I might have a new favorite website. Or at least one that I use every day. That site is 750 Words. What is 750 Words? Simple – 750 words is a website designed to encourage you to write at least 750 words every day. The theory is that if you sit down and write 750 words every morning, you will clear your mind and generally have a better day.
Why do you need a website to do that? Well, you don’t. You just need some paper and a pencil. But the advantage to the website is that it’s there and easily accessible, but better than that, it’s got a scoring system. You get points for writing every day, and points for making your 750 words. The scoring is similar to bowling style, where the previous day (or frame) affects your score for today. What do you win? Nothing. Well, you do get cool little icons on your info page, and that’s enough to keep me writing.
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and I really love sitting down every morning and doing a bit of a brain dump. It’s frequently just rambling, and I love that my writing is private. Blogging is great, but sometimes you just need to vent and don’t want others to read it.
So if you’re looking to get back into journaling or just want an easy place to write, check out 750 words.
Megan is a 30-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.