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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The best thing about 750 words is it has given me an easy way to write on a daily basis. I also do it with my students as part of my class. But for me, I’m working on character sketches to create a composite character for a short story or novel. We’ll see which when it actually happens. Until then, I’m just happy to be writing regularly, something I had fallen away from.

Also, tried to stop by Bedlam Coffee when I was in Seattle over the holidays, but it was closed! Bummer.

Testimonial Note from Bradley William Bleck on Wed, Jan 18
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Jan 18
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Go forth and be bold!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Tue, Jan 17
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Good luck to all of you trying the One Month Challenge. In February. The shortest of all months. What’s the matter? Was January too long for you? :) Seriously, best of luck.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shark on Tue, Jan 17
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I have thoroughly writing 750 Words – I have to admit, I was unsure if this was going to work for me, but with each passing day – I became more open and the words just began to flow. I intend on writing daily for many days to come …

Testimonial Note from Kristine on Tue, Jan 17
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Found this site about a year ago and loved it, though I just used it as a place where I could stop in and drop off some words when needed. In mid-November, I wrote every day for a week, and noticed good results. I committed to the monthly challenge for December, and since then I have not missed a day! Badges became a great motivator for me and I earned 5 in a row—yes, I managed to be both a Hamster and a Cheetah! The best part, though, is the daily writing practice—doing my words, as I call it—that has helped me with clarity and diligence. Yay, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Anna Brown on Tue, Jan 17
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Taking the challenge in the shortest month of the year….feels like cheating a little :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mario Vittone on Tue, Jan 17
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This is a shout out to all of you committed, brave and dedicated writers who use this site. I used lots of cups so it would be as loud as possible. How do you feel about 750 words? What’s it worth to you? A cup of coffee? The value to me is:

  • Dedicated and encouraging practice time for my recently self taught touch typing: $50
  • Ability to clear my mind when it’s cluttered or angry: $80 per time
  • Incredible creative ideas and inspirations that follow: $100 per idea
  • Creating a writing habit for a person who never thought they could be an author, but now has a book 90% finished: Priceless.

Thank you, Buster & 750 words for my Pegasus badge and for all the benefits you have given me. The price I have paid through patronage is the best value bargain I have had all year. Come on everyone! Be a patron and support this site! A cup of coffee a month, seriously!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Tue, Jan 17
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Woo hoo!! Today I reached Space Bird status! This site has been monumental in helping me start and continue a daily writing habit. I don’t know that I’d be on a 500 day streak without it. Thank you for creating it, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 17
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thanks so much for letting me click through the months! I love this new feature!

Double Down on Charity Note from will rogers on Mon, Jan 16
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I’ve had all sorts of grand aspirations for my new year’s resolutions in the past—lose the weight, love and learn, find inner peace, etc. This year, however, I decided I was going to write every day, and a friend turned me onto 750words.com. I’ve never had more fun—or had an easier time—of keeping a new year’s resolution. The nudge emails, badges and monthly challenges are incredibly motivating, and I’ve started to look forward to my writing time. I know now it’s possible for me to make room every day for a little creativity in my life. Hopefully in a few months I’ll be writing another note to thank 750words.com for helping me finish my novel. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Danielle Stillman-Diederich on Mon, Jan 16
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That about sums it up.

Double Down on Charity Note from Francesca on Mon, Jan 16
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May this help many along the path of health.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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I loved doing the one month challenge! As something who has several writing projects going (and recently got diagnosed with ADD) the challenge was great in getting me focused in the morning, then ready to embrace what needed to get done writing wise for the day. Even if you end up on the wall of shame, there’s always redemption the next month. Hats off to the challenges!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Mon, Jan 16
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I’ve done Morning Pages before but since I have a learning disability with my handwriting it was hard to read my handwriting afterwards. 750 words helps me make sense of what I say afterwards, plus it’s great to go back and make sense of a difficult situation and how to get out of it.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Mon, Jan 16
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The idea behind 750words is simple genius. For years I’ve longed to sharpen my writing skills but always found my self too busy to make writing a part of my daily life. That changed when I tripped across the site. Now when I miss a day of writing, I miss a part of me. The habit of daily writing has opened a powerful path to self-discovery. This neat little package combines personal challenge and reward using a fun approach. My writing and my life are improving because of it.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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New "Badges earned recently" section

I’m recently returned to 750words.com and I’ve already earnt many of the badges before, which demotivates me for about the first 50 days.

How about keeping all the badges I’ve earnt in a “lifetime badge” section, and have a new “badges earnt in the last three months” section, so causing my badges to “reset” and allow me to earn the small ones again as I return to the site?

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m recently returned to 750words.com after a long absence. I’d love to have the motivation to have more badges of different types to earn!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 16
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750words, you have helped get through some tough times and are there when no one else is. thanks for giving me space to write and collect my thoughts. thanks for your analysis and badges. write on!

Testimonial Note from eli on Sun, Jan 15
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Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Sat, Jan 14
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Jan 13
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Offline version of 750words.com

Would love to be able to come to 750words.com and write my journal entry without being online, then have it sync once I get back online. You should be able to accomplish this kind of functionality in HTML 5, I believe. For eg: http://gearsblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/stopping-gears.html

New Feature Request Note from Jordan Magnuson on Fri, Jan 13
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Secure server for writing

I don’t know if this is the right topic, but I have no way of signing in when I am not at home because I don’t remember my log on or password through google and this site, and I am afraid I could easily lose it all.

New Feature Vote from marsha.matsuura on Fri, Jan 13
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Having just hit the 500 day mark, I thought I should mark it by writing a note to say how much I enjoy using 750words.com. Thank You Buster for a fantastic resource and a very beautiful site, it has helped me keep track of my crazy life in a time of huge change. I would recommend it to everyone!
Cheers
Ken

Testimonial Note from Ken McCarthy on Thu, Jan 12
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I love that we get our points based on our 750, and after that it looks like we get credit for words but not discredited for breaks. This works for me since I love coming back to 750 any time I have an idea for an article or post or whatever. With 750 it’s all in one place instead of scattered in several programs across ’puter, iPad and iPhone :). Kudos, again, to 750.

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Wed, Jan 11
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I broke my streak on December since I was at a place with no internet, too bad.. and I know I can recuperate my streak now in January and Feb… it was a long 286 days since March 2011 until December 12th 2011…
I feel good about writing again now in January and start over… What I have kept is the total number of words since I started in Dec 2010,, and it is over 300,000 words,, and I still have many badges, which is good.. so I will just keep on going…

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Wed, Jan 11
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Thank you for this website. And HEALTHMONTH, too. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Darlene on Wed, Jan 11
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d like to see a new “streak” badge, or an updated date on the “streak” badges I already have. For example, if I have a 3-day streak badge for November, if I blew it and lost the streak, I’d like another one when my streak starts over. I hope that makes sense… I find the badges to be very encouraging and motivating!

New Feature Vote from Claire L. Fishback on Tue, Jan 10
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750 Words has taught me to sit down and write, even if I don’t work on my story. The act of sitting and getting it done and forming the habit will carry on throughout the rest of the year and maybe even translate to other areas of my life.

I love this site and I’m so glad I found it!

I love the badges, too! :) I strive to be a Space Bird.

Claire L. Fishback

Testimonial Note from Claire L. Fishback on Tue, Jan 10