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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For close to 20 years, I’ve been trying to develop a daily writing habit. I have literally dozens of notebooks filled with clippings, scraps of paper with ideas, photos, etc. but I never could just get started writing. The frustration at having all these stories inside me but not being able to get them out sank me into a deep depression. Then I found this site. No, really. I know it sounds all fake-y and miraculous, but it was. I managed to get through 70 days my first try, and now I’m past the 100 days mark. I’m close to finally finishing my first novel and I’ve learned how to make time in my life for writing. This site has truly been a life-changer for me. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Kerry A. Barnes on Thu, Jan 24
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kerry A. Barnes on Thu, Jan 24
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Kerry A. Barnes on Thu, Jan 24
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From one of my many students who uses 750words.com for my class:

I am a regular student trying to get a good grade and in order to do that, I need this webpage. Please, don’t shut it down, I need it. Come up with an idea, don’t shut it down and you know, “lack of money is not an obstacle, lack of idea is an obstacle.” So please, your page can help many normal people like me be successful.

- Griselda

Testimonial Note from Christine Hamman on Thu, Jan 24
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I would gladly pay a monthly fee for this site, please don’t let it die. ;\

Testimonial Note from Winnie Lim on Wed, Jan 23
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After years of not writing—the first significant amount of time I’ve spent not writing since I first picked up a pencil at six years old—returning to this site helped me start picking up the pieces of my soul. It’s private; it allows me to get my thoughts out, unfiltered, so I can start (or finish) the day with a clearer head; and there’s no judgment. (It’s also minimally formatted so I can do it at work and not feel too paranoid about someone catching sight of my monitor!) I think it’s incredibly noble of Buster to want to keep the site free, but the sad fact is that not everything can be free because of the society we live in right now, and the other fact is that he and Mario deserve compensation for the good work they’ve done. I’m praying for the site to go paid, if it has to in order to stay alive, and if it’s an option I’ll sponsor as many free accounts as I can. http://750words.tumblr.com/post/40322046809/the-future-of-750-words-please-read-and-reply

Testimonial Note from Nivair on Wed, Jan 23
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Lardeedah on Wed, Jan 23
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lardeedah on Wed, Jan 23
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Though I’ve been using 750w for well over a year now, I’ve only just now subscribed as a monthly patron, b/c it freaked me out to hear that this site’s continued existence is in question. [is this true, by the way? I only “know” it via other notes…] This site provides WAY more than $4 value to me each month.

Testimonial Note from Judy Jayne on Wed, Jan 23
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Today was not an especially good day for me. If I hadn’t signed up for the Jan. challenge, I could have easily given myself an ok not to write today. But I’m determined to write every day this month, and so I sat down, after dinner, and wrote 1100 words. I’m almost finished with the first draft of my novel. After NaNoWriMo I needed a challenge to continue writing every day, and 750 words does it for me. I never imagined I could write 112,000 word in 3 months, but I have. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Liz Demaree on Tue, Jan 22
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Double Down on Charity Note from Alex Adams on Tue, Jan 22
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Alex Adams on Tue, Jan 22
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This site is important to me. I usually write 6 of the 7 days in a week. I would be sad to see it go away as it clearly helps a lot of people, including myself. There are a myriad of ways to help keep this site going (reading through all the comments) and I hope it remains a viable option for everyone – regardless of income. This site truly helps me sort through so many thoughts, feelings and creative ideas. Thanks for all the hard work, gents! Carpe diem

Testimonial Note from k.ry on Tue, Jan 22
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Encountering this site a few months ago has given a new focus to my morning routine and the analysis tools tell me things about myself that I may not have otherwise noticed. Glad to be here.

Testimonial Note from Steve Tilley on Mon, Jan 21
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I’ve been writing morning pages on and off for the best part of five years since following The Artist’s Way. While I was a bit adverse to giving them a go in digital form, I must confess I now love the 750words site. I love the fact it gives me insights and analysis each day, and particularly like the motivational features that encourage me to come back each day.

Testimonial Note from Kris Haddow on Mon, Jan 21
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A friend on Tumblr recommended 750words.com to me after I had posted a frustrated note about how undisciplined I was in my writing. She said that this site and it’s monthly challenge really helped her and she thought it would help me too. Dear heavens, she was so right! I joined at the end of December, signed up for the January challenge, and have written every single day since. Everything about this site helps me keep on track, from earning badges to reading the analysis of my writing once I’ve finished each day to keeping track of my own metadata (goals, energy, writing, mood, and pain levels). For the first time in years, I’m consistently writing each and every day and it’s not a chore. I’ve even set the bar much higher for myself and am writing around 1700 words a day as a personal challenge and to begin to prepare myself for NaNoWriMo in November. Most of my writing is currently focused on life analysis and goal setting, but I’m also planning out the novel I hope to write in upcoming months. I’ve already signed up for the February challenge and I look forward to each day’s writing now. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful site!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 21
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COME ON EVERYONE. ALL PEOPLE WHO USE THIS SITE SHOULD CONTRIBUTE ONE OR TWO CUPS OF COFFEE PER MONTH

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Mon, Jan 21
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I love this site, and encourage everyone to at least contribute “1 cup” or $4/month to show Buster we are willing to do our part to keep this site up and running. I don’t want it to go away.

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Sun, Jan 20
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I haven’t been on 750 Words for very long, but I love it! It’s a challenge for me and helps me complete things. Sometimes I’ll have a partial idea in my head and the site has helped me work on filling in the blanks and making something that I’m happy with.

Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Sun, Jan 20
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As a new yoga teacher I am always trying to help introduce my students to resources that help with emotional balance and I know from my own experience here that this site helps keep the black dog of depression at bay. The badges are so cool. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Noko Rose on Sun, Jan 20
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Hearing that this site might not be here anymore has got to me a little bit. First of all I want to thank Buster for the creation of this site. Second I want to thank Mario who many times has helped and answered questions for me. Would I love it if everyone on here would donate so Buster could afford to hire someone to keep the site going? Absolutely! So all you who have found this site a blessing in your life, how about a donation? I will accept whatever happens here, and I wish Buster the best on his new chapter in life. The options are still on the table. Make your voice known please. Donate any amount you feel you can and hopefully we won’t have to say goodbye to 750words.com. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Testimonial Note from Riva Gordon on Sun, Jan 20
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I’m closing in on a one hundred day streak and if I keep on the same pace this monthl, I’ll have over 50,000 words written. This site has become a valuable addition to my daily routine and I’d gladly pay a monthly fee to keep it going.

Testimonial Note from Timothy Brown on Sat, Jan 19
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I’m a streaker and proud of it. As of this writing, 146 days and running hard. Who woulda thunk… somehow, in spite of my ever-present “do it later” demon, this site keeps me typing. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Sat, Jan 19
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Kickstarter, Indiegogo, fee-based service, incorporate as a 501©3, ask us, your loyal writers for help — whatever it takes to keep 750 words going. Buster, you have a successful and fabulous site, keep it going. (And you could have worse problems than a successful site, no?)

Testimonial Note from Ti Locke on Sat, Jan 19
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Hey, I’m willing to pay to keep the site up. Yes, writing has actually become a daily habit that I could probably sustain on my own, but there’s something about the group aspect and the streak-counting that helps. It’s cheaper than therapy, and sometimes just as effective!

Testimonial Note from Laurie L on Sat, Jan 19
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I love 750 words! The site has saved me. Thank you. I’m just days away from a two-year streak. 750 ROCKS!

Double Down on Charity Note from Dawn McWilliams on Fri, Jan 18
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Writing every day is such a relief anyways, but the sense of reward at the end makes the experience not only satisfying, but healthily competitive too!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sujay on Fri, Jan 18
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Hi, is it true 750 words is going away? Say it ain’t so Buster! I love the site and it has helped me so much the past year.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Fri, Jan 18
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I’ve been using the site for the past week and I love it. It has become part of my morning ritual with an actual cup of coffee at me elbow. I find that it clears my mind, helps me to make decisions, and gives me more focus throughout the day. Thanks 750words!

Testimonial Note from Sigal Kerem Goldstein on Thu, Jan 17
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I love 750 words and I would hate to see it ever go away. I would be happy to pay for the service if it came to that. 750 words helps me stay consistent with my writing and motivates me to be creative everyday.

Testimonial Note from Leigh on Thu, Jan 17