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

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I am a writer and a poet who spends most of my time writing already. My sister-in-law sent this site to me and I was unsure how I would use it or if it would be helpful at all.

When I first started to use 750 words, I would write a little about what I was thinking and then I would paste in some of the writing I had already done that day in order to meet the 750 word limit. Sometimes it would be a blog post, sometimes a series of poems. However one day I wrote the entry first thing in the morning. I hadn’t really written anything ye, so I had to keep writing about myself. It turns out I am not able to do that for 750 words without writing about writing. Where I want my current project to go, what I might do to improve this story or that, what I could learn about writing from the book I was reading. It was a great discovery. I made so many breakthroughs with the writing I was doing through that one entry and even more through the next.

Now this is still relatively new to me and I don’t expect to do it every day for the rest of my life (but I might) however I think it’s a really good motivational tool to encourage the recording of ideas and days in a really slap dashed, fast paced way.

As a writer who spends a lot of her time editing, it is refreshing to write something that I will never have to edit and that no one else will ever read. It seemed self-indulgent at first, but the effects that it has had on my writing is profound.

Testimonial Note from Caitlin Elizabeth Jans on Tue, Oct 02
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Antley on Tue, Oct 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Rebecca Antley on Tue, Oct 02
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Oct 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Holly Becker on Mon, Oct 01
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This site has been amazing at motivating me to write every day. As an aspiring author, it’s really important for me to keep up my writing and continually stretch those mind muscles. Despite know that, I was having extreme difficulty keeping myself in check. But 750words.com has been a wonderful help at keeping me writing everyday, especially with the monthly challenges where I can set real consequences for failing to meet my writing goals. Thanks 750words.com! I am surely in your debt.

Testimonial Note from Katie Lewis on Mon, Oct 01
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This is my first note! I signed up for the September challenge, and succeeded! I honestly didn’t think I could do it. But I learned so much last month – that writing every day keeps the creative juices flowing, and that I look so forward to my nightly writing ritual. But most of all, I learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that I want writing to be my life, not just a hobby. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Kendra on Mon, Oct 01
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Haven’t written a testimonial in a while, but now is the time to say how much I appreciate the site and how it helps me keep track of what I’ve done and what I’m doing. Keeping the words flowing every day is a good thing and it helps in making sense of things by reflecting and writing every day.
Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Chris Campbell on Mon, Oct 01
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I started using this site to make writing a part of my daily life, but I’ve gotten much more than that out of it. The ten or fifteen minutes I spend freewriting on here keeps me so much more in touch with what’s going on with me emotionally. It’s become almost like a sort of meditation. I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone.

Testimonial Note from Casi Newell on Mon, Oct 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Kristina Desmond on Mon, Oct 01
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Go for it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kristina Desmond on Mon, Oct 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Josh W. on Mon, Oct 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Solamades on Mon, Oct 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 01
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Keeps the writing machine oiled and maintained even when going through a period of writer’s block. No goals, no pressure, only rule is just write. Perfect for prolific writing times and also blocked periods.

Testimonial Note from mw on Mon, Oct 01
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Autres langues

750 Words est une très bonne idée, les badges, les challenges poussent à être plus présent, plus compétitif. Moi, je ne connais rien a l’anglais. je sais à la limite me débrouiller avec les menus, mais guère plus… Il y a quand même des expressions que je ne suis toujours pas capable de comprendre comme “Holy moley” ou “proceeded thusly”, même avec un traducteur ! Donc écrire en anglais c’est impossible ! Et comme c’est impossible, je n’ai pas accès au quart des statistiques du site. C’est pénalisant….
Du coup, je vous propose d’intégrer plus de dictionnaires de langue afin que 750 words ne soit plus aussi limité de ce côté !

Merci !

New Feature Request Note from Solamades on Mon, Oct 01
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Secure server for writing

750 Words has been such a great comfort and help. A secure server would make it feel safer. Thanks.

New Feature Vote from Carolynne Dee on Mon, Oct 01
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Today, I was feeling really lost and needed to get grounded again. I “ran” to my 750words tab and started writing it out. Rather than flounder or feel blown off my feet, I found my way. This is what I get from being here. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from melanie hamilton on Sun, Sep 30
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This has been a wonderful way to get back in touch with personal writing. I’ve journaled on and off over the years, but always hit a quandry when I’d finish a notebook; what do I do with it? On the one hand, those are my words and my thoughts, and they’ve very special and important to me. I want to be able to browse them again and look back to see my own growth. But they’re private, and I don’t want other people to get them and read them. This offers a perfect solution, because the words are locked securely behind a new password designed just for this site. Thanks Buster; this is a godsend!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 30
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750 days of 750 days! I never would have thought it possible when I started writing on this site a couple of years ago – thanks Buster! You have changed my life!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Sun, Sep 30
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A better mobile site

There are a handful of things that motivate me to awaken every morning. This is one of them.

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Sep 30
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This site has helped me in so many ways. Today I celebrate reaching 100k words! Very awesome to me. I’ve always been a journaler, but now my writing is more focused and intentional than ever before. I see this a huge accomplishment in personal growth and self discipline. I often do not feel like writing, but do it anyway…. What a concept! Thanks to all you who are on this journey with me.

Testimonial Note from Crystal Harris on Sat, Sep 29
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Good luck on October’s challenge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Matt Clark on Sat, Sep 29
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah C on Sat, Sep 29
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Improve the writing page

Ability to put in italics and underlined text.

New Feature Vote from Sarah C on Sat, Sep 29
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I am no writer, but I find “free writing” once a day boosts my productivity in so many other areas. My focus has improved and creativity is blossoming in ways I haven’t experienced before. Also, general conversations are more free flowing and non-stuttering as a result.

Testimonial Note from Matt Clark on Sat, Sep 29
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750 words uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is unknown.

I presume I am not the only person who could not get to this site last night because of this message.
I probably wouldn’t understand what happened to cause the problem, even if you told me but do I have to go back to being an egg and sit on the wall of shame?
I do realise that this is a first world problem and my world won’t completely fall apart – and I am very glad to find that things are back to normal today – but can I not somehow enter the stuff I wanted to put in yesterday and keep my status?

New Feature Request Note from Yvonne on Fri, Sep 28
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750 words uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is unknown.

I am presuming that I am not the only person who could not access the site last night because of this warning. “750 words uses an invalid security certificate.
The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is expired”.
I probably wouldn’t understand what happened even if you told me but do I have to permanently lose a badge and go on to the wall of shame?
I do realise that this is a first world problem and it won’t destroy my life but it would be nice if you could fix it so that I can keep my status.

New Feature Request Note from Yvonne on Fri, Sep 28
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More badges for accomplishments

I am a Space Bird and it makes me sad that there will be no badge after this. I would love if there were more.

New Feature Vote from Rachel Hanville on Fri, Sep 28
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Thank you for the ability to schedule days off! I had signed up for this site a couple years ago (gasp) and then fell away from it. I “found” it again recently and have been keeping up my writing here since then. I haven’t been perfect — one day this month I meant to come back and finish and then plum forgot. But the ability to schedule days has been invaluable! I was travelling and wasn’t sure how reliable an internet connection would be. On days when I had internet, I would write on the site and cancel that day’s scheduled time off. On days when I didn’t have an internet connection, I would write offline, thereby keeping my habit up, without worrying about “breaking” a streak. Really, what I’m happiest about is that my writing here has become habit. What a wonderful gift!

Testimonial Note from Naomi Butterfield on Fri, Sep 28