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750 words

750 words

by jturkin on April 3, 2011

April 2nd,

So far, two for two.

Last month I tried the “750 words” challenge. What’s that?

750words.com is a site dedicated to being a private online journal. It’s like blogging, but secretive. It’s a great way to keep you accountable as a writer. If you want to write everyday, 750words.com is a fun way to track your progress.

Here’s why it’s fun: it’s like all those annoying facebook games or the boy scouts. You win awards the more you accomplish. By opening an account, you are awarded the egg prize (there are over 28,000 people with the egg, which means there are that number of people in the 750words.com universe). This just means you’re new to the 750words universe and are a egg of knowledge waiting to be hatched.

After 3 days of writing, you earn the turkey (there are currently over 12,000 people with this award). Like in bowling. And that’s not the only way it’s like bowling. The scoring system is also comparable. If you score two points today (1 point for writing over 100 words, and 1 more point for writing over 750 words), the points carry over to the next day. Your first day you can earn 2 points, but the next day, you can earn more. I don’t exactly get it. It involves an algorithm. I’m not smart enough.

After 5 days you get the penguin badge. 10 Days you start to fly with the Flamingo badge (although, not too well). 30 days is the albatross. 100 is a phoenix (only 434 currently with this badge).
And finally, after 200 days of writing consecutively, almost 7 months, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a 750words.com writer, the Pterodactyl. Here is what they have to say about that, “200 days in a row! Scientists say this bird is extinct, but some highly fanatical people say that they’ve seen one or two recently. Who to believe?” There are, as of today, only 102 (out of 28,000) who wear this badge. And they wear it with pride.

So instead of investing all your time into fake facebook farm animals, try improving your writing skills.

Wow. I’m only at 365 words. This is hard. Only halfway there. I quit.
And yes, I am writing this in 750words.com… a universe in which I keep falling back to the egg. This commitment business is hard.

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