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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Our Good Members

Buster Benson
Marc Tretin
Noah Stetzer
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Christine Degner
SK Gaski
James Edward Hervey
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Carol Ladewig
Chris Davidson
Sam Young
Christine Leal Walsh
Miss Tea
Grant Faulkner
Chris A.
Shelby Gibbs
Neeraj Hirani
Nick S.
Ilus Elu
Brian Hodson
Mary Warner
kate beswick
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Jennifer Barrier
Robert John Metcalf
DaleSnow
Bart Post
David Michaels
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Carmen Isáis
Jesse Bowline
Steve Fife-Adams
Gary Chou
Dave Beck
Nicole Poweleit
Suzi Steffen
Katherine Holmes
Kaimipono Wenger
Leah Givens
Jim Sharp
Sherilyn Lee
Ted Strutz
Francis Floyd Occena
Maja Ilisch
Janna Marlies Maron
Paul Schingle
Joel Bradshaw
Kelly Gammon
Donna Grace Noyes
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Michele Stankowski
Steven Goldman
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Dan Mertz
Liz Flynn
Julie Hughes
Holly S
Julie MacAller
Hal Tepfer
Jassim Latif
Mary Lee Luskin
Richard
Carl Yirka
Bill Archibald
Eric Sheetz
Dodo
Betsy Devine
Gene Desrochers
JS
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Nan S
Mikkel Snyder
Carla Weiss
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Liz Demaree
Kell Willsen
Anne Dunham
Ben Nesvig
Nils Davis
Salman Suhail
Madeleine Aimé Flamiano
Cameron James Tibera
Carl Collins
Chris Cooper
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Shania Hougher
Anna Mangahas
Mary Going
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Bhavani
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Notes of inspiration from members

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More badges for accomplishments

I love this site! I just think it would be even more encouraging if there were badges in between some of the higher-level ones. It seems like a big jump to go from 100,000 to 250,000 words, for example. Or from 200 days to 365.

New Feature Vote from alison luby on Fri, Jan 20
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At first, it did feel weird talking to myself, but it was worth going through my own thoughts in written form. I think it can definitely improve someone’s life.

Testimonial Note from Eau de Bla on Thu, Jan 19
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Tatiana Prue on Thu, Jan 19
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Multiple notes each day

Would love the ability to write multiple notes each day. Currently if I want to journal and write a book I have to do that in the same entry.

New Feature Request Note from Jury Duty on Thu, Jan 19
1 cup

This website was the kick start that I needed to get serious about writing again and to allow myself a break in the day to dedicate purely to a hobby.

Testimonial Note from Morgan Hofbauer on Wed, Jan 18
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Nathanial Wellborn on Wed, Jan 18
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i just have to say thanks. really.

i first joined this site and began writing in order to make sense of a particularly confusing relationship i found myself in at the time. it seemed more logical and safe to pour out my vitriol in these password-protected pages than to do so in a public blog and hide behind pseudonyms. since finding the strength to walk away after that relationship became abusive and then imploded all over me, i’ve used these handy pages to record everything from comedy bits i’m writing to ideas for songs.

so yeah, thanks. kellianne and buster, y’all are doing the lord’s work (i’m an atheist, but i’m still going to say it. rule of funny and all.) love you both.

anastassia

Testimonial Note from Anastassia Davis on Wed, Jan 18
3 cups

Thank you for the space to let loose, rant and go back to being a somewhat normal person.

Testimonial Note from Dalia on Wed, Jan 18
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This website has helped me turn my life around. I used to think writing was a chore and quite frankly, I get anxious whenever I have to write – but I’m now inspired to write even more and get back to creative writing. It’s helped me with my mental illness and it’s definitely therapeutic. Thank you so much for holding this important space for everyone!

Testimonial Note from Mooza Mohd on Tue, Jan 17
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More text analysis

Text analysis for other languages, like french for an example.

New Feature Vote from Violette Ferrand on Tue, Jan 17
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Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Jessica Kosai on Mon, Jan 16
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Secure server for writing

The ability to export all of the year’s posts. Keep them in something like dropbox or evernote for future reference.

New Feature Vote from Brit LaLa on Mon, Jan 16
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I’ve always turned to the page as a cleansing loving therapy. That being said it’s been a dry spell for either writing or reading others words… someone very dear to me is going through a huge transition and is just starting up here as well. All I can say is I’m really excited to begin the next steps to my own journey and this is a great tool! I’ve already signed up as a member because I know this is powerful. If anyone out there is feeling timid just try it… you’ve got nothing to lose just the confusing mess of garbage floating around your head 😉
Happy healing folks

Testimonial Note from JOEL MCMILLAN on Mon, Jan 16
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I have been a pretty prolific journaler over the past 3 years. Prior to, I tried a few different online platforms, including a simple word document, but always returned to paper and pen. A mentor/teacher/friend of mine recommended 750words and, I have to admit, I’m totally hooked.

My beloved paper journals now hold the images that correspond to my journal entries here. In this way, I have found a lot of balance between the speed of getting my thoughts out by typing and having the ability to create a more tactile experience. Furthermore, I have begun to paint mandalas instead of printing images from other artists. I am now able to fully express myself through paper and paint because my words flow so much smoother with the speed of typing and the goal of pushing through to at least 750 words per entry.

A truly masterful and simple system here and I love the Stats feature as well. It serves as a great reflective piece, as it sometimes shows emotions and positions that were unavailable to me through paper journals.

Testimonial Note from Jessica R. Allen on Sun, Jan 15
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from David Dorman on Sat, Jan 14
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In this era of fear and anxiety in the world, it is so nice to have a place where I can spill all of my frustrations, anger and sadness onto the paper without fear of rebuttal. I can be myself and separate myself from the “stuff” the rest of the world throws at me and get back in touch with the real “me.”

As a writer, this practice had primed my creative pump and not only have I written here daily, but my volume of writing outside of this site has increased tremendously and the quality has improved.

Sometimes like the morning exercise routine (that I have yet to begin) it takes discipline to take those 15-20 minutes to invest in myself and my writing, but I always feel better when I am finished.

Testimonial Note from Jeanette Waddington on Sat, Jan 14
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Reset all Progress

Wipe clean all badges, word-count records, and all-time word-count, letting a person start over without having to create a new account.

It’s very frustrating to break a long streak, and starting again without the prospect of badges along the way feels like a long, bleak road. The reset would keep the account intact, but let the milestones begin again..

Obviously, it would have to be something that you couldn’t trigger by accident, but I think it could really help those who have hit the “why bother?” feeling, when a long streak gets broken.

New Feature Request Note from Kell Willsen on Sat, Jan 14
100 cups

Today marks 2,500 days in a row of writing for me, less a number of days when I was traveling and had no online access. This site is the reason I have been able to keep writing. As much as I hate to admit it, the badges, reminders, challenges and statistics have been motivating, especially early on.

I had never kept a journal before, and actually had started one a week before I learned about 750 Words. This became my journal, and it is the place I come to every morning to reflect on what is happening in my life. It is a great refuge, and I deeply appreciate it, and the work Buster and Kellianne have done and continue to do.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Sat, Jan 14
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FAQ on Account Suspension or Termination

From 750 FAQs, it’s not clear if an account can be suspended or only terminated. It’s looking like I won’t be able to afford the monthly fee anymore— So once my subscription runs out, what happens to my account?

New Feature Request Note from River Seeks Ocean on Fri, Jan 13
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Writing clarifies. Especially when you don’t feel like it. This is the genius of 750 words. More than once I have started a piece thinking it would be rubbish, only to read the result and be amazed at the clarity of thought it produced. Thanks Kellianne and 750words.

Testimonial Note from James Kell on Fri, Jan 13
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i believe the arts cannot be measured, it can only be experienced. the same can be said of writing as it too is an art. its intent is to communicate to an audience, whether it’s to many, an individual, or to the self. i cannot say if the content of my morning pages is of any worth to anyone but me. what i can say is that 101 days ago, i didn’t write. and today, with 100 day streak i have written close to 100k words. only a tiny fraction of those words have actually been creative breakthroughs and far fewer of them have furthered the development of the story i’m currently writing… but that for me is well worth it. it’s a road that must be travelled if i am to get anywhere. thank you.

Testimonial Note from Rodrick St. James on Tue, Jan 10
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The year of 2016 is not the best year in my life. Whenever I look back, what I can remember are mostly the setbacks. Every year is like a roller coaster, indeed, but it felt like I kept going down in 2016. However, one day, one of my friend told me that there must be happy moments in everybody’s life, and those simple words of him reminded me that I indeed have happy moments beside those setbacks.

One of the happy moments in 2016 is the day I started writing on 750words.com. I was mostly not in a good state of mind for the second half of the year, but 750words.com helped me to go through the days, everyday. There were times when I was confused, anxious, nervous, or scared, and 750words.com relieve those depressing emotions. There were times when I couldn’t trust anybody, so I decided to “talk to myself” through 750words.com. It has been my sanctuary, my secret escape, especially when I thought I had nowhere to go.

I have a good expectation for this year, and having a positive mind is a good way to start the year, right? I will try to continue writing everyday. Let’s see what surprises this year has prepared for me. Happy writing for all 750words.com writers out there!

Testimonial Note from Qudwatu Nabila Rodhiya on Tue, Jan 10
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Cheryl A Ferrell on Mon, Jan 09
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I’m back at 750 words after a two or three year break….I can’t remember. In the last four days I’ve written over 6000 words. I love this site because I have so much stuck inside of me, and I can put it all down here without someone telling me “you talk too much”. I am “too much” of a lot of things, big feelings, big deep conversations, big hair (haha), but most of all big dreams. I listened to the dream killers so long in my life…not any more. I’m going to fulfill some dreams, which include writing, photography, travel, cooking…I think I love this quote the most about writing “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou. I am in that agony sometimes, I don’t want the stories to be untold any more.

Testimonial Note from Kris R on Mon, Jan 09
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UGH! I was so close to reaching 365 journal entries! Last week, on Day 303, I wrote 430 words, stopped to take a nap, woke up, and forgot to finish the entry. It was a valuable lesson though. I took a day off to recover from the feeling of discouragement. I realized how much writing on this site has come to mean to me—how my day doesn’t feel complete without it, how I need daily brain dumps, how I have come to solve problems by writing through them, and how much a writing practice means to me. I love this site so much.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Wallace on Sat, Jan 07
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This site has helped to focus my thoughts, expel my anxiety and energize my other projects. For awhile I was beginning each entry with a haiku, which was sometimes annoying when I wanted to just jump in and vent, but the enforced focus actually became a calming process that unplugged me from the world before entering the world of 750 words. I set a goal of writing a thousand haikus and after a few years I think I surpassed that number. Maybe there are only 15 good ones but hey! the act of writing a daily haiku was facilitated by my daily journal habit. I also LOVE the little compressed word data from each entry that is like some freaky distilled poem in and of itself. Thank you for this wonderful site. If I were super rich I would pay you guys to make it free again and get high school kids everywhere started on it. Thank you thank you thank you.

Testimonial Note from Nan Ciele Ansfird on Sat, Jan 07
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More badges for accomplishments

Hi, I am back on 750 words after a break of more than a year. I tried to keep up the writing habit on my own but it gradually faded away. Now I am making a new commitment but I realise it will be a long time before I see a new badge. How about a ‘revenant’ badge for people making a new start, perhaps after a streak of thirty days?

New Feature Vote from Elspeth Morrison on Sat, Jan 07
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I cancelled my 750words account a while ago in a cost-cutting exercise, but found that I missed it and came crawling right back. It’s an important part of my routine

Testimonial Note from Alex James on Sat, Jan 07
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Improve the homepage
New Feature Vote from Tim Greenwood on Sat, Jan 07
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I have been getting up at 6:00 and writing 750 words before doing anything else – due to schedule changes I have to write later on Wednesdays – last Wednesday I felt incomplete all day, and realised in the afternoon that I hadn’t been able to start the day with 750 words – i’ve established a habit! I was so thrilled to discover that! It’s the first habit I’ve consciously set up – thanks Buster and Kellyanne

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Sat, Jan 07