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 two sons (Niko and Louie) 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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The site keeps me motivated. I make a commitment to myself and I can’t wiggle out of it by doing twice as much tomorrow; I have to do it EVERY DAY and that has helped me to keep my focus on what I want, which is to be a writer.

Testimonial Note from Terri Sharkey on Mon, Jul 05
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More badges for accomplishments

If Facebook games have taught us nothing else, we do know that people will do all sorts of things to see little cartoon icons. I am still continually amazed at what a motivational spur to establishing a disciplined and consistent pattern of intellectual productivity the prospect collecting a picture of a horsie can be.

New Feature Vote from Kelly Taylor on Mon, Jul 05
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I am recovering from a head injury. I’ve been in therapy for over a year now, and It is an incredible pleasure to simply be able once more to keep to a schedule and do the sort of complex cognition that writing demands. I’ve been using my 750 words to keep a journal about my adventures with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. The length of the entries is just right for my still limited attention span and stamina. The act of writing every day is helping me sort through the things that have happened to me. There have been several occasions where I went back to my doctor and said, “I was writing about thus-and-such the other day, and that reminded me that I needed to tell you this, or ask you that.” By looking back at descriptions from my notes, my doctor and I discovered that I might be having mild seizures associated with my injury. So thank you, 750 Words. You’re helping to heal me.

Testimonial Note from Kelly Taylor on Mon, Jul 05
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A widget for my blog

Take the shared stats page and shrink it to a narrow jpeg picture that I can put on my blog Wordpress automagically. When folks click on it, it takes the new victim to 750WORDS and traps them for eternity in this squirrel wheel of writing.

New Feature Request Note from FJohn Reinke on Mon, Jul 05
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The much-needed sense of accomplishment I get from writing here gives me the willpower I need to fight through the rough patches in my fiction-writing endeavours. I’d struggled for so long that I forgot how good it feels to succeed—am currently on a 40-day streak (having joined the site exactly 40 days ago) and I’m going to keep writing come hell or high water.

Testimonial Note from Anna Silvertree on Sun, Jul 04
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I am so chuffed with the new badges as it gives me a different goal to aim for whilst writing my words each day.
Love writing them as it clears my often muddled and confused brain.
Cheers for this fabulous site

Testimonial Note from Jen Clark on Sun, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments

YES!!

Huge fan of the badges. And would like to massively endorse the ‘Real Badges’ note. Think it’d be an EXCELLENT idea. I’d definitely buy them; this project is the Best Internet Find to date!

Though, of course, being a closet eco-warrior, would love to see the materials being made from recycled goods… :-)

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 04
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Dear 750worders,

I have finally, after 3 months of trying, won my badge. My horse of Awesomeness.

Awesome.

I have signed up to the July challenge (and you still have time to do so too!) and I intend to complete it.

However, this month will be tainted slightly. Come August and September, I will be travelling around Egypt and my internet access will be sporadic at best. I have been planning this trip for some time, and I’m unbelievable excited.

But I’m not sure what I’m going to do about uploading my daily writing and win the much-coveted Phoenix badge.

Can anyone suggest a remedy? Buster?

Happy writing all,
HJ

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 04
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Love everything about the site. It’s changed my life. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Trevor Algatt on Sun, Jul 04
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Here’s some back for the races. :) Enjoy!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dara Diahann Lohnes on Sat, Jul 03
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Real badges

I would like to see a feature that would allow a writer to buy a real badge (whether it be a patch or button) once they earn one. For instance, if someone receives a turkey badge, a link would be available for them to buy a real one to show off in the real world. The money made from these badges can then be used to go to the site or any other organization/charity. Maybe even a contest can be arranged for users to create their own version of the badges, so people can buy more than one of each if they choose.

New Feature Request Note from Chris Juarez on Sat, Jul 03
2 cups

Finished the challenge last month but forgot to sign up for this month so in light of my oversight I’ll make the reward sweeter for those of you in the running. Good luck and good writing!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jesse Nash on Sat, Jul 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Aden Pennington on Sat, Jul 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 03
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Thanks for the site and thanks for posting your process on Enjoymentland. You’re a really good egg.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Ann Courington on Sat, Jul 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Alix May on Fri, Jul 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Alix May on Fri, Jul 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Pat Hughes on Fri, Jul 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Pat Hughes on Fri, Jul 02
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More badges for accomplishments

Yay for new badges, but… now that I have my phoenix, it’s getting harder to write each day D: halp! Please give us something crazy to work towards ;)

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Ben Holder on Thu, Jul 01
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Family Patronage

My wife and son are now writing daily with me and its become a thing, we say “Have you written your 750 yet?” and we support each other but only I have the patron badge. A family option would share the badge at perhaps a higher $ rate per month.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jul 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Phil Oakes on Thu, Jul 01
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I have missed keeping a real diary – I couldn’t share my private thoughts with the world on a blog, and 750words has helped me to sort out how I think and feel and improved my writing in the real world too.

Testimonial Note from Phil Oakes on Thu, Jul 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges, but I feel like I haven’t gotten any new ones in a while, waaaah!

New Feature Vote from janet chant on Thu, Jul 01
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OpenID logins please

Could we please have OpenID available as logins? I have some friends who are very interested in this site but are not comfortable with security and privacy issues around Google, Yahoo, & FB. They’ve mentioned OpenID & I’m sure they’re not the only ones who would like it!

New Feature Request Note from janet chant on Thu, Jul 01
1 cup

I’ve started writing fiction for the first time in years thanks to this site. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Testimonial Note from janet chant on Thu, Jul 01
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More badges in between 30 days and 100 days

I am on day 67 and how I wish there was some other badge to work toward. This is like being in a marathon without any water stops on the horizon. I know I will get to 100, but even after two consecutive months, I have over a month to earn my next badge. Please build something into those in between days…. THANK YOU!

New Feature Request Note from Julie Jordan Scott on Thu, Jul 01
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I am so grateful for the monthly challenge and how it inspires me to write daily on this site (no matter what!) that I decided to add a cup of patronage to the bounty for other writers who feel the same way. Keep the words flowing!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Julie Jordan Scott on Thu, Jul 01
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750words has invoked the competitiveness-with-self part of my personality. I prefer to see it as devotion to excellence, which sounds so much better than COMPETITIVE. Now that I have succeeded in not only one monthly challenge, but TWO monthly challenges in a row, I feel as if I can do almost anything. It is a GREAT feeling! THANK YOU!

Testimonial Note from Julie Jordan Scott on Thu, Jul 01