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
James Edward Hervey
kate beswick
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
Noah Stetzer
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rose beezer
Carol Ladewig
Chris Davidson
Sam Young
Christine Leal Walsh
Miss Tea
Grant Faulkner
Chris A.
Shelby Gibbs
Neeraj Hirani
Nick S.
Ilus Elu
Alison Bartley
Brian Hodson
Mary Warner
Robert John Metcalf
ramarameti
Jennifer Barrier
DaleSnow
Bart Post
David Michaels
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Gary Chou
Jesse Bowline
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Kaimipono Wenger
Katherine Holmes
Jim Sharp
Francis Floyd Occena
Carmen Isáis
Janna Marlies Maron
Nicole Poweleit
Paul Schingle
Donna Grace Noyes
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Dave Beck
Dan Mertz
Julie Hughes
Liz Flynn
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Carl Yirka
Holly S
Bill Archibald
Joel Bradshaw
Julie MacAller
Dodo
Betsy Devine
JS
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Leah Givens
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Carla Weiss
Kelly Gammon
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Sherilyn Lee
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
Ted Strutz
Maja Ilisch
Aaron Webb
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Michele Stankowski
Bianca St.Louis
Kevin Albers
Maureen
May-Li Khoe
Jassim Latif
Anim Aweh
Jeff A
Richard
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Eric Sheetz
Ben Nesvig
Daniel Russo
Amina Omari
Majed
Adrian Parsons
Gene Desrochers
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

Writing on 750 Words helps clear out the cotton balls in my brain. I tried to write in a journal but it just wasn’t as fun or enticing, so I am back on the computer and ready to eek out 750 a day!

Testimonial Note from Anna Sadaka on Thu, Apr 19
20 cups
Top 10 Streaks

Here’s a cool idea: I would like to see the top 10 streaks the site has accumulated. I am 90 away from that flying squirrel badge, but I know this is just the beginning. I would like to see how far folks have made it. I think having the top 10 streaks on the front page would be cool.

New Feature Request Note from Joe McDonnell on Sun, Apr 15
1 cup
Please make the site secure!

For the second time recently the site is coming up as not secure. This is worrying since I write personal things here. Please make the site secure. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Apr 15
1 cup

I’ve very happy to come back after quite a while away. Glad to see all my old words and badges waiting for me. Also glad that there hadn’t been any major changes for me to figure out. Thanks much.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Sat, Apr 14
2 cups
Top of Page button on bottom of page

Several other places I write or visit have a button on the bottom right side of screen which you can push to return to the top. I find it easier and quicker than arrowing the scroll bar.

New Feature Request Note from mkpladsen on Sat, Apr 14
1 cup

I found 750words around the time my young son was fighting osteosarcoma and left this earthly plane at the age of 9. His loss was devastating. Being able to write things that I knew nobody would be reading was good for me. Being able to sit and focus on something for a little while was good for me. Being able to dump my thoughts onto a blank page was good for me. I find it easier to write using a computer and keyboard than to do it longhand on paper. I am thankful for 750words for giving me a place to write and be able to review and remember long after I’ve forgotten what I’ve written.
Thank you and I wish you well.

Testimonial Note from Tim S on Fri, Apr 13
1 cup
Preview of Previous Day

I was about 400 words in when my local time hit midnight. The page forced me to reload to continue writing. It not only broke my concentration, but when I started the new page, nothing of the writing from above was visible.

I’d like the feature to have the previous day’s work as a temporary preview on the current day.

If for example it has detected that you are writing at midnight, and you have not taken a break, then the page auto-saves, reloads at midnight with the previous day’s text in grey. So you receive the notification that the words are being recounted, but without the disruption.

Helps for us night-owls.

New Feature Request Note from Jeff Chau on Thu, Apr 12
1 cup
Search Function for Notes Page!

I’d love to be able to search the Notes so I can find things I saw in the past.

New Feature Request Note from Tanna Marie on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from lmisser on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup

My husband left for deployment today, and I have to say my mind is at ease knowing that 750 words is going to help me survive our second deployment. I am going to try to write every single day he is gone, because there’s something awesome about writing every day. It has made me a better person, a better writer, and helped me cope. I highly recommend this site, especially if you need it for a reason like this.

Testimonial Note from Sumisu on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I need reminders or an app?
Love this site though!

New Feature Vote from Emmy Aston on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup

So here we are 100 days into the year. I started my journey with 750words on January1st. I have just completed my 100th day and have written a little over 112,000 words. I never thought I would be able to say that. :)

Testimonial Note from alison neri on Tue, Apr 10
3 cups

I am starting an online library science degree this summer and am anxious about managing a full time job, family, and school. I have started using 750 Words again as a tool to get back in a weekly writing practice and to use as a drafting space for discussion posts, essays, responses, etc that I will likely be part of my courses. It has already helped me pre-write and draft a conference proposal. The private, open space this provides helps put me in a mindset of trying out a bunch of ideas before framing them into a good one.

Testimonial Note from LH on Mon, Apr 09
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Michelle Grixti on Sun, Apr 08
1 cup

At 59, I started writing more seriously than ever. Who would have thought that new, significant, life-changing habits could form so easily though writing every day? So often I hear people say how difficult they found writing at school. What a struggle to fill a page. I did too. The difference was that I did not have the freedom to write what I wanted to write. It had to be contrived and word-perfect. No wonder the page remained blank. Not with 750 Words. Have you ever tried to think of nothing? Try it. It is impossible. So, just write about your thoughts if nothing else. As the rhythm takes form the ideas will form and 750 words becomes an easy minimum.

Testimonial Note from Keith Haines on Sun, Apr 08
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

Not sure how to improve, however I needed to schedule a vacation, and it says this feature is only available to members. So I click that link and it says I’m a lifetime member, but I don’t see how to schedule a vacation anywhere. I know from other testimonials that the feature exists, I just can’t get to it. Help, please? Thanks! PS, please use Batman @ reelgrok.com to communicate with me for now. I’ll fix that soon so that I have my old email address. Thanks again!

New Feature Vote from Mike Shields II on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup
Перевод сайта

Пожалуйста переведите сайт на русский язык!! Мне он очень нравиться и я хочу продолжать им пользоваться. Но есть огромная проблема, я не знаю английский язык. Даже с помощью переводчика гугл, мне не все понятно. Если у вас в команде есть русскоговорящие люди или есть друзья кто бы смог помочь сделать это, попросите их пожалуйста. Спасибо за сайт!!!

New Feature Request Note from Mark Takhona on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup

1 week without 750 words made me feel so miserable. I couldn’t keep track of my emotions, somehow i couldn’t figure why I hadn’t gone for a run all week, and I felt I wasn’t in touch with myself. It’s such a beautiful space and I feel free here. The fact that you don’t HAVE to edit and re read your work somehow makes you judge yourself less. I’m grateful this website exists :)

Testimonial Note from Rabhya Bajaj on Fri, Apr 06
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Shar on Fri, Apr 06
10 cups

9 days ago I was able to regain my 500 day streak. I would have had 1000 days if I hadn’t missed just one day over 500 days ago.

I could be disappointed about that, but what it shows me is that I can stick to things despite set backs and regain what was lost, even if it takes a while. I know I can get that Flying Squirrel as long as I manage my time and energy well.

Thank you 750 words for showing me that things are possible with perseverance. Oh and for helping me see that I can actually acheive a dream. (I became a published author last month!) Thank you for showing me how a little bit every day can add up to a lot. Here’s to reaching that next level!

Testimonial Note from Mary Jane Boholst on Thu, Apr 05
2 cups

I am surprised and pleased to see that I can write ONE MILLION WORDS! A mega Flock! WAHOOOOOOO!!! More badges please!

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Please please please have badges every 50 days or so! I’m 5 days off of my 100th day and I’m worried that without the carrot and stick I’ll slack off! Sad but true. Those little badges are so incentivising.

New Feature Vote from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I have written a little over 100,000 words in the last 3 months. In the beginning it was an outpouring of mental anguish and strife. But as I verbally pooped it all out it was like ridding myself of a type of pollution. I now have got to a point whereby I am ready to be creative again solely because I have finally cleared my mind of the stored up negativity I need to clear but didn’t previously have an outlet for. There are still irritations on a day to day basis. What I am writing is certainly nothing stellar, often circular and really tangential, however, it is allows for so much sanity. I somehow almost feel lighter as a result of it. So for that it is amazing. It only takes me 15 minutes a day to write my words and it is the best and cheapest therapy ever. I am finding at the moment I am writing too late at night but don’t want to miss a day so sometimes rush to get through it without touching the baseline of what needs to be said. Even though the schedule probably needs to change a bit, it has given me a new discipline and that has expanded to other parts of my day. I’m really grateful for it. It has been wonderful.

Testimonial Note from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I lost my mom to cancer on January 4, 2017 and was absolutely devastated. I had used 750words.com in the past but had given up the task of daily writing long ago. I didn’t write about the process of grieving the loss of my mom until July 2017, some six months later when I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Now 270 days later, I’ve written every day since and have come to understand my own grief better as well as the world around me. I’m thankful that this site exists and hope to continue writing another 270 days.

Testimonial Note from Mathew Jonce on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s lovely that the site has badges whatsoever, of course. But more could be quite helpful! I also use Khan Academy and they have all kinds of points and badges and they really tap into what motivates people. It’s like getting that gold star/sticker on your assignment as a kid – what a kick! It still tickles us, no matter what age. So more, could be quite groovy. Thanks for a great site!

New Feature Vote from Astrid Mandelbaum on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup

Thank you 750 Words. I’ve written on and off for fifty or so years. Let’s be honest, more off than on. My problem was getting habit going and sticking to daily writing. These pages have got me over that hurdle. Thank you again.

Testimonial Note from n Sebastian on Mon, Apr 02
2 cups
Improve the Today page

Can we bring back the old font (that used to be on the stats page and a few other places)? It was awesome! What happened to it?

New Feature Vote from Jackie Trueman on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup
Make frecuently used words be configurable so it ignores irrevelevant words

There is a interesting feature that I would like to see in the site. I would like to be able to ignore common linking words from my frecuently used words cloud. I do not find relevant that the pronoums are showing there because they mean nothing by themselves. Instead the could be considered a sentence as in “la mesa”, “el pollo” or just plain ignored (probably easier to implement). As it could be guessed by now I write my words in Spanish and this is a feature that varies from language to language, that is why at first it could be easier just to allow the interested user to say which words should be ignored when building his cloud.

New Feature Request Note from yoMismo on Sun, Apr 01
2 cups

Write and keep on writing! 750 Words is simply – at least on the face of it – a simple cloud-based way of writing without distractions.

But there is more to it. The fact we get buttons for not allowing ourselves distractions (..wait.. I think I heard the kettle boiling.. be right back.. Wops: distraction!) provides a motivation for us to keep on plugging away, rain or shine.

But the real groove happens when you sign-up for email alerts and most of all, the monthly writing challenge. It helps keep you focused. (Check the website for more info on those bells and whistles.)

But how about the actual writing bit? That’s the real challenge, but that’s also where 750 Words REALLY comes into its own. The fact that you can’t edit your work after the day is done may seem like a limitation; but it’s a limitation of genius. Allow me to explain: you’re stuck for inspiration on a given day, but you can still go back and copy and paste your previous day’s work, (or any other day for that matter), pasting it in and editing, adding and writing as you please. It’s YOUR space, after all. No more writing a paragraph and going straight back to perfect it and er.. oh my.. what was my original thought again? – we’ve probably all been there. With 750 words simply click on the original, unmolested prior day’s work copy and paste and even print it out if you wish.

The thing about writing is to create a system that cuts confusion down to a minimum. On those days where I’m editing a prior entry, one trick I use is that on the top of my new day’s entry, I make a note in capitals that I’m editing the previous day’s writing. That way, when I get to download my work into MS Word, I don’t get confused.

Using my method in 750 Words means that you need never face writer’s block again. That’s the theory, anyway; it’s up to you to make it work, but with 750 Words you never walk alone! Happy writing and don’t ever give up!


If I get any positive feedback or comments, I may just do a Part 2, highlighting another amazing feature that 750 Words can do for us!

[This entry composed and edited and corrected on 750 Words . com by John E. Ruffle, April 1, 2018]

Testimonial Note from John E. Ruffle on Sun, Apr 01