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 honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve written so much in a single month. It’s been years since I’ve done so and I finally started doing it again. This website has helped me get back into the flow of writing again, and although I may mess up, I’m able to get back into doing it again the next day.

Testimonial Note from Vally on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Buster and Kellianne,
Thank you for creating this site! I love that I can log in any time and have a safe, private place to write. I think you definitely should charge for the site. I think it is great that you are giving existing customers free privileges but you are doing a lot of work, and you need to be balanced in what you give and receive. I am so grateful and thankful for you and 750words.com

Testimonial Note from ally baffert on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Thank you! I love the site. I love your solution for future and current participants. Keep up the good work!

I love writing here and I’m glad that I found this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from forestgreen on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Thank you guys for all of the effort you have put into this site!

Testimonial Note from Amanda Hicks on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

I love this website. I have also long been a fan of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but as much as i do like writing in longhand, I do not like having the piled up notebooks with the writing. I love having this electronic resource.

Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, for grandfathering members. Your generosity itself seems to have ignited my own and i just signed up to be a paying member. (I wonder if there is something in Kahneman’s book that explains this phenomenon, Buster?)

Testimonial Note from Susan Taylor on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

I think the transition plan makes sense. One question I would like you to address: are patrons members? Is that what you mean by membership?

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Mon, Apr 01
3 cups
Offline app

An iPad/Android app that would log the time when we wrote our words and upload it to the site when we log in. This could be useful if, for whatever reason, we were unable to get online on any particular day.

New Feature Request Note from Aoife Lonergan on Mon, Apr 01
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Badges are a great incentive, but at 754 days I’m not sure there’s any more for me to aim for. More day badges, more word total badges…anything to help keep us going!

New Feature Vote from Aoife Lonergan on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Love 750 words! Will continue to donate.
This site has gotten me back on track with my writing, which suffered from trying to write to please other people. I’m having fun writing again, which I’ve always thought is one of the most important parts of the process.
Thanks!

Testimonial Note from L Creasy on Mon, Apr 01
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Love love love 750words! Love the badges! More badges would add additional levity, which we could all use in our lives! Thank you for all you have done with this site!

New Feature Vote from Marci on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup
membership

Are patrons members? It says all members as of May 1 will get lifetime free memberships – is that if you’re currently a patron?

New Feature Request Note from Joanie M on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This is my number one feature request…

New Feature Vote from Kariann Goldschmitt on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The badges have been extremely motivating in keeping writing; it’d be fun to either rack up multiple badges or to have even higher badges to aspire to.

New Feature Vote from Bryce Hughes on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Thanks for what you are doing with the site. It has been invaluable to me, and I’m sure to many others. And thank you for the grandfathered account. I will happily continue donating!

Testimonial Note from William on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Well done with the transition! Thanks for my grandfathered free account, I very much appreciate that gift. With much gratitude, I will continue my automated monthly donation. I adore this site.

Testimonial Note from Sally 4orth on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

I have been writing daily since August 2012 and it has changed my life. What a warm inviting place to come every day, to unload and to inspire myself. Thank you for working hard to keep it up and running. I’ve told many other people about it and will continue to do so. And I will donate today! Thank you and be well, Jude

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Thank you for making it a free site for existing members. I will continue to donate from time to time to support the site.

Testimonial Note from Inge Santoso on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I knew instantly from discovering your wonderful site that I wanted to belong. I signed up as a Patron from the moment I was an Egg. I now only have two badges to get and although I am addicted to writing and will carry on. I still find such childish excitement in getting a new badge. Can you make a couple more?? Pretty please! I am a Patron at the moment until sometime in 2014. I will always donate as the value to me has been so worth it. Thanks a million.

New Feature Vote from April Whalley on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Yes I pour you this cup. Several months of daily writing. Some of it truly original, some of it a poor copy of somebodies voice. Taste your own brew. It’s refreshing to see what comes up after 100 days. And you’ve made the writing part of the grind. Brew your cup!

Testimonial Note from Jaap den Dulk on Mon, Apr 01
3 cups

Thanks to both of you! I am glad that there are firm plans for moving forward and I feel much happier about continuing to use this site, as my morning pages are essential for a healthy, balanced lifestyle…

Testimonial Note from Kayden on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

Thank you very much for providing a friendly and encouraging environment in which to write every day. I already wrote into paper journals (and still do) but this site has been an excellent way to encourage myself to maintain consistency with checking in each day, and I enjoy the notion of it all being stored digitally in one place for me to look back on.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Siegel on Mon, Apr 01
1 cup

thank you thank you for this site! the badges make me excited like the gold stars i always wanted to get from the nuns (those were few and far between) – funny how badges can motivate me! managed to keep up the writing during vacation! after 89 days, 750 words are starting to fly by – every day i work a little bit more on a story . again, thank you – can’t wait to start a fresh month tomorrow!

Testimonial Note from katherine hauser on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

This site gives me the excuse to say NO EXCUSES when it comes to writing! Even the people around me will back off and let me write if I haven’t done my words. I will happily donate as I go to keep it up, even if my membership is free!

Testimonial Note from Courtney Hoskins on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

Always there when i needed to splerggg out words. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from airam.gnaw on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

Like many others here, I’ve used this site off and on for a variety of purposes. There is definitely something to the 750 word thing….pushing myself to meet the goals has sometimes meant “saying” those words that are bumping around in my head, rather than stopping short. I couldn’t have done this if I didn’t know and trust that these words were (and always would be) completely private. While I haven’t enjoyed any records of great streaks, I’ve come to the safety and security of 750 Words to delve and drivel as needed. Everybody needs a safe place. :)

Testimonial Note from Jenny Nash on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

Just signed up to pay $5 a month. I was assuming I would need to and then you changed your mind(s) again! But 750 Words is so worth it. I started almost a year ago and have loved writing so much. I appreciate the work you’ve done to create and maintain the site and still think this is a good deal. Good luck to you on all your other ventures.
Chris Marshall Hurni

Testimonial Note from Chris Marshall Hurni on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

I am extremely glad to see that the changes that are coming up this May are both positive for those who have been with the site for awhile and those that are new to it. I have been on the site for two years now and due to financial decisions, would have had to quit using it if it went to pay site only.

The fact that there is now the option for a free lifetime membership for those who have had the account prior to this, is fantastic, and only encourages me to donate again when I get the chance. I appreciate this greatly and look forward to seeing how this will further grow the site. :)

Testimonial Note from Niki Pivonka on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

its been amasing. i love it more then google.

Testimonial Note from renee mander on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

I have been wanting to get back into writing morning pages for a long time now, but I have really gotten out of the practice of writing long hand. 750words has really changed that! I love that I can come on here and write. Next month I’ve signed up for Camp NaNo and I’m going to see if I’m able to write my 60,000 words on here and then move my daily writing over to Scrivener.

Testimonial Note from Carrollee Hevener on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

I began 750 words 262 days ago. I have used this site to build the daily writing habit. The site is better than my journals of the past, because the website relentlessly reminds me to do my 750 words, and rewards me for making the effort. Sadly, I lost my streak to an incredibly busy day, a spotty memory, and life distractions, so I am starting anew. Thank you, 750 words, for your inspiration. I will continue to donate monthly even if I am a lifetime member.

Testimonial Note from Paula Bird on Sun, Mar 31