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
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
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Ashley Mooneyhan on Sat, Sep 14
2 cups
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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
3 cups

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
1 cup

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
2 cups

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
1 cup
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
1 cup
improve the quality of previous writings

I like being able to go back through and read what I wrote before, but I don’t always save it in the form which I typed it. It annoyed me to go back to try and read a scene I wrote the day before or a few days before, and to realize that paragraphs I created with a single ‘enter’ punch have disappeared and all of the text is in one massive block. Since U tend to write these without the best punctuation, more focused on speed and just getting things on the page, it really hurts my ability to see what I was writing and to comprehend what I was thinking, the feeling I was trying to convey.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Sep 07
1 cup

I started on this website last month thinking I would give it a try. I have to say, I’m impressed. People will do surprising things for badges (both for themselves and in general). I decided to pay the $5 to become a member and continue the monthly challenges for a simple reason: $5 a month may not seem like much, but it is an investment. By putting even that small amount toward getting myself to write daily, a thing I love to do, then it is worth the investment.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Sep 07
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

It was actually pretty difficult to find how to donate. Adding a donate link in the Settings tab on the daily stats page (after writing) would be very helpful for this.

New Feature Vote from Marc Tetlow on Sat, Sep 07
1 cup

I missed a day in September’s month challenge due to the disaster that was Federal Election. Best of luck to you all and hopefully you will not be so easily distracted as myself.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Marc Tetlow on Sat, Sep 07
2 cups

I would like to encourage new writers here not to sell themselves short. When I started I purposely skipped a day thinking it would be impossible to write every day and I may as well get it over with right away. Well… it turns out not only am I capable of writing every day but I love writing every day. And I would have had an even longer streak if I had not purposely skipped January 13th or whenever it was. So not only can you do it, but you will want to do it.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Sat, Sep 07
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sofia M. on Sat, Sep 07
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Sofia M. on Sat, Sep 07
3 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Sofia M. on Sat, Sep 07
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

A cup to celebrate being a member of the site for 50 days. Two cups for the 2 days I missed out of last month’s challenge! I wish there were more badges for those who slip off and have to start all the way back at day 1 again. Some way badge or something else to mark the passing of those old milestones. Sad I won’t get a new one for a very long while now.

New Feature Vote from Wendy on Sat, Sep 07
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from C. on Fri, Sep 06
2 cups
Minimal formatting tools

While I love the simple, open look of 750words, I do sometimes like to use simple formatting like bold and italics to add style to what I write. I sometimes even use it to freewrite ideas that I then copy over to a formal document. Simply enabling the shortcut keys for these two would allow these features while retaining the simplicity.

For the same reason, I’d like an automatic space after paragraph for those times when my thoughts do separate out into discrete ideas.

New Feature Request Note from Brad Fruhauff on Fri, Sep 06
1 cup

way to go guys :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shellan Peddle on Thu, Sep 05
2 cups
Total word count

Not sure if this already exist on the site and I missed it but I wish there was a total word counter for all the content you’ve put into the site. This would be really cool to see how many “total” words you’ve dished out.

New Feature Request Note from dky on Thu, Sep 05
4 cups

Thank you 750words, because of you I’ve developed the habit of daily writing. I’m currently on my 114th day of continuing to pound out my thoughts on your site, I’ve dropped all my other apps such as Day One in favor of you. For me the primary motivator was the badges and the monthly competitions, you just feel like you’re working towards something even if it’s 750 words a day. Thanks for creating such a cool site and I hope to continue to improve my writing skills with this site.

Testimonial Note from dky on Thu, Sep 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I like to have the comfort of security, and privacy. I would hate for this site to get hacked, and everybody’s written words become available online. I worry about privacy sometimes, when I am writing a journal which I really do not want to share with anyone :D

New Feature Vote from Dawa Lama Sherpa on Thu, Sep 05
1 cup

750 words was a great tool for me to clear my head and give me inspiration. I was so inspired I got back to programming and created my own version (http://www.my3pages.appspot.com) as a way to keep up my creativity through my programming. Thanks to the site!

Testimonial Note from Vincent Caesar on Thu, Sep 05
2 cups

I love this site so much. I love journaling and this has just filled that gap on a technological level so well! It helps clear my mind and get all of the gunk out on a page. If I’m having a hard time in life, I can rant forever on here about it and then later I’ll go back and look at those days where I ranted it, and it is immensely helpful to have it out in front of me, written, so that I can really look at my problems from an outside view. That, alone, is immeasurably helpful. This site is a blessing and a lovely fun program! Thank you for manifesting it into being. It’s truly brilliant!

Testimonial Note from Cristina Vigil on Wed, Sep 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Tue, Sep 03
3 cups

Nothing has made me more determined to write everyday quite like 750Words. So glad I joined. I can’t wait till the next Nanowrimo.

Testimonial Note from Makihige on Mon, Sep 02