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

Haven’t heard yet about the future of 750 words. All these notes are wonderful; save 750!!! Just sent in another four dollars…

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

750words is wonderful. Not only does it do all the wonderful, head-clearing, creativity-energizing things that others rave about. It’s also incredibly easy and convenient. No worrying about running off to the store to buy an new note pad. No pens getting ink all over the place. Just come to the website and get going on your morning pages! I’ll gladly pay for this convenience.

Testimonial Note from T-Bob Bodin on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

Finally I’ve been able to get used to a daily habit. And such a powerful one. 750 words changed from being a challenge to endure to being a resort, I look forward to my daily thinking time and am glad it helps me remember my days. So much <3!

Testimonial Note from Nicole von Horst on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I love that there is a daily reminder page for the days when I’m busy and am likely to forget – I was just thinking maybe it could be more inspirational? Maybe it could include a quotation or some sort of muse? I used to take an interest in freewriting and even just random everyday objects can sometimes help get thoughts flowing? So much love for this site though.

New Feature Vote from Claire Harnett on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

You can do it!!! I’m hoping I can too!!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shin Rhino on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

I signed up to 750 words because I was always looking for a challenge. I write all the time anyway, but I write my best work when I’m under pressure. This is a great way for me to pressure myself into writing fast. I’ve gotten more than 30 chapters written this way! Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Shin Rhino on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

I’ve only been on 750words.com for maybe 6 months, but it serves so many purposes for me: clearing my mind at the beginning of each day, working through troublesome things in my life, planning my day or my week or my month, working out problems with whatever I’m writing these days, or just shooting the shit with a blank computer screen. This is just about the only (good) habit I am happy to keep up with on a daily basis. Thanks!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Susan G on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

GOOD LUCK :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hazel G on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

It was great to be able to take 10-30 minutes each day just to write whatever I wanted, even if I didn’t feel like writing words. I’m usually one to keep a journal, and this was a great way for me to feel like I was expanding on my journal entries.

Testimonial Note from Hazel G on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

I’m sure other people using 750 words have been there. They’ve finished a long day, ready to sleep, but suddenly realise they can’t. They’re still buoyed up by the events of the day, and they need to do that day’s brain dump to clear it out. I’ve only been doing this for a month, and certainly not writing anywhere near as some of the highest fliers, but I’ve hit my goal and never sat down and struggled for things to say. Indeed, I’ve begun to really need to get thoughts down, wherever I happen to have them, which too often is on the move.

I love the fact that 750words has a mobile site. It’s adequate, I suppose, for emergencies when you haven’t written anything and absolutely need to before the clock ticks over. I just wish it gave a more complete mobile experience. I’d love to be able to view stats, change goals, access settings on my phone without having to do the awkward zooming everywhere. Offline writing would also be a great plus. If we could record stats and store them offline, then upload when necessary, it would be an incredible help. My stats graph after writing on the tube is this weird disjointed monstrosity since I “write” 150 words in the 20 seconds I’m at each station.

Here’s to the next month, and my journey to Space Bird. Wish me luck!

New Feature Vote from Calum You on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

Cheer up, guys! Thsi month is the shortest, so you will sure achieve it, just write about anything!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gileblit on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

After finishing NaNoWriMo, I felt that I still wanted to write everyday. Maybe not 3000 words per day, as I was typing in November, but still something. And then I found this. I believe that this kind of discipline is useful not only for people who want to become writers, but also to clear your mind, and, if you’re preparing for NaNoWriMo, you will surely reach November with a good bunch of energy!!

Testimonial Note from Gileblit on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup
Back in the Saddle Badge

When I broke my streak I found it hard to get going again. I think a badge is in order to reward anyone who broke a long streak then started writing again.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

750 Words has improved the emotional quality of my life, and I’m a lot more confident about who I am and where I’m at. This is the longest I’ve kept a daily journal!

Testimonial Note from Jack Seberg on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

Just wanted to say that not only does 750words help remind and encourage me to write more and clear my mind, but its beautiful and user-friendly design also inspires me to learn more about making web apps! Hats off to you for this excellent site!

Testimonial Note from Liz on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Alex Adams on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Alex Adams on Fri, Feb 01
2 cups

I just hit 200 days in a row the day before yesterday. Before 750 words, I would never have been able to imagine keeping up a streak like that. It has helped me so much to keep track of what’s going on in my day to day life and just have a place to clear my head each day. I literally have no idea what I did without this place. Thank you so, so much.

Testimonial Note from Bethany Krahn on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

750 Words has been my turn-around this year. Somehow the words are flowing, and my life is flowing along with it!

Having just read this post – http://750words.tumblr.com/post/40322046809/the-future-of-750-words-please-read-and-reply – I’m now thinking that I should repay the favor and toss a few coins in the pot. Join me?

Testimonial Note from Rachel S on Fri, Feb 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

It looks like the community’s “Good will quotient” has soared from 5% to 14% in just a few days. This is a strong indication that the word’s getting out about the site’s situation, and that many of us want to get across this message: PLEASE let us pay for the site if that is the only remaining option to save it! It means too much to too many people to be shut down.

http://750words.tumblr.com/post/40322046809/the-future-of-750-words-please-read-and-reply

Testimonial Note from Nivair on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

The NaNo badge is wonderful because it provides motivation and support for people who want to complete 50,000 words in a month (i.e. effectively do NaNoWriMo), but can’t participate in November for whatever reason. I have little doubt that the NaNo badge will help me greatly to start AND complete another novel!

Testimonial Note from Nivair on Fri, Feb 01
3 cups

I’m just now seeing scary rumblings about the future of 750words.com. So, I’m coughing up 3 cups of patronage to say “Keep it Running!” I teach freshman college English, and I’ve found 750words to be a valuable tool for getting my students to practice writing. I don’t need all the fancy gew-gaws. The basic function of following another person, did that person write 750words, and how long it took are all that I NEED. I will say that the students find badges to be fun :-)

This is a great service, and you are helping a great many people develop their skills. Huzzah!

Testimonial Note from Todd C. Truffin on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

Oh, wow. 750 words really is a lot at first. But once i get going, it’s hard to stop sometimes. Love the clarity it gives me, and love the site incentives to keep going!

Testimonial Note from Martine on Fri, Feb 01
1 cup

I just finished my first month-long challenge! It’s been great to clear my head at the end of each day and prepare for the next. 750 Words is great – and I hope it sticks around long enough for me to complete a year of Words. For me and for all of us.

Testimonial Note from Jason on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup
More feedback to posts

I’ll use my cup this month to cajole users of the site to offer more feedback to the posts made here. We write for ourselves, and we value the anonymity, but when we post publicly we’d like some reassurance that we’re being heard (by “we”, I mean “I”). Agree, disagree, offer a suggestion, give a thumbs-up, flame, troll, …, (well, don’t troll), but provide some feedback, please. To build a community requires communication, otherwise we’re just a bunch of self-absorved jag-offs howling into the void. Maybe the administrators could come up with a new badge (I suggest a canary[*]) awarded for X comment words written in a month, or maybe comment words could be counted towards an off day, and a user could apply those words to complete the 750 and keep a streak going. Maybe comment words only count as three-fifths of a word, or can only be applied in the month they’re written, I don’t know… My point is that a community needs a healthy exchange of ideas to sustain itself, and that healthy communities incentivize that exchange, one way or another.

[*] A nod to the use of canaries as indicators of healthy air in coal mines in the 19th century.

New Feature Request Note from Marc Mongeon on Thu, Jan 31
3 cups

I started working my first job out of college in June and very quickly realized how much more effort I needed to put in in order to be social with friends or family. Rather than having someone nearby to talk with if I was doing homework, in class, in a organization’s meeting, or just walking around campus, there’s not necessarily anyone to talk on anything more than idle conversation. I definitely started craving some time to really discuss problems and obstacles I was (and still am) trying to overcome on a regular basis. 750words is a haven for me. It’s so easy to access on the fly at any time when on a computer, and then just free-write anything and everything on my mind. I can organize my thoughts, make and verify real arguments for what I’m thinking, and go back to archives of older entries to see what I’ve really learned.
It would be an immense tragedy (to me, at least) for this site to disappear. I would not mind paying at all to help keep this site running. I much look forward to seeing your plan for the site tomorrow, Buster. God bless. :)

Testimonial Note from Thomas Markes on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I feel like this app could save my bacon were I to get stranded without my computer some day!

New Feature Vote from Elizabeth Brooke on Thu, Jan 31
1 cup

As a screenwriter, I’ve used 750words to flesh-out characters, themes, ideas and timelines. But the best part is the daily therapy that I express on this blank page to allow free-flow thought – getting all the troubles of life out of me so I can move on and create. Thanks for being such a wonder resource for creativity.

Testimonial Note from Chad Mathews on Thu, Jan 31
60 cups

This site has been one of the best things that has happened to me in the last couple of years. I write every morning, first thing, even if I have to get up at 3am. I’m sure the writing itself has been helpful. But the most powerful thing is that I now know that I am a disciplined person, and that discipline is spilling over to other areas of my life.

I will gladly pay whatever price to keep it going, and I would contribute for others who can’t afford it.

Testimonial Note from Suzanne Gorhau on Thu, Jan 31