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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Our Good Members

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Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups

I am most grateful for 750words.com as a place to give myself mental peace and clarity. I pair it with a daily meditation and creative practice. The process of writing every day has taught me how well I manage (or mismanage) my time each day, how well that mismanaged time is aligned with my values, and how I can find just about any excuse to not write (usually: too tired) the later in the day it gets. I feel far more at ease once I’ve unloaded at least 750 words here. It feels great to be a part of a community of writers, regardless of what brings us to the page.

Testimonial Note from Micheila on Sun, Apr 21
20 cups

Sometimes this site annoys me. Not the site itself, but the thought that I still have to write. All 750 words or just 200 more, doesn’t matter, I just lose motivation. Although through this site I have learned that sometimes it is really easy to write 750 words. And that I can absolutly do it.
I prefer to write (fan-)fiction on here because writing a story makes me feel more accomplished. But at times I just switch into a diary mode. Often it’s because it fills the words faster to just write about my day. Other times I use it to process really important things that happened. And right now I’ve written almost 880 000 words and my streak is 600 days strong. I’ve started 1035 days and only once forgot to upload and write the last remaining words.
And although I tell myself that I want to write fiction on here and that that is better, today as I revisited some old entries I’m equally if not more grateful for the ‘diary’ entries I’ve written. Inbetween days my soul is laid bare here and integrated into the fiction parts. Being able to revisit the emotions and reactions I had is great and really helpful.
Apart from that, I love everything else too.
Before I started here, I wrote maybe 5 pages every six months. Maybe a bit more. Now I’m doing this every day, which would have been impossible to imagine just a few years ago.
My word record is not the highest, because I get distracted easily so short passages are just perfect for me and I realized that here.
Writing has become a habit. It is as simple as that. And as astounding.
But enough of my rambling, I just wanted to say how grateful I’m for this site.
I knew that, but today I really realized its importance so it was time to put it into words.

Testimonial Note from Danara Schürmann on Sun, Apr 21
1 cup

This has been probably one of the best things to ever happen to me. 750 Words has been a wonderful way to get me into the habit of writing daily. Even though sometimes the words are hard to come by, I never want to miss a day of writing now. It’s a wonderful way to meditate and get all the thoughts out of my head. Everyone should use this site!

Testimonial Note from Gretchen McKee on Sat, Apr 20
1 cup

I somehow came upon this site 750 words it is changing my life everyday. I get to write what is on my mind what I am saying to myself without the fear that one day in time someone like my husband will read my words. today was the first day of 10 days off . I finally did something towards the memoriaql the postcard about my mother passing came out really nice and simple now I have to go to the hall and see how things are going to be set up ans what the minister isa going to say about my mother I dont want all that singing songs and stuff Ihope people will be able to give testimony any way writing the 750 words have given me the discipline to do something everyday except weekeknds.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Elder-Burton on Fri, Apr 19
4 cups

Today I achieved my badge for writing 365 days in a row. I’m staggered and delighted in equal measure as when I started using 750words.com I found it hard to write so many words in one go. It has helped me build up my writing muscle and my flow and writing here helps to warm up each day by encouraging some mental acuity to get going for the day and to show up for writing each and every day. Onwards.

Testimonial Note from Janet Wilkinson on Wed, Apr 17
1 cup
More text analysis

I would love to have more of a deeper analysis of what the text that we wrote that day and what it means? Also having more thorough instructions, maybe even some videos that describe the best way to complete our 750 words everyday.

New Feature Vote from Franky Surroca on Wed, Apr 17
1 cup
A quarterly information dump

If the others are like me, they either export their daily words or print them off. I would suggest for our privacy, and to free up space, that every three months the site dumps content. You could send out an email a week before the scheduled dump so that all your members get one last chance to export or print before POOF! gone. Just a thought…

New Feature Request Note from The Dragon Lady on Sat, Apr 06
46 cups

750words does for me what meditation did not. I can become one with myself, which is all my joy, rage, fear, sorrow and disgust without judging myself harshly. To be utterly myself without telling myself I should be better, wiser or more loving, is the epitome of freedom. I live by one simple rule: I know all that I feel and I do what is morally right. Or more simply: I act right and feel aII I feel.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Fri, Apr 05
1 cup

Let’s try it!

Testimonial Note from Kateryna Kuvshinova on Wed, Apr 03
7 cups

I just completed the March Challenge and I cannot believe how much I have grown. Giving me a goal to write 750 words everyday for a month and helped me to develop a habit of writing. As I embark on my Ph.D., 750 words has been instrumental in helping me develop as a writer!

Testimonial Note from Douglas C. McCall on Tue, Apr 02
5 cups
A better mobile site

A better mobile site would really help me since I don’t always have access to a computer when I’m in the mood for writing. But still an amazing website where everyone feels welcome to write… perfect

New Feature Vote from Emanuel on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup
Badge of Mine

In this particular page https://750words.com/badges, we can see all kinds of badges available, alongside with the number of people who has been honored with each badge.

I think it would be more motivating for us to write if we can know which badges that has been acquired, and which ones still more to go.

This one is easier for people: “I don’t have this NaNoWriMo badge yet, I will write this November to get this one!”

This one is more difficult to do: “I think I don’t have this Flying Squirrel badge yet, or have I? Let’s open my badges list, and see if this badge is there or not.”

New Feature Request Note from Anung Ariwibowo on Fri, Mar 29
20 cups
I am a current paying member but can't access my page -- PLEASE HELP! I don't want my writing streak to be ruined!! :-(

Hello! I am a long-time paying member, subscribing for my daily pages. I have 10 hours to complete my pages for today but I continue to get a message that I need to become a paying member, even though my payments are current and up-to-date. Please help! I hope the glitch in the website doesn’t ruin my writing streak… TIA!
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UPDATE: Since my last subscription payment was made on Feb 28, I thought that perhaps since today is Mar 29, the system marked my account as lapsed, and that maybe if I cancelled my subscription and resubscribed, that would fix the problem. But it didn’t. I just made another membership payment and I still get the message that my free trial is over and I need to become a member — but I’ve been a paying member for OVER 3 YEARS!!!!! This is very frustrating.

New Feature Request Note from Kat G on Fri, Mar 29
2 cups
Secure server for writing

Just concerned about the security of everyone’s private thoughts. :)

New Feature Vote from Emogene on Fri, Mar 29
1 cup
Choosing my time zone

Hi here,
I am so amazed with this website and it’s simplicity of use. I love the familial atmosphere. It was exactly what I was looking for, when googling “online journaling”.
I wrote my first entry yesterday, and today wanted to write my second entry, but realized that because of the time zone difference (I live in China), I could not – today is still yesterday for the website basically). I am wondering if there could be an option so that I can change the time zone?
Thank you!
Julia

New Feature Request Note from Julia Feste on Wed, Mar 27
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from David Bernard Houck on Tue, Mar 26
10 cups
An API/programmatic export!

I would love to be able to programmatically scrape and export my data. It could be as simple as a csv endpoint that would automatically download my data after I authenticate with requests.session or oAuth.

Also if there’s a way to export the associated emotions/feelings with that day, that would be amazing as well!

New Feature Request Note from Andrei Lyskov on Sun, Mar 24
2 cups

thank you for a site where I can start my writing day at a run. It’s great to have the encouragement and inspiration to turn a chore into a habit, into a create a helpful habit of daily writing. Love this site :-)

Testimonial Note from Lauren Roche on Sat, Mar 23
1 cup

Has helped me with habit forming and making my ideas palpable.

Testimonial Note from Michael McElroy on Wed, Mar 20
1 cup

I love you. A former girlfriend once logged into my account and read all the terrible things I had dumped out of my head onto this website. I broke up with her. I needed a break from you. Now I’ve returned, written every day for more than a month consecutively, realized that this serves as therapy. I appreciate 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Roy Sanchez on Wed, Mar 20
4 cups

I haven’t written here in over four months. I am so grateful that when I come back to write, 750words is still here! Thanks to all who keep it going.

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Tue, Mar 19
1 cup

aw where do I start? I did a writers course at Strathclyde University, learning for later life and my tutor recommended I do this and oh do you know it is so good for me. I am piano student as well and do my scales most days, and this is a bit like doing your scales, it just gets the old typed works tapping away and just going with the flow has made me much more confident to just write! love it and well I don’t know if I would like to stop doing it now that is a good habit. yes it 750 words is a good habit. and where to go from here? well, I love checking on each day and am not as bothered it I forget, I used to really beat myself up if I didn’t remember, I usually do it first thing but maybe get distracted but yes my main purpose is to keep up the flow and use it as a stream of consciousness, I actually have made it my prayer diary and this is just such a way of getting peace at the beginning of the day, so really do appreciate you guys. am not sure how to ask for time off but am off! for the weekend so after Friday there will be a wee gap until Sunday evening, but don’t mind a break as I said, not as bothered as I used to be! happy writing love from Mana Marilyn Hazlett on Facebook xox

Testimonial Note from Marilyn Jean Hazlett on Tue, Mar 19
7 cups

I just hit my 366th consecutive day of writing on here, which of course means I’m officially past the one year mark. I promised myself I would do this once I hit one year, so here we go I guess.

750 Words has been the kind of constant in my life that’s been incredibly helpful. Its been a source of inspiration, a source of accomplishment, and in my darkest times over this year last year, a source of comfort as well.

Whether it was writing down ideas and thoughts for things I was working on, or just splurging thoughts out of my noggin for the sake of it, 750 Words has consistently kept me writing for over a year now, and I’m incredibly grateful for that

Oftentimes the hardest part of writing isn’t always the planning, or coming up with a story, or figuring out how to make that story work- its actually just sitting down and writing it. There’s been a lot of days- especially lately- where just writing has been one of the hardest things for me to do, and everytime I can’t bring myself to do it I start to doubt my capacity to do it at all. 750 Words is something I can look back on and show myself when my dumb anxious brain wants to make me think I can’t do something- and I’m really grateful to have something like that.

So thank you Buster and Kelli-Anne for 750 Words. I’m going a year strong, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon

Testimonial Note from Samuel John Wright Jones on Sat, Mar 16
4 cups
A better mobile site

the mobile site automatically kicks you to the top of the page every time you finish a line! I wish that this was fixed so that I could write my words there and not just on my computer.

New Feature Vote from Cameron Chaleff on Sat, Mar 16
1 cup
Offline Mode

I would love for there to be an offline mode. I travel a lot and sometimes don’t have access to internet or would like the ability to write my words while in commute, on an airplane, train, etc., and the ability to be able to write offline and have it save would be wonderful. Right now, I copy and paste things over from Google Docs or Scrivener or Byword, but would love to just write directly into 750words!

New Feature Request Note from Renee C on Sat, Mar 16
1 cup
Improved export ability

I’d like to be able to export all my writing at once, not just month by month.

New Feature Request Note from Joanie on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d like to see badges for different word counts. Maybe a badge for writing 50k in a month, not just NaNo. There could be other word count goals as well.

New Feature Vote from Joanie on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup
Create a clear list of features

I’d like to see a page with a list of suggested features and their explanations. People could comment and elaborate on the idea, and it could show the current votes up or down for the ideas.

It’s tough to know what I’ve voting for from just the drop-down, unless I’m just missing something.

New Feature Request Note from Joanie on Mon, Mar 11
2 cups

I rediscovered this site after an absence of nearly 8 years and I can’t even begin to express how much it means to me. Since joining, I’ve graduated college, moved away from home, started a career, broken my heart and then fell in love…I’ve changed so much that taking a step back to take it all in…is overwhelming. But then I come here. 750words preserved a piece of me and she’s been waiting all these years for me to return. I am so blessed to be able to come back to her.

Testimonial Note from Mel CD on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup

I’ve avoided writing for sometime. I used to journal all the time as a kid. I would just write anything and everything that was going on. It takes courage to write. As an adult, I would come back sporadically but never consistently. Life got painful. I wanted to forget. But like everything else you try to push down, the force grows and resurfaces stronger than you intend. 750 words has provided space for me and so many others to process our truths in a consistent way. And it is so so fun! Thanks Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Angela on Mon, Mar 11