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

5 cups

750 Words has been tremendously beneficial to me. It helps me write every day, clear out my mind, sort out my life, even create some beautiful sentences now and then. It’s also a great inspiration to see that so many people are actively using this site, that encourages me to keep going. Let’s keep this site – even if it means that it has to become a pay site. Read this:

Testimonial Note from Camomilla on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

I love this site and want to see it stick around. Thanks!!

Testimonial Note from Leslye PJ on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

I only Stumbledupon this site today and i’m already hooked, I wrote 750 words straight away and i expect ill be writing them for at least a while yet.

Testimonial Note from Adam Henderson on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

Keep up the good work! I’m on a 51 day streak and planning to write 50 days more…

Testimonial Note from Subliminal_Kid on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup
mo money, mo money, mo money

With all the chatter about 750words being in financial and organizational stress, I wanted to donate a hundred dollars to help keep it going and demonstrate my good will/utter fear that you will shut down. I could only donate $48, so I did. Er…. You might want to increase that limit, Buster.

New Feature Request Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

If this site would shut down my heart would probably break, so I am willing to pay for it.
I believe that proposing a basic version of this site for just 4$ a month would make it available for everyone. At the same time the version with additional options (that many of us already suggested here) could be available for a bigger sum for those who can and are willing to conribute more, would allow a development of this site! So it would both stay easily available and start growing.

I see a lot of good will here and I see the potential in this site so to just show my support for its growth and continuity, I am adding my cup of patronage. When we see the good things, we should be willing to support them! BTW, greetings from Poland – this site is used by people outside of US and they, like me, enjoy it!

Testimonial Note from Sonja B. on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

Don’t stop the writing!

Double Down on Charity Note from Carly-Jay Metcalfe on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing

This feature would probably make me feel more cyber safe.

New Feature Vote from Carly-Jay Metcalfe on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

This is by far, the best writing tool I have EVER used and I’ve been writing for a long time. Can’t imagine my mornings without it. Thanks Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Carly-Jay Metcalfe on Wed, Jan 16
1 cup

I am astounded and humbled by how easily I am motivated to work for small badges. How is it possible that I have written more in 15 days than I have in the previous three years? Please don’t let this website disappear. You really have something special here. I am happy to patronize your site – I feel like I’ve got in on the beginning of a Great Thing!

Testimonial Note from Teresa Kelly on Wed, Jan 16
10 cups

I’ve already commented about this on the 750 words tumblr announcement about the possible end of this site, but I decided to increase my patronage just to show that I really am willing to go above and beyond to keep this site afloat:

I currently teach at a Title I school in Texas and I have recently given my students the option to earn extra credit by signing up and participating at this website. In the past week, I have seen these students find a joy in writing that they haven’t before. They enjoy the online component, the freedom to write what they want, and the fun they get out of seeing all the various statistics. For some of them, it is the ONLY writing they have done all year, the only thing they really feel proud of having done when it comes to writing, and the only way I have come up with to get them motivated. I know it would break some of their hearts to find the site shut down as some of them are just now earning their penguin badges. I’ve also found myself caring so much more about daily writing, showing my students that if I can do it, so can you. I’ve found a renewed joy in writing and in my teaching. I would be willing to pay a teacher membership fee so that my students wouldn’t have to foot the bill of a membership. Hell, I’d be willing to donate quite a large sum if it would help keep the site afloat. And also, I am sure that someone SOMEWHERE registered for the site might be happy to help run the site in your absence (I’m referring of course to your second option for the future of this website). I guess I’m coming to you on my knees: for the sake of these students, for the sake of their writing futures, please do not shut this site down. I will do all that I can to make sure that doesn’t happen, because it’s brought them so much inspiration and confidence in the past week and a half than nearly anything else in our classroom has.

Testimonial Note from Christine Hamman on Tue, Jan 15
1 cup

I appreciate how beautiful this site is. No garish colors, no annoying graphics, no font abuse. It feels as though I’m coming into a peaceful room to write. Thank you for making it so appealing.

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Tue, Jan 15
2 cups

After spending several years allowing writing to fall by the wayside in favor of the more humdrum aspects of adult life, I couldn’t manage to get started again. It seems my creativity had all but atrophied from disuse. I am so thankful I stumbled across this site. It has been physical therapy for my writing. Thanks to the daily exercise 750words makes me do (and the incentives to keep going), I am back on the wagon, producing more creative writing than I ever have in my adult life. I cannot thank you enough for helping me re-learn to do what I love. This site has changed my life for the better. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Ophelia Marie on Tue, Jan 15
10 cups

C’mon folks, sign up as patrons. How much emotional therapy are you getting here for only $2 a cup of patronage? How much writing coaching and encouragement do those little badges give you? I love this site, it has turned me into a well-adjusted professional author. Haha. Be a patron! Be cool!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Tue, Jan 15
1 cup

As a person with depression, I have found that has become a big help, both in giving me a structured routine, and as a way to help sort my own feelings out.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tyler Morse on Mon, Jan 14
1 cup

I have been using this site for 19 months and find that it is uniquely helpful in getting my writing juices flowing. I would urge those who use the site to please give it some financial support. It is much cheaper than a therapist and I would hate to see it disappear.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Mon, Jan 14
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love this site. I will be coming up to my 500 day badge next month so I’m putting in an early request for a future badge that I can work towards.

New Feature Vote from Dr Andrew Whittaker on Sun, Jan 13
24 cups

I stumbled upon 750words and was thoroughly impressed. Being able to express myself 100% without any fear of judgment has been an incredible feeling and I am deeply grateful for this website. Put the coffee bill on my tab. Thank you Buster.

Testimonial Note from Theron Lee on Sun, Jan 13
2 cups

I use this wonderful and amazing site for various reasons. Why I wrote this morning is because I have so many feelings I don’t know what else to do! Writing here helps to get it all out, all the guck and yuck and questioning and wailing and romancing and fantasizing and contemplating and reporting…. Then I can let go. I can always let go, and writing on these online pages helps me to let go. Thank you, Buster and everyone, for creating and being a fabulous community here. Truly, I am inspired!

Testimonial Note from Rain Elizabeth Stickney on Sun, Jan 13
1 cup
I’m convinced the muse lives here in this space. The collective creativity and clarifying of at least my mind and I imagine so many others is a staggering thing to contemplate. Long Live 750 Words!!
Testimonial Note from Goddess of Kindness on Sun, Jan 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jessica Simms on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

Oh yes, we need to pass on the delicousness—and please help keep 750words alive—see its possible demise here

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

750words is my daily lifeline for 409 days now and the thought it may well disappear by March is painful—if you have not seen the post today (1-12-13) about needing a solution to keep 750words going - == please read and reply
-We Must Keep 750words! What Can We Do?

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Jan 12
1 cup

Apparently, “Cup of Patronage” = $4 = one post. Odd that it should cost me $4 to post a testimonial, but anyway, here it is: this site offered me a cathartic experience, to write not exactly for myself, but not exacly for anyone else, either. I used the interactive word count religiously, to monitor my progress, and even pushed myself harder to get to 750 words, and see the daily spare turn into a strike. The whole idea of keeping stats on word generation per minute seems a little silly at first, but I guess it’s totally effective, because I found myself looking for strategies to boost my production, from 7 to 12 wpm, just to be normal. In summary, I respect what you’re doing with this site, and I’d have given the $4 even without this platform to express how pleased I am with it. (P.S., How many words was that, and does it go towards tomorrow’s total?)

Testimonial Note from Marc Mongeon on Fri, Jan 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I would find it a great motivation to have either more badges, or even just the possibility of ‘multiple’ badges (i.e. ‘completed a monthly challenge 5 times’ or ‘completed the NaNo challenge 3 times’).

New Feature Vote from Weathering on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup
"Teacher" and "Student" accounts

I am currently a high school teacher in the state of Texas and as an incentive to get my students to write more, I’ve given them the opportunity to sign up for to earn extra credit. While I love NaNoWriMo, a lot of my kids have difficulty writing even a page, let alone a novel, and 750 words a day would be perfect for them. However, it is difficult for me to keep track of student progress without an ability to search my students and check a sort of “profile” page for each of them. I think a “Teacher” account would be wonderful, where I could sign up and have a unique code that my students would have to enter when signing up, which would then allow me to follow those students and check on their progress.

New Feature Request Note from Christine Hamman on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup

I am still not perfect at writing and producing excellent words, but I no longer self-flagellate and aspire to perfection. Thanks to I am a HAPPY writer, which is something I never knew to exist.

Testimonial Note from Anouska on Thu, Jan 10
1 cup

I am still learning how to make this work for me but I love the fact that I now start each day with a blank sheet of paper and no judgement.

Testimonial Note from HHH on Thu, Jan 10
2 cups
Back on the Horse (or Wagon) Badge

Once you’ve reached a certain level, say the albatross or the 50 day mark or beyond, there should be a badge for getting back to and beyond your record. This will motivate many to start a new streak and reach a personal best.

New Feature Request Note from Scott J. Wilson on Wed, Jan 09
1 cup
Turn off comparisons and analysis

The stats that compare “Me” with “The World” are interesting, but they can also be incredibly demotivating. I loved this site because it enabled me to write without anxiety, but the more I see my performance, mood, and achievements compared to everyone else, the more anxious I get. They’re also imperfect metrics; a script can make a good mathematical guess that I am “uncertain” or “concerned with death,” but the inaccuracy inherent in the formula makes that a hurtful value judgment. I also took a very long hiatus before the “schedule time off” feature was available, so now I have no way to build my stats to anything respectable. For those of us who are freakishly anxious, it would be nice to hide these comparisons and judgments.

New Feature Request Note from Nivair on Wed, Jan 09