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 son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

This site is just plain brilliant. I have been writing for over a year now. Even though I have missed four or five days along the way, I have over 478,000 words, including a novel draft and a memoir, plus lots and lots of random jottings. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Thu, Jul 05
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Just wanted to express my gratitude: I am very grateful for 750words.com.

Testimonial Note from Winnie Lim on Thu, Jul 05
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Give Youself a Goldfinch!

I like to use the metadata function to track my success in changing a particular habit. The idea of a Goldfinch badge would be something you could give yourself after recording success for 21 days in a row (to create some positive behavior change, like getting up on time for 21 days or walking at least 20 minutes for 21 days or whatever). It would be user determined and directed, and you could earn it more than once for either improving the habit or starting a new one.

New Feature Request Note from Luna Veritas on Wed, Jul 04
1 cup

You’re making me do it.

Testimonial Note from Colleen Dunham on Wed, Jul 04
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from R. on Tue, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments

I like badges. They make me feel good about myself.
-www.annalowery.blogspot.com

New Feature Vote from Anna Lowery on Tue, Jul 03
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Bethany Krahn on Tue, Jul 03
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Bethany Krahn on Tue, Jul 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Bethany Krahn on Tue, Jul 03
1 cup
Improve Eternity stats

My Eternity stats say that I use about 52 Ums and Ahs on average. 52! I have never ever used even one single um or ah during my 35 days of writing. Which words are counted as ums and ahs? I am very sure I don’t use many fillers, so some explanation would be great. Please fix the stats, they are insulting to my writing :-(

New Feature Request Note from Kristina Behner on Tue, Jul 03
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In doing The Artist’s Way, I found myself struggling to maintain my pages because my handwritten pages took almost 45 minutes to get through (a lot of time for a busy morning). And I often had time to think before I wrote (meaning the resulting words were less than spontaneously true). And they were not secure (really big bright green notebooks are somewhat difficult to conceal from prying eyes). 750 lets me think as fast as I can type, say what I really mean, track my life in the metadata, and get all the excess junk out of my brain so that I can move on and do life. Way to go, 750! Thanks for the great work!

Testimonial Note from Callahan Woodbery on Tue, Jul 03
1 cup

Last year, I wrote.
Over the course of the school year, I fell away.
Now, I’m back to write again.

Testimonial Note from Marcus Shepherd on Tue, Jul 03
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Monthly, daily, I get notes about how self-motivated I am, but it really challenged me when I had to travel on the road, with my laptop and deal with the lack of internet access. If it weren’t for the internet of others, I would have ruined my streak. I’m so close to 500 I can taste it! After that, I can slack off all I want, but even then, I have so many words and thoughts inside that I can’t let them build up. This is a great place to spill my brain out onto and to discipline myself to do it daily is one of the greatest feats I’ve done lately. I hope I keep it up.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Tue, Jul 03
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Monthly summary

Perhaps you can add a feature that shows a summary of each day (say 50 words or a paragraph), so that we can look back through a month and get a snapshot of what we were thinking, feeling or writing on any particular day.
Sometimes I look back through my past entries, and a lot feel like they were written by someone else. It would be nice to be able to trawl the past at a glance and pick-out entries to re-read etc.

I hope this sounds like a fair idea?

New Feature Request Note from Indo Lent on Mon, Jul 02
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I am so grateful for 750words.com. Whilst I’ve been writing my morning pages on here for months with great success, it has only recently occurred to me to pledge to also write 750 words of my PhD thesis every day. This includes everything from notes to full analysis, even bits of program code that I can export as text (the coding thing is really funny; at times I’ve started properly commenting my code just to reach 750 words). And having textual analysis for academic writing is amazing — nobody wants to hand in a literature review where the writing is introverted, negative or uncertain. Whilst the subjects could be improved (algorithm gets a bit confuzzled when I talk maths to it), every other part of this site is an excellent feedback mechanism in lieu of a supervisor. Can’t believe I wasted all that power just using it as a journal for months on end. Keep it up — hope to see more amazing useful features soon.

Testimonial Note from Kayden on Mon, Jul 02
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For me doing the monthly challenge was a huge achievement and it firmly established my habit of writing every day! I hope you all do well in the July challenge :-)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kristina Behner on Mon, Jul 02
5 cups

write on!

Double Down on Charity Note from AnneS on Mon, Jul 02
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Secure server for writing

This and a privacy policy will keep me here. Thanks for everything you do, Buster!

New Feature Vote from AnneS on Mon, Jul 02
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Hannah Hutton on Mon, Jul 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Hannah Hutton on Mon, Jul 02
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When I was in elementary school I relied heavily on writing to cope with the bullying I endured. Over the years writing has become my safety net but I have never been able to keep a journal to document my thoughts due to the paranoia of someone reading it – I’d be mortified. The reason I love 750 words is because it’s where I can jot down my thoughts & not have to worry about people peering into a public Tumblr post or a journal that I left misplaced. I’ve seen an immense improvement in my writing & I am content that I can clear my head in a private space. For that I am eternally grateful.

Testimonial Note from Annel Garcia on Sun, Jul 01
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Finally made it through a challenge, and to think I almost missed the last day. I am still working on exactly how to get 750 words to help me clear my mind for a creative day ahead, but at least I don’t spend as much time worrying about little things. I get them out onto the page and then move on. I didn’t sign up for another challenge yet, but now that I know I can do it…

Testimonial Note from Aude Khatru on Sun, Jul 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Tom on Sun, Jul 01
2 cups

Before 750words.com I hardly ever wrote. Now I’ve written 750+ words every day for the last 40+ days. Great way to wake myself up in the morning, gather my thoughts and plan what I want to accomplish for the day.

Testimonial Note from Tom on Sun, Jul 01
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I think everyone can agree that getting things done by a deadline (especially essays for school XD) can get a little….difficult at best. I’ve been using this site for three months, and my writing habits have gotten a lot better. I have a motivation now to get a little progress every day in whatever I have to do, be it an essay, chapter of my novel, or just a plain old journal entry :) I have a feeling ‘Essay Bootcamp’ at the beginning of the school year is going to be a cinch with the habits I’ve built up thanks to the monthly challenges, and the daily pages themselves.

Testimonial Note from Monica Alvarez on Sun, Jul 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Necia Johnston on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

I’m a very competitive person. To this end, I win NaNoWriMo because I see other people beating me on word count and I can’t stand it. It got to such a point that last year I finished my 50K in eight days – my fastest yet. Then I didn’t write at all for the rest of the month. But this site has helped me write every day, because I must get the space bird badge!

Testimonial Note from Necia Johnston on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

Love this site – was trying for weeks to do morning pages but my hand cramps and I’m a slow handwriter and my thoughts went way too fast campared to what I could get on the page – then I started 750words and I just finished my first month challenge. Best idea ever.

Testimonial Note from Mary Quick on Sun, Jul 01
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750 words has changed my life. I started using this site the day I stopped self-injuring. Swapping one habit for another, I thought. I never expected it to work.
It’s been over 50 days now, the longest I’ve gone without hurting myself in two years. Every time I feel the urge to turn my anger on myself, I sit down at my labtop and write it out. It might not last forever, but for now, it works. It gives me something to work toward, and for the first time in a long time my life is about living, rather than just being alive. For that, I could not be more thankful.

Testimonial Note from Ceb on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

750 Words is for me a commitment to continue writing. Most days I admit that I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to say. But still I keep putting these words down on the page in hopes that even though the content of my writing may not be noteworthy perhaps the quality of my writing about nothing will improve. An English teacher once told me that my writing was a euphonious vacuum, only not so euphonious. Perhaps the sound of my vacuum is now a little more pleasant to the ear.

Testimonial Note from Robert Ryan Langer on Sun, Jul 01