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 someone who wants to take her writing more seriously, 750words has been invaluable to me. The challenge of keeping up a streak (let there be no unmarked boxes at the top of my writing page) and different ways to earn fun badges have been entertaining means to establish a habit. I’ve wanted for so long to write every day, but I struggled with crafting the self-discipline to do so on top of my all my other responsibilities. 750words has helped me find that discipline. I haven’t been using the site for long, but I have been using it consistently. Sometimes I work on my fiction, and sometimes I just use it as a diary; but either way, it keeps me writing and keeps the cobwebs from forming in my brain. Thank you so much for all you do.

Testimonial Note from RDM on Wed, Feb 13
6 cups

Buster, thank you. I have just passed my one year anniversary on this site and I feel so much clearer about myself and my life than I did a year ago. I am not sure how I feel about moving to a pay service, even though I’m a patron. I probably won’t. BUT if I close my account I’d like to know there is a way of destroying all of my past entries and erasing them from your servers. Because, I don’t know what decisions you might be forced to make in the future. Selling may be unthinkable now, but the world is changing. I have written so much about myself that the idea of abandoning it, and it suddenly being sold to some third party in a year, five years, when I’ve long forgotten about it, is frankly terrifying. Please help us protect all of our silly little secrets?

Testimonial Note from Kayden on Wed, Feb 13
6 cups

Looks like I’ve won six cups from monthly challenges. I think I should just pass them on.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Esa Lakaniemi on Wed, Feb 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Feb 12
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Additional Badges

how about a badge when we get to 750 days? 1000 days? Why no more badges after 500 days?

New Feature Request Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
3 cups

I love 750 words. I tell people about it all the time. Sometimes I’ve written things I really use in my work, but often it’s just a brain dump, a running to-do list. But I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete my words. I’m on a 622 day streak right now, and it’s been an amazing ride. I likely will pay to continue to use the site. I appreciate all your hard work and sincerity. But in return, how about a badge when we get to 750 days? 1000 days? Why no more badges after 500 days?

Testimonial Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
20 cups

I wish you hadn’t said on the site that you wouldn’t charge for it (and it does still say that), when you have now moved to that decision. It’s a bit of a bait and switch. It’s understandable to charge, I suppose, but I wish that had been clearer earlier on. Can you please advise all users of this change via email? And can you clarify how and if we can pay a year or more up front at a lower rate?

Double Down on Charity Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
5 cups
Secure server for writing

I guess there isn’t a place to add a vote on the already-decided move to a pay subscription. I do understand, and I don’t begrudge the decision, but it appears you solicited input from some users before deciding – don’t know how you selected those folks, and I never heard anything about it until it was decided. It does say (still) elsewhere on the site that you do not charge for it and you won’t. And yet, as I learned today, you will. So the info on the site isn’t internally consistent.

New Feature Vote from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
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I’m disappointed. I understand, but I’m disappointed. I tried to use 750 words as a spur to my writing. I am not sure if I can say that it helped, but that isn’t really your fault. It is has been nearly 3 years since I started, actually more like 2 and a half, but oh well. Unfortunately, I cannot see paying to do something that I can I for free. I understand, but I am disappointed. Goodbye, and good luck.

Testimonial Note from Aude Khatru on Tue, Feb 12
5 cups

750 Words is so awesome. I’ve been so motivated and inspired to write since I started on January 1st that I just had the best writing day of my life. A marathon session that started at 11pm on Feb 11 and ended at 6am on Feb 12. Seven straight hours (no breaks) and over 15,000 words later I sat back with bleary eyes and stared with awe at my stats page. I’ve never felt anything like it. And I owe it all to 750 words. This site has made me love writing again.

[PS-I think a “marathon” badge is a pretty cool idea. Or badges for hitting certain word counts in one day… but that’s just me] :D

Testimonial Note from Jen Connelly on Tue, Feb 12
1 cup

A points based system is something I can relate to as I tend to work towards deadlines. 750 has given me a deadline to hit and helped me write something – anything! – everyday. Even though I use it mainly as an exercise to splurge all of my thoughts and feelings onto the page, I believe it is helping me develop as a writer and I find it fascinating to see what I was thinking on a particular day in the past when I review old pages.

Well worth the donation.

Testimonial Note from J W Allen on Tue, Feb 12
1 cup

Practice. That’s what its about for me. Practice. I want to be the best writer I can be and this site is the most comfortable and nurturing site I have found to help me reach my goal, sharpen my tools, and ease my heart. Thanks Buster, and no worries about the changes. *:-)

Testimonial Note from Lee Allan Sanders on Tue, Feb 12
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Feb 11
2 cups

I’ve radically changed my life. I do support the site as a donor, I’ve done so in exchange for other things and made do with less than to do so in the past. And I think on reflection, I’ve come out with the better bargain and plan to become a member. Gracious Thanks to everyone behind the scenes for the hard work keeping it running; this is a lovely site to live with and I appreciate this process everyday more and more.

Testimonial Note from Kim on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

Losing this site would be like losing a piece of my mind.
I’m glad that it’s staying for $5.00 a month. That’s new but not as new as trying to build up the discipline of writing daily somewhere else.
Thanks to both of you and all the other patrons.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

I’ve been signed up to this site for a long time but it’s never been a motivational writing site for me. Until February 1st, that is. I decided to take up the task of following through with attempting to do something that I love (which is write) and so I’ve done it, each day so far this month, meeting the goal or exceeding it. And now I discover it’s going to turn into a paid site. After all this time. Well now. So it goes. I have paid for a cup of patronage tonight because I do enjoy this site. However, I’m not sure that 50/year is a good idea. I mean, I pay 25 for Flickr, ya know? But I like coffee. And I admire the spirit this site had that inspired many to write. I don’t know yet if I will complete the February challenge. I definitely don’t know what I will do come March. But I do wish all the best for the patrons of this site and the creator. This wasn’t exactly a ‘Note of Inspiration’, eh?

Testimonial Note from amber dawn pullin on Mon, Feb 11
5 cups

I don’t remember where I stumbled upon 750 words. I’m sure it was a blog post somewhere, however, since I started writing the daily pages, my entries have gotten more and more revealing. I see a therapist weekly and I can say that it’s akin to that. It also helps me figuring out what’s on my mind and what I want to focus on with her weekly. It has been such a inspiration to get the emails daily and start accruing the badges (I’m definitely a girl that likes her gold stars). ’Tis an unexpected pleasure finding your site and I look forward to becoming a subscribe when it goes to that. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Tamara Hectus on Mon, Feb 11
9 cups

I’m coming up on that double flock badge, just 30k words shy now, and I have to say, this site really has helped me get my life in order. It’s made me realize how much I can accomplish if I just try, and if I just stay organized, and if I just focus. So yeah, I’m thinking maybe I will pay that monthly fee. Whatever happens, I’m saying thanks for where I am now.

Testimonial Note from Leah Webb on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Sara Chatfield on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

I learned about Morning Pages when I was studying to be a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I tried it for a week, but the longhand writing made my hand cramp and took forever. I put the notebook away and never had any desire to start again until my friend told me about 750words. I am almost 30 days in and couldn’t possibly miss a day. I love it and recommend it to all my clients. The badges, metadata and charts make this even more fun. Thanks Buster, for keeping it up and running.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Browdy on Mon, Feb 11
3 cups

I should probably let my husband write this note. It’s he who could best describe how my writing has helped to clear up the daily clutter of my mind and free the greater part for honest and spontaneous personal interactions again. How do you put a price on that? I’ll pay the monthly price because I’d spend that much in paper to write everyday, and I’ll be grateful that 750words.com allows me stay!

Testimonial Note from Nikki Wood on Mon, Feb 11
2 cups

I had no idea how much grieving I had to do until I started writing every day. Thank you for providing this space, the daily accountability, and the wacky statistics that lighten my dirge.

Testimonial Note from Robert Eggleston on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

Today is my 9th day of writing! I’ve earned two badges so far and I’m looking forward to what 10 days in a row brings! I love this site b/c it has helped me to clear the cobwebs and become more productive with everything else! Just think – 750 words a day can move mountains! It’s a contest with myself. Write and just see what the writing brings! I love it!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I like shiny things. Pretty badges are what make me feel compelled to come back the next day. Especially on days when I don’t want to write! I’ve only been here 4 days, but I’d done more writing in 4 days than in the last 4 years. Totally need more pretty badges! :)

New Feature Vote from Carla Gresty on Mon, Feb 11
5 cups

This site has the perfect set of features: just enough to keep me motivated but not so many as to complicate the act of writing or to distract me. Thanks for making this available. I’ll gladly pay to maintain the perfect place to write.

Testimonial Note from Sally 4orth on Mon, Feb 11
5 cups

Thank you so much to the people running this site. It has saved my writing life. Seriously. Day 561.

Testimonial Note from Kristie Bradfield on Sun, Feb 10
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kristie Bradfield on Sun, Feb 10
58 cups

I hope this will do some good. Even just a tiny amount.

Double Down on Charity Note from Justin Weatherman on Sun, Feb 10
1 cup

For the first time in my life I’m actually writing every single day. All thanks to 750 Words. I started on January 1st and in that month I put in 52,000 words on this site (plus more off). So far in February I’ve written 20,000 words and it’s only the 10th! I’m now on my way to finishing that novel I always wanted to write. Thanks 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Jen Connelly on Sun, Feb 10
1 cup

I love this site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Sun, Feb 10