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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A better mobile site

Occasionally I am in a spot where I can’t get internet, but I can get a phone signal. This would have saved my bacon one day last summer.

New Feature Vote from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Sun, Feb 10
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I have finally hit the magic reward that keeps me writing every day! I give myself one “high end” jelly bean for every 100 words that I write, and one for the last 50.I am well into my second month of not missing a day, which is a first for me! Having a site like this makes the rewards doable :)

Testimonial Note from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Sun, Feb 10
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Double Down on Charity Note from Alec on Sun, Feb 10
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Thank you for creating this powerful website! You deserve success!

Testimonial Note from Christian Arzberger on Sun, Feb 10
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kriss Giles on Sun, Feb 10
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After many starts and stops, today was Day 100! My previous record is 106, and a week from today I should be past that hurdle and on my way to 200. But the thing I have come to appreciate about writing here is that today—TODAY—I wrote. And that is enough.

Double Down on Charity Note from Laurie L on Sun, Feb 10
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Sometimes I think “I don’t have 750 words to write today,” but I power through and discover I always have 750 words to say. It’s kind of amazing and a testament to this website.

Testimonial Note from Carla Weiss on Sat, Feb 09
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I have completed 2 months of challenge and on 77th day streak – on my way to 100 days of writing at least 750 words. I hope I can get the 100 day badge before having to pay for this site. sigh

Testimonial Note from Inge Santoso on Sat, Feb 09
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Finally, I have gotten back up to over 100 days in my streak. I love this site. I don’t want it to end of change. I hope that the coming changes will be smooth and that we can all keep on writing. Thank you Buster for doing this for so long!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Turrell on Sat, Feb 09
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just want to thank Buster and Mario and everyone else involved in 750 words for all the great work that you do. and i am very grateful to know that I can subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis to keep 750 words going. having this site available to me has been a Godsend. thank you. thank you. thank you.
Testimonial Note from Sylvia Méndez-Morse on Sat, Feb 09
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thanks for all that you do Buster Benson.

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More badges for accomplishments

The badges are a great feature! I’d love more streak badges. I got to 30 days, and saw I’d have to make it a full year to get another. Maybe a badge for each month up to 6 would be cool.

New Feature Vote from Amy Knepper on Sat, Feb 09
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I filled notebooks galore with my angst-filled Morning Pages… until my kids learned how to read. I told them several times that if I died suddenly, my current notebook should be burned and never read. 750 Words solves my privacy issue in a wonderful way, and also makes it a fun challenge to get to the words every day. I’ve recommended 750words several times on Google+, and always come across other users who enjoy comparing stats and moods. I love this site! Thanks for developing it!

Testimonial Note from Amy Knepper on Sat, Feb 09
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I’ve gone from being a writer to talks about writing to a writer who writes. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from William on Sat, Feb 09
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More badges for accomplishments

A badge for those who manage to squeeze all our writing in between pressing and frequent distractions. I vote on calling it the Meercat

New Feature Vote from Melinda Davis on Sat, Feb 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Martine on Sat, Feb 09
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I’m discovering I love to write!

Testimonial Note from Jon DeYoung on Fri, Feb 08
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Joann R on Fri, Feb 08
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Write on young people!

Double Down on Charity Note from Joann R on Fri, Feb 08
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 08
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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
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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
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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
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Natasha Smith on Thu, Feb 07
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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 Wed, Feb 06