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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Passin’ along the love and inspiration. Lovin’ some good words.

Double Down on Charity Note from Leslie Stewart on Wed, Jan 04
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More stats on the Eternity page

It would also be nice to see a visual of all your completed days a la the bowling scores that run at the top every month. In the ETERNITY tab, could you include the “/” and “X” boxes for EVERYTHING you’ve written since joining the site?

New Feature Vote from Johnny Marr on Wed, Jan 04
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Leena Woodhouse on Wed, Jan 04
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More badges for accomplishments

More badges please, they really keep me going!

New Feature Vote from Leena Woodhouse on Wed, Jan 04
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Thanks Buster for the absence booking feature – I am feeling so much more motivated now knowing that when I have to go away for a couple of days every few weeks or so for work – often without internet and occasionally even without phone signal – it won’t break my streaks. I never managed to get very far before because my streaks would get broken and I would feel a bit demoralised. Now as long as I plan ahead and log my absences properly I can make sure that I keep hitting my personal goals. Always liked the site – now love it.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jan 04
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Gratitude for a new feature

I couldn’t find the exact location for this note but I did want to say “thank you” for the new feature I found that will allow me to schedule days when I can’t write my pages! What a blessing that is since sometimes on vacations the Internet connection has been sketchy at best and I have struggled to get my pages posted. So thank you Buster!!! :o)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jan 04
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Thank you to 750 Words bring the swift kick in the butt I need every day to remind me that writing needs to be much higher on my priority list for personal happiness. After every 750 Words log-in session, I am able to work through any mental or physical blocks and move closer to my goals, whether personal, career or family. I noticed after a 10-day streak that I no longer needed to mind dump…the creativity flowed through like the blood pumping through my veins. When the holidays hit, I hit road bumps that messed with streak-making and the writing blocks challenged me in every direction. So here I am, on day 4 of my streak this month, hopeful that I can once again tap into the creative super highway. I’m picking up speed and ready to merge…

Testimonial Note from Armi Rowe on Wed, Jan 04
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Tags

Am loving this site, but as my daily outpourings are on a host of different subjects, I would find it extremely useful if, at the end of the session, I could tag the entry with up to, say, three key words, that would make searching back through all the tripe, much quicker and easier.
For example, I might have written a new plot idea idea on project 2, a revision note for project 1 and a random thought for a future something, all in my 750 words. (I never claimed to be focussed, did, I?). At the end, I’d like to write a tag for each, which would appear in the date listings, that I can quickly jump back to.
As my 750 are written fairly quickly (for me) and often as a stream of conciousness, I really have no recollection of what I wrote 2 months ago on the Xth day of my streak. This would help. A lot.
Other than that – am loving it! (although a little scared of reports of people losing their saved words…)

Thanks again to both of you
Pernille

New Feature Request Note from Pernille Hughes on Wed, Jan 04
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On each of the last 57 days I have written at least 750 words, for all my past attempts and resolutions to write daily, this is the first time i have managed to do so for more than a week. Thanks so much for this site, it works.

Testimonial Note from Tracie on Tue, Jan 03
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Congratulations to everyone writing here. I love 750words simply because I love writing, and having a site that exists simply for me to do this makes me ecstatic. I don’t care much about points, but I care about being here every day. Used to get a reminder but have not needed that for a year.

Thanks, Buster, and Happy New Year.

Cheers,

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Tue, Jan 03
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I would like to write one of those infomercial style testimonials: “After a month of using 750 words, I’m less anxious, I’ve lost weight, and I feel more confident. I even met my true love.” I’m not sure if any of these things are directly correlated to 750words, but it certainly feels like they all happened together for a reason, and 750words had a hand in it. There’s something about writing every day that really centers you, and I never had the willpower to do it before. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Maria F. on Tue, Jan 03
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An iPhone/iPad app

I think this would make writing your daily words so much easier. Also because I think 750words as an app, would be fantastic.

New Feature Vote from Louise Fjordside on Tue, Jan 03
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Ebun Omoni on Tue, Jan 03
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Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Tue, Jan 03
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Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Tue, Jan 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Ebun Omoni on Tue, Jan 03
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Paul Larsen on Tue, Jan 03
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I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and inspired new year!

Double Down on Charity Note from Ingeborg Kooiman on Mon, Jan 02
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I wish all the best in this coming year to all my fellow writers. Good luck to you. And thank you, Buster, for this respite from the madding crowd.

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Mon, Jan 02
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Buster:

Everyday at around 9:10 am you remind me that I need to write 750 words. Whether I want to or not. I have done so for the past 186 days, and I am not sure there is any stopping. 750 words has made me more focused, much more disciplined, more concise, and much better at expressing myself. I started the last couple of days in June, after seeing it as a writing option on Evernote, and I was on my way. It has been a lot of fun, it has been a pain in my butt, sometimes simultaneously!! I have written consistently until I finish all at one sitting, and I have also written a couple of times through the day as life gets in the way. IT IS SOMETHING THAT MUST BE COMPLETED EACH AND EVERYDAY! It is kind of amazing because I will sometimes sit at the keyboard and think “I have nothing to write today”, and once I start it seems to flow, many times I am at 750 words before I know it but continue as I want to finish my thoughts or complete my story.

I have suffered from some severe losses over the past couple of years and this has been so cathartic as I can write what I feel, and not worry about what other’s think of it, or if it is even written well. Being unemployed 750 words has given me something to look forward to every day, and allows me to focus on my fears, my hopes, my joys as well as heartbreaks. I am still way too self-indulgent, whiny and self absorbed but it has shown me growth, maturity and allows me to better organize my thoughts. I have been told by a couple of people that my writing has improved and is more tighter, well thought out and executed.

Thank you Buster. I have always wanted to write but was always too lazy or undisciplined, inconsistent at best. 750 words has made me accountable and kept me on track. I believe it to be somewhat addictive as well because I have to write, everyday. I am not sure if I stop whether I will implode, but don’t intend to find out in the near future.

Be well Buster, and God Bless you. You are really doing a great thing!

Norm Chapman

Testimonial Note from Norman E Chapman III on Mon, Jan 02
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February is the month of LOVE! May you have that feeling with you all month long and remember how much you would LOVE to share in the bounty!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Seamon Lautman on Mon, Jan 02
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Happy New Year 750 words! I am starting anew this year and am feeling the love of writing again!

Testimonial Note from Kim Seamon Lautman on Mon, Jan 02
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I have been enjoying writing here ever since the end of June and have accomplished much with it. My favoritest feature yet? Scheduling a vacation. It came in handy just in time for New Year’s. :-D

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 02
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I joined on a kind of whim on the last day of NaNoWriMo 2011. I had planned on starting Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY on January first, but when I found 750 Words, I thought, why don’t I start the Morning Pages now. I also wanted to continue the writing momentum that NaNo had created. I am so glad that I have joined! I am finding my excitement for writing once again. I am working through emotions that I didn’t know were there. I am reclaiming my creativity. The cute bird badges are a nice little bonus too. In a month’s time, I accumulated eleven badges. My prized ones are the Awesome! horse I received on the 1st of January (and how I got my notes! But I will be donating too) and the flock of 100k birds I got on December 19th. Just 20 days in and I had gotten 100k. I’ve never written so many words in so short of a time before. Never have written 100k in a month, for that matter. So thank you for the site, Buster. Thank you for helping us challenge ourselves.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Redelle Carey on Mon, Jan 02
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More stats on the Eternity page

The eternity page is a great way to see how the entries are analyzed overall, more data here would be awesome!

New Feature Vote from Brandon Kreppein on Mon, Jan 02
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Happy New Year.

Be good and do some good.

Double Down on Charity Note from James Carlyle on Sun, Jan 01
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My dad, a prostate cancer survivor, is now beginning what will likely be the biggest fight of his life with what looks like liver cancer. 750Words will be the place where I will barf out my insides as I try to make sense of it what I can, and peace with what I can’t.

Testimonial Note from Joline Olson on Sun, Jan 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges! They by far are what motivate me most, and I would love to see many more types of badges to keep me writing every day.

New Feature Vote from Dan on Sun, Jan 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from ME Doerfler on Sun, Jan 01
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from ME Doerfler on Sun, Jan 01