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

I’ve started this extracurricular activity only recently. Before I began, I felt a sense of being overwhelmed and intimidated by the 750 word count. One may extrapolate that I was suffering from, ‘sticker shock.’

However, as I rested my knurled over worked hands on the beautiful instrument of my trade, my fingers came to life and I fell ‘write’ into it. With the joyous clacking music beating in my ears. I went from zero words, to 100, to 500 and before I knew it. I surpassed that magical 750 number and without so much as a glance back words, I kept on going.

With this one achievement clearly notched on my belt. I dust off my empty steel can of Folgers coffee and fill it to the brim with the wadded up scribbled on papers of my past failed attempts, I dab in a bit of diesel fuel, strike a kitchen match and with great pomp and gusto, I light it up.

As my old insecurities flash away into ash and smoke, I take into serious consideration, setting up camp here and staying for a while. As my metaphor extinguishes its’ self out. I think to myself. “I know without a shadow of a doubt. This is where it will happen. This is where I will make my stand. This is where I will conduct myself in my own personal field of battle.”

The die has been cast, the weapons of my choice are forged. From the cinders of my failed past, I retrieve my newly minted sword and shield of confidence and join the ranks of other potential writers.

Sitting here writing this, I take a moment to survey my fellow peers, I see the vast potential surrounding me, as I imagine a future filled with awe and wonder. I think to myself.

“This is where it all started.”

Testimonial Note from James F Morgan on Thu, May 31
1 cup

I’ve been plugging in words here for more than two years. I’ve completed 700+ days, and am currently on a 500+ streak. The best part is that it doesn’t mean a damn thing to anyone else but me. This is something I do for me, and only me, and I wouldn’t be who I am now without it. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Jack Fleischer on Thu, May 31
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Kasia on Thu, May 31
3 cups

Keep going. Even when you have days when you don’t want to. Just remember to keep going.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kasia on Thu, May 31
1 cup

I’m a sucker for intangible rewards and when used properly, such as in the realm of writing, I can be persuaded as easily as a dog being bribed with peanut butter.

Testimonial Note from Tyler A. Stevens on Wed, May 30
1 cup

I’m not exactly a morning person, but I realised recently that if I set my alarm only one hour earlier, and actually got up when the alarm went off instead of wallowing around until I absolutely had to, I could do all sorts of things.

So, starting this week I have used 750 Words as a reason to get up, get those words out, and have a proper breakfast, and then instead of hopping on the nearest train, spend the rest of the time walking 4 miles to a station a little closer to where I work.

Now that I actually have a reason to get up, and feel like I have time to accomplish things before getting into work, mornings are a lot better!

Testimonial Note from Peter Silk on Tue, May 29
1 cup

I started 750words sometime back in February because I saw it somewhere on the internet and it looked like a cool idea. It was. I struggled to write my first 750 words, but I manged to. I’m sure it took more than twenty minutes! I had managed to keep a decent streak until my 40th something day, when I waited a bit too late to start. I was greatly upset, and decided to take a little break. I then started making sure I wrote my words, not to keep up a streak, but it go through a daily cleansing of my mind. I would journal about my day, and at the end, read it to reflect on myself.

Thank, Buster. So far it’s been quite the ride.

Testimonial Note from Saudah Jones on Tue, May 29
3 cups

I can’t believe how much I love this site! Nor can I believe how motivating your quirky badges have been for me. Thank you for the thought and effort and good intentions you have contributed to give so many people such a powerful place to write.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Tue, May 29
4 cups

It has changed my lifestyle. It created a routine for me and helped introduced running back into my life.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, May 29
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Badges beyond Spacebird

There need to be badges for writers who have a streak of more than 500 days. Ever since receiving the spacebird badge, I’ve become sloppy, takings days of because there’s nothing more in it for me. I need a new goal, something hard I can work my arse of to get – and there are so many more things with wings that would make up a nice maskot, and for me, space is not the final frontier…
Please let there be new badges. I’m about to start as an egg with a new account to be able to collect bages again and have something to keep me writing every day, but I’d rather improve this veteran account to further heights. Thank you for your consideration!

New Feature Request Note from Maja Ilisch on Tue, May 29
5 cups

Wow, I’ve just unexpectedly earned a new badge. The Night Bat badge (as I sit here typing with jet lag). Love it, and love this site! Thanks, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kali Clara on Mon, May 28
3 cups
New badge suggestion...

How about a new badge for those who have a full set of all possible badges? Ladies and gentlemen for your consideration I present to you: The Badger!

New Feature Request Note from Derry Cooke on Sun, May 27
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 Sun, May 27
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 Sat, May 26
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 Sat, May 26
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 Sat, May 26
1 cup

Thank you Buster! 750words.com 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 Fri, May 25
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 Fri, May 25
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 Fri, May 25
2 cups

I love 750words.com 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 Fri, May 25
1 cup
More text analysis

I love 750words.com 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 Fri, May 25
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 Fri, May 25
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Double Down on Charity Note from Marc Lemay on Thu, May 24
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Catherine Sharp on Thu, May 24
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 Wed, May 23
3 cups

Having come across 750words.com 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 750words.com.

I forgot to write yesterday. :-(

Must. Try. Harder!

Testimonial Note from Doug Belshaw on Wed, May 23
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 Tue, May 22