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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Notes of inspiration from members

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New Feature Vote from cattleya on Fri, Jan 31
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I am a professional writer and novelist but have often struggled with the daily discipline of my craft. 750 words has allowed me to develop a better and more consistent writing practice.

I have just earned my Turquoise Horse Badge and am waiting for it to show up on my stats wall. 750 words has helped me grow by encouraging me to write every day with fun rewards and challenges!

Thank you!

Snowy

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Snow Hare on Fri, Jan 31
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An iPhone/iPad app

because some of the 750 words pop into our heads at such strange times… not lap top times :)

New Feature Vote from sarah mckenzie on Thu, Jan 30
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More badges for accomplishments

please please please! :)

New Feature Vote from Tanja Pislar on Wed, Jan 29
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Secure server for writing

OK, so maybe Edward Snowden has taught us that nothing online is really secure anymore. If the NSA wants to read our daily scribblings, they will. I realize the “secure” is only relative. But at present I feel that my only protection is in numbers. 750 Words is one of millions of websites, and I am one of hundreds of 750 Words users. So I’m probably safe from random snoops just because there are so many other potential targets out there.

It’s as if I were to keep my private journal in a bound volume that I hide on a high shelf in a room full of uncataloged books at, say, the Library of Congress. Most likely, no one will ever lay hands on that diary except me. But the odds would be much more in my favor if I could keep that diary in a locked cabinet rather than an open shelf. Maybe there are some skeleton key holders out there who can’t be stopped, but that’s no reason not to use a lock when you want privacy.

Please give us a locked cabinet.

New Feature Vote from Robert Collins on Wed, Jan 29
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Last sunday, January 26th at 8:55 pm (or 20:55 here in Germany) my mother past away. Cancer.

Her fight lasted three years. Chemotherapy after Chemotherapy. Multiple bone marrow transplantations. Up to over 50 different pills a day. Everytime I’ve got a call, my heart nearly stopped, because I always feared it would be bad news. Well, the bad news came, in the end.

Point is, it has been three years of constantly beeing on edge. Thoughts, hopes and fears never stopping. So I wrote it all down. Got it out of my mind. If it hadn’t been for this side, I would have gone mad.

And now, that she’s gone, my daily writing routine works as an anker. When I opened this site monday morning, the first day without her, I realized how good it felt, that at least something’s staying the same. Opening this site in the morning and start writing. It is really soothing and gives me a kind of security and normality. It’s just one of those little things, that, besides beeing ‘just a website’ really helps and makes a difference.

First I wrote about my mother, now I write for her. To her. And to have the opportunity to do so, here, on this site, is something, I can’t thank you enough.

Testimonial Note from Francy J. Campion on Wed, Jan 29
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I find writing a journal almost as mind calming as meditating, and with this I get to look back on all the thoughts and feelings I was having a year ago. The option to download a copy of all that you’ve written feels pretty inspired to me, so thank you so much for including that!

I have found it incredibly helpful for organising my thoughts clearing my head and stimulating the writing glands (which are totally a thing).

Happy writing to you all!

Testimonial Note from Oluwatomisin Niyi-Awosusi on Tue, Jan 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I cosign the idea that the badges should be repeated when you achieve a target for the nth time, and then the iterations saved.

It’s kind of demoralising knowing how far away my next badge is? I like to get my shiny sticker for effort!

New Feature Vote from Oluwatomisin Niyi-Awosusi on Tue, Jan 28
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So, after a streak of 448 days of writing, I missed yesterday due to an unusual routine. And this morning, there was no freaking out, no beating myself up. Just an acknowledgement of the skip, a wry chuckle, and getting back to writing. Writing daily has become a part of my world, thanks to this site. Of course I’d like to continue my streak past 448 this time, but I’ve come to see that writing is it’s own reward, streak or no streak. Thanks to all!

Testimonial Note from Laurie L on Sun, Jan 26
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I’ve created a good habit of writing every day for more than 500 days. This has led me to create other good habits. I’m grateful for the order this has brought to my life. Great website.

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Sun, Jan 26
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I started writing the last day of year 2013. That day I wrote about being sad that I cant make any New Years decisions like others and for me new year never seem to be a new possibility. But what happened? Some how I managed to keep the routine of writing almost everyday. And then I started to have more faith in myself and my ability to decide something and do it. One routine helped me to create others and now I´m enjoying sports 3 times per week, I have been able to work more and relax when i´m not working. I haven´t been eating candy in tree weeks and today I even created a morning routine. I couldn´t be more happier and more exited about the power of 750 words per day!

Testimonial Note from JWiikla on Sat, Jan 25
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rachel Neugart on Fri, Jan 24
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Regan Mies on Fri, Jan 24
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Just a word of thanks for being here. My internet connection was down for a while today and I found myself wondering if the library was still open, and if not, whose internet I could use to get my words to you. ~~ I’m a grandfathered in member but I give you some money from time to time. I hope you’re doing well enough financially. I love the advertizing free, simple writing page. I’d rather not have formatting options myself because I’d rather just write here and not worry about how it looks. ~~ Thanks again.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Fri, Jan 24
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More badges for accomplishments

I don’t really know if you need MORE badges… rather, more celebration for achieving badges… and also a list of the number of times you’ve achieved each badge (rather than only the first time you achieved it). Like the early bird and hamster badge – shouldn’t you get this EVERY time that you write 10 days in a row before 7am and are undistracted, respectively? It would be great to actually show this.

AND right now the badges just mysteriously appear at the top of your stats… they should ANNOUNCE themselves somehow – so that getting them is more of a big deal. Would also be great to show them on the ’today’s writers’ page… don’t know if they’d fit there, but that would be pretty cool too!

New Feature Vote from Andy Petranek on Fri, Jan 24
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It’s amazing to me the power of daily writing. And 750 words makes it so much more interesting – with community, statistics, and badges. I’m not sure if I would write with nearly the consistency without this site. I’ve referred so many people to this, who I hope are all users too. Thank you so much for this little gem!

Testimonial Note from Andy Petranek on Fri, Jan 24
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More text analysis

If you are going to do this, MAKE SURE I CAN TURN IT OFF FOR THE LOVE OF GAD! Otherwise this could make some things e.g. writing poetry a zigzagged armageddon. Yikes! Thank youuuuuu

New Feature Vote from Joel Kaemmerlen on Wed, Jan 22
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Badge Sounds

When you earn badge you are greeted with a loud flourish from a well tuned brass section, celebrating your honest commitment to writing your words! Good job, ol’ sport!

New Feature Request Note from Joel Kaemmerlen on Wed, Jan 22
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I started writing here several years ago and did it furiously for a time. I couldn’t believe I was able to maintain the discipline to manage a 30+ day streak! I can’t manage any routine for any length of time. So it felt pretty good.

I got so serious about not missing my writing that once I even drunkenly asked someone to use their computer during a party because it was almost midnight and I had just realized that I was about to break one of my streaks. They obliged, of course, and my streak remained unbroken.

For some reason, though, life got in the way and I stopped writing. I still get my daily Buster reminders (I always think of them as ‘BallBusters’), but somehow managed to not log in for TWO YEARS.

So, I was off the wagon for awhile, but now I’m clean again for two days and over 4,000 words. It’s good to be back.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Thanks for making me a lifetime member! I’m honored and glad to still be part of this great site.

Testimonial Note from Jon Autry on Tue, Jan 21
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I Love 750 Words!!! In addition to writing on a regular basis (so great), I am finding that 750 Words helps me approach problems in my paintings (my primary creative outlet). In the past, if a painting was not working I’d simply gesso over and start anew rather than problem solve. Now, I have been using 750 Words to work through the problems – sort of a between me and me crit!! It has made a world of difference. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 21
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In the one week that I have been using 750 words it has had such an effect on my work and writing that I decided to become a member immediately. Thank you Buster and the gang for doing this.

Testimonial Note from Luca Marchiori on Tue, Jan 21
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I have shared 750words.com with lots of clients and colleagues who need to clear out some mental clutter or get more writing done in their work. Many of those people have told me how grateful they are that I tipped them off about 750words and gone on to report back about challenges completed and badges earned. Thank you for providing such a great resource!

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Mon, Jan 20
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This has been a beautiful, safe, and nurturing place for me to reflect and express myself. I am very grateful for this website.

Testimonial Note from Jessie Lynn on Mon, Jan 20
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I have found that I have been using this platform, not only to practice my writing, but also as a type of journal, even one that delves into the past now and again. Once my free trial was up I realised I couldn’t live without it (just wouldn’t be the same writing into a Word document each morning) :)

Testimonial Note from Kat Foxley on Mon, Jan 20
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Thank you for such a service that motivates to do the best thing in the world – discover ourselves.

Go on! You may wanna add more motivational perks.
I’m starting to change my life. And you are on of my sources.

Thank you from Ukraine.

Andy.

Testimonial Note from Andrii Suslenko on Sun, Jan 19
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Happily received my Pegasus badge today. Hard to believe that I’ve maintained this—or any—discipline for an entire year. But with the badges and the rich community here, it was effortless. Thanks so much, Buster and Kellianne and all my fellow writers, for your support and inspiration.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sat, Jan 18
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I just realize I spend at least 30 minutes a day on this website truly focused on inner thoughts and use it as my personal space without being invaded by advertising. This is how the web experience should be – create what I want and not being talked down through sugar coated advertisements that are constantly lurking on other sites. For the modest amount of known cost per month, I am able to gain a great experience. Well done 750 words. Keep up the great work and keep those advertisers away.

Testimonial Note from Santosh Limaye on Sat, Jan 18
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Writing for 24 days in a row. And counting. Having this site to work out characters and actions/situations for a screenplay I’m writing is invaluable. I love it and it has not only helped me with the script but with my own feelings about myself and my writing.

Testimonial Note from HD Motyl on Sat, Jan 18
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A better mobile site

I almost lost my streak because I had mobile problems, so I’m throwing my Patronage in this direction. :D

New Feature Vote from Mona Midnight on Fri, Jan 17
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I used to get discouraged when a writing streak ended, but now I try to be less motivated by the streak itself, and more by the act of writing every day, when I can. I’ve come up with some great story ideas, blogposts and surprising thoughts by putting myself in front of the screen and just writing.

Testimonial Note from Ryan Millar on Fri, Jan 17