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

12 cups

Today my streak hit 826, and as I noticed that, I realized I hadn’t written a note in a while. And sending part of this bounty towards 826 Seattle — today — sounded just about perfect.

750 Words has been so important to my well-being, my writing, my sense of capability, the last few years. It’s proof that I can stick to something long-term (I write three pages more often than I floss, more often than I bike, more often than I get out of my pajamas, even). Proof that taking time for myself — relentlessly defending time for myself — is absolutely worth it. Proof that I don’t have to always want to do something in order to get it done, in order to succeed at it (I have frequently started the day’s writing with something like “I have nothing to write about” or “I do not want to write today,” but I’ve learned this isn’t a reason to stop). Proof that the inconvenient is sometimes necessary for me to thrive.

I wildly underestimated that power when I started. And I feel something of an obligation to share that power with people who perhaps haven’t discovered it yet.

So here’s to you, 826!

Double Down on Charity Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Sat, May 26
1 cup

Being able to use the computer to do the daily writing has been wonderful. I was unable to write like this due to arthritis in my hands. These last two months have been revealing, problem-solving and inspirational for me. I can’t imagine a day now without doing this. A great place to reflect!

Testimonial Note from Carole Horan on Sat, May 26
4 cups

I have really been helped by 750 words this year. I am doing a personal journey through journaling. That sounds stupid, and I never would have thought I would say that, but its true. I made time this year and am learning about myself. Thank you for making this site.

Testimonial Note from Adam R Johnson on Fri, May 25
10 cups

Hi, 10 charity cups of coffee just to celebrate that last Sunday I passed the 365 streak so I’m a proud Pegasus!

Thank you Buster for supporting and maintaining this site, a truly inspiration to me on more ways I can count (personal and professional).

Please don’t stop creating good stuff and supporting this site!

Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Fri, May 25
3 cups

I love the idea of giving back. I am so inspired by the people here on 750w who have been writing for months and years! I am celebrating my 60 day record now, and soon I hope a 2nd consecutive monthly challenge. Writing is fun again, not a chore!

Double Down on Charity Note from Crystal Harris on Fri, May 25
1 cup

Thank you Buster! is motivating me to express my grief over the passing of my beloved Mother. The incentives encourage me to come here everyday. My first badge has cheered me up. The privacy enables me to be very honest and express my flow of thoughts. Rereading the entries is helping me restore a sense of balance as I remember all the good and put the rest into perspective.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 25
2 cups

Unfortunately, I’m not going able to complete my May challenge. But as soon as my hand feels better, or I learn to type with my nose and one hand I will continue. I love this site. Thanks, Buster

Testimonial Note from Karin Goldberg on Thu, May 24
1 cup

We group, we migrate, we accumulate in clumps. But wherever we wish to go, having a community of the like-minded helps us sally forth when we would have given up long ago if we were just solo. Thank you to 750 words for picking me up during writers-block, dusting me off during writing slumps, and kindly reminding me to keep on keeping on so that I might reach my intended word destination, or happily veer off course as my creativity directs me. Kriya Kaping

Testimonial Note from Kriya Kaping on Thu, May 24
1 cup
Sortable export filenames

Small thing:

I just exported all my words for local backup. The filenames are in the form of “750 Words-export-apr-2011.txt”, which means that the files won’t sort in chronological order.

Better would be to use ISO 8601 dates. E.g. “750 Words-export-2011-04.txt” Then one could see at a glance what months are missing!

New Feature Request Note from Stan James on Thu, May 24
2 cups

I love and, though I have only been writing on this site for several months, it is already hard to imagine the idea of having to live without this little site. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Shadow on Thu, May 24
1 cup
More text analysis

I love and have been writing on this site for several months now. I also introduced my husband to this site. Both of us are in the running to complete the May one-month challenge. I have not utilized the meta-data analysis resource much and would love to see more features for that, especially qualitative analysis. Thank you for a great site!

New Feature Vote from Shadow on Thu, May 24
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

I would love to see how more about what can done about this!

New Feature Vote from Shadow on Thu, May 24
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Marc Lemay on Wed, May 23
5 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Catherine Sharp on Wed, May 23
1 cup

Thank you, Buster and 750 Words for getting me on track towards clearing my head. As I hit 365 consecutive days of writing today, life feels stronger.

Testimonial Note from Dawn Svenson Holland on Wed, May 23
1 cup

I’ve hesitated to write for a long time. I did some professional writing before but I lost my “mojo”. It frustrated me. While browsing through countless articles on the net, I came across 750words. I tried it and loving it ever since. It is a constant reminder for me to say (and accept) that I am a writer.

Thanks Buster for this awesome tool!

Testimonial Note from Jam Mayer on Tue, May 22
3 cups

Having come across a while back, I’ve only recently started writing every day. I’m using 3 cups of patronage (=$12) on this note as I promised myself that if I was successful in writing every day in May I would take my wife away somewhere nice for a night. If not, I’d donate $10 to

I forgot to write yesterday. :-(

Must. Try. Harder!

Testimonial Note from Doug Belshaw on Tue, May 22
1 cup

I’ve developed this nasty habit of requiring writing to think through difficult and complex thoughts. Luckily, I found 750 words to help me through it. That is a lie. 750w doesn’t actually help me write or think through tough thoughts. It does help me cut through the mental fog, and that is a good habit to have.

Testimonial Note from Colin Roberts on Mon, May 21
1 cup

Every so often I just want to thank Buster for being one of my tech heroes. Sometimes I don’t write for months, but I know 750 words will still be here waiting for me.

Testimonial Note from Rachel Lee on Mon, May 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges! MORE BADGES!

New Feature Vote from Jodie Fairclough on Sun, May 20
1 cup

Come on! BE EXTRAORDINARY! – The Doctor

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jodie Fairclough on Sun, May 20
1 cup

WE Are One. Get it?

Testimonial Note from Riva Gordon on Sun, May 20
3 cups

I’m so thrilled that you support 826 Seattle! Writing was my least favorite thing to do in school, and I wish I had been inspired more in this arena. Glad that I’ve developed a passion for it as an adult, but am especially thrilled that 826 Seattle (and its siblings around the country) is out there cultivating a love of writing in today’s students.

Double Down on Charity Note from Gloria O'Connor on Sat, May 19
1 cup
Write through the night

Hey there, I’d like to be able to write my 750 words until say 3 am, rather than miss a day because I write after midnight. I don’t know if time zones would make that difficult – I’m in the UK. Love the site!

New Feature Request Note from wendy vaizey on Sat, May 19
1 cup

I’m so glad that I stumbled upon 750 Words. I guess “stumbled upon” isn’t actually appropriate—a friend of mine introduced me to it. Ever since, I’ve done my best to start of my day fulfilling my words every morning. I’ve also been recently challenging myself to write 1,000 words instead of 750, to write as quickly as possible (keeping myself under 20 minutes per entry). This has really helped to jump-start my brain, forcing me to think and write nonstop.

Testimonial Note from Ronald P. Barba, Jr. on Fri, May 18
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Ben Holder on Thu, May 17
2 cups

I just wanted to write and say how much I LOVE Years ago I used to write out morning pages by hand, but I am a terrible hand writer and my arm gets sore, I get cramps etc.. I can’t stand writing by hand. BUT – I LOVE to type! I love letting go stream of consciousness writing and just going with the flow. Therefore – is perfect for me! I love all the badges though my competitive streak comes out and now I can’t write slowly because I want the cheetah badge.. that’s kind of a bad thing but anyway.. I love the site.. so much so that I was willing to pay to write this! Crazy!

Testimonial Note from Robyn Diprose on Wed, May 16
2 cups

The Morning Pages (750 Words) are an amazing tool that has given me so much insight and focus, as I have never before experienced. I’ve always been a contemplative person, but often my thinking was fuzzy and foggy or went nowhere. I’ve gained so much clarity through my writing now and I am forever grateful for this!

Testimonial Note from Franziska on Tue, May 15
1 cup

I drove hundreds of miles to get to my summer internship. To be exact, I sat in the backseat of my car while my parents took me to my summer internship. I typed out my 750 words when I awoke in the car on my iPhone. I think I gave myself mild carpal tunnel syndrome, but it happened because I refused to miss a day and my whole day was spent in the car. I went to bed as soon as we got in. 750 words is something that I’m committed to and I can’t wait for my next badges!

Testimonial Note from CL on Tue, May 15
5 cups

This site should be required exercise for every grad student in the dissertation writing stage. Forget support groups and how-to books. Nothing has been as helpful in finishing my dissertation (and staying sane) as my regular visit to 750.

Testimonial Note from Susanne on Tue, May 15