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

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Double Down on Charity Note from Darcy Lynn on Tue, Jan 01
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’d like the email to be able to be sent again if we haven’t written by another time. I get a reminder at 8am, but sometimes forget to write again till the next day (And other days I remember just fine!). If I had the ability to have another reminder email sent around 3, I would nary miss a day!

New Feature Vote from Darcy Lynn on Tue, Jan 01
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I have been writing for 416 days and I am so grateful for this site! Welcome to all the new writers in the New Year. Keep logging on and keep writing those words, it will expand your life in ways you never expected.

Testimonial Note from B. on Tue, Jan 01
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Just wanted to send a note of heartfelt thanks for this site. I just wrote for my 100th day and I have certainly reaped the benefits of this motivational opportunity for writing to clear my mind. Thanks Buster, and Happy 2013!

Testimonial Note from EBK Riley on Tue, Jan 01
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I have long known that I need a certain structure to keep me writing. 750Words has become that structure. I know I have to get my 750 words written before midnight every day to keep my standing so that is what I do. Those 750 words may be a blog post, a scene in my current novel, a response to a prompt, a short story, an essay or simply getting my thoughts down on paper. No matter what it is, I have written every day without fail. Somehow, this is so much more successful than just saying I am going to write.

Testimonial Note from Edna Houston on Tue, Jan 01
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thanks!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 01
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I have been writing on 750 words for several months now and the experience has so helped me sort things out in my head. Grateful for this opportunity on a daily basis. I cannot understand why more people don’t do this; just image how splendid our world would be if we all knew how we felt about stuff!!

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Tue, Jan 01
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I started writing a novel in November via NaNoWriMo. The goal was to write 50,000 words in a month. I had never written that much before, but I was able to complete the goal! But my novel wasn’t finished, and I wanted a way to continue writing every (well, almost every) day. A NaNoWriMo team leader suggested this site, and I love it. I’ve written another 32,000 words in Dec, and signed up for the Jan. Challenge. Thanks, 750 words, for helping me become a daily writer.

Testimonial Note from Liz Demaree on Tue, Jan 01
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750words has helped clear my mind every day for over two months. That’s no small feat — at the best of times, my mind is a cluttered mess. I obsess over things unhealthily. But 750words has helped ameliorate that, and make me a better writer at the same time.

Testimonial Note from Benjamin Buckley on Tue, Jan 01
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Sounds like a great charity! Thanks for the site!

Double Down on Charity Note from Beth P on Tue, Jan 01
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I haven’t been a steady user of 750 Words since I discovered it in the summer of 2010, but I keep coming back because it’s the most effective tool I’ve found to clear my head.

I’m a college student set to graduate in May. Over the past four years, 750 Words has been a vital outlet for my thoughts and emotions during a time in my life that has had very little consistency or structure. It’s been nice to have one place to write down my thoughts and try to make sense of the every-changing, fast-paced, sprint-like existence that is college in the early years of the 2000s.

For any 20-something trying to figure life out and piece it all together, 750 Words is the place to do it, to stay positive, to vent, to rethink, to find new ideas, to just let your mind wonder about everything.

Testimonial Note from Travis Crayton on Tue, Jan 01
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Monthly and Yearly Tracking

I would really love to be able to see the total words written per month and per year as historical data. So today, for example, I’d be able to see not just my total words ever but how many words I wrote in total in 2012 (giving me a number to beat for 2013) and how many words I wrote in December to update my spreadsheet with.

This could also tie in with the million words challenge. I’d love to set a goal of “I will write X number of words this year” and to be able to use 750words.com to track it.

New Feature Request Note from Sylvia Spruck Wrigley on Tue, Jan 01
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Happy New Year! May 2013 be a prosperous and possibility-filled year for everyone. Thank you for your site, Buster. It’s such a peaceful and welcome respite in my life.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Dec 31
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New Feature Vote from Ivan on Mon, Dec 31
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May all your (good) writing dreams come true. Happy New Year!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Dec 31
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I’ve just started using this site, and I already love it. This is my more-public way of announcing my own personal Challenge: To block out everything I want to write about in my memoir. I don’t know if I’ll be able to write every day, but in 3 months I want to have a solid outline and story arc to begin my research. Thanks 750words.com and I had NO idea I was supporting a local Seattle business! I’ll have to head down to Bedlam and see what I can see (I’m a Capitol Hill girl!)

Testimonial Note from Emily Hart on Sun, Dec 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Victoria Farr on Sun, Dec 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Sun, Dec 30
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Just earned the 365 days badge, woohoo! Thanks, Buster, for a site that keeps me motivated to write. Some days, nothing much comes out, but other days have insights and breakthroughs that have made 2012 a year of growth and inspiration for me. May 750words.com live long and prosper!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Sun, Dec 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Stellartune on Sat, Dec 29
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Tim Brown on Fri, Dec 28
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I can’t believe I’ve written a million words in just six hundred and five days! Three novels written, a script and lots of stream of consciousness in these entries and here I am. I figured there’s no badge for that, by hey, I feel accomplished.

Double Down on Charity Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Dec 26
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This year I’ve been on a Challenge. In January I pledged to write every day of the month, for every month of the year.

Here was my gamble:
“If I succeed, I will… sign up for and complete every single Monthly Challenge throughout 2012 and save up all my One Month Challenge Bounty Cups to donate in one big Double Down on Charity Note for 826 Seattle next Christmas.”

So, now that the year has all but passed, Christmas has come and gone and I have won my bet of writing through every single month of the year up till now, it’s time to stand by my word and honour the rest of my pledge.
Christmas is a time to give back to those who have given to me. And this site has given me so much –
a steady outlet for all my innermost thoughts and feelings,
a safe and cosy writing nook that’s always there when I need it, for whatever I have to get off my mind, no matter how trivial it may seem, yet all the while making me feel like I’m writing for a good cause and not just for myself,
a whole host of cute animal badges that keep me writing on and marvelling at my own perseverance,
an amazing global community of fellow journal writers, all united in the same quest, who give me a sense of belonging and purpose for my journalling habit
and, most importantly, a grand total of almost 500.000 words output in just under 460 days – an enormous feat which I certainly would have had no way of achieving without this site! I had been journalling longhand for a couple of years back in the olden days, but I’d wager I have never ever written as many words in a single year before I moved my writings to 750words.

This year of writing here on 750words has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience, on so many different levels. So I’m glad to finally be able to give something back to the site and to pass on half of the bounty to 826 Seattle at the same time. Promoting writing skills in young people is always a worthy cause that I am more than happy to support, wherever in the world it may be.
So here I am gift-wrapping my whole Virtual Coffee Cup Collection I’ve been steadily growing throughout this past year – 49 to date, topped off with one more Cup fresh from the Virtual Coffeeshop to make it a round sum – and sending it on its way across the Big Pond, tied up with a big red ribbon that reads “Write On!” :)

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Dec 26
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New Feature Vote from James Carlyle on Wed, Dec 26
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One Month Challenge Bounty from James Carlyle on Wed, Dec 26
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Have managed to get 100 days done after more than a year writing on a nearly daily basis. It has helped me a lot over the past year. Looking forward to the next one hundred. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from James Carlyle on Wed, Dec 26
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Today, I wrote my words for the 1,000th time in a row. I would never have been able to have the desire or motivation without this site, and I truly appreciate its creation and existence. Thank you so much for 750words.com.

Testimonial Note from Hal Tepfer on Tue, Dec 25
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Go Go Go!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ruby Wilbur on Tue, Dec 25
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 23
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I can’t believe that my streak has extended to 750 days! That is over 2 years and 770,000 words! This site is so wonderful and these past 2+ years have been so amazing. This is a great place to sort out the details that rattle around in my head. I get things out and can look at them objectively, make decisions, and plan for what I want to do. Who knew that I could stick with something for 750 days?! Amazing. Here’s to 750 more! Thanks Buster, and Happy Holidays!

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Sun, Dec 23