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

Writing used to be stressful for me; I knew I wanted to write, but always had problems with it. Since starting to use this site, I’ve discovered that I no longer stress about it. It’s helped me realize that it’s not important WHAT I write, so long as I am writing something. Writer’s block? Just pick something different to write about!

Testimonial Note from Vanity Shion on Wed, May 08
1 cup
Titles for Entries

We can’t all remember on what day we wrote a particular entry, making it difficult to search for an old story. While the search option is available for key words, It would be great if we could title our daily entries and create an archive based on title in addition to (or in lieu of, or as a preference option) the current archive by date.

New Feature Request Note from Lauren on Wed, May 08
1 cup

I signed up for this site 9 days ago, and I can honestly say that it’s already helped me enormously get back into the discipline of writing. While I’m good at fulfilling short-term goals (i.e., I “won” NaNoWriMo this past November), it’s far more difficult for me to keep writing to write. By providing a clear goal of 750 words a day, I often find myself breezing through that and continuing onward. I realize now that my issue isn’t a lack of words, but a lack of motivation. 750words has helped re-motivate me, and I look forward to continuing to write each and every day here on out. Thanks for getting me back on track!

Testimonial Note from Lauren on Wed, May 08
1 cup

You know, all those thoughts about writing a book and nothing happened for ages until I was introduced to 750 words. Now the “grab” of wanting to achieve the daily 750 words is dragging (non-reluctantly!) the text out which will (he says positively!) be that book! The badges and monthly challenges do really work! Great implementation of a really great idea – thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from David Howard on Wed, May 08
4 cups

I’m back! I enjoy the beauty of a new blank slate every day… and a new month to try this challenge again. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Liz Flynn on Wed, May 08
1 cup

It takes few minutes to write 750 words without worrying of anything. What to write? Just write anything, So what? So what you write everyday will transform your life from where you are now to where you will be in your own universe. Just write, write, and write. The human spirit will come to your aid after a while. Just free your body, your mind, your heart, and your soul. Join us today with just $5 a month… make a smart move today… you will feel good about yourself. Congratulations!
Fortunato.

Testimonial Note from Fortunato Longok on Wed, May 08
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Scout Fox on Tue, May 07
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Mobile 750 Words?? OH yeah!

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Tue, May 07
1 cup

750 words is my therapist. I’ve hashed out a lot of internal coat-hanger tangles just by coming here and throwing up on the screen. It’s low-distraction, high-reward writing because the pressure is off. It’s just me and the page. No deadlines, no required topics, and no boundaries.

I just love it, and am so grateful for Buster and Kellianne. I donate as often as I can.

Jason B

Testimonial Note from Jason Barmer on Tue, May 07
1 cup

I didn’t have time this afternoon to get home between two meetings to write my Words, but I knew that I wanted to get them in because I have another meeting tonight. I also didn’t have any portable device with me. Solution? I popped into a local library and I am keying this in on one of their public computers. How fabulous is it that this site is available in so many different ways. Their keyboard is slower than mine, but it’s free and it works. Bravo 750 Words and the public library system in this country!

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Tue, May 07
2 cups

I am a writer—at least, I keep telling myself I am—but what I mostly am is an editor. I can say with no false modesty that I’m actually a pretty good editor. Unfortunately, it’s a hard thing to turn off when I’m writing. 750Words is helping me learn to do that. I appreciate the many ease-of-use features you’ve implemented: the word count popup, the linguistic analysis, the statistics. That makes it sound like I’m still obsessing like an editor, but actually having everything at my fingertips helps me relax. I don’t have to hand-count anything, don’t have to reinvent the wheel, don’t have to reread and criticize myself. I can just settle into the writing process. Thanks for that.

Testimonial Note from Barrie Trinkle on Mon, May 06
1 cup

Whether or not I can manage every day, whether or not I do pen-and-paper days that don’t give me badges, 750 Words reminds me every day to use my voice and that is invaluable.

What with all these changes I can’t actually see if I am a subscriber or a patron or how many paid months I have left, but I’m assuming Kellianne & co. are working on an interface for that as I type this.

Thank you for all you do. I think grandfathering in current subscribers with free accounts was a fantastic idea—I’m sure it made things more difficult on your end but you felt strongly that it was the right thing to do, so you did it, and that’s just awesome.

Testimonial Note from Nivair on Mon, May 06
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Privacy and reliable backups!

New Feature Vote from Nivair on Mon, May 06
5 cups

I appreciate the honesty that I face each time I have let time slip by without writing on 750. I look at the empty boxes and will myself to get back on the horse and gallop the rest of the month. I am grateful to be reminded that now is always a good time to get back to writing. After all, I can’t call myself a writer if a day goes by without words.

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Mon, May 06
1 cup

This is actually a go-and-ahead-and-pay-my-debt note, since I managed to fail this particular monthly challenge on the second day of the month. Yes, there were extenuating circumstances, but the debt needs to be paid. But I find 750 Words so helpful as a means of clearing my brain that I’m going to try to get through the rest of May with no more stumbles. Thanks for the badges and incentives, 750 Words: they keep me motivated to write!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Kathleen on Sun, May 05
1 cup

It’s a sanctuary. Let all of the pain and the gratitude just spill out of my fingers onto the keyboard into this pot. How it helps!

Testimonial Note from Friday316 on Sun, May 05
1 cup

I’m so happy to have this site to return to. There is something about the formality of the format that is engaging. Something about the result being put out in the world even if it is only for me to read that is very different than my writing and saving something in Word. I like it. That is me today with this site. Thanks for continuing to make it happen. Proud to be a patron.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Harris on Sun, May 05
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Claris on Sun, May 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Claris on Sun, May 05
1 cup

I actually got a job thanks to 750 words. I was able to tell my potential boss honestly that I’d written at least 750 words every day for more than a year. It helped. Sadly, now that I’m writing daily in my job, my writing on 750 words has dropped off. I hope to get back to it soon. Thanks, Buster. You helped me a LOT with this site.

Testimonial Note from Laura Gjovaag on Sun, May 05
1 cup

I write at the end of the day. I look forward to being able to say exactly what I think, to make sense or nonsense, to babble, to repeat myself, to struggle, to soar, to save myself here and now.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Sun, May 05
1 cup

Unlike some blogging/journaling sites, the atmosphere of 750w has allowed me to be raw, honest, and most importantly: unedited. There’s no pressure to be polished, and I’m not bogged down and obsessive over formatting and flow. I now just write, “brain dump” as I sometimes call them, and worry about sculpting later.

Testimonial Note from albi.7w on Sat, May 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s a long stretch between some of these badges (though I’m really looking forward to my phoenix!). It would also be super-cool if we could choose which badge to display with our profile.

New Feature Vote from CorusCate B on Sat, May 04
1 cup

Good luck to everyone in the challenge! I’m going to be participating as well, and hoping to win a bunch of cups at the end! Carry on!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Wes Mitchell on Sat, May 04
1 cup

I have been using 750 words for 5 days now. It is really awesome, and I am looking forward to developing my skills as a writer. I am hoping to earn the 500 day badge, and the 250,000 words badge. Lofty goals! Thanks for building such a great website.

Testimonial Note from Wes Mitchell on Sat, May 04
2 cups

I just finished my first full year on 750 words. It has been life changing and I am so grateful I found this site! I missed 6 days of writing this year and plan a perfect record during my 2nd year. Thanks so much.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Sat, May 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Susanne on Sat, May 04
10 cups

I dropped out of the April challenge and I promised to donate some extra money to 750words if I do so, so that’s what I’m doing and adding this to the June challenge bounty

One Month Challenge Bounty from Susanne on Sat, May 04
1 cup

Three days into my one month challenge, I am already remembering how great it feels to write daily. Thanks to the site, I’ve started to renew my favorite creative outlet and it feels damn good! :D Looking forward to completing this month while racking up all the silly bird rewards all the while.

Testimonial Note from Ashleigh on Sat, May 04
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Fae Dark on Fri, May 03