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

3 cups

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
1 cup
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 Tue, Jul 03
2 cups

I am so grateful for 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
1 cup

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
10 cups
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
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Hannah Hutton on Mon, Jul 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Hannah Hutton on Mon, Jul 02
1 cup

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 Mon, Jul 02
1 cup

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 Mon, Jul 02
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Tom on Sun, Jul 01
2 cups

Before 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
3 cups

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
3 cups
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
2 cups

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
5 cups

i just completed the june challenge. yes! second month in a row. thank you so much. the words come out easily and its always at a much needed time. the act of writing emotions, ideas and anything else that may come up is very refreshing. it is a great outlet which i look forward to and i fully appreciate… again, thank you.

Testimonial Note from sha-dow on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

I just completed the June Challenge! I absolutely adore this site because it has helped me so much. I tell everyone I know about it, and I hope more people will use it and find it as useful as I have :-)

Double Down on Charity Note from Kristina Behner on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup

Victory in June = another month completed! 750words is my close friend now; I’m heading to the post-Pterodactyl badge, moving from “get-it-written-today” seeing-the-trees mode to Seeing-The-Forest mode and setting a month’s theme: for July = Pretend Blogger. Love the progress 750words has helped me make and thanks to Buster and the team!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sun, Jul 01
5 cups
Privacy Policy needed

I’ve been using this site for months, and it has been really helpful, but I have been hoping that Buster will finally add a privacy policy and implement some proper security measures. Until these serious problems are fixed, I will be taking a break from writing here.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 01
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Molly Rastin on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

I did it! My goal for June was the NaNo badge (write 50,000 words in one month); just finished the last set today. I’m jazzed… unexpected side effects: three draft poems, a short story-fable written in one go WITHOUT stopping and letting my “editor” take control. This is a good thing… NaNo (for real!) in November seems more and more doable. Whee…

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

Congratulating myself! Today is the first full month I have written every day for any one month I’ve been a member – around 1.5 years. I use the site strictly for writing Morning Pages as in the Artist Way program, which uses free flow writing. Some days I just don’t make it here unless I do it first thing in morning which I finally am getting better at!

I rarely look at stats nor days completed. I just do the 750 words and more – sometimes copy out paras for a separate electronic journal. I found watching the stats interferes too much with the “free writing” part of the program for me. I think too much then. However, I did just have a lot of fun seeing what a whole month of days in a row brought about – happy to see I am pretty positive – more then in the past.

I have tried to do whole month’s, as a goal and other harder talks to self, but have never made it until this one. Yeah for me! Ironically, it is also a month when I just said on the first day, “Oh well, I give up, this is what I want, but will not obsess over it any more. Some days are just difficult…” And here I am.

I also find I had bought these cups of patronage and not used them – so, here, a couple cups raised to you all & especially to Buster and Mario for making this great site!

As an AW user of it, who never felt quite safe leaving inner thoughts lying around in paper pads, I love the privacy factor and the fact my typing has improved tremendously ;-)

Testimonial Note from sandi kohler on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

This has really helped me and I was gutted when I missed one day because of the badge I was aiming for but after 30 days the goal is far wider. I’d like more badges please as I clearly am 37 going on 5 but I love it!

New Feature Vote from Teigh-Anne Shave on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

Reviewing the Daily Stats page helps me better evaluate how I’m expressing the coming to terms with my Mom’s death and prolonged struggle with mental and emotional problems. I think this is what makes 750Words such a valuable tool. I not only get motivated to write each day but have a chance to reflect on how my thoughts are coming across.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 30
1 cup

I broke my 500 day streak this month and find that a strange feeling.

I did it almost consciously: I knew I would be away from Internet access for two days, but in the past I’ve carried on writing anyway.

On this occasion, I’d just had my new badge for a few days and decided to just let it go. I realised that I’d become a bit too dominated by what might be better as a fun incentive.

I still feel a wistful regret. Silly!

Testimonial Note from Tim Leighton-Boyce on Sat, Jun 30
4 cups

After a 172 day streak, I only missed one day before coming back. Well, that’s mainly because of Camp Nanowrimo and I’ve been writing 2000 words a day anyway, and where else would I write it but on 750 words? But now i’ve got a 5 day tail and I’m happy. Only 167 more to go!

Testimonial Note from Anna Lowery on Fri, Jun 29
1 cup

With a predominantly poetry background, I was a little worried about my ability to generate words when I decided to begin writing fiction. Now I can’t shut up! Thanks to 750 words for giving me the means to practice and experiment.

Testimonial Note from Alvin Knox on Fri, Jun 29