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

1 cup

with every single day I love this website more and more! Finally I am actually writing every day! Month Challenge thing is just a superb idea! I think I discover that I’m competitive beast and I really want to see my name on the Wall of Awesomeness !
Daily Nudge it really works for me! that’s always a good kick !
what in my opinion works the best is the simpleness of this website and such a wild freshness in the same minute
Huge ’ woop woop’ for 750words!

Testimonial Note from olga casablancas on Wed, Mar 13
1 cup
Reward or Consequences: Do they matter?

I would love to see a stat that shows, at a glance, the Monthly Challenge winners and their corresponding rewards &consequences. Do certain rewards or consequences occur more often for those who finish the Challenge? I’d love to find out if there is a connection.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 13
1 cup

I’ve missed one day of writing so far this month and I couldn’t feel more guilty! I’m now out of the running for March’s Challenge, but it’s making me determined to sign up for April’s, so I can eventually kick butt and get my name off the Wall of Shame! I love this site.

Testimonial Note from Celie on Wed, Mar 13
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I love this site! Thanks so much for developing it. I would love to see some minor text formatting options, such as bold and italics. Keep up the great work!

New Feature Vote from William on Wed, Mar 13
1 cup

I’m almost half way through my second month and I’m loving it! I’ve never journaled so much in my life! I love the incentive and challenge that each badge offers and besides the opportunity to get what’s in my head out, I have a chance to earn yet another badge! Love it! :)

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Wed, Mar 13
1 cup

I have always wanted to do the entire morning-pages routine for a long time, but two things hindered me—first my severe hate of mornings, second my reluctance to write long-hand. I think I managed to get in two entries, and that notebook is currently gathering a ton of dust. This site has been an incredible find. I now write everyday, and always get my 750+. Sometimes I vent, other times I world-build for my story, and still others I just ramble. In all cases, I get something written, and afterwards I feel a sense of accomplishment—hopefully, after a few months of this, I’ll see definite improvements in my overall writing ability.

This is a great idea—I am even willing to pay by a monthly basis to keep up with it. :)

Testimonial Note from Tahlen'Ri on Tue, Mar 12
2 cups

I don’t want to get too dark, but I have a lot of problems with depression and mental illness. Unfortunately one of the side effects of this is crippling social anxiety meaning it used to be impossible for me to talk to a therapist. Since starting to write everyday, my thoughts and feelings have been pouring out on to the page, meaning that when I get to therapy, I already know what to say, and how to phrase it, and I don’t have to worry about sounding stupid. I honestly believe that 750 words has saved my life, I wish I could give more, but I’m just a university student.

Testimonial Note from Charlie Price on Mon, Mar 11
3 cups

I would like to know what causes the stats to say " Self Expressive". Are there certain key words that they measure to come to conclusions? Just curious if anyone knows. I love this site. I’m on day 113 of my streak and feel like I accomplish something when i have written my daily words. Thank so much for keeping the site up!

Testimonial Note from Riva Gordon on Mon, Mar 11
3 cups

Everyone deserves a reward for completing the monthly challenge. It’s not easy to schedule in writing everyday, but those of you who can deserve some cups of patronage to share. Good luck everyone!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tom Shaggy on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup

750 words affords me an opportunity to clear my mind of clutter and face the day with a fresh perspective.
It’s perfect for an uncensored rant…much better done here than unconsciously at someone close at hand. So thank you for creating this site Buster, long may it continue.
Bless you

Testimonial Note from Corrin Jane on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges for EVERYTHING. Badges for certain stats would be nice. Badges/Achievements/Milestones = Motivation.

New Feature Vote from Emma Christian on Mon, Mar 11
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’m censoring myself more than I’d like because I’m a bit paranoid about a breach of privacy. I assume you’re salting passwords and patching Rails vulnerabilities. I’d like to hear that you’ve implemented robust encryption on the writing content as well. I’d like to trust that even a breach of the server would yield nothing that could be used for nefarious purposes against the writers on this site.

New Feature Vote from Jason Walker on Sun, Mar 10
1 cup

Just discovered this site today, and I have to say that it’s what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for doing what you do! :)

Testimonial Note from Emily Roberson Wallace on Sun, Mar 10
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Word Search

It would be interesting to have some way to see how many times I’ve used a certain word. I would like a search feature where I could type in a particular word and see how many times I’ve used it. In addition, to have a way to highlight it in posts so I can see the context of where and why I used it.

New Feature Request Note from Shannon on Sun, Mar 10
1 cup
Proper Name counter

If it were at all possible, I would be curious to see how often I mention certain people and places in my entry. Usually they are set off by a capital letter, but it might be something difficult to track.

New Feature Request Note from Shannon on Sun, Mar 10
1 cup

It’s helped me clear out my mind. My daily page can hold onto all the insecurity, pain, and negativity so I don’t have to.

Testimonial Note from Shannon on Sun, Mar 10
4 cups

Over a decade ago I wrote a book called “Morning Pages.” This 750 words is very similar, except I’m typing instead of using a pen. I love the daily reminder; it keeps me going. Great job with the website, Buster, it’s just what I needed to get back on track again.

Testimonial Note from Joseph Sutton on Sat, Mar 09
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Testimonial Note from Amber Lynne on Sat, Mar 09
1 cup

i love this – this is the first thing i do in the morning with in the silence of my kitchen, often writing down my vivid dreams, sometimes playing with a story i am working on. the badges keep me going, i’ll admit! after i am done i am ready for the 4 kids i have to feed and get off to school, ready also for my work day. tea and 750 words, the best way to start my day.

Testimonial Note from katherine hauser on Sat, Mar 09
1 cup

I attended a talk by Julia Cameron last night. In the audience were many, many writers—published and hoping to be. I mentioned 750 Words as a super resource for us all—and as a tribute to her morning pages. I sure am happy that I found the site! Now that I’m in, I can’t imagine not doing the monthly challenges. I’m a very happy camper with all the inspiration. Thanks, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Bhavani on Fri, Mar 08
1 cup

I think sometimes you get what you pay for. $5/ month to help keep the site going also helps me follow through on my commitment to myself: I forgot or didn’t make time a whole lot more before I started contributing. Now my financially pragmatic side is also on board to help me stay on the daily writing horse— I’m paying 750words to be my writing gym personal trainer!

Testimonial Note from rebekka on Thu, Mar 07
1 cup

Cheers :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from bron mitchell on Thu, Mar 07
10 cups

750 words a day goes a long way to keeping my sanity. I wouldn’t be who I am now without this site.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jennifer Redelle Carey on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Kim Dansin on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup

Well… I blew this month’s challenge on the very first day. Yes it was a convoluted mess and yes, knowing that it would be, I should have taken a few precious moments for a precautionary scribble after midnight of the day before, but I didn’t. So I’ve paid my penance and am tossing in a cup to share for those who make it next month. Good luck!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Nancy Carlzen on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup
60-day badge

The albatross is meant to go on a long journey, but 70 days between badges seems interminable. I recommend a 60-day badge that gives our albatrosses a place to rest. A clipper ship or an island, perhaps.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup

To blather on everyday and every month is my salvation. I’m so thankful for this site. Not sure how long I’ll be on here though, but many things don’t last forever. Enjoy every moment on this site as much as possible. Sounds cliche, but that’s all I have for now.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Tamar Nicole Mortensen on Wed, Mar 06
1 cup

Today I got a “Flock” for 100,000 words and my next goal is to obtain a badge for 100 days straight. I am up to my 74 day.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Tue, Mar 05
1 cup

Today I finally got a phoenix badge for 100 day streak! I am feeling very happy. Thank you so much for providing such a great and simple platform to write.

Testimonial Note from Inge Santoso on Tue, Mar 05