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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As a recent graduate 750 words has kept me writing outside of school for the first time in my life. I am about to finish my first short story after using 750 words for months and months writing simple journal entries working up to actual productive fiction writing. I feel I wouldn’t be where I am without it. I wish Buster and the whole 750 fam the best of luck. Thank you for the service you have provided.

Testimonial Note from Ian A Winship on Sun, Mar 31
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I’ve always been awful at keeping journals and have forgotten a lot of my own life. Something about the format of this site calls me to write often, and in addition to better understanding the contents of my own head, I have a record to look back on for the first time. At this turbulent time in my life, it has a lot of practical, as well as sentimental value.
Thank you for providing this service.

Testimonial Note from rt on Sun, Mar 31
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I’ve used this site of a number of days to clear the garbage out of my head and give me space to actually think. To think and to feel properly. The words that this site enabled me to get out of my head stopped me from falling deeper into my depressive phases and pulled me out of them when I fell into them. Getting those feelings out somewhere helped immensely. This is what 750 did for me. Gave me somewhere to write out my head.

Testimonial Note from Lauren Walters on Sun, Mar 31
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More badges for accomplishments

Something between 30 and 100 maybe?

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Sun, Mar 31
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I pay $6 a month to have my data backed up automatically and since I am a writer and my data is my creative work in the world, that’s pretty important. But no more important than 750 Words which provides me with a place to ponder my feelings and ideas, launch into new projects and get rewarded for writing (so few places that happens!). So I just signed up for the $5/month membership. Thanks for providing this option.

Testimonial Note from Waverly Fitzgerald on Sun, Mar 31
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Thank you for being a place I can come and say my piece, without censoring myself or without having to worry about the final form, or the audience. I write for my life, saying things to myself I haven’t been able to get at, after a lifetime of pleasing and disappearing. I am so grateful to have a place to come and do this.(and a scorecard which says, you wrote today!)
I am also grateful that you looked at the input and heard the feedback, and that I will be able to keep coming here— and make what contribution I can. Some of us are on the beginning of the career curve— some of us are on the other end and learning to live on less. Glad I won’t need to make a decision on this particular lifeline.
AND I love what you do to make 750words available to students. I would have delighted in finding my voice, earlier. now some more people can.
Thank you. thank you. thank you.

Testimonial Note from Tina Bea on Sun, Mar 31
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I am coming up on completing two monthly challenges, which is more days in a row of writing that I’ve managed on my own in quite some time. I don’t know what it is exactly about this site, but it has done WONDERS for my productivity.

Testimonial Note from Alice Jane on Sun, Mar 31
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I am so glad to know I can stay with 750words as I head towards my 2nd Year Badge….thanks for a great writing site with stats that are fun!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Mar 31
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Thank you for producing a transition to a paid site with grace and generosity. Much appreciated.

Testimonial Note from Gilda Haas on Sun, Mar 31
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I’m glad that there are firm plans for 750 words moving forward. My daily discipline suffered or I allowed it too from the uncertainty of what would happen, but I am getting back up on the horse with the challenge for April. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Sun, Mar 31
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I love the new picture of you with your family, Buster. And I’m thrilled that you can see in vivid detail in all these notes the incredible joy that you have brought to so, so many people through this site. I happily add my thanks as well.

I am grateful to you for the inspiration, the technical brilliance and the time and effort that it took to envision, build and maintain this site—and now for your generosity in graciously continuing to provide it for free for those who are already receiving the benefits of it. The world is a better place because this deceptively simple, and so creative site exists.

Peace and blessings to you and Kellianne and Niko as well..

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

This site has been an amazing resource for the last few years. I’ve cleared out a lot of daily mental debris (I’m a night bat writer), written blog posts and other articles that I might have put off otherwise, finished 2 NaNoWriMos here, and found I’ve moved from thinking about streaks and badges for my daily internal nudge to realizing how essential daily writing is for me. Thank you very much for sharing this experience with us, Buster and Kellianne. I am happy to be a patron now and will continue to be donor as a lifetime member.

Testimonial Note from Karen Bachmann on Sun, Mar 31
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I am so greatful to you all for letting existing members be grandfathered in. I joined i think 2-3 years ago and it has been some rough moments in this time frame. I am so very thankful that my dear friend introduced me to this site and it has truly been a blessing to pour out my thought, clear my head, verbalize anger and frustration and then to celebrate, shout out the goodness of my blessings, and then to still get new ideas down and new realizations about myself and others and look at different careers and all that it has allowed me to just dump out of my brain. I feel like i just rambled but that is what this site allows me to do and I am like i said GREATFUL. I will also donate as I can as I can coming out of the wilderness of some crazy financial things and will be able to flow and be a blessing to this site financially in the near future!!!!!! Thx Buster and Kellianne:):)

Testimonial Note from Voncile Williams on Sun, Mar 31
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750Words has been a wonderful influence on my life. It gives a permanent, private home to the thoughts that constantly bounce around my brain. It has contributed to my mental well-being and given me a sense of peace that I don’t think I could have found otherwise.

Testimonial Note from George Wenzel on Sun, Mar 31
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750words has become the backbone of my day. I always feel much better when I write and whenever I am confused about what I am doing or stuck or something or in a bad mood, if I come to 750words and start writing about what is going on, what I’m feeling or thinking I feel better and something usually comes up as the next thing to do.
I use it when there is a lot of drama to process, and when I have some big idea that I want to explore.
And I use it to keep track of my daily habits

Testimonial Note from Ioan Mitrea on Sun, Mar 31
1 cup

I have a friend who would’ve had to quit the site (she loves it, but can’t justify spending the money right now), and while I ultimately decided to pay I thought of her when I saw the new announcement… I’m so glad. <3 She’s thrilled, of course, as we all seem to be.

xoxo

Testimonial Note from Kitty the Kat on Sun, Mar 31
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750 words has help me become a more focused and productive writer. I have been struggling to create a new habit in some other digital writing environment that could approximate what I found here. Thank you so much for granting lifetime memberships. There is just nothing else that works like what you have built here and I will donate as I can.

Testimonial Note from Nara Malone on Sun, Mar 31
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Thank you for this site and your dedication to it, through your life changes (baby, moving, new job!) Though I qualify as a lifetime member I will keep donating.

Testimonial Note from Ti Locke on Sun, Mar 31
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Thank you for giving us a place to experiment, grapple, and purge in private. I’m grateful for that, beyond words.

Testimonial Note from D M on Sun, Mar 31
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I love this site and could not imagine living without it. Thank you, Buster & Kellianne, for your generosity in offering lifetime membership to existing users. I will continue donating as a token of appreciation for the good wills that I have witnessed on this site.

Testimonial Note from Shadow on Sun, Mar 31
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You guys are awesome. Thanks for the lifetime membership, what an inspiration. I am impressed by your generous solution and will be happy to keep paying for the site anyway.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Sun, Mar 31
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I’m so glad that Buster has made this site and that it will keep going. It’s a lovely place to write and is an important part of my daily routine.
Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Chris Campbell on Sun, Mar 31
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Writing stories is completely new to me and I needed something to keep me going. 750 words did that, I had a reason to write more everyday regardless of whether it was any good or not. Out of all those words written everyday for the last month, I now have an ongoing story that many people have commented on, sent their appreciation and encouraged me to keep it going. They want to know what happens next and so do I. Thank you for this, it has helped me more than you will ever know.

Testimonial Note from CorvusRedcrow on Sun, Mar 31
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I discovered the site 2 weeks ago, and was initially fearful over the commitment, but liked the idea of the discipline.
I’ve got loads of stuff I want to (and need to) write, but somehow it always get pushed to the backburner while I’m dealing with other people’s priorities. I figured that it’s rather like the fact I actually exercise more if I arrange a game or a run with someone, whereas if it’s “just me” it invariably gets cancelled.

After my first 10-day streak I realise how liberating this whole thing is. I’ve written material which I’ve needed to get down for ages.

Now it’s there.

But I’ve also discovered 3 cool unexpected benefits:

1) One particular morning when I needed to write something for work, I used my 750-word time to get it done in record time. Just got the text down, then edited and formatted it later.
2) It’s really helping my longer-term planning by writing down my thought conversations about the things I want to write.
3) I’ve started to use part of each day’s writing to just “ramble on” about whatever’s on my mind. As a technical writer, this is usually frowned upon, but I have found it a great thing to do AND some interesting material occasionally emerges.

So – thank you Buster & co – this is a new and regular part of my day that I am grateful for.

Andy

Testimonial Note from Andy Hunt on Sun, Mar 31
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I love 750 words. I have been on this site for the last two years and would just love to go on. I do not want to use Paypal. Kelliane told me I could just use it once and discard it, but it doesn’t look that way. I just tried to buy 5 cups of patronage and the minute I write my visa card number, the site says: create a paypal account. How sad that I will have to give up just because of this payment business.
I guess this will mean goodbye as of May 1st, unless I can find another way of paying…

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Sun, Mar 31
2 cups

Joining the monthly challenge is a great way of motivating yourself to write every day. Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from MrMustard on Sun, Mar 31
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This site has given me focus, clarity and a real reason to fire up my PC first thing every morning.
I have amazed b myself at what I have written. That stuff is much better out of my thoughts and my mind so as not to turn into actions or and angst.
Previously, I wrote long hand most days but never seemed to make 750 words…going the extra mile sure help reveal the juicy stuff!
Thank you for the site and bless you for being clear about the way forward. Long may you be here for us all.
Love and Blessings CJ x

Testimonial Note from Corrin Jane on Sun, Mar 31
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Ironically, it’s “hard to put into words” how great this simple interface has been for me…so this is the first note I’ve ever felt compelled to write:

I bit the bullet and donated a couple weeks ago, buying myself at least two years, I think, under what would have become the system. Because of the comparative discount, and because I decided, okay, you know what? While this IS something I could do myself (thanks to this site), I’m okay with paying a little to keep doing it here, for a while longer at least.

Seeing this generous and judicious choice you’ve made – more than ever I don’t regret it at all.

Keep on keepin’ on ;D

(and thank you!)

Testimonial Note from Kitty the Kat on Sun, Mar 31
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I am blown away by the generosity of this site’s founders/operators Buster and Kellianne. That they are giving free lifetime memberships to existing members is just awesome, and rest assured, I will be donating again in the future. I never want this site to go away. I just recently realized I’d written more than 100,000 words—an average of about 105 pages a month. I had no idea I had that in me. Perhaps more importantly (and certainly more therapeutically), it’s helped me get a lot of what I did have in me, out. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you Buster & Kellianne. I will be recommending the site to everyone I know!

Testimonial Note from Alexandra Moyer on Sun, Mar 31
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Hi Buster and Kellianne! I just want to write to thank you for your recent announcement about the changes to the site. I love your site and I just really appreciate the way you’ve been going about this. It’s nice to know where you’re coming from, and I like being able to support people who do business with values. I really hope this works out for you and your family, just as I hope it works out for all the fans of this site. Anyway, I just finished my first monthly challenge and I just wanted to write some words of support and encouragement, and say a big thank you! Thanks from across the ocean!

Testimonial Note from Ella on Sun, Mar 31