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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1,000,000 words badge

I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but it would be cool if there was a badge for one million words. I know there are badges for a hundred thousand words, two hundred and fifty thousand words, and five hundred thousand words, but none for denominations higher than that.
I hit one million words today after about two and a half years on this site, and I was sort of hoping there’d be a little Quadruple Flock badge or something.
I don’t know. Just a thought. :>

New Feature Request Note from Ray Bernoff on Sun, Sep 29
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The Celebratory Post for 1 Million Words Written

Over two years and almost nine full months ago I started my journey on 750 words. Now, 799 completed days and a 485 day streak later I have broken the magical limit of one million words. Someone might call for a badge for it, but for me personally just seeing that kind of a number up there is a reward in itself.

The guy who hatched out of the egg on 1st of January 2011 as the badges of this site finely illustrate was a completely different guy than the guy writing this today. The transition has not been quite as stunning as from an egg to a space bird, or to a Pegasus, let alone a Phoenix. But it has been a significant shift.

The guy that started desperately to write 750 words a day in 2011 and failed it many times, was just like that – he could not sustain a single habit over a long period of time. His mind wandered. He had not done anything significant with his life. He was mostly writing in Finnish. He had perhaps written a total of 150 000 words in his life, and even all that during 1 month special events like NaNoWriMo. The dude just could not muster up the effort rest of the time, it was too difficult, he wasn’t motivated.

750words.com has not been the only thing that has changed my life, but this site has been a big part in the massive change I’ve undergone.

Numbers are not be-all, end all, but just measuring up that estimated life total of 150k words against the one million written since speaks volumes. But let’s forget about numbers. That guy in 2011 was just a pimple-faced kid. Well I still have pimples on my face and you would probably say that I never grew up, but ever since I’ve pushed out my own book, created two websites, visited Asia (twice), written and published countless stories and became semi-professional writer – in English.

That pimple-faced kid had barely any friends and while he might have had ambitions, he didn’t really take them seriously because he didn’t believe in himself. The pimple-faced guy who never grew up writing this here, on the other hand, is learning to deal with an increasing social circle after years of reclusiveness. We have a guy here who feel raring to go and that only world is the limit.

It would be absurd of course to suggest that a simple thing like 750words.com is responsible of all of the change. But it would be as absurd to claim that it had no effect.

Besides just forging the writing habit in me and thus making me much more capable writer, this site has helped me push myself, it has helped me to achieve the consistency needed to achieve big goals, it has built up my work ethic, and slowly and surely it has made me see that I can do anything at all in the world. Out of small achievements comes the realization that you can do big things.

This site is incredibly simple, but it is a powerful tool for making people’s lives better. I love it and am deeply grateful for all the positive changes it has helped me achieve in less than three years since I joined here. I have recommended it to everyone and will keep recommending it. I will probably be writing these praising notes as well every chance I get as well – next time in fifteen days when I achieve the final landmark – The Space Bird.

Simply put, not a day goes by in my life nowadays without opening up 750words.com at least once. Thanks Buster and everyone involved.

Jarkko
http://becom.in/

Testimonial Note from Jarkko Helenius on Sat, Sep 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I have not written this regularly, this deliberately, ever. It has been an amazing experience, and I’m excited to keep it up. I tend to be achievement (or badge) driven, so something a little extra to aim for would be a lot of fun.

New Feature Vote from Kate Ritter on Fri, Sep 27
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I have worked with the Artist Way and Morning Pages since my Mother handed me Julia Cameron’s book when I was in my early twenties. I literally had handwritten Morning Pages as a practice for more than 10 years. Suddenly, my life got crazy for a stint and I quit for three years. I found 750 words and I am getting back into the habit here.

What I notice from doing this practice consistently is that I have become an excellent verbal communicator. I have an incredible vocabulary. I am incredibly perceptive. When I do clear my mind of all of the "monkey’s running around in it, my creative mind seems to have room to blossom. Solutions pop up in my mind when I least expect it. I am way more creative, vital and emotionally alive. I love the practice of it and the life force it frees up.

Ok. Big Fear lies in having 10 years of journals sitting around with some of my most petty, sexy, human vulnerabilities on display. It feels good to have 750 words to store my stuff. The privacy feels great.

It doesn’t matter if you become a famous writer. Write because it keep you alive! Note to self!

Testimonial Note from Heart Kandi on Thu, Sep 26
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Another Payment Method Besides PayPal

Ok. This is a request, not exactly for a feature. I would like to become a member of your site. I would like to pay in one chunk for the entire year. I don’t like to use PayPal for a long list of reasons. Could you make another payment option? I definitely am into helping this site continue on! Its awesome in its simplicity!

New Feature Request Note from Heart Kandi on Thu, Sep 26
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SMS reminder if I forget to write

I would love it if I could configure an email or SMS reminder if my words are still blank eg. “at 4pm send me a message that I forgot to write this morning”.

I could even hook this up with http://ifttt.com if there was a simple API to check whether I have written today.

New Feature Request Note from Tom Rees on Wed, Sep 25
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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I have delusions of become a famous writer. Whether I do or not, I’m glad I found 750 words. It’s the one place I can vomit all the collected refuse in my brain before I write. And trust me, there’s a lot of refuse. From road rage, work rage and nine o’clock news rage, there’s a lot of crap pent up inside. 750 words allows me to clear my head before getting to the real work of uncovering all the stuff beneath. From the truth, imagination and creativity that I swear I have buried below. So thanks, 750 words, and try it for yourself if you’re considering a membership.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Sep 23
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I swear I am one of the most forgetful people in the world. Or at least in my family. My mom comes home and I’ll be upstairs doing my homework and she’ll ask me why I didn’t do my chores. Chores? What chores? 750words helps me clear my mind and remember what I do on a daily basis, even if it’s absolutely nothing. I like being able to go back through the months and remember what I did from last year and see how I’ve grown and what has changed. It’s interesting. I’ve never been able to keep up with a handwritten journal, but 750words is an easy thing to do every day or every other day. Joining this website was a great thing for me!

Testimonial Note from Katelyn on Mon, Sep 23
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Runners prepare for races—by running! I’m doing the same thing here, for NaNoWriMo, which I’ve signed up to do this year for the 1st time, and wouldn’t have even considered without this site. So, I have a double goal this month: the 1-mo. challenge, and to get a NaNo badge. I’m on schedule and task to complete both. I’ve done it! Yeah, me!

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Peterson on Sun, Sep 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth Morgan on Sun, Sep 22
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Android Tablet App

An mobile app compatible with android tablets and phones.

New Feature Request Note from Tiffani Keaton on Fri, Sep 20
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One Month Challenge Bounty from M. Belle on Thu, Sep 19
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More badges for accomplishments

Along with the website itself, the challenge that comes along with achieving badges has been an important part of achieving my 100+ day streak. I would love to see more. Thank you very much for keeping the website up :)

New Feature Vote from M. Belle on Thu, Sep 19
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One Month Challenge Bounty from M. Belle on Thu, Sep 19
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An author friend posted this site and others on FB. This has been wonderful and I’m telling my writing buddies about 750. It’s been instrumental in getting me to write regularly and the knowledge that it’s private and retraceable is huge. Thanks for the opportunity!!

Testimonial Note from Dora Cividino on Wed, Sep 18
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Just stopping, for a moment, to smell the roses, and … I have a pterodactyl! La-la-la! 200 days in a row. I’ve done something 200 days in a row, and it’s recorded right here. Don’t know if I’ve ever done that on my own before, but I do know I’ve done that now. I feel empowered, and strong, and happy. I’m going to go into work tomorrow, knowing that I have a pterodactyl. I hope you go into work or school tomorrow, feeling good and strong and happy, too.

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Tue, Sep 17
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Improve the writing page

I frequently make indented lists outline style for planning certain things out, pressing tab to make the indents. This works on the writing page, I get the nice indents I want. However when I go back to previous writings, the tabs are missing. I know they aren’t actually gone since the tabs are still there in the exports. So I guess it’s just a display issue for the \t character

New Feature Vote from Steven Washington on Mon, Sep 16
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An iPhone/iPad app

I’d actually like an android app, it would be quite helpful.

New Feature Vote from Marc Tetlow on Mon, Sep 16
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Marc Tetlow on Mon, Sep 16
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clickable date

All the other dates in the month are clickable but its not possible to click the square for today’s date. Please make that square clickable!

Thanks :)

New Feature Request Note from regitale on Sun, Sep 15
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Ashley Mooneyhan on Sat, Sep 14
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More badges for accomplishments

When I used to use Four Square I specifically remember how much getting the badges and earning mayorships and all of that kept me wanting to use the app and also in a strange way, kept me wanting to try new things, or kept me going to places that I needed to go (like the library, for example). It seemed like they were adding all sorts of secret badges that not many people (in the beginning) knew how to get, or that were very difficult to get. Then they went a step further and started creating different levels of each of the badges that you could be awarded.

I think that a good idea for this site would be to start introducing different levels of certain badges. Additionally, it might be good to come up with a few badges that only give a vague idea about how they are earned so that people try to “unlock” them.

Maybe mentioning a certain word in 10 days (not necessarily in a row) would get a special badge. Or getting an R rating or a PG rating 10 days in a row will earn some sort of badge. Using unusual or unusually long words may earn a badge. Things like that.

New Feature Vote from Quartertonality on Sat, Sep 14
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This site saved my bacon. I am working on a book and happened to write a part of a chapter here. When my computer crashed, despite all the fancy cloud saving apps that I pay for, my chapter was no where to be found….it was here, where I started it, on 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Kyra Kai on Sat, Sep 14
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750words created a minimal, safe environment for me to build a daily writing habit. I have used it in the past for NaNoWriMo, personal journals, and other writing projects – with great success. I’d recommend it to any writer who wants to keep a timeline of their work. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 12
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750 Words has helped me in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible. For over 20 years I have been hand writing fiction and non-fiction notes on various sizes and colors of paper, some as small as an envelope. I have kept these notes in vertical files, thinking that some day I would type them so I could use them in a story. But that day never happened until I started with 750 Words. Now I type more of these old notes every day and file them in folders on my computer. Thank you for the daily motivation!

Testimonial Note from Flash Gordon on Wed, Sep 11
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I started using this site as a means of improving my general writing skills and found that it has affected me in other ways that I didn’t expect. I have been able to better organize my thoughts and feelings on these pages and have found it very therapeutic. It has also been the first time that I have been able to successfully commit to every day for more than 10 days never mind the 36 I have already manage to go. This has given me the confidence to commit to other things knowing that I am capable and all around made my life better, and for this I thank you very much! Keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Van Adrichem on Wed, Sep 11
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I’ve been using this place to kickstart my daily writing practice after a year of grief, and it’s been excellent. The badges and monthly challenge are keeping me writing, not wanting to lose my streak, after many other attempts to write daily have been easy to break. Thanks for all the great built-in tools. It’s worth being a patron to keep this site running!

Testimonial Note from Sinclair Sexsmith on Wed, Sep 11
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More text analysis

I feel like the scope of words is a bit too narrow right now, and so I mention “the dying of the sun” and suddenly my entire entry is about death. It’s a bit disconcerting.

New Feature Vote from Reginald Ree on Tue, Sep 10
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Being able to look at the breakdown of emotions and topics after I’ve written is great – I especially love reviewing a previous day’s entry and looking at how 750words weights the words. It’s a unique and interesting approach! I love it!

Testimonial Note from Reginald Ree on Tue, Sep 10
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Improve the Today page

It would be nice to have the timer keep in mind how long you’ve actually spent typing for calculating wpm. I sometimes jot down an idea at 1am before bed, but then don’t get around to actually writing that idea until later that night. But my wpm is calculated on those interim hours I wasn’t even writing.

New Feature Vote from Steven Washington on Sun, Sep 08