with community, statistics, and badges. I’m not sure if I would write with nearly the consistency without this site. I’ve referred so many people to this, who I hope are all users too. Thank you so much for this little gem!

Testimonial Note from Andy Petranek on Fri, Jan 24
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More text analysis

If you are going to do this, MAKE SURE I CAN TURN IT OFF FOR THE LOVE OF GAD! Otherwise this could make some things e.g. writing poetry a zigzagged armageddon. Yikes! Thank youuuuuu

New Feature Vote from Joel Kaemmerlen on Wed, Jan 22
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Badge Sounds

When you earn badge you are greeted with a loud flourish from a well tuned brass section, celebrating your honest commitment to writing your words! Good job, ol’ sport!

New Feature Request Note from Joel Kaemmerlen on Wed, Jan 22
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I started writing here several years ago and did it furiously for a time. I couldn’t believe I was able to maintain the discipline to manage a 30+ day streak! I can’t manage any routine for any length of time. So it felt pretty good.

I got so serious about not missing my writing that once I even drunkenly asked someone to use their computer during a party because it was almost midnight and I had just realized that I was about to break one of my streaks. They obliged, of course, and my streak remained unbroken.

For some reason, though, life got in the way and I stopped writing. I still get my daily Buster reminders (I always think of them as ‘BallBusters’), but somehow managed to not log in for TWO YEARS.

So, I was off the wagon for awhile, but now I’m clean again for two days and over 4,000 words. It’s good to be back.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Thanks for making me a lifetime member! I’m honored and glad to still be part of this great site.

Testimonial Note from Jon Autry on Tue, Jan 21
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I Love 750 Words!!! In addition to writing on a regular basis (so great), I am finding that 750 Words helps me approach problems in my paintings (my primary creative outlet). In the past, if a painting was not working I’d simply gesso over and start anew rather than problem solve. Now, I have been using 750 Words to work through the problems – sort of a between me and me crit!! It has made a world of difference. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 21
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In the one week that I have been using 750 words it has had such an effect on my work and writing that I decided to become a member immediately. Thank you Buster and the gang for doing this.

Testimonial Note from Luca Marchiori on Tue, Jan 21
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I have shared 750words.com with lots of clients and colleagues who need to clear out some mental clutter or get more writing done in their work. Many of those people have told me how grateful they are that I tipped them off about 750words and gone on to report back about challenges completed and badges earned. Thank you for providing such a great resource!

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Mon, Jan 20
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This has been a beautiful, safe, and nurturing place for me to reflect and express myself. I am very grateful for this website.

Testimonial Note from Jessie Lynn on Mon, Jan 20
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I have found that I have been using this platform, not only to practice my writing, but also as a type of journal, even one that delves into the past now and again. Once my free trial was up I realised I couldn’t live without it (just wouldn’t be the same writing into a Word document each morning) :)

Testimonial Note from Kat Foxley on Mon, Jan 20
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Thank you for such a service that motivates to do the best thing in the world – discover ourselves.

Go on! You may wanna add more motivational perks.
I’m starting to change my life. And you are on of my sources.

Thank you from Ukraine.

Andy.

Testimonial Note from Andrii Suslenko on Sun, Jan 19
5 cups

Happily received my Pegasus badge today. Hard to believe that I’ve maintained this—or any—discipline for an entire year. But with the badges and the rich community here, it was effortless. Thanks so much, Buster and Kellianne and all my fellow writers, for your support and inspiration.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sat, Jan 18
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I just realize I spend at least 30 minutes a day on this website truly focused on inner thoughts and use it as my personal space without being invaded by advertising. This is how the web experience should be – create what I want and not being talked down through sugar coated advertisements that are constantly lurking on other sites. For the modest amount of known cost per month, I am able to gain a great experience. Well done 750 words. Keep up the great work and keep those advertisers away.

Testimonial Note from Santosh Limaye on Sat, Jan 18
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Writing for 24 days in a row. And counting. Having this site to work out characters and actions/situations for a screenplay I’m writing is invaluable. I love it and it has not only helped me with the script but with my own feelings about myself and my writing.

Testimonial Note from HD Motyl on Sat, Jan 18
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A better mobile site

I almost lost my streak because I had mobile problems, so I’m throwing my Patronage in this direction. :D

New Feature Vote from Mona Midnight on Fri, Jan 17
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I used to get discouraged when a writing streak ended, but now I try to be less motivated by the streak itself, and more by the act of writing every day, when I can. I’ve come up with some great story ideas, blogposts and surprising thoughts by putting myself in front of the screen and just writing.

Testimonial Note from Ryan Millar on Fri, Jan 17
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I stumbled upon this website about a month ago. It instantly intrigued me because I have had The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron for many years but never managed to do the morning pages regularly. Nor did I finish the book itself. I have been writing at least 750 words a day, every day, for a month now which proves that this site is a powerful anti-procrastination tool. I even started a blog — www.ivaylo.bg — that I intended doing for a long time but never got around to.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Ivaylo Todorov on Fri, Jan 17
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Failed the January challenge by missing yesterday. I’m not defeated but surprised by the power of routine. I often felt that I needed variability in my daily schedule, but writing at the same time and place every day kept me on track for 18 days before missing, so I’m re-starting that habit today. Write on!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 16
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This resource has helped me balance my mind in a way that I have never been able to do before.

Over the last few months, I have started each day by getting the loose bits that knock around and break resolve and intentions out of my head and onto the screen where I can see them. The value of clearing the works without losing any random bits is huge.

Thank you so much for making this tool available. I would not consider starting a day without it!

Testimonial Note from Kennon Brown on Wed, Jan 15
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I’ve been meaning to write one novel or another pretty much constantly since I was 17. I’m 43 now, and have never finished one. But 750 Words has given me the motivation and psychic space to get me writing every day, and I’m 100,000 words closer to my goal than I was a year ago. So grateful I stumbled across this site—thanks, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Tom Shea on Sun, Jan 12
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Visibility for Behavior Badges

Behavior Badges are wonderful boosts for those of us who don’t or can’t do “streak” writing, e.g. people who don’t have guaranteed daily internet access. But only Streak Badges are shown on the community page for each day’s writing. Someone who’s written 200,000+ words cumulatively every other day for a year is going to see the same blank egg they saw when they signed up. I get the logic behind showing Streak Badges on a stats page, but since that stats page is the most frequently accessed and one of the very few community pages, Streak Badges effectively serve as profile pictures.

The goal of these badges is motivation and fun, as I understand it, but the effect can be the opposite for Behavior Badges. Someone for example who’s written 200,000+ words cumulatively over a several-days-on, one-day-off schedule sees only an egg when they look at the daily page. Maybe they don’t care, but maybe they care just as much as “streak” writers do, and that hurts their motivation and takes away their fun.

I think there are a number of options for fixing this (yes, this is more of a bug report for the Badges feature) and a number of approaches to each option. Maybe make overall achievements visible on the primary community page, maybe address or omit the issue of profile pictures, etc. It would mean a lot to me, and I think it would mean a lot for many others too.

New Feature Request Note from Nivair on Fri, Jan 10
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Japanese Tokenizing

I am learning Japanese so would like to write with that language. However, the language groups the words together: お元気ですか? (O genki desu ka?) is actually considered 4 words, but there are no spaces.

There is a javascript library called TinySegmenter.js (http://chasen.org/~taku/software/TinySegmenter/) which tokenizes Japanese (although your psychological analytics wont work, but thats okay).

Here is an example of how you might use it (although you might want to put language detection first, and filter space tokens/punctuation tokens/etc).

https://gist.github.com/alexbowe/8366628

New Feature Request Note from Alex Bowe on Fri, Jan 10
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Record re-earned badges!

I have found badges to be motivating when I am trying to change my behavior. I’ve noticed that on my “stats” page it will show all the badges I’ve earned and the first date awarded. I would find it motivating if it would show, in a row, the badges that I have earned in any one particular streak. I like seeing them lined up together. I also like seeing the dates when I first earned them. I’m not really sure how to resolve this, but I know when I was first earning them it was really exciting to see them pop up on the list when I earned them, and now having a list of once-earned badges that I kind-of feel like I currently DONT deserve is dis-motivating. Maybe something wehre its “badges earned on this streak” and “first date badge awarded”>

Also, it woudl be cool if there were some sort of sound or herald that happens when you earn a special bagde. I somehow missed that I had cleared the 100,000 word mark.

New Feature Request Note from Anne Gearhart on Thu, Jan 09
1 cup

your website is pretty dope. keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 09
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750 Words is place where I can get rid of the mental baggage and, at the same time, be productive. My writing muscles are flexed everyday, and I feel this exercise allows room for creativity. I highly encourage this website for writers with blocks or those who lack motivation for writing.

Testimonial Note from Yasi Noori on Wed, Jan 08
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A better mobile site

I would like if my writing actually fit the screen and actually had formatting tools for writing.

New Feature Vote from Yasi Noori on Wed, Jan 08
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An App for Android

I know there is an existing request for an iPhone/iPad app, but I would appreciate if the app was cross-platformed so that it would work for Android devices as well. Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Yasi Noori on Wed, Jan 08