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

It never gets any easier. If you’ve been tempted to quit, and people tell you “It gets easier”, they lied. It only seems that way because you get better at it. The level of difficulty is still the same; it may even get higher; but by persevering through the dark times and despair, you level up to a point where you can handle it. After 5th grade comes 6th grade, which is harder. After your baby is a crying, diapering mess, he’s a toddler running all over the place, which is harder. But you’ve gained strength from the journey, and you can keep on.
This is one thing 750 words has done for me: it motivated me to persevere. After struggling through February, I completed the March challenge and began Camp NaNoWriMo in April. The ideas are flowing like a prairie wind, fast and strong. It’s not that it’s easy; it’s that because I practiced long and hard, I can do it now.
Keep on keeping on.

Testimonial Note from Brenna Christine Siver on Wed, Apr 09
1 cup
A better mobile site

Please continue to allow mobile users to have acces to the full functionality. Some people cut back access and functionality when making a special mobile access. I don’t like that.

New Feature Vote from Janine Bouyssounouse on Tue, Apr 08
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

More badges – more fun!

New Feature Vote from Entropy on Sun, Apr 06
3 cups
Improve the Today page

i would love to see the ‘how you’re feeling’ graph be tweaked to be more accurate. at least for me, it tells me every single day that i’m mostly feeling ‘affectionate’, even when i’ve spewed hate all over the bleeding page. so basically i just discount that and look at the others, but i’d love either to know what i’m saying that makes it think i’m feeling all warm and fuzzy, or to have the algorithm tweaked to better reflect the sense of what i’m saying.

New Feature Vote from Amie Vaughan on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup

The daily practice of writing at 750 Words is helping me change from self-centeredness (whining about my life and “problems”) to more positivity and self-encouragement. I was getting kind of sick of my own brattiness, so am changing it up to be more grateful and courageous.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup

I started 750 words because I was interested in self improvement and I was already writing for my blog so I wanted to write more regularly.

I’ve notced that 750 words makes me mindful of the things I do because I only focus on what I’m writing at the current moment. That’s a wonderful feeling I hope many people experience.

Testimonial Note from John on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup
Set custom day change times

I work a night schedule so for me, midnight lands right after my break. Sometimes I am inspired to write in the daytime, most times its when I get home (around 2am or so). So a ‘day’ for me is from about noon to 4am the next morning. It’s been a little annoying for me so far because I’ll write about stuff that happened during my day when I get home after work, and then the next ‘day’ for me is still the same day on here. Right now, I’ve jury rigged it by lying and saying I’m from GMT-11 so the day changes at a time when I’m reliably asleep. This had the effect of screwing up the time on my alert emails so I had to do some calculation to change the time to the right time. It would be better if there was simply an option called ‘what time do you want your day to change over to the next’ or something like that. Its not a huge deal but us night owls would appreciate the simplicity.

New Feature Request Note from Timothy Kelly on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup

Nothing about 750 words is extraordinary. . . aside from the impact the site/process has had on my life. There are no bells and whistles here, and there are certainly, no flashing lights. The website is bare and fairly unsophisticated. The daily requirement is minimal—in both commitment of time and mental exertion. But in spite of all the aforementioned simplicities (really, BECAUSE of all the aforementioned simplicities) the results I have experienced through daily writing on the 750 words platform have been nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Natalie Norton on Wed, Apr 02
5 cups
More Badges

I would like to see more badges…like one every 100,000 words. Not sure what other categories they could be created for, but I would like to see more.

Thanks!
Elizabeth

New Feature Request Note from Elizabeth Brown-Shook on Wed, Apr 02
1 cup

Though it’s unintentional, my writing on 750 has become a huge part of my relationship with my girlfriend – or at least, with my side of our relationship. I find myself writing about her almost always, and even on days when I have other things to get out, she usually comes up. It’s a great tool for my own understanding of us, and I love the format and everything else that goes with it. Probably someday I’ll be able to look back and realize that 750 kept me sane enough to work with the insanity of being in love across an ocean. I’m looking forward to printing out a year’s worth of entries and binding them into a weird microcosm of life on earth in the 21st century.

Testimonial Note from Victoria Rose Simons on Wed, Apr 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to use an iPad to do my writing when i can’t get in front of a computer.

New Feature Vote from Olivia McGann on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup

I signed up for the monthly challenge; I did not succeed in writing everyday… But, I did write much more this month than I have previously so it was a big boost to my productivity. Thanks 750 words! This dissertation is going to get written some day.

Testimonial Note from eli_digs on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Someone’s already recently mentioned this, but I’ve thought about it before and think it’s a great idea. There should be more added (maybe different levels?) to the existing behavior badges. Like having a second hamster badge, or a level up on the hamster badge if you go on a longer streak writing your words under 20 mins. Maybe 20 day streaks? Or a month? Something worth the cooler badge.

New Feature Vote from Aidiris Rivera on Tue, Apr 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jill Myers on Sun, Mar 30
5 cups
Keep it simple - Added value on badges

Ok. I know everyone always asks for more badges, but I’m going to keep it even simpler. I would love to see even the ability to re-earn the same badges again. So sort of stackable. The early riser badge really pushed me to do my words in the morning, but I’ve found since I’ve earned the badge once, I stop being able to track how many days in a row I’ve managed it from then on. Would be great to have this as a feature. So it becomes a way to quickly summarise key trends in your writing over the long term.

New Feature Request Note from Wendy on Sun, Mar 30
1 cup
Improve the Today page

sometimes it loads my yesterday page when I leave the tab open. Not a biggie, love the site :)

New Feature Vote from Jenni Sands on Sat, Mar 29
1 cup

I believe I can use this tool to keep me accountable while I prepare for a possible job as a writer/blogger in my future, while winding down my current job. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Florian Ulrich on Wed, Mar 26
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Would love to see more badges! How about 1,000 days in a row and 1 million words written? I would also love to see one for those who get through multiple monthly challenges. A different horse for each month maybe? Maybe a Silver horse if you do 3 months in a row, gold for 6 months and diamond for a full year of winning the monthly challenge. The badges make this site and are just so much fun!

New Feature Vote from Katrinia17 on Tue, Mar 25
2 cups
markdown formatting & more badges

I love this site… i created a daily habit of writing thanks to the badges! I want more badges!

What would be also nice is the ability to use markdown in the writing area.

New Feature Request Note from Tanja Pislar on Tue, Mar 25
1 cup

I absolutely adore this site. It’s a wonderful setup, very motivating. Hopefully it will help me get in the habit of writing every day. Keep up the great work!

Testimonial Note from Emily Rae on Sun, Mar 23
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m a badge pig. Crazy how these can motivate me.
snort-snort

New Feature Vote from KAdams on Wed, Mar 19
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Bullet points and other text formatting would be nice.

New Feature Vote from Kai Drumm on Wed, Mar 19
1 cup

I was on such a roll… 60 days… and then, somehow, I missed a day – back to being an Egg. The great news is that I didn’t simply quit and give up as I’ve done in the past. After my last longest streak (17 days), it took me about 3 years to get back to writing daily… this time it only too 24 hours.

Testimonial Note from Andy Petranek on Wed, Mar 19
1 cup
More text analysis

Provide a connection with evernote (and others) is a feature interesting.

New Feature Vote from Anderson Guanier da Silva on Tue, Mar 18
4 cups

I am so happy that I broke my 110 day streak and failed the March challenge!! What madness?! Not really, for two reasons. First, this morning after a little over a week I just got back to it and even before that I knew I would so did not fuss too much about the missed days. So that is a major advance for me. Second, my March challenge contract specified that if I missed one or more days I would donate $18 to 750word and I did that this morning. Yay. I consider this a win win. Because I do love this site and I recommend it to everyone and am happy to make a donation to support 750words.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Mar 18
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Kimberly Murphy on Mon, Mar 17
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s difficult getting back to writing after a lapse. Having badges for total words or total days of writing, as opposed to predominately badges for streaks, would help lapsed writers get back to the keyboard. Then the thought of building up to another streak wouldn’t be so daunting as to make one think why bother. Instead, you could continue working toward a 25,000 or 100,000 word badge, or 100 total days of writing.

New Feature Vote from Melissa Bailar on Mon, Mar 17
1 cup
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 16
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 16