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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Everyone who knows me is aware of how much I love living in the Napa Valley. But for a writer it has one huge drawback. The weather is so perfect that most of the year I find it almost impossible to confine myself to the house and write.

I have tried the lap top in the lawn lounge, but my dogs consider me in any resting position a play invitation. I test drove moving my computer to the balcony. It seemed the perfect solution, sun, soft breeze and a coffee refill almost within arms reach. It didn’t work. I forgot about all our delightful, retired neighbors walking their dogs, or simply enjoying the fresh air passing in a steady stream, past our house and under the balcony. Everyone stopped to offer a greeting and like Idaho Farmers passing on a dirt road a “hello” leads to an hour long conversation. Being retired myself the pleasure of casual conversation was always enough to pull me away from the keyboard and my train of thought. After a week perched on the balcony I became a neighborhood attraction. Like a human humming bird feeder, scores of people that didn’t even live in the neighborhood were becoming regular visitors drawn to ask about how my book was coming along. I realized by week two that my writing career was going nowhere but my family of friends was growing like lawn weeds.

It’s been two years since I retired. Since author at home wasn’t working I dedicated a vacation to writing. I returned with a great tan, a ten pound weight gain, and fifty new e-mail friends. A cruise away from family and responsibility was just too wonderful to squander sitting at a desk in a windowless (cheap) stateroom. Besides the rocking and rolling of the of my abode in the bowels of the ship, accompanied by the thrumming of a million horse power diesel engine next door, chased my inner Muse back stateside.

I have resigned my ambition as a writer to the whims of the Napa Valley weather. Today it’s raining. I am dry and cozy with no desire to be anyplace other than in front of my computer writing. I don’t see a book in my future, unless my ability to speed type grows to exceeds five thousand words a minute, or the weather takes a drastic turn and we get a Seattle type winter of gray sky’s and rain sometime soon.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Sat, Apr 06
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This month the challenge is even more special because I have also signed up for NaNoCamp, and I’m finally writing the book of tales I had in mind for years! I encourage you not to leave your projects appart and say “I’ll write that tomorrow”, because NOW is the only time you really have.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gileblit on Sat, Apr 06
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Gileblit on Sat, Apr 06
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I liked seeing “Patron” in front of my name enough that I have subscribed. (But I need to let Buster know that his contact email as listed to me in PayPal was his old healthmonth address, and that needs to be changed.)

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Sat, Apr 06
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You know what? I tend to write daily now. I’m not all the way there but I’m getting there. I grouse about stuff I don’t like, then when my head is clear, I get back to work. The writing I do on 750 words is part of my design process. It eventually goes onto my company website so we can pick it apart.

I love the idea of being grandfathered in, but come May 1st, I think I’ll just sign up to automatically donate $5 a month anyway. 750 has become that much of a part of my routine and process.

Just please tell me that Paypal isn’t the only option!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 06
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More stats on the Eternity page

I think it would be really fun if we could chart say, the most commonly used words on a greater than day-to-day timecourse, as well as the changes in mood. You show a little pie chart about whether or not we’re in a positive mood or a negative mood (it’s usually pretty accurate), and so it would be fun if we could see if that’s correlated with, certain words we use (am I less happy the more times I mention boss’s name?) or how often we write.

New Feature Vote from Cynthia T. Hsu on Fri, Apr 05
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An iPhone/iPad app

I would love this!

New Feature Vote from Olga Nunes on Fri, Apr 05
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750 words is like when you wake up with a bad hangover and you feel the immediate need to vomit. You are frantically looking around for the nearest restroom and FINALLY when you find it, you let loose. AND you feel like a champ, all of a sudden. Well, it’s not quite the same but when you have a lot on your mind, which is always the case for me, it’s a great way to just spew it out. (MMmmmmm…..yummy…..)
It’s been a wonderful release for me. It’s like having a best friend who is always there to listen with an open ear.

Testimonial Note from Emi Matsushita on Fri, Apr 05
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email BLAST(off!)

I like the personalized identity of the site, where it is all about the individual and his/her writings. When there are days that I am “off” and either unable to write or just tired of writing, it’d be rather neat if 750words caught on to my absence and sent a little email saying something encouraging like “Oh, how I’ve missed you. When will we spend time together soon?”. Just something short and sweet like that would be endearing.

New Feature Request Note from Emi Matsushita on Fri, Apr 05
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750words has been a wonderful tool in my life to help me process my thoughts and get my head clear to tackle the day. I have been amazed time and again at how therapeutic writing every day has been. In addition, the streak keeps me motivated to write and helps me to overcome many, many obstacles to writing that day’s entry, especially on certain days. Despite my grumbling that I have to write on those days, the feeling of accomplishment on the back end is hard to duplicate. I have found increased confidence in my ability to “finish what I start,” although I can’t say that that has been my strong point in the past. I am SO happy to be grandfathered into 750words membership. I am one that cannot afford a monthly fee, but I am happy to make donations now and again as I am able to. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Jeanette Cameron on Fri, Apr 05
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750 words just works! For now it is a daily thinking space, later on maybe I will use it for more focused projects. I love the clean, minimalistic page. It is refreshing and calming. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from franceti on Fri, Apr 05
1 cup

Hello 750words has been my special go-to place whenever I need to think out loud about work and life. I used this site a lot to especially when I was writing my master’s thesis. Using other writing tools was not the same.

Testimonial Note from Ed Guzman on Fri, Apr 05
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I have currently severely disabled and mostly housebound. Writing 750 words each day reminds me that I am still able to do something and gives me the motivation to continue striving for my dreams.

Testimonial Note from Tamara Epps on Fri, Apr 05
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Thank you for this site, and thank you for listening to your users! I would have paid to keep the access that 750 words provides, but it is good to know that in case I cant afford it in the future I will still have a place to write.

Testimonial Note from Peti on Fri, Apr 05
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More badges for accomplishments

As lame as it may sound, it’s working toward the badges that keeps me on my streak sometimes I think. I get excited before a badge, and I am currently almost at my first flock. Badges are FUUUUN!

New Feature Vote from Cheney Giordano on Thu, Apr 04
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750Words is amazing. It has turned me into a daily writer, and I am trilled to be on a 105 day streak and approaching 100K words. If you need motivation and discipline to write daily, this is the site to do it on!

Testimonial Note from Cheney Giordano on Thu, Apr 04
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Pavlov had it right: after you’ve been on 750words.com for a while, just seeing the blank screen is incentive to start writing. Nothing else—Word, Scrivener—has exactly the same effect. Thanks for creating this site and keeping it going!

Testimonial Note from M. Bluth on Thu, Apr 04
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I wanted to say thanks for creating this site. Though it has been more difficult this past year to write everyday, the writing is a bit of mental therapy for me, and has helped me with creating goals, and developing self-discipline.

I do hope this site continues to function and strive… I have quite a lot of information on this site, and I don’t know what I would do if you disappeared.

Love, and lots and lots of thanks (along with this Cuppa Patronage :) )

James

Testimonial Note from James Flowers on Thu, Apr 04
5 cups

Thanks Buster and Kellianne! I love this site! I am slowly approaching a 1000 day streak (only a couple of months to go) and I just want to say thanks.

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Thu, Apr 04
1 cup

I was worried about the previous plans to make everyone pay and am so happy for the new direction. I plan to donate what I can, because this site is worth it to me. Just keep letting the community know what’s going on, keep the dialogue open, and we will stay loyal and help out. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Matthew Karns on Thu, Apr 04
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I’m so excited that I get to keep using 750 Words in the future! My friends and I are planning to keep up our competition with each other to see who completes the One Month Challenges. Losers have to buy the winners new nail polish. All three of us will continue to use the site for a long time into the future!

Testimonial Note from Claire Richie on Thu, Apr 04
1 cup

thank you

Testimonial Note from Mel Dion on Wed, Apr 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Debbie Tan on Wed, Apr 03
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Just to confirm that I have set up the necessary monthly transfer of funds via PayPal ($5.00) to become a Member under the revised system that will be in place, from first May. I am looking forward to continued use of the site to liberate whatever creative potential I have left! Thank you both for your generous offer. I assume we will still be able to access this site as before, in my case via Google.

Testimonial Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Wed, Apr 03
2 cups

Good luck and good writing.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dr. Darren Garside on Wed, Apr 03
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Okay, day 2 of April… Who will write everyday?

One Month Challenge Bounty from Liz Flynn on Wed, Apr 03
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Dear Buster and Kellianne,

Your generosity is incredibly amazing; thank you so much for the gift of lifetime membership. I’m sorry to say that I tried in the past month to wean myself off 750 words, and I’ve come to realize how reassuring it is to escape into this simple yet encouraging interface and beat out everything that’s been preoccupying me for the day. Even if I’m not a serious enough writer to ever get a badge for anything more than a 5 day streak, I think just having so much encouragement to log in and type out my thoughts when I can has been phenomenally cathartic. So thanks so much for not only creating this site, but also for doing everything you can to make this work out and encourage all of us to stay with you. You are amazing. And that little badge I just received that says I’m a patron… it’s amazing how heartwarming it is to see it. I’m glad that I’ve finally decided to contribute to a really incredible service. Best wishes to you and your family, and thank you so much for everything that you’ve done!

Testimonial Note from Cynthia T. Hsu on Tue, Apr 02
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Thank you so much for this site. From the daily email reminder to the word count on the page to all the fun analytics on my writing and every other little detail on the site, you help make writing morning pages fun and easy. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Beth Karlin on Tue, Apr 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from DragoonHP on Tue, Apr 02
1 cup

This site is the reason I got back into writing.

Keep on writing (and hopefully, enjoying every second of it) :-)

Testimonial Note from DragoonHP on Tue, Apr 02