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

5 cups

Write on young people!

Double Down on Charity Note from Joann R on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup

I don’t know quite what happened here as I was cut off in mid note. So I will now be brief. I have found this site an utter inspiration and am perfectly prepared to pay a fee to ensure its continued existence. I shall have more to add to this later but for the moment, keep this site going and help me grow as a writer.

Double Down on Charity Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Fri, Feb 08
2 cups

Using 750 words a day has helped me clear my mind and make progress on some fiction stories. Writing everyday is now a habit and I hope that 750 words continues, even if we have to pay a couple bucks a month to do it. I really benefit from the accountability and I like getting the daily reminder.

Testimonial Note from Petalene on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup

Nearly 470 days since joining 750words, a Pegasus heading to the ultimate Space Bird, a real writer now, I hope the site can go on being a gift to writers still as Buster and Kellianne try to keep it alive for us.

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup

I’ve been journaling and creative writing since I was a kid, but I’ve always struggled with finding the motivation to do so regularly. 750 Words feels like a community (a private community, but a community nonetheless!) that holds my hand a little while I take more writing risks. I love the feeling that others are out there finishing their words every day too, all of us pushing ourselves past our comfort zones just a little, delving into our grimy beautiful subconscious muck and carrying our complexities with us throughout the day.

Testimonial Note from Vanessa Shanti Fernando on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup

This will be a short note – but I’m just glad 750words exists. I fear I may not be able to continue with it, if it becomes a fully paid site, but I’m glad to have been able to participate in it for the past few months. Sure, it’s something I could do for free – sit myself down and write – but there’s something about the site that really motivates me to do my best, and write my best, no matter whether I’m feeling happy or down or anything inbetween. I’m just very grateful that Buster has been such a kind soul all this while, and I wish 750words all the best in the future, so that more people can be inspired :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 08
2 cups

I will not be writing, at least for a while, but the last six months or so have been a great experience here at 750 words. I have been able to get myself in the writing habit and have tenatively launched a blog. I am going to try to devote my writing enrgy to that for a while, so for now, thank you and so long.

Testimonial Note from EBK Riley on Fri, Feb 08
30 cups

Well, it’s over. My streak of 530 days in a row. Finished. Thursday mornings require an early start, so I postponed finishing my post and then forgot it. This happens to many of us.
It has been an incredible ride since I joined forces with Buster Benson back in 2010 or whenever it was. I’ve recommended the site to countless students, both college writers and pre-service teachers. I’ve begun so many writing projects with free writing in the wee hours of the morning on this site. Those early drafts and successive revisions begun here were incredibly fertile.
I don’t know how long I will continue after the changeover to a paid subscription, even though I’ve been donating on a monthly basis during the past year or so. But I am a devoted fan, nonetheless. Thanks for your help, Mario! Best of luck in your new position, Buster! I hope your family enjoys your new home. I regret that I didn’t get to visit that coffee shop in Seattle while you were still hanging out there, but I’m sure you’ll find a new place to hang out at once in a while when your Twitter workload allows for that.
Sincerely, with thanks,
Carol Mikoda

Testimonial Note from Carol Mikoda on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup

The best thing about this site is that no one reads it.
Because of its anonymity I have the freedom to stop making sense and let ideas and feelings come out that i did not have the courage to even think. I just feel internally freer because of the discipline of writing daily. I can wring from my soul those little angers and fears that prevent me from feeling somewhat more love for my family, my work and my self.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Fri, Feb 08
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Natasha Smith on Thu, Feb 07
2 cups

This site got me through NaNoWriMo this year and has got me blogging again. It’s such a great motivational tool. I recommend it to all of my writing friends!

Testimonial Note from Courtney Hoskins on Thu, Feb 07
1 cup

Just became an official patron. Six dollars a month. Have to do without coffee a couple of times a week, but the rewards are so so worth it.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup

Each day I find myself counting down the minutes to midnight waiting to vent out my daily frustrations. I haven’t kept a journal or diary in a long time and I find I use this as a diary. But it also helps condition me to keep writing every day. It is something I want to continue doing every day of my life. Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Maria Gardner on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup

i love this site. It is one of the vital things i must do every day, along with walking 10,000 steps, practicing piano and sketching something.
BUT, the most important thing i do everyday is work on a series of poems that i hope to turn into a book that is as compelling and exciting as any novel.
This site is helping me tap into the joy of self-disciple and the joy of accumulating small daily accomplishments that will add up into a really impressive accomplishment. And it will make not much difference if i am the only one impressed.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Feb 06
2 cups

This site has helped me a lot in maintaining a habit of writing everyday. I have a 66 day streak now and the streak effect has been the most important help I received. Even if I had a bad day I made sure to log in and write, just so I wouldn’t break my streak. Yet, it does seem like I will have to abandon this place once it goes pay to use. Like others with a low or no income it does not seem justified to pay what little money I have to keep using 750words. It was good while it lasted though!

Testimonial Note from Cecilia Matz on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

You can’t have too much of a good thing :-)

New Feature Vote from luimagirio on Wed, Feb 06
10 cups

Well, I understand why changes have to be made to the site, but I don’t think it’s something I will be able to continue to do once it goes pay for service. As much as I love the badges and stats, I can’t justify paying for something I can do on my own for free. Best of luck to everyone involved in it – thank you so much for a great tool for me to get back to writing!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Crowe on Tue, Feb 05
12 cups

For those who are wondering about the future of this site, check out Buster’s post from today:
http://750words.tumblr.com/post/42338373655/the-plan-for-750-words#comments

I’ve only been on 750 words for a month, and already I’ve written over 30,000 words. I could never have imagined writing this much just for fun until I experienced this site. Thank you so much, Buster! I don’t want to write 750 words in this testimonial, but if you want to read more of what I think of this site, check out my blog post about it… it’s only 721 words: http://ppppizzazz.blogspot.com/2013/01/750-words-every-day.html

Testimonial Note from Kirsten Meberg on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Howdy, folks!

I just went ‘all green’ on the subconscious metrics. The last hurdle, that of surpassing the 51-day streak was easy to do for somebody committed to writing every day.

And that describes you, my dear readers. On average, you have written 51+ days in a row, and, in so doing, you have simply floored Buster with your dedication. He set up this site to help him to focus on writing something every day, and the rewards he reaped … for us … for this site, are simply astounding.

Let’s keep flooring Buster, so he can turn to his family and be proud of us, and proud of what he did for us.

Keep writing, dear friends!

geophf

Testimonial Note from Douglas Auclair on Tue, Feb 05
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Brown on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Reading some of the testimonial notes…it sounds like the site may not be around for long. Is that true? I JUST JOINED! How can I help keep it here for as long as possible? I only donated 1 cup for now but plan on doing monthy cups soon. I will also spread the word like wildfire…what else can I do?

Testimonial Note from Dana Leipold on Tue, Feb 05
6 cups

Buster – No matter what you decide in your plan for whether/how the site continues, please know that what you have created at 750words may well have more lasting impact on the lives of more people than most anything you might do in the future. I know the challenge is figuring out how to make such things “pay” for themselves. But there are people in the world who spend millions of dollars to try to create change in all sorts of ways. You created a site that allowed thousands of people to make profound changes in their writing practice and often their lives. A lot for you to be proud of, and for us to be grateful for, no matter what happens next.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Tue, Feb 05
3 cups

This morning as I was reviewing a situation I was in yesterday (being asked to participate in a national pilot in a dialogue about a rather sensitive subject) I was moved to tears by the time I finished. Slowly the realization hit me that YES, indeed, I have something to offer on this subject. The Universe recognized this, honored this, and therefore I need to accept it and begin to appreciate my giftedness. Honestly I have never thought of it that way before, and so many times I wonder: what do I have to offer? I am so grateful for this space to begin to figure things out, and today I will accept what I do have to offer to the world. The tears are tears of gratefulness!!

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

I always thought of myself as a writer, but I rarely wrote.
Now I write. Every day.

Thanks!

Testimonial Note from George Hickey on Tue, Feb 05
4 cups

I don’t know my fate on this site when there’s payment, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope I can be on here for a longer time than my two years will be, this May 2nd. I love this site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Tue, Feb 05
2 cups

Been using 750 words for 2+ years now, still evangelical about the site! Thanks Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Mary Sekiya on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Suggestion: Replace the word “should” with “want” in your internal dialogue. Example: replace “I should call __ and say Happy Birthday” with “I want to call ___ to say Happy Birthday because I want her to know I care.” We ultimately all do what we are going to do anyway, even if the reason is simply to please others. Using “want” forces us to acknowledge that we DO have choices. It is empowering.

Testimonial Note from Hanna on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

There are a lot of achievement junkies out there. Help us get our fix! Sometimes it’s nice to have something specific to work towards when you don’t exactly know what you want to write about.

New Feature Vote from Sascha Coursen on Tue, Feb 05