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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Nano Badge

Hi there. Did I qualify for the Nano badge in April? That was my goal, and it looks like I succeeded. I know it’s just a badge, but it would be meaningful if it showed up. Those badges have been motivating to me.

Thanks,
Eric

New Feature Request Note from Eric Sheetz on Wed, May 22
10 cups

Crack! The sound when my mighty albatross folded its wings and retreated back to an egg. I was feeling poorly yesterday, put off writing, then forgot… until it was too late! 10 cups bounty represent the 10 days remaining for this month, and a symbol of hope for the next.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Janet O on Wed, May 22
2 cups

Just got my first flock badge. Very exciting. And thrilling to know that all I did was persevere. What a joy this site is in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And that includes all of you who share your journeys in these notes. Peace and blessings.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Wed, May 22
5 cups

Do you know where I get my inspiration from?

From your notes of inspiration.

When I read that you met some personal challenge to write so many days, or so many words, and you did that, and doing that, you now believed in yourself?

Or you set yourself to write, but then you failed, and you beat yourself up, or you forgave yourself, and you vowed to do better next time, and you did, or you didn’t, but you tried again, when you wouldn’t have pushed yourself in your life this way before …

And succeeding here, or failing, you took that into your own life, and you had a baby, and became a better mother, or you finished school, or you got a job, …

And you looked in the mirror, and you saw yourself, and you liked the person you saw, finally, for the first time in your life, or finally, again, after a very long, long time …

When, at 9 am, each morning, I read these words as I prepare for my daily morning meeting at work, …

My day could’ve have been bad or good or blah or exciting, but reading your notes, your thoughts, dreams, and resolutions, my day just became way better than it was, no matter how it was, because I see you, struggling, trying, succeeding, crying, and I’m happy to know you, another human being, doing the best that you can, and surprising yourself that you can do even better than you possibly imagined you ever could, you being who you thought you were.

And it’s all because 750words.com was there, and you chose to write.

Please keep writing, please keep sharing your victories and failures, your struggles and successes.

Your inspiration inspires me.

love, geophf

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Wed, May 22
1 cup

Having badges that encourage me not to break my streak is so awesomely motivational and it’s really encouraged me to get back into writing. I’ve been sad for a few months now because uni work’s been taking up a lot of my time, but this is encouraging me just to write anything – and as it turns out, 750 words isn’t so difficult – easy enough to fit in around uni work :) So maybe I’ll get my novel finished! Yay :D

Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Jenova Amaranth on Tue, May 21
1 cup

As a productivity coach who works with owners of Very Small Businesses, I regularly recommend 750words to clients who need to get faster and more fluent at writing about their businesses, those who need a place to un-knot the tangle of personal and business issues, and those who want to be more conscious as they move through each and every day. I love how the site is clean, safe, and easy to manage – I feel good recommending it to my people. One of my clients recently made it onto The Wall of Awesomeness, and now we use that as proof that she is indeed Awesome and the template of how she can follow through to triumph.

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Tue, May 21
1 cup

As a teacher I figure I wrote for a living, maybe not a novel but writing was my bread and butter. Writing my thesis for my Master’s was a year’s worth of writing and re writing.

You can image my joy now that I have retired to rediscover the joy of writing for the pleasure of writing. I have started two books, I am using this site as a way to keep my mind and fingers agile on those days when writers block keeps me from the book. Somehow just getting started here opens the door for more.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Tue, May 21
1 cup

I’ve written every day for fifty days, and it’s given me this wonderful sense that I can trust myself. And it’s given me a place to come back and understand how I was thinking and feeling at this time in my life, which is not easy to come by any other way than putting in the time and effort to write every day.

Testimonial Note from Catherine Gervais on Mon, May 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

How about reaching a million words? I like that, since I’ve reached that and earned nothing. I’m at a point where I’ve gotten almost every single badge on here. Almost.

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, May 20
1 cup

Online morning pages is so great for me. I have always found typing easier than writing, it’s a way for me to think and write simultaneously. I am going back to the Artist’s Way for the millionth time, try try try again, right? Thanks 750 for making yourself so accessible and motivating. It’s one day at a time for me.

Testimonial Note from natsu on Sun, May 19
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I have only two more badges left to collect, the pegasus and the space bird. I fully intend to collect both, but just want to take a moment to soak in the fact that I have done all of the rest thanks to this site. I first tried this site out in 2011 and had several long and then broken streaks, I’ve written early, I’ve written late, I’ve written fast, I’ve written slow, I’ve written uninterrupted, I’ve written interrupted, I’ve done monthly challenges and NaNoWriMo. Before joining this site I wouldn’t have believed I could do any of those things consistently, but here it is. Thank you 750words.com. You totally rule.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Turrell on Sun, May 19
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Chris Burns on Fri, May 17
3 cups

I joined a couple of years ago, wrote for about 8 days, and then completely forgot about this site. Then, in March, a blogger I follow (holla, Shauna!) mentioned her quest for the elusive phoenix, and I remembered that yes! I was a 750words.com member. Now that I’m done with grad school and having a baby, I have the time to write, but was lacking the incentive. This site has given me back my motivation. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Amy Cissell on Thu, May 16
1 cup

I’m back after months of hiatus. It’s good to be back. Just in time for my one year anniversary. I need this. And I’m grateful for it’s existence. Thank-you.

Testimonial Note from Tara Baxendale on Thu, May 16
1 cup

I’ve tried doing Morning Pages several times before, but was never able to maintain them for more than a week at a time. My wrist would ache so badly after writing for a while that I grew to dread the morning pages, and easily discarded them.

I’ve just finished my ninth day on 750words. After the first day, I’ve found myself looking forward (!) to getting up in the morning so I can get my words done. I can crank out over 1,000 words in less than 20 minutes! Dumping all the garbage out of my head makes the rest of the day lighter and more productive, even more creative. I love the stats, the badges, the checked off boxes indicating the days I’ve written, and the frequently used words feature. I have been creating found word poems from my frequently used words, and they crack me up. Thank you for this site.

Testimonial Note from Susan Rochester on Thu, May 16
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I got my Pterodactyl today! This after I lost a 100+ day streak over a stupid mistake back in October. The discipline of making time for this every day has spilled over into other areas of my life in a positive way. It gives structure to days when I don’t have work or meetings (there are not many of those). Thank you for this site. It means a great deal to me. On to the Pegasus!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Sterling on Thu, May 16
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I just wanted to say that I have been a member of 750 words for almost a year, but until now I have never written one word. I love to write and never understood why I didn’t use this site. I journal all the time. I type for a living. I am a 911 dispatcher and have to write all the time. I am beginning a new phase of my life and will be leaving my job as a 911 dispatcher after 19 years. I was married last January and I am moving to Mississippi to start my new life with my new, wonderful husband. My 22 year old daughter is continuing her education in Texas at the same time. We live in Washington State right now. This will be the first time she and I will have ever lived a part from each other. It will be a new experience. I am using this time as I write every day, to write notes to my daughter. I am starting from when I was pregnant with her and will work up until the age she is now. I spend the 750 words telling her the story of her life. As I pack our things, I will pack her boxes and each box I will put in an envelope with one day of my telling her about her. I will label each envelope with her name and a number starting with 1 and working forward. Each envelope will have at least 750 words, everything I write here. I hope when she open each box she will have a wonderful surprise from her mom who will miss her, and who loves her so much. I know she will succeed in anything she strives to do.
I just wanted to shared this with all of you. I’ll let you know how it goes, my writing to her gives me motivation to continue with this months challenge. Thank you for letting me share my dreams and my hopes for me and my daughter.
-Shanna

Testimonial Note from Shanna R Flanagan on Wed, May 15
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5 cups, one for each 100 days. Yep, I made it to 500 days and got the last badge for streaks. In that 500 days, I’ve changed jobs, homes, and myself, all for the better. Writing has made me see myself better and become stronger as I figured out mysteries buried in my head and heart. I’ve learned to let it all out here on the page and so thank you from the bottom of that clear heart to Buster and Kellianne for this safe and wonderful place.

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Tue, May 14
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Karen Hurd on Tue, May 14
1 cup
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New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, May 14
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I hate to harp on the same string but Paypal forces you to accept their conditions. The first page lets you think that you are going to pay with your Visa card and then, it becomes Paypal and Paypal again. As long as I am not able to pay through any other means, as much as I love this site, I just won’t patronify. And am sorry I am not able to.

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Mon, May 13
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More badges for accomplishments

Somewhat childishly, I deeply enjoy this feature and would be glad of more badges to work towards.

New Feature Vote from Sarah on Mon, May 13
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Today, I passed 1 million words. What a milestone for me. Thank you Buster and Kellianne for keeping the site going. I appreciate you, the site, and the space to write. Take care, Vicky

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 12
1 cup

The stats on this site are the coolest thing I have ever seen, I’m so excited to use it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Laura Broder on Sun, May 12
1 cup

Failing this month’s challenge has inspired me to donate money (ah, guilt) and try again next month.

Testimonial Note from Sara Nerk on Sun, May 12
1 cup

I haven’t been writing here for very long, only having joined in late April, but I’m amazed at how much I look forward to writing every day. So far my writing has been mere ramblings, a few random stories, diary type entries, and some full of soul searching, but I’m really glad I’ve found this place. It’s nice to know I can keep track of my thoughts and feelings through this site.

I also love the badges, I think that having something fairly competitive has helped me to really want to come back every day. I know if I miss a day I’ll lose my streak and I don’t want to. Now I know that, I keep looking forward to the next badge I get to upgrade to!

Testimonial Note from Brettney on Sat, May 11
1 cup

way to go! signing up is great fun, and 750 words.com is a venue that inspires & motivates. i’ll add to the winner’s bounty, a cup of inspiration shared! our creativity changes our lives & our world. thank you, kellianne & buster, for an encouragement to free those 750+words every day. ~ great love, river lark ~

One Month Challenge Bounty from river lark madison on Sat, May 11
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What I like about 750words.com, besides everything, is the metadata. I can write:

WATER: 1 bottle on my commute to work

And 750words.com will save that under WATER: for that day, and any other time I write:

WATER: 1 bottle during meeting

750 words accumulates that and stores the result in a graph, so I can see that I’m drinking water (or not) during the day, and see the trend during the week and the month.

Better for me, I have trending WEIGHT: and JOG: tags so I can compare my weight trends to the number of miles I jog or just keep track of if and when I’m jogging, or do I have weight gain or loss, and why.

Do you know how much people pay for these kinds of services?

It even has things that I invent like TODO: tags, so I can see what I need to do during the day match that against my CHORE: tags and then, even look at ALL my TODO: tags throughout my entire life on 750words.com … did I have a TODO: from years ago that I never got around to? 750words.com saves that.

I commute to work every day, one way is 2.5 hours. That used to be void time for me, where I’d sit and play games on my iPhone, like everybody else, or listen to music. Downtime is good, but now, I’m writing during that time, 1000+ words, and I find being able to express my thoughts or write a piece of fiction, get that published and peer reviewed, or write a new article for a math journal, and have that all recorded in 750words.com has increased my productivity in my job and opened new vistas for me to explore and to exploit.

I like 750words.com. It’s an effective existence system that helps to keep me on track and helps me to plan big and then plan bigger, tracking my accomplished goals.

Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Fri, May 10
1 cup

Whenever there’s something i can’t tell anyone else, or i feel no one else will understand, i come to this site and just purge it. All unfiltered. It always makes me feel better.

Testimonial Note from Elle J on Fri, May 10
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lauren P on Wed, May 08