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

2 cups

I just finished the thirty day challenge and so I am donating another $5 because I appreciate that it gave me the incentive to get my words in every day!!! I am farther on my novel that I would have been had I not had 750 Words challenge to keep me honest about writing at least 750 words a day. Thank you!!!!

Testimonial Note from Tanja Crouch on Wed, Apr 30
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Eddie Maisonet on Wed, Apr 30
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Eddie Maisonet on Wed, Apr 30
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I began this as an experiment. I was in a pretty dark place and thought that it might help me clear my head every morning. I didn’t expect it to change my life, or to clear away the real things I was dealing with every day but, just the chance of beginning my day with a head empty of angry muck was a thing worth trying. And lo! 39 days later, I feel cleaner and clearer than I have in a long, long time. Morning Pages in a notebook would not have worked for me but this..this is perfect.

Testimonial Note from Tree on Wed, Apr 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Apr 29
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I am so grateful for this site. I’ve gone well over 500 days now, and am wondering if someday there will be a special badge for, say, 750 entries of 750… :)

I am most grateful for being able to schedule days off, especially on days when I am traveling 14-16 hours at a time. Thank you for this feature!

Testimonial Note from Ari Summerland on Tue, Apr 29
1 cup

Oh no! I have broken my streak, after 507 days in a row! And the reason…I was so busy writing! Can you believe it? 750 words has been a tremendous help for me in keeping my writing regular, I’m immensely thankful!

Testimonial Note from Camomilla on Mon, Apr 28
1 cup
Increase the daily 5,000 word limit

e.g. Give us a monthly word limit of [150,000] (or more) instead of a daily one of [5,000]…

New Feature Request Note from [][] on Sun, Apr 27
2 cups

Today I have reached 480 days in a row. I can’t believe that I have only 20 days left and I will have reached the final badge listed. Just seeing the number 480 left me a bit numb. How to celebrate?

Testimonial Note from Katrinia17 on Sat, Apr 26
1 cup

I have started and left 750words so many times, just because I wasn’t sure if it was worth the time. Now I can’t imagine living without the daily clarity and space the practice gives me. I have five small children, and they often make it hard for me to find time to “hear myself think.” Writing my pages both calms me down and motivates me to get going with all the big plans I make for myself that sometimes get shoved aside. I love it! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Crystal Hunt on Fri, Apr 25
1 cup

It’s funny, I’d been away from since 2011. When I signed back in a few days ago and saw that I had a free “lifetime members” because I’d signed up in the early days, that made me feel “special” and connected to this site – and to my writing. Which prompted me to buy a few cups of patronage. That is the best Jedi mind trick anyone’s ever exacted over me and I am happy to have fallen “victim”. :-) Now off to write today’s 750 words.
Thank you for creating and maintaining this site!

Testimonial Note from Mary Calloway on Fri, Apr 25
4 cups

Today I earned my 365 days Pegasus! I started writing my words when I moved to a new city/country/continent/hemisphere. This has been a great way to process all the new experiences that come with starting a new life. Thanks for existing,! Now on to earn my Space Bird!

Testimonial Note from Victoria E. on Fri, Apr 25
1 cup
Second Chance

I have been on nights so my days are all mixed up and as a result, by accident, I missed a day (yesterday.)Excuses I know. What would be cool is a feature where you could use a patronage cup to buy back a day – if you miss a day, you get the chance to buy it back. You should only get one per month and there should only be a certain window where you can buy it back (otherwise it defeats the overall purpose of the challenge,) but I could really do with something like this right now. :)

New Feature Request Note from Laura Parish on Thu, Apr 24
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The badges help gameify something all writers struggle with at some point – writing! I really like the badges as encouragement but it would be really nice to have more available when you hit certain milestones – at the moment the gap between 30 days and the next badge is quite big! It’s easy to lose heart when things seem a long way away. Just like writing a book, it’s worthwhile having the next milestone in sight to keep you going. Great job with the site though Buster!

New Feature Vote from J W Allen on Wed, Apr 23
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I would like to thank the people behind 750, for I have been diligently writing daily, and I continue to do so. For now I can continue along, reaching those hard earned badges I love to try to unlock. Thank you again.

Testimonial Note from Sammikins Wolfling on Tue, Apr 22
1 cup
Schedule Time Off Explanation

The feature “Schedule Time Off” used to work beautifully, for years—now does not work. No explanation..“This feature allows you to schedule days when you will be unable to write your entries.” Please give a full explanation or let us use the feature as advertised. Thanks!!!

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Mon, Apr 21
2 cups

Thanks for making this site Buster! I just passed the one million word mark, I would never have guessed I could write that much when I started, but it has been 4 years now and the day doesn’t feel like it started until the 750 words are done. In a good way!

Testimonial Note from Mary Sekiya on Mon, Apr 21
5 cups

A few months ago, I wrote that my mom was very sick. She died of bladder cancer on Feb. 12. She knew I used this site and when I had my best streak going, over a hundred days, she was the one who saved it for me one night. It was a little after 11 p.m. and she was going to bed. She said, “did you write your words?” I had totally forgotten. We had been having a nice evening, watching some TV and laughing at this and that. That was last November and she was still doing all right, as far as being mobile, able to engage, etc. But my streak broke last December 18, when she got very sick again, was admitted to the hospital, and I had to leave work and travel a couple of hours to be with her. The most I’ve been able to keep going since then is about 30 days and that’s with taking scheduled days off. I always think of that night when she saved my streak. She knew it was important to me. Maybe one day I’ll get 100 days again. Note of inspiration: I don’t know. I was just thinking of how I’m now on the wall of shame because I failed the April challenge. But here I am, back, and writing. Mom would want me to do that.

Testimonial Note from Jolie Curry on Sat, Apr 19
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments

It would be lovely to have a badge for 750 days of 750words.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 18
1 cup

I am 18 and married, with a 18 month old child… My life has been pretty tough these past few years, and money is tight… However 750 words has helped me more than anyone could possibly fathom, it has given me a place to get all of the mess going on in my life out of my head. After a few days I could already feel the tension and stress leaving me. I have used this website as a place where I can complain and rant about everything in my life I hate, so that when I click that “Save and Submit” button, it all seems to disappear, and everything I was angry about just vanished. Although I have only been using 750 words for a month, I have already seen massive benefits from it, far more than I ever expected….
Thank You,
Bailey Lentz

Testimonial Note from Bailey Lentz on Fri, Apr 18
1 cup

The meta data is incredibly useful! Brought whole new meaning to note taking over a period of time.

Testimonial Note from Matthew Taylor on Fri, Apr 18
1 cup

I’m on day 503 now. I’ve been so determined to keep it going. I never thought I could do it but this site has given me hope.
Last night the internet was out at my house. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to connect and struggled with it for hours. I really needed to go to bed and get some sleep because I had to get up early for work. And the day was fast ticking down. I could keep struggling with my internet, or find another place to connect, which is what I did. I threw my laptop into my backpack and ran to my work place which has free wifi and stood outside of the closed building to complete my words. No, I literally ran. I’m not in the best of space, but I was completely determined (and probably thought to be crazy by my roommate). Glad there wasn’t too many people out cause I bet I might have looked strange being on my laptop in the employee parking lot. xD Even though I ended up getting only a couple hours of sleep, I still feel energetic and awake. I’m so glad that I didn’t break my streak. May all this determination leak to other aspects of my life.

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Thu, Apr 17
5 cups

I just reached Spacebird status, which feels like a huge feat. At least 750 words written every day for 500 days straight. I feel proud of myself for being able to maintain such a productive habit and hope I can keep up the streak for much longer still!

Testimonial Note from Cecilia Matz on Thu, Apr 17
1 cup

I have been using this site since October of 2011 to help me clear my mind, organize my thoughts, and work through the though stuff life throws at me, and it has been invaluable. To know that there is a safe, secure, and distraction-free place I can come to write has been a great source of comfort for me over the years, and I know it will continue to be. Thanks, Buster, for creating this place.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 16
1 cup

Today I just got my space bird. That’s 500 days. I wasn’t sure I was gonna make it, but I did, and it makes me feel like I can make more goals in life and eventually meet them. Just gotta take it one day at a time.

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Mon, Apr 14
2 cups

Regarding the Heartbleed Bug – I tweeted to Buster about it on April 8th. It looks to be fixed as of now. I’m glad that Buster got on it so quickly.
I’m glad to know that this site is secure. My password has been changed!

Testimonial Note from Cydling on Mon, Apr 14
1 cup

Writing every day—896 days since I joined, 887 daily pages written, 864-day streak now—this site is part of the core of my day and my writing. But—the ability to schedule time off suddenly disappeared. I could lose it all by one slip….yes, I love the site and the writing, but the structure of my streak keeps me on track. Please let me schedule time off again!!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Apr 12
1 cup

Thank you for providing space to clear my mind, and organize my thoughts. I celebrated a year with 750 words in March and it’s the best year I’ve had and it continues to be great! Thanks again!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Fri, Apr 11
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Improve text formatting. Maintain paragraph breaks even when I only hit enter once between paragraphs.

When I return to dialogue/bulleted lists/whatever, it’s all in one long paragraph.

New Feature Vote from Katy Stalcup on Thu, Apr 10