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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Notes of inspiration from members

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One Month Challenge Bounty from Sofia M. on Sat, Sep 07
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More badges for accomplishments

A cup to celebrate being a member of the site for 50 days. Two cups for the 2 days I missed out of last month’s challenge! I wish there were more badges for those who slip off and have to start all the way back at day 1 again. Some way badge or something else to mark the passing of those old milestones. Sad I won’t get a new one for a very long while now.

New Feature Vote from Wendy on Sat, Sep 07
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from C. on Fri, Sep 06
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Minimal formatting tools

While I love the simple, open look of 750words, I do sometimes like to use simple formatting like bold and italics to add style to what I write. I sometimes even use it to freewrite ideas that I then copy over to a formal document. Simply enabling the shortcut keys for these two would allow these features while retaining the simplicity.

For the same reason, I’d like an automatic space after paragraph for those times when my thoughts do separate out into discrete ideas.

New Feature Request Note from Brad Fruhauff on Fri, Sep 06
1 cup

way to go guys :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shellan Peddle on Thu, Sep 05
2 cups
Total word count

Not sure if this already exist on the site and I missed it but I wish there was a total word counter for all the content you’ve put into the site. This would be really cool to see how many “total” words you’ve dished out.

New Feature Request Note from dky on Thu, Sep 05
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Thank you 750words, because of you I’ve developed the habit of daily writing. I’m currently on my 114th day of continuing to pound out my thoughts on your site, I’ve dropped all my other apps such as Day One in favor of you. For me the primary motivator was the badges and the monthly competitions, you just feel like you’re working towards something even if it’s 750 words a day. Thanks for creating such a cool site and I hope to continue to improve my writing skills with this site.

Testimonial Note from dky on Thu, Sep 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I like to have the comfort of security, and privacy. I would hate for this site to get hacked, and everybody’s written words become available online. I worry about privacy sometimes, when I am writing a journal which I really do not want to share with anyone :D

New Feature Vote from Dawa Lama Sherpa on Thu, Sep 05
1 cup

750 words was a great tool for me to clear my head and give me inspiration. I was so inspired I got back to programming and created my own version (http://www.my3pages.appspot.com) as a way to keep up my creativity through my programming. Thanks to the site!

Testimonial Note from Vincent Caesar on Thu, Sep 05
2 cups

I love this site so much. I love journaling and this has just filled that gap on a technological level so well! It helps clear my mind and get all of the gunk out on a page. If I’m having a hard time in life, I can rant forever on here about it and then later I’ll go back and look at those days where I ranted it, and it is immensely helpful to have it out in front of me, written, so that I can really look at my problems from an outside view. That, alone, is immeasurably helpful. This site is a blessing and a lovely fun program! Thank you for manifesting it into being. It’s truly brilliant!

Testimonial Note from Cristina Vigil on Wed, Sep 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Tue, Sep 03
3 cups

Nothing has made me more determined to write everyday quite like 750Words. So glad I joined. I can’t wait till the next Nanowrimo.

Testimonial Note from Makihige on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

Writing here every night is like getting out the vacuum cleaner, with attachments, and clearing the cobwebs out of the corners of the room. It’s very liberating knowing no one will read my writing, thus allowing me to really get at the heart of what’s going on in my life.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Van Horn on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

I was skeptical of 750 words at first. it seemed like just another way to get me to write that would end up falling by the wayside because it wasn’t useful enough or engaging enough. imagine my surprise when the opposite happened!

750words has been invaluable in calculating my actual output, keeping my words counted for me and keeping me accountable, even on those days when I just don’t feel like writing. I don’t always manage to write 750, but I DO manage at least 300 words every day now, and that is its own accomplishment.

Testimonial Note from eerian sadow on Mon, Sep 02
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I recently achieved my 1000 day streak, and surpassed 1.1 million words. It is something that I had no idea would happen when I started this. I have never been much for continuing writing when I have started in the past, but now it is a part of my morning and I can’t imagine not doing it. It helps me clear my head and start my day fresh. I have worked out problems, worked through frustrations, and celebrated victories on these pages. I am grateful for a place where I can come and do all of these things. I am most grateful for this site because it has helped me silence my inner critic, more often than not, and enabled me to write unfettered. That, I think, might be the greatest gift of all. Thanks Buster and Kellianne for all of your hard work and for keeping this wonderful site running for all of us. You are truly amazing.
~Patty

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Mon, Sep 02
1 cup

as my friend Sam has told me that Francis Bacon said “reading maketh a full man, conference maketh a ready man and writing maketh an exact man” I have found that writing on a daily basis has helped me to better express my thoughts and give me a more clear idea of what transpired yesterday and what I hope to accomplish today. Also I learning to touch type so that I can write faster so that some day I can get the cheetah badge which won’t happen with my two finger hunt and pecking style of writing

Testimonial Note from Rich Sanko on Sun, Sep 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I couldn’t tell you why, but for some reason the badges seem to help me discipline myself into writing everyday, writing faster, or trying to write at different times of the day. It would be nice to see new behavior badges and maybe a streak badge or two in between 30 and 100. Also, thanks for making this site awesome!

New Feature Vote from Erica Coslop on Sun, Sep 01
3 cups
1 month free membership for succesful challengers

If you complete the monthly challenge you get one month free membership. If you don’t you pay.

New Feature Request Note from Juan Calderón on Sun, Sep 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Christiaan Hendriksen on Sun, Sep 01
1 cup

This is a wonderful website. I use it to plan, write fiction, and dangst about day-to-day life. Can’t think of anything more lovely. :)

Testimonial Note from Maria Dascalu on Sun, Sep 01
1 cup

I’m very recently separated after 11 years of marriage and I must say that 750 Words is essential to me right now. It’s such a good way to just let the words flow out of my brain without thinking about them too much. I just let myself feel, put my fingers on the keyboard and go. Some interesting speculations have come out of my writing here and I have nothing but appreciation for this site. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 01
2 cups

I just finished my first one month challenge. Waiting for the interesting turquise horse to appear…

‘750 words’ is a silly place. And it is even more silly what great things it does for me. Having a silly reason to write every day makes me happier, smarter, more content with myself and what I do. And all that just because I get to have a daily conversation with myself.

Coming from Denmark and writing in danish I don’t get much interesting points out of my metadata and subconcious – but it would be interesting to analyze given all the stuff I tell my blank page after login.

A lot of wonderful sillyness. Thanks for that!

Testimonial Note from Andreas Matjulski on Sat, Aug 31
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Mikkel Snyder on Fri, Aug 30
2 cups

I’m due to finally get my phoenix badge the day before I turn 27. I can’t think of a better birthday present. I have found free writing theraputic since I was old enough to write in a diary and find a safe hiding place; 750 words has gently encouraged me to turn this occasional crisis therapy into a daily rite of self care. Instead of thinking of myself as a damaged, limping creature, I have risen from the ashes as a writer with a vast hinterland of experience to draw from.

Testimonial Note from Twynkl-fflange on Fri, Aug 30
5 cups

Here’s to the brave ones who sign up for the September Challenge! Write 30 days, win the Challenge and share in the bounty!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Thu, Aug 29
1 cup

Trust your dreams,
Trust your heart,
and trust your story.

-Neil Gaiman

Thank you for giving this feeling to me, 750Words! My world just had new colors added.

Testimonial Note from jane goeke on Thu, Aug 29
1 cup

Tonight (4.43am) I dedicate my writing to the boy who brought me happiness but who last night we decided to no longer be a couple. 750 words is helping me through this freight train of emotions. I believe it will help me get out the other side of this a stronger person. Thank you for being there.

Testimonial Note from Caroline Findlay on Wed, Aug 28
4 cups

I write gibberish and nothingness each day and I’ve never felt better. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
3 cups

Go writers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 28
1 cup

I use this site as a personal meditation in the morning. I try and clear my mind to move on with the day. I have been scared to start writing stories again and I hope that if I keep finding peace through my personal writing, maybe I will be able to write more in the future. It is a slow process, but this site is patient with me.

Testimonial Note from Jason Warzecha on Wed, Aug 28