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

1 cup

I completed the April challenge and got The Turquoise Horse badge. I’m proud of myself, especially since on April 24th, I began writing something that I have been adding more and more to. I love this site! It has gotten me to write so much that I’m able to create a cohesive story (that has almost 10,000 words!) and I’m not even done with it yet.

Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Wed, May 01
6 cups

Email me and let me know what exactly inspired you to complete the challenge? Was it your Reward? Your consequences? Or sheer will? Thanks! archie underscore pepper (at) yahoo dot com

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, May 01
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I love your commitment to us writers, and would love to see WORD-DOC FORMATTING options for our writing pages. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, May 01
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Krista Elaine Krikourian on Wed, May 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Krista Elaine Krikourian on Wed, May 01
1 cup
Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Krista Elaine Krikourian on Wed, May 01
1 cup
an app for android phones

an app for android phones that will allow me to write from my phone

New Feature Request Note from Krista Elaine Krikourian on Wed, May 01
2 cups
Chrome Support

I would like the site to be tested and fixed on my browser of choice, Chrome. The styles are wonky and the menus can’t be clicked on because they close before the mouse can get to them. On Firefox the site is great! Thank you.

New Feature Request Note from Jacob Wright on Wed, May 01
5 cups

Buster and Fam moved to SF from Seattle, while I moved from SF to Seattle. Regardless, 750words has been a great addition to my life, particularly during the upheaval of the last few years. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Stewart on Wed, May 01
1 cup

Even though I completed the April challenge, I knew I needed to start giving back! 750 Words has given me the focus to start writing on a daily basis and I can already seen improvements. Thanks for creating a place for writers to come together and take part in a daily exercise.

Testimonial Note from Michael Trapani on Wed, May 01
1 cup

I’m so grateful, not only to have a space for such productive, judgement-free journaling but also for belonging to a community of other writers. Your commitment and perseverance inspire me to stream-of-consciousness through the difficult days!

Testimonial Note from Cory Welsh on Wed, May 01
4 cups

180 day streak on May 1st. 180 days of mind clearing writing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This is the best and most consistent habit I have ever cultivated in my life, outside of brushing my teeth. Proud to be a patron.

Testimonial Note from Laurie L on Wed, May 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Katrinia17 on Wed, May 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I like to see another flock badge put into place. Maybe 500,000 words written?

New Feature Vote from Katrinia17 on Wed, May 01
1 cup

This website has been instrumental in helping me cope with my anxiety on a daily basis and get me tapping into my creativity again by clearing away all of the mental debris. I was originally set the morning pages as homework by my hypnotherapist when she had me tackle ‘The Artists’ Way’ and I couldn’t get into the format or the rigidity of doing them before anything else, yet this website leaves me wanting to do my 750 words and genuinely happy when I have. I suggest this to anyone and everyone, as it is an easy to use format, an effective method of stress-relief, a great way to accomplish meaningful self-talk and probably much easier in this day and age that sitting down with pen and paper in hand. I am so grateful to the creators of this site for taking the time to make it happen.

Testimonial Note from Meaghan van Loenen on Wed, May 01
12 cups

I didn’t complete the April challenge, so I’m paying up. Congratulations to everyone who made it! I’ll try again in May. Hopefully I’ll get on the Wall of Amazingness, since there won’t be any Spring Break or multiple state road trip to hinder me.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Srey Khoy on Wed, May 01
1 cup
More text analysis

I love this site already, beautifully executed, keep up the good work~

New Feature Vote from Jordan Vernia on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup

Just completed my first monthly challenge, and on a 40-day streak.

40 days ago I did no writing and it was like that for about 7 years.

This is transformational.

Thank you !

Andy Hunt

Testimonial Note from Andy Hunt on Tue, Apr 30
2 cups

When I learned that required stronger financial backing, I was more than happy to pay my $5.00 a month! In fact, I was somewhat excited to think the site was growing so great, and that I could contribute to its success.
Now even if I had had objections, I could hardly refuse the price of one measly coffee per month for something so advantageous when I regularly fork out for a flat white, no questions asked, just because I happen to be passing my local cafe. I enjoy coffee. I also enjoy the benefits of this site.

Thank-you Buster, Kellianne and all those who contribute to the running of this site. I am mega-grateful to you all.

Testimonial Note from Penelope Black on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Amanda Hicks on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Amanda Hicks on Tue, Apr 30
12 cups
Variable Word Count and NaNoWriMo Partnership

I love the site as is. As others have mentioned, though, 750 words for a lot of writers is too short of a goal for practical purposes. As has been mentioned previously, a variable goal count would be nice. If a user could make it longer at will, that would spur more writing, because while a person could choose to write more than 750 words, he or she won’t be pushed to do so.

I’m also thinking about if it would be possible for this site to officially partner up with NaNoWriMo. Right now the two sites are separate and while a writer could use the writings from in their NaNoWriMo work, most people would focus on one instead of the other. A partnership might encourage more of a crossover in many aspects, and by partnership, I don’t necessarily mean them buying you out (although if they did I wouldn’t complain) but more of an official affiliation.

New Feature Request Note from No Name on Tue, Apr 30
10 cups

If I could do it, YOU can do it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from No Name on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup

=In Buster and Kellianne we trust.=

Your commitment to our privacy is outstanding. This site has provided me motivation and convenience, joy and great stress relief. Through major decisions, frustrations, and just generally passing time — it’s by far one of the most productive ways to interact with the internet. Thank you!

And to all the Patrons. Along with Buster and Kellianne, we’ve built this site with our trust. Congratulations! It seems change is coming, but if it leads to long term reliability, privacy, and stability — change is welcome.

Testimonial Note from John Burkhart on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup
yearly membership

For my own financial logisitical preferences, I’d rather pay a single annual fee instead of having a monthly charge. Could a membership payment of $60/yr be an option in addition to the monthly subscription?

New Feature Request Note from hhw on Tue, Apr 30
1 cup
More text analysis

A standalone version without the 750 quota. As an English teacher, I would LOVE to use the data visualization as incentive to motivate my students. Maybe if I could CONTROL the word count quota….Hmm…

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Mon, Apr 29
1 cup

I just want to thank Buster and Kellianne. I’ve been using this site since nearly the beginning and have been as streaky as I could be, but I’d like to think for good reason. It’s seen me through an arduous career transition, and as I send this note, am happy to say it’s helped me during the earning of a Masters of Education. Though I’ve been negligent and spotty, I have been writing elsewhere. When I haven’t had a paper or my thesis to work on, I managed to find time to keep my fingers busy and mind clear by coming here. What the combination has done for my capacity to write, to enter flow, and to produce clear thinking is immeasurable. I sing its praises. I convert often. I will ALWAYS believe in, the Cameron underpinnings, and the artful, thoughtful design work of Buster and Kellianne.

Faithfully and Gratefully…


PS…I’m in SF Thurs-Monday (5/2-5/6) for a really neat educator’s conference (and I’ll be shilling for to my English teaching compadres). Meeting you would be a treat, BB! Let me know if possible for tea, coffee, what have you!

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Mon, Apr 29
2 cups

I just got my Phoenix badge and I feel terrific! I am so grateful for this site. As someone else noted, I feel that I am even speaking more coherently because of my consistent writing practice. I’m grateful especially to the longtime 750Worders who share their stats. They provide welcome inspiration for me to keep my streak going. And thanks to all who are doing their writing here—for however long and with whatever frequency. It feels good to be with you. I wish you each a happy, expressive day!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Mon, Apr 29
3 cups

I add to the bounty in honor of my friend Patrick who has a streak of over 600 days writing 750 words. He has inspired me to try for a one month streak in May.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ashley Frazier on Mon, Apr 29
2 cups

Writing on this site has kept me writing. A clear mind is a happy mind! Thank you 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Fanny Stevenson on Mon, Apr 29