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

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
2 cups

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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup
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
1 cup
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
3 cups

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
1 cup
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
1 cup
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
1 cup
Better Formatting

I would like basic formatting to be available (i.e. bold, italics, paragraph formatting, etc) for entries. A lot of times, I use 750 Words as an online notepad to log in from anywhere and write fiction, so these writing tools would be appreciated! Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Yasi Noori on Wed, Jan 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

yes! more badges! badges are one of the things that keep me going.

New Feature Vote from Tanja Pislar on Wed, Jan 08
3 cups
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Adam Koren on Tue, Jan 07
1 cup
More text analysis

text analysis for other languages than english! If you need help to build that function for french language I’m a fluent speaker so I would glagly help.

New Feature Vote from Gil Juwu on Tue, Jan 07
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Gil Juwu on Tue, Jan 07
1 cup
A Windows Phone app

I don’t have the occasion to sit in front of my laptop for a long time every day but I do use my phone throughout the day for professionnal reasons. I have 3h of transports from home to work everyday and I get most of my wriing ideas at these moments. I Windows Phone App would be great since the mobile browsers don’t always save everything I write.

New Feature Request Note from Gil Juwu on Tue, Jan 07
1 cup

750 Words have helped me by clearing out all the gunk in my mind that needs an escape. I often find myself asking myself “What am I going to write about? I have NOTHING to write about!” Currently unemployed, living alone, the only place I go during the week is dialysis, I miss having “a life”, it’s hard writing about life when I am full of negativity, but I get it out, and then some. Often times the anger shows itself so easily and readily when I write, but I do write, and it comes forward, and I get it out. For this I am very thankful!

Testimonial Note from Melissa on Tue, Jan 07
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Josh Fox on Sun, Jan 05
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Josh Fox on Sun, Jan 05
1 cup

Fun interface and great community for keeping me motivated. Next book will happen, thanks in part to 750words.

Testimonial Note from Barth Anderson on Sun, Jan 05
5 cups

Though it has been difficult and has required more discipline than I am usually wont to exhibit, I have been amazed at my ability continue this process. Not only has my writing improved, but I have successfully laid down several vignettes that may eventually become story-lines, secure in the knowledge that no one will judge it before it is polished and ready for display. I confess that though this has been high in the list of priorities of my day, I occasionally miss a one, and consequently will most likely never be a high scorer or badge winner. However, though badges and points are nice, they are not important. Writing is important. And if one wishes to be a writer, in order to become better,the skills must be practiced. After all, who doesn’t want to be come a better writer, and there is no better place to practice than on 750words.com. Thank you, Buster, for all your hard work.

Testimonial Note from Kyra Kai on Sun, Jan 05
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I do most everything via my iPad… everything except 750 that is. The few times I’ve tried doing a mobile post to the site, it doesn’t save all of my words. An app would be an ideal fix for this.

New Feature Vote from Apollymi on Sun, Jan 05
1 cup
Set own day beginning

It would be good if there was a way for writers to set when their own days begin and end. Right now, we’re having to change time zones and such, but that isn’t always a good fit.

New Feature Request Note from Apollymi on Sun, Jan 05
2 cups
Titles for Days

This site is wonderful, but the one thing that irks me is how difficult it is to find things I have written in the past. On each day, we should be able to title it and then when we scroll over the days, instead of just showing the date and number of words, it will also show the title. This would be an incredibly easy way to keep track of our writing!

New Feature Request Note from Verity Tomlinson on Sat, Jan 04
2 cups

This is not the first time I’ve attempted morning pages. But this is the first time I’ve successfully written them consistently, for over a year, and am still going.

During the time I’ve seen my writing learn to flow more freely. I’ve learned – am learning – how to not edit, but to just write. I’ve seen the distance between my thoughts and “paper” diminish; it’s not quite gone, but it’s getting close.

Thank you for the site.

Testimonial Note from Brendan Dixon on Sat, Jan 04
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

I enjoy using this site to analyze my thoughts but the emotions and concerns stats could use some improvements

New Feature Vote from Skip Cloud on Sat, Jan 04
1 cup

I recently looked back at my first scrawlings on this great site from August of 2011. It was enlightening to see which ideas I’ve dropped and which ones I’ve held onto. I’d encourage anyone to use 750 Words as a reliable journal and time capsule, and, of course, for NaNo training. Cheers, Caroline

Testimonial Note from Caroline Collins on Fri, Jan 03
1 cup

“I seek what I am, to be what I am. I usually have a habit of thinking of ‘body,’ on the one hand, and of ‘energy’ on the other. But nothing exists separately. There is a unity of life. I wish to live it, and I seek it through a movement of return toward myself.” Gurdjieff
Writing has become the path of mind-body-soul integration for me. It is the daily commitment to write that helps me start the day with clarity and focus. Also reading back my entries helps me integrate my self-knowledge process. And the stats are amazing! It is really as if I gave a plunge inside my brain and reveal my interior dialogue.
Grateful for this simple, yet effective service.

Testimonial Note from maricarmen on Fri, Jan 03
1 cup

I made a New Year’s resolution to write every day (after not really writing since October). Three days into the new year and it’s so far, so good. I hope I don’t get off track again!

Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Fri, Jan 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be nice to be able to write on my tablet offline, and then upload it later in the day when I have a wifi connection. I know I could probably do this with a word document, but I’d love to be able to do it within a 750 words app on my tablet. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Cb Rádio on Fri, Jan 03