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

Storage isn’t free. Paper isn’t free. Ink isn’t free. Notebooks are not free. Electricity isn’t free, domain names are not free, servers and software and internet access isn’t free. That 750 words has been free so far has been an incredible gift of long-standing generosity, and asking users to pay a small amount to cover operating costs is completely reasonable. I say this as someone on a small fixed income who is going to have to re-budget to find the fees – but if I were ‘doing it for free on my own’ I would be buying my own paper journals or paying for my own computer equipment or something similar. It all adds up, but it is worth it.

Testimonial Note from Joy Ralph on Fri, Feb 15
1 cup

I used to snort at the emotional stats graph, thinking it was way off, that I was not feeling like that when I wrote that day—recently I started reflecting and found that, yes, it is totally accurate. Our words do reveal. I would never have come to see this and accept it without the big colored squares telling me what’s really happening. Just one more great things about 750words. Besides the badges……

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Fri, Feb 15
1 cup

Writing here consistently for the past two years has changed my life. I’ve attempted keeping a journal of my daily thoughts and activities for years, but could never find the discipline – until 750 words. My day (and life) is not complete until I’ve emptied my mind and downloaded my thoughts here. Unfortunately, good things end, and not necessarily when one is expecting it. My income is miniscule and I cannot afford to continue my journey here. I wish there was another option, however, I am confident that this site has afforded me enough discipline to pursue my daily writing on my own. I am despondent at the thought of losing my best friend of two years, but I am grateful for the time we spent together. Thanks so much for being such an important part of who I am.

Testimonial Note from rhonda nelson on Thu, Feb 14
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from luimagirio on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup
More text analysis

Not necessarily more text analysis, but it would be cool to see changes in any of the statistics over time that are more detailed than just Recently, Your Avg, World Avg. Something like the metadata graphs.

New Feature Vote from luimagirio on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

750 has become a must do of my day. I like just being able to spill things out without a care for anyone seeing it or monitoring my thoughts. I use it to gripe about things (including friends, politics, and my own foibles), I use it for to-do list and organizing my day, describing books, recalling memories—whatever. The writing has become so important that I can use it for a reward or a bribe to get other things done so I can sit down and “do my words.” Thank you for this wonderful site. I’m happy to pay to continue it—it’s a good habit and I don’t want to interrupt it.

Testimonial Note from Lujoye Barnes on Thu, Feb 14
3 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Mikkel Snyder on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

I am very grateful to 750 words. There are vicious cycles breaking in my life that wuld have been adamantine withoutthis. Thank you buster

Testimonial Note from Penelope Anne Jeffries on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

love this site! thrilled to have found it and been using it for a year now.

I still think a kickstarter-like campaign to keep 750words free for those who can’t pay (or haven’t yet discovered that it’s worth the money) would be awesome. I’d donate :)

Either way I’ll keep using.


Testimonial Note from Christopher Camp on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

Happy Valentine’s Day—to Buster, Kellianne,, and all the diverse writers on 750 Words! I love how much love is evident in all the grateful comments about the site. It’s obvious that you have enriched many lives, Buster, including mine. Though I only found the site recently, I’m on a healthy streak, and I’m really happy to begin paying $5 a month to support the site. $5 is much less than the price of a movie these days—and getting the opportunity to view the myriad machinations of my mind every day is priceless! Thanks so much. Peace and blessings.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

Well, to start off, I lost the February Challenge. I don’t feel bad, however. The flu and pink eye in both eyes can really ruin one’s day. That being said, I’m still going to honor my word (and did) and pay up.

Now for the positive. I have wanted to be a writer for years. I can remember reading a short story I’d written to my third grade class, and writing incessantly in notebooks up until about high school. My interest waned then due to that nasty little voice we all get in our heads-the one that says, “You’re not good enough.” Fast forward to college and work, and then it became, “I don’t have enough time.”

Now I have two babies (twins, who knew?) and I’m telling that voice, “When will I have the time if not for now? And I’ll get better by doing.” So, I joined the NaNoWriMo challenge. Failed that, but got 20,000 words in, which is by far the most I’ve ever managed to get written in a single story. It showed me I CAN do it. But NaNoWriMo comes but once a year? What to do? “Aaahh, Thwarted-san,” it whispered. “There is a site. Challenge yourself.” So here I am.

This site has really drawn writing to the front of my mind. It has added it to a list of things I have to check off my to-do list daily, and I love that. You know what else I love? The fact that as I write more, writing becomes easier. I had to open a new Yarny (check out Great free writing site that lets your organize your thoughts, characters, etc.) page just for the ten or so new ideas that came to my head, complete with characters, lore, and half-formed plot lines. Thank you 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Thwarted on Thu, Feb 14
1 cup

I had been crawling along with my doctoral thesis until challenged to meet a deadline in four months time. 750 words has helped me become instantly more productive in churning the raw words that I can then revise at leisure. Suddenly I feel that 80K words is in reach and doable and that I am doing it!

Testimonial Note from Dr. Darren Garside on Thu, Feb 14
2 cups

This site has been a saving grace and I am thankful for having tumblr-ed on to it.

It’s been exceedingly helpful as a writer and I plan on supporting the site as best as I can as the future goes onward.

Testimonial Note from Mikkel Snyder on Wed, Feb 13
1 cup

As someone who wants to take her writing more seriously, 750words has been invaluable to me. The challenge of keeping up a streak (let there be no unmarked boxes at the top of my writing page) and different ways to earn fun badges have been entertaining means to establish a habit. I’ve wanted for so long to write every day, but I struggled with crafting the self-discipline to do so on top of my all my other responsibilities. 750words has helped me find that discipline. I haven’t been using the site for long, but I have been using it consistently. Sometimes I work on my fiction, and sometimes I just use it as a diary; but either way, it keeps me writing and keeps the cobwebs from forming in my brain. Thank you so much for all you do.

Testimonial Note from RDM on Wed, Feb 13
6 cups

Buster, thank you. I have just passed my one year anniversary on this site and I feel so much clearer about myself and my life than I did a year ago. I am not sure how I feel about moving to a pay service, even though I’m a patron. I probably won’t. BUT if I close my account I’d like to know there is a way of destroying all of my past entries and erasing them from your servers. Because, I don’t know what decisions you might be forced to make in the future. Selling may be unthinkable now, but the world is changing. I have written so much about myself that the idea of abandoning it, and it suddenly being sold to some third party in a year, five years, when I’ve long forgotten about it, is frankly terrifying. Please help us protect all of our silly little secrets?

Testimonial Note from Kayden on Wed, Feb 13
6 cups

Looks like I’ve won six cups from monthly challenges. I think I should just pass them on.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Esa Lakaniemi on Wed, Feb 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Feb 12
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Additional Badges

how about a badge when we get to 750 days? 1000 days? Why no more badges after 500 days?

New Feature Request Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
3 cups

I love 750 words. I tell people about it all the time. Sometimes I’ve written things I really use in my work, but often it’s just a brain dump, a running to-do list. But I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete my words. I’m on a 622 day streak right now, and it’s been an amazing ride. I likely will pay to continue to use the site. I appreciate all your hard work and sincerity. But in return, how about a badge when we get to 750 days? 1000 days? Why no more badges after 500 days?

Testimonial Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
20 cups

I wish you hadn’t said on the site that you wouldn’t charge for it (and it does still say that), when you have now moved to that decision. It’s a bit of a bait and switch. It’s understandable to charge, I suppose, but I wish that had been clearer earlier on. Can you please advise all users of this change via email? And can you clarify how and if we can pay a year or more up front at a lower rate?

Double Down on Charity Note from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
5 cups
Secure server for writing

I guess there isn’t a place to add a vote on the already-decided move to a pay subscription. I do understand, and I don’t begrudge the decision, but it appears you solicited input from some users before deciding – don’t know how you selected those folks, and I never heard anything about it until it was decided. It does say (still) elsewhere on the site that you do not charge for it and you won’t. And yet, as I learned today, you will. So the info on the site isn’t internally consistent.

New Feature Vote from Joanie M on Tue, Feb 12
7 cups

I’m disappointed. I understand, but I’m disappointed. I tried to use 750 words as a spur to my writing. I am not sure if I can say that it helped, but that isn’t really your fault. It is has been nearly 3 years since I started, actually more like 2 and a half, but oh well. Unfortunately, I cannot see paying to do something that I can I for free. I understand, but I am disappointed. Goodbye, and good luck.

Testimonial Note from Aude Khatru on Tue, Feb 12
5 cups

750 Words is so awesome. I’ve been so motivated and inspired to write since I started on January 1st that I just had the best writing day of my life. A marathon session that started at 11pm on Feb 11 and ended at 6am on Feb 12. Seven straight hours (no breaks) and over 15,000 words later I sat back with bleary eyes and stared with awe at my stats page. I’ve never felt anything like it. And I owe it all to 750 words. This site has made me love writing again.

[PS-I think a “marathon” badge is a pretty cool idea. Or badges for hitting certain word counts in one day… but that’s just me] :D

Testimonial Note from Jen Connelly on Tue, Feb 12
1 cup

A points based system is something I can relate to as I tend to work towards deadlines. 750 has given me a deadline to hit and helped me write something – anything! – everyday. Even though I use it mainly as an exercise to splurge all of my thoughts and feelings onto the page, I believe it is helping me develop as a writer and I find it fascinating to see what I was thinking on a particular day in the past when I review old pages.

Well worth the donation.

Testimonial Note from J W Allen on Tue, Feb 12
1 cup

Practice. That’s what its about for me. Practice. I want to be the best writer I can be and this site is the most comfortable and nurturing site I have found to help me reach my goal, sharpen my tools, and ease my heart. Thanks Buster, and no worries about the changes. *:-)

Testimonial Note from Lee Allan Sanders on Tue, Feb 12
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Feb 11
2 cups

I’ve radically changed my life. I do support the site as a donor, I’ve done so in exchange for other things and made do with less than to do so in the past. And I think on reflection, I’ve come out with the better bargain and plan to become a member. Gracious Thanks to everyone behind the scenes for the hard work keeping it running; this is a lovely site to live with and I appreciate this process everyday more and more.

Testimonial Note from Kim on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

Losing this site would be like losing a piece of my mind.
I’m glad that it’s staying for $5.00 a month. That’s new but not as new as trying to build up the discipline of writing daily somewhere else.
Thanks to both of you and all the other patrons.

Testimonial Note from Monique Ngozi Nri on Mon, Feb 11
1 cup

I’ve been signed up to this site for a long time but it’s never been a motivational writing site for me. Until February 1st, that is. I decided to take up the task of following through with attempting to do something that I love (which is write) and so I’ve done it, each day so far this month, meeting the goal or exceeding it. And now I discover it’s going to turn into a paid site. After all this time. Well now. So it goes. I have paid for a cup of patronage tonight because I do enjoy this site. However, I’m not sure that 50/year is a good idea. I mean, I pay 25 for Flickr, ya know? But I like coffee. And I admire the spirit this site had that inspired many to write. I don’t know yet if I will complete the February challenge. I definitely don’t know what I will do come March. But I do wish all the best for the patrons of this site and the creator. This wasn’t exactly a ‘Note of Inspiration’, eh?

Testimonial Note from amber dawn pullin on Mon, Feb 11
5 cups

I don’t remember where I stumbled upon 750 words. I’m sure it was a blog post somewhere, however, since I started writing the daily pages, my entries have gotten more and more revealing. I see a therapist weekly and I can say that it’s akin to that. It also helps me figuring out what’s on my mind and what I want to focus on with her weekly. It has been such a inspiration to get the emails daily and start accruing the badges (I’m definitely a girl that likes her gold stars). ’Tis an unexpected pleasure finding your site and I look forward to becoming a subscribe when it goes to that. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Tamara Hectus on Mon, Feb 11