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

2 cups

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 Thu, Feb 07
1 cup

Just became an official patron. Six dollars a month. Have to do without coffee a couple of times a week, but the rewards are so so worth it.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Thu, Feb 07
1 cup

Each day I find myself counting down the minutes to midnight waiting to vent out my daily frustrations. I haven’t kept a journal or diary in a long time and I find I use this as a diary. But it also helps condition me to keep writing every day. It is something I want to continue doing every day of my life. Thanks 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Feb 07
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Maria Gardner on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup

i love this site. It is one of the vital things i must do every day, along with walking 10,000 steps, practicing piano and sketching something.
BUT, the most important thing i do everyday is work on a series of poems that i hope to turn into a book that is as compelling and exciting as any novel.
This site is helping me tap into the joy of self-disciple and the joy of accumulating small daily accomplishments that will add up into a really impressive accomplishment. And it will make not much difference if i am the only one impressed.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Feb 06
2 cups

This site has helped me a lot in maintaining a habit of writing everyday. I have a 66 day streak now and the streak effect has been the most important help I received. Even if I had a bad day I made sure to log in and write, just so I wouldn’t break my streak. Yet, it does seem like I will have to abandon this place once it goes pay to use. Like others with a low or no income it does not seem justified to pay what little money I have to keep using 750words. It was good while it lasted though!

Testimonial Note from Cecilia Matz on Wed, Feb 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

You can’t have too much of a good thing :-)

New Feature Vote from luimagirio on Wed, Feb 06
10 cups

Well, I understand why changes have to be made to the site, but I don’t think it’s something I will be able to continue to do once it goes pay for service. As much as I love the badges and stats, I can’t justify paying for something I can do on my own for free. Best of luck to everyone involved in it – thank you so much for a great tool for me to get back to writing!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Crowe on Wed, Feb 06
12 cups

For those who are wondering about the future of this site, check out Buster’s post from today:

I’ve only been on 750 words for a month, and already I’ve written over 30,000 words. I could never have imagined writing this much just for fun until I experienced this site. Thank you so much, Buster! I don’t want to write 750 words in this testimonial, but if you want to read more of what I think of this site, check out my blog post about it… it’s only 721 words:

Testimonial Note from Kirsten Meberg on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Howdy, folks!

I just went ‘all green’ on the subconscious metrics. The last hurdle, that of surpassing the 51-day streak was easy to do for somebody committed to writing every day.

And that describes you, my dear readers. On average, you have written 51+ days in a row, and, in so doing, you have simply floored Buster with your dedication. He set up this site to help him to focus on writing something every day, and the rewards he reaped … for us … for this site, are simply astounding.

Let’s keep flooring Buster, so he can turn to his family and be proud of us, and proud of what he did for us.

Keep writing, dear friends!


Testimonial Note from geophf on Tue, Feb 05
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Brown on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Reading some of the testimonial notes…it sounds like the site may not be around for long. Is that true? I JUST JOINED! How can I help keep it here for as long as possible? I only donated 1 cup for now but plan on doing monthy cups soon. I will also spread the word like wildfire…what else can I do?

Testimonial Note from Dana Leipold on Tue, Feb 05
6 cups

Buster – No matter what you decide in your plan for whether/how the site continues, please know that what you have created at 750words may well have more lasting impact on the lives of more people than most anything you might do in the future. I know the challenge is figuring out how to make such things “pay” for themselves. But there are people in the world who spend millions of dollars to try to create change in all sorts of ways. You created a site that allowed thousands of people to make profound changes in their writing practice and often their lives. A lot for you to be proud of, and for us to be grateful for, no matter what happens next.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Tue, Feb 05
3 cups

This morning as I was reviewing a situation I was in yesterday (being asked to participate in a national pilot in a dialogue about a rather sensitive subject) I was moved to tears by the time I finished. Slowly the realization hit me that YES, indeed, I have something to offer on this subject. The Universe recognized this, honored this, and therefore I need to accept it and begin to appreciate my giftedness. Honestly I have never thought of it that way before, and so many times I wonder: what do I have to offer? I am so grateful for this space to begin to figure things out, and today I will accept what I do have to offer to the world. The tears are tears of gratefulness!!

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

I always thought of myself as a writer, but I rarely wrote.
Now I write. Every day.


Testimonial Note from George Hickey on Tue, Feb 05
4 cups

I don’t know my fate on this site when there’s payment, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. I hope I can be on here for a longer time than my two years will be, this May 2nd. I love this site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Tue, Feb 05
2 cups

Been using 750 words for 2+ years now, still evangelical about the site! Thanks Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Mary Sekiya on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Suggestion: Replace the word “should” with “want” in your internal dialogue. Example: replace “I should call __ and say Happy Birthday” with “I want to call ___ to say Happy Birthday because I want her to know I care.” We ultimately all do what we are going to do anyway, even if the reason is simply to please others. Using “want” forces us to acknowledge that we DO have choices. It is empowering.

Testimonial Note from Hanna on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

There are a lot of achievement junkies out there. Help us get our fix! Sometimes it’s nice to have something specific to work towards when you don’t exactly know what you want to write about.

New Feature Vote from Celia Maus on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup
Floating Word Count

Instead of the word count being glued to the bottom of the page, let it float near the bottom corner of the screen, regardless where the writer is in their writing. Sometimes I like to go back and edit middle sections, but, because I love watching the word count go up, it’s frustrating for me to not be able to see it and be writing at the same time.

New Feature Request Note from Celia Maus on Tue, Feb 05
2 cups

I love the challenges! They helped me to get back into the habit of writing every day and I am so grateful for them and this site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jennifer Crowe on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

Spread the wealth. Keep writing. Be happy.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ian A Winship on Tue, Feb 05
1 cup

It’s hard to keep a habit of writing every day. Usually, when you come home late in the evening and feel really tired, it would be so much easier to just lie back and relax a bit. But that’s where 750words ‘kicks in’. Because- hey, you’re on a great streak! You can’t let this one evening ruin the work of another 50, or 20, or maybe just 5 days! So you sit down and write. And write. And write. And suddenly it has become a habit that gets easier with each day and the time flows, just like the words, and- hey, when have you written all of that?!
Well, at least that’s what it feels like to me. And I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same.
Thank you, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Hanna Winter on Mon, Feb 04
5 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Tim Yarham on Mon, Feb 04
3 cups

Fair play to ye!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jack McJack on Mon, Feb 04
12 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Eric Andrew Fode on Mon, Feb 04
1 cup
Give me OAUTH

Re-enable unsupported authentication… I can’t get to my account otherwise (yes i added a password and email, i still can’t log in with out it), and i don’t want another user name and password.

New Feature Request Note from Eric Andrew Fode on Mon, Feb 04
2 cups

I’m proud of my 35-day streak (even though a few times in January I had copied and pasted stuff to make up the rest of my 750 words because I couldn’t think of anything to write) and I’m looking forward to making it even bigger. Thank you for such a helpful site!

Testimonial Note from Heather A. Moeller on Sun, Feb 03
1 cup

Testimonial Note from Blyth Crawford on Sun, Feb 03
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Kim Dansin on Sun, Feb 03