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 two sons (Niko and Louie) 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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Dear Buster and Kellianne,

Your generosity is incredibly amazing; thank you so much for the gift of lifetime membership. I’m sorry to say that I tried in the past month to wean myself off 750 words, and I’ve come to realize how reassuring it is to escape into this simple yet encouraging interface and beat out everything that’s been preoccupying me for the day. Even if I’m not a serious enough writer to ever get a badge for anything more than a 5 day streak, I think just having so much encouragement to log in and type out my thoughts when I can has been phenomenally cathartic. So thanks so much for not only creating this site, but also for doing everything you can to make this work out and encourage all of us to stay with you. You are amazing. And that little badge I just received that says I’m a patron… it’s amazing how heartwarming it is to see it. I’m glad that I’ve finally decided to contribute to a really incredible service. Best wishes to you and your family, and thank you so much for everything that you’ve done!

Testimonial Note from Cynthia T. Hsu on Tue, Apr 02
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Thank you so much for this site. From the daily email reminder to the word count on the page to all the fun analytics on my writing and every other little detail on the site, you help make writing morning pages fun and easy. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Beth Karlin on Tue, Apr 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from DragoonHP on Tue, Apr 02
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This site is the reason I got back into writing.

Keep on writing (and hopefully, enjoying every second of it) :-)

Testimonial Note from DragoonHP on Tue, Apr 02
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thank you so incredibly much. keeping this site free for existing users is what pushed me to write again after a way too long break. so much appreciation and <3 for your work!

Testimonial Note from Nicole von Horst on Tue, Apr 02
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I just wanted to say you have a beautiful family, and thank you for creating this site. It has saved my sanity and my creativity. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO.

Testimonial Note from R R D on Tue, Apr 02
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I don’t really get it, have only been part of the site for under a week, but it sounds good and want to contribute.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tathra Street on Tue, Apr 02
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An iPhone/iPad app

I’d love to write on my iPad but not so much on my phone, too small. Also keen to have better timezone accuracy, i get messages saying the day is over when it isn’t. Other than that. LOVE THIS SHIT!

New Feature Vote from Tathra Street on Tue, Apr 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Riva Gordon on Tue, Apr 02
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E-Prime filter

Basically it would count and or highlight the word “is”. It is much deeper than this, but this would be a great start.

New Feature Request Note from Dylan Fogle on Mon, Apr 01
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750 words has been privately available, and that’s the greatest thing I could ask for. I’ve kept a journal for the past 3 years, but I was always apprehensive about writing things down in a book that anyone could find. This is password protected and organized. Though nothing compares to pen and paper to me, it’s a close second. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Wright on Mon, Apr 01
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Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Tamar Nicole Mortensen on Mon, Apr 01
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A better mobile site

Well no, not exactly…The site works well for me as is, as I have found my way around its twists and turns..
but wondering why no listing of me among patrons for the $100 I sent a few weeks ago. Not feeling rejected by any measure….just want to be sure money finds its way to its proper place

New Feature Vote from Ted Hartley on Mon, Apr 01
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After 5 months (and 4 consecutive monthly challenges), I decided to become a Patron, at least for now. 750 Words has become a daily habit like nothing else has. The linguistic/emotional analysis is the biggest selling point for me. I figured that if 750 Words has given me this much benefit, then the least I can do is to give back a little. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Linda Alila on Mon, Apr 01
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750 words has been a wonderful place to be. I felt so free to write and the words and ideas just flowed. I’m not sure the ideas fit together but it i vented a lot and enjoyed myself.
Thank you. 750 words

Testimonial Note from Donna Lynne Pioli on Mon, Apr 01
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I love this site. For some reason, it is more freeing that using my word processor to write. I need to see the word count at the bottom of the page without having to do anything special in order to get that information. It encourages me to write at least 750 words and many times I have struggled to write that much, but I persevered. I like knowing that I cannot go back and edit what I have written once the day has ended.

It might sound silly, but the points and the badges keep me going. I find them encouraging. I also like the statistics page. I have found that my typing speed has improved since I started writing on this site.

I finally managed to complete a monthly challenge and I feel good about it. I have also written over 100,000 words. It would be nice if all of those words were part of a novel, but they aren’t. However, I have used this site to make story notes, keep track of my health issues, and to vent about things that are happening in my life that I have no control over. It helps to keep me sane.

Thank you,

Cindy Blair

Testimonial Note from Cindy Blair on Mon, Apr 01
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750 Words is my muse. I am happy to give my support because I get my support from the site. A text editor just doesn’t do it for me. 750 words does. :)

Testimonial Note from Karen Mardahl on Mon, Apr 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from rebekka on Mon, Apr 01
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Just want to say that I appreciate you guys and this site. I’m a patron and will remain so, but I think you just got a life time of good kharma for what you did when you grandfathered folks in. I’ll bet you will get more patrons who, like myself, just appreciate what you do regardless and who want to pay for the service we so value. This site is a wonderful place to just record your thoughts and to finally create the habit of daily writing. I’m on a 173 day streak and have no intention of quitting any time soon if ever. Thanks again.

Testimonial Note from SMD on Mon, Apr 01
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I am so grateful that you are giving current users free memberships. I love the site but my budget didn’t allow for paying for it, so I had planned to move to a different site. I know I will donate at some point in the future when my budget is a little looser. Thank you for making it so I can stay and keep writing! I am very appreciative!

Testimonial Note from Beth P on Mon, Apr 01
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I tried the March challenge and I missed one day, but I can say that I won 30 days of writing that will be part of my new book!
Thanks to 750words community. Here are my committed $5!!.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Eduard Lopez on Mon, Apr 01
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I started writing at 750 Words while I was in the middle of separation and divorce of my 30 year marriage. Writing helps to get the thoughts organized and to release all the worries on to the page. I was still a mess, but I believe I was healthier for writing!

I am also one of those who read “The Artist’s Way” years ago, and tried several times to do morning pages. Now I’m more successful at doing those pages, and it’s fueled my creative life as an artist. I’ll continue to subscribe because I get a great return on my little investment here :)

Testimonial Note from joy dear on Mon, Apr 01
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I am, as Daphne Merkin put it in The New York Times, afflicted with avoidance. And yet, the goofy badges and timely emails and encouraging tone do get me to write. Maybe not every day, and not always 750 words, but more than my still silent notebook ever has.

This is a thank you note to Buster for making 750words.com the place he wanted it to be, and for being generous with his time and his intentions. And for making us early adopters feel part of his insider club, by granting us free lifetime memberships. I was ready to pay, and did pay, for a year of memberships, but I am tickled, and feel spoiled, to be invited into this site as a founding member.

Thanks so much, Buster, for seeing your vision to reality. It’s great to be part of it.

Testimonial Note from Adriana Grant on Mon, Apr 01
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750 Words gets me going, usually in the morning. I’m thankful for the push.

Testimonial Note from Jeff Bouman on Mon, Apr 01
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I honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve written so much in a single month. It’s been years since I’ve done so and I finally started doing it again. This website has helped me get back into the flow of writing again, and although I may mess up, I’m able to get back into doing it again the next day.

Testimonial Note from Vally on Mon, Apr 01
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Buster and Kellianne,
Thank you for creating this site! I love that I can log in any time and have a safe, private place to write. I think you definitely should charge for the site. I think it is great that you are giving existing customers free privileges but you are doing a lot of work, and you need to be balanced in what you give and receive. I am so grateful and thankful for you and 750words.com

Testimonial Note from ally baffert on Mon, Apr 01
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Thank you! I love the site. I love your solution for future and current participants. Keep up the good work!

I love writing here and I’m glad that I found this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from forestgreen on Mon, Apr 01
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Thank you guys for all of the effort you have put into this site!

Testimonial Note from Amanda Hicks on Mon, Apr 01
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I love this website. I have also long been a fan of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but as much as i do like writing in longhand, I do not like having the piled up notebooks with the writing. I love having this electronic resource.

Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, for grandfathering members. Your generosity itself seems to have ignited my own and i just signed up to be a paying member. (I wonder if there is something in Kahneman’s book that explains this phenomenon, Buster?)

Testimonial Note from Susan Taylor on Mon, Apr 01
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I think the transition plan makes sense. One question I would like you to address: are patrons members? Is that what you mean by membership?

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Mon, Apr 01