Journalling just got smart at

I’ve never been particularly good at journalling. I usually start out with good intentions and then end up dropping out pretty quickly. The other day I read an article called “750 words clears your mind, gets ideas flowing” on Lifehacker that introduced an online journalling site with a difference, so I decided to check it out.

750 Words is that online journal, and the premise is simple: just write whatever you want, at least 750 words of it. It’s unfiltered, unguided, just a blank space waiting for you to write something. The benefit of that is that what you write doesn’t have to make sense to anyone except you. If you want to slap down a bunch of random thoughts you can go for it without having to think about flow or structure.

What am I thinking?

Once you’ve written your 750 words (or more) some clever anasis is done to determine your mood, what you’re most interested in, what mindset you’re in and a few perception statistics. I think it’s this part of the site that really sets it apart from anything I’ve used for journalling before, not least because it actually seems to be quite accurate.

This week I wrote my 750 words after a heated discussion with a friend. I wasn’t particularly writing about that incident, but the analysis came out that I was upset. Hmm, scary. I’ve been away this week at a conference related to my role as a pastor, and on the days I was there I was, apparently, most concerned with religion. When I got home again, that switched to family. I’ve done some training on how to determine the underlying concerns of a person based on what they’re saying but it’s just incredible to see this happening online right before my eyes.

The more you write the more accurate 750 Words’ picture of you as a person becomes, and you can see your overall mindset in the “Eternity” tab of the site. This tells you how much importance you give to various topics, alongside the average importance the site’s users gives to the same topics. It also tells you your average mindset, and I’m pleased to see that I’m generally a positive person!

Now, I can’t promise that I’m going to write something on 750 Words every day, but the addition of statistics and simple mindset analysis certainly piques my geeky interest and means I’m much more likely to do so than if I were just writing in a notebook. It’s scary how accurate the analysis is sometimes, and it’s always interesting to see what it’s going to come up with.

I’ve found 750 Words useful to just brain dump everything at the end of the day, and on a couple of occasions have found post ideas popping up, or even solutions to problems presenting themselves as I let my thoughts out in whatever order they arrive. Why not try 750 Words out and see what you think? It’s free and private, so it’s at least worth a look.

If you’ve been using 750 Words why not tell us how you’ve got on in the comments? Has anything about the analysis of your writing surprised you? We’d love to know what you think.

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