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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More badges for accomplishments

Badges really get me motivated, and I love the feeling i get when I’ve earned a new one.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 01
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So I messed up my 83 day streak on Saturday, February 25th. Totally spaced on doing my words on time – kept putting it off during the day. I have been angry at myself and avoiding writing here since then. I realized that this is something I typically do – get so focused on stats and doing something right or the way it “should” be that I neglect the larger goal and sabotage myself. I really want to take a stab at NaNoWriMo this year and I want to start writing those songs I’ve been saying I think I can write for the last 3-4 years. In order to do that, I need to be disciplined enough to write every day. But it doesn’t have to be within a certain time frame, nor a certain speed, nor do I have to compare myself to others. So I am back here, donating the amount I said I’d donate if I messed up the February challenge. And I’m re-committing to writing every day – regardless of what my stats say.

Testimonial Note from Deb Haas on Thu, Mar 01
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I’ve now managed three months straight. It’s perfectly possible even with a busy schedule: you can do it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Mar 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Kai Wilson on Thu, Mar 01
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It has done what no other website or project has: success in creating a daily writing habit (yes, Stephen Pressfield, I’m on my way!)
Some days are better than others, but the creative days are winning ground.
I recommend 750words to everyone I know, to the extent of volunteering to translate everything into Spanish.
It’s a place to let loose on hopes, fears and excitement, figure out the next move. A daily highlight.

Testimonial Note from Kate E on Thu, Mar 01
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Staring at a blank screen every day helps me overcome my writer’s block. Thank you for getting me closer to finishing my dissertation!

Testimonial Note from Kaye on Thu, Mar 01
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I love this site. Not only is it helping me stay on track to complete my dissertation, it’s doing good work in the world! I’m proud to be a part of this. Thank you, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Maureen T McCarthy on Thu, Mar 01
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I have now been writing continuously for over 150 days and have written more than a quarter of a million words which is pretty awesome for me. But I have noticed something interesting. I am getting much faster in that getting my 750 words written rarely takes me longer than twenty minutes now because my stream of consciousness just seems to take over so that I am never lost for words they just keep coming. Thats why I love this site and the activity it encourages it is so creative and so useful.

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Thu, Mar 01
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With yesterday’s post, I finished six months of daily writing. At least 750 words a day (words, not literature)
I never thought I had it in me and it would never had happened without Buster and
Thanks a lot!

Testimonial Note from Claude Covo on Thu, Mar 01
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I’m looking forward to receiving my NaNoWriMo Badge for going over 50,000 Words in February! :-)

Testimonial Note from Christina M. Guerin on Thu, Mar 01
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More badges for accomplishments

How about a badge for a million words? After a two-year streak, I’m getting close ;-)

New Feature Vote from LS Lee on Thu, Mar 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Paulina on Thu, Mar 01
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I have been writing since I was a mere 6 years old, but I’ve never been very consistent. Oftentimes if I wasn’t feeling inspired to write something in particular, I wouldn’t write anything at all. I did keep a journal fairly regularly for a period of about a year and a half, but even through high school and college, and now beyond, I’ve never been in the habit of writing daily. I love and appreciate this site for giving me the challenge and the incentive to write every day. I’m not a terribly competitive person, but I do love earning points and badges and there is something strangely addicting about seeing all those X’s in a row for days completed. I’ve been at this for about six and a half weeks now and I can’t see myself stopping any time soon. I love logging in each day and writing about whatever I feel I need to and then going through the stats and learning more about myself and my capabilities. It’s also nice to know that I can push myself to write even when I don’t feel like it. Last weekend was particularly rough since I was out of town and at a family wedding, but the entire weekend was non-stop action, and more often than not I was practically falling asleep as I wrote my words, but write them I did. So thank you for creating this site and good luck to all the writers that may just be starting or I may have caught much later on in their journey.

Testimonial Note from Kate LaChapelle on Wed, Feb 29
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That I love what this site allows me to do is not special: I think many of us feel that way. But, one of my favorite non-writing things to do on this site is look at how many people are writing FOR THE FIRST TIME! I know that the number is high compared to any other badge, but it’s remarkable that it’s large every day. It’s great to see that every day, More and more people are regularly finding something inside themselves that makes them want to write, and that makes me feel amazingly great.

Testimonial Note from Hal Tepfer on Wed, Feb 29
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I’m looking forward to completing the challenge for March!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hana Elise Hornburg on Wed, Feb 29
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750 words is an amazing website.
I have always meant to journal on a daily basis, but i tend to fall out of the habit. 750words offers a convenient interface that makes it so easy to keep writing! Tomorrow I will receive my Albatross, and I am so excited. There is an excellent sense of accomplishment that comes from making a goal and sticking to it. Not only do I feel good for accomplishing that, but writing every day has been astoundingly cathartic and has helped me in my everyday life in a very tangible way.
Thank you so much for this amazing website, it has helped me immensely in the past month, and I am sure that it will continue to in the future!
Keep up the excellent work.

Testimonial Note from Hana Elise Hornburg on Wed, Feb 29
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Shelley McIntyre on Wed, Feb 29
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I’ve written every day of February and am looking forward to getting my albatross on the first day of March. Thank you, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kathryn Grace on Wed, Feb 29
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Double Down on Charity Note from Nicole Sweeney on Mon, Feb 27
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I’ve had an account here for 76 days and have written my 750 words every single day. It feels a little silly to be motivated by a picture of a little bird, but it works for me, so I’m not arguing.

Testimonial Note from Jacob Down on Mon, Feb 27
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More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Feb 27
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Maria L on Mon, Feb 27
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The monthly challenge is almost over…and with that said, I would like to take a moment to say thank you Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Mon, Feb 27
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I am excited about 750 Words as I approach the end of the February Challenge. This site has become my new safe addiction. I cannot imagine how I lived without the creative outlet each day. I’ve just signed up for March and I look forward to the creative ideas that will flow as spring approaches. Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Jerry Charles Toops on Mon, Feb 27
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This has been an amazing site. It has helped me sort out how I feel, think and perceive my day. 750words has improved my typing and has also helped me with my honours project. It has kept my writing. Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from Emi C Egan on Mon, Feb 27
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It has helped me clear my mind some days when nothing else can. It’s helped me think through things alone before I talk them through with my husband. They have been a sanity saver in so many ways! Thank You 750 Words! <3

Testimonial Note from Christina M. Guerin on Sat, Feb 25
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I’ve had a tough time lately. I’m under/unemployed, living in a new city with new challenges, and struggling to get my own projects off of the ground. I’m finding great solace in my daily pages.
Here is a place where I can dump my anxieties and worries without fear of reproach. I can then think through the situation, and come to a new understanding with myself. I can find ways to be better and to do better.
When my life gets busy again, I hope that I can maintain these daily pages on this site, as I think they’ve kept me sane, made me a better writer, and been a shoulder to cry on.

Testimonial Note from Ian James McBain on Sat, Feb 25
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Improve the writing page

In particular, I’d like an option to disable that annoying dialog box that was recently added whenever I try to close a writing tab. I’m always meticulous about saving my writing (and more people should be), so I’ve never had issues with losing my writing. The box that opens when I click that X is just a nuisance. If it helps other people, then great, but I want to be able to turn it off so that I’m not bugged by it ever again.

New Feature Vote from Stephanie Van Aken on Sat, Feb 25
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I’ve failed out of this month for no good reason what so ever, so I’m going to hand these guys over to the people that are more focused than me.

In the end, there’s always next month and the months that follow that for me to recover. Do well, and have fun.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 24
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I have a love-hate relationship with this website. I do these before bedtime, and I always have trouble getting started. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my four months here, though, it’s that once you get started, you can do anything. It all starts with one word.

One Month Challenge Bounty from James Tieng on Fri, Feb 24