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

Thank you, Buster, for providing a space for helping me integrate spontaneous writing into my life on a daily basis. I’ve missed one day out of 27 days this month, so I lost out on my first Monthly Challenge, but I’m going to try again in January! Write on!

One Month Challenge Bounty from janice kay on Tue, Dec 27
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Christian Carter on Tue, Dec 27
3 cups

Keep up the good work, everyone! Let’s gooooooooo team!

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Paterson on Tue, Dec 27
1 cup

During a romantic, warm getaway to Key West my wife suggested I spend the next year exploring what I would need to do to be able to write full time. She began the conversation on her own. In our ten years together this has never happened.

How is this possible? 750 words.

Thank you Buster, et. al., for making miracles happen.

Testimonial Note from Jay Sennett on Tue, Dec 27
1 cup

I got divorced and realized that without daily sharing, I was getting a backlog of words in my head, whirling and whirling around, that needed release. This site lets me do that so I can become still again.

Testimonial Note from Amy Waterman on Tue, Dec 27
1 cup

I was about to bail on the “morning pages” concept after 2 boring days of pen and paper writing… so I searched online for inspiration to continue to slog uphill with it and was inadvertantly directed to 750words… OMG, this is so completely a blast… LOVE it, THIS will keep me writing. Signed up right away for the January challenge and am a paying monthly patron… I feel a little like I’m joining a nice group of people for our daily coffee and type together from the comfort of MY desk… coffee, typing, don’t have to get out of pj’’s, shovel the snow or start the car… brilliant. Thanks so much for this!!!

Testimonial Note from Aeriol Li on Tue, Dec 27
1 cup

This morning, after my sixth day of writing on this site, I wrote an entire poem. I am so grateful for the space to practice writing. I can feel the balance of accountability that opens the doorway to true freedom.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Rockenbach on Mon, Dec 26
10 cups

I would like to voice my appreciation for this site. I think is fantastic. I never thought I would be able to maintain a daily writing discipline this long. I am sure this site has quite a bit to do with it.

I never thought I could become so emotionally involved with a cheesy badge of achievement. You should be justifiable proud of what you have built here. Thank you.

Double Down on Charity Note from Andrew Hood on Sun, Dec 25
2 cups
Improve the homepage

Each time I sit down with my iPad to do my writing I hit the 750words icon and then need to hit the ‘login via google’ button. It would be cool if there were a URL so I could go straight to the writing page.

New Feature Vote from Andrew Hood on Sun, Dec 25
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Improve the daily reminder email

I would like to configure the email reminder to be sent out if I do not do my words for the day. I fear that seeing it everyday will lull me into the habit of ignoring it.

New Feature Vote from Andrew Hood on Sun, Dec 25
5 cups

Thanks to 750 and Buster things are looking good. Writing going well and productive. TYVM. Have a great 2012

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ralpapajan Thurman on Sun, Dec 25
5 cups

Well. 206 days have gone by since I signed up. From Writer’s Block I have moved to Verbal Diarrhoea. Written every day for over 200 days and written 203000 words on 750 and over 200000 words offline. Very productive now and it is easy to write, TYVM Buster and 750!

Testimonial Note from Ralpapajan Thurman on Sun, Dec 25
1 cup

I don’t always do my words. In fact, I only made it one day this month. But it’s great to know this site is always here when I need to brainstorm and when I need some incentive, there’s always the monthly challenge. The best part is, not only is this site here, but my Dad is, too. He joined 750words after I said how great it was and he is nearing a full year without a missed day and racking up the badges. I’m so proud of him and inspired by his dedicationl. When I do log in to do my words, I’m glad to know he’s there as part of the community, even when we’re geographically far apart. Merry Christmas, Dad! I love you! I raise this cup of patronage in your honor!

Testimonial Note from Kira Walsh on Sat, Dec 24
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Merry Christmas, Writers, Buster, One and ALL!
Thanks, Buster: For this site and for Health Month. I’m less than 3 months from a year long straight. It’s such a habit I hardly have to “remember” to write my words anymore. Not getting complacent over here, though.

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sat, Dec 24
1 cup

Thank you so much for providing this service! I’ve been using the site for about two months and it has changed my mood and helped my creative process. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Testimonial Note from B. on Sat, Dec 24
1 cup

Dear Buster, I just discovered 750 Words a few days ago. What a serendipitous gift—thank you for putting this together and for “tithing”! Not familiar with the charity in seattle—will look into it. Love the algorithm you’ve built in, wouldn’t mind knowing a bit more about it—another thing to do. Thanks again—happy solstice!

Testimonial Note from AnneS on Sat, Dec 24
1 cup

One Month Challenge is so good a idea. I love it so much. When I write, I will pay attention to the date. It helps me to review my monthly goals. It also helps me to make effort to accomplish my goals. I participated this in November. I continued to join it in December. And I am planning my new goals in the next year. Thanks for this one month challenge.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Charles Hwang on Fri, Dec 23
1 cup

Thanks for 750. I have been writing diaries here for more than 2 months. I feel so good writing every day. I love the one month challenge. It helps me to write and clear my mind. Sometimes, I don’t know what I can write. I just write. It helps me to establish a good habit. So good to be here. Thanks again.

Testimonial Note from Charles Hwang on Fri, Dec 23
8 cups

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so I thought I should add a little to the pot for next month’s bounty. I plan on getting some of them back anyways (this is where people usually start to tell me I shouldn’t be too cocky).

One Month Challenge Bounty from Matt J. Marlieu on Fri, Dec 23
10 cups

I’ve been a friend of Boston’s 826 for a while, and am delighted to be able to share with them. Also, I should say, a little embarrassed that I didn’t realize (until now) that I could do so. Good work by good people always deserves help from the rest of us.

Double Down on Charity Note from Hal Tepfer on Fri, Dec 23
14 cups

Given that it is the Holiday season, I feel that it is best to give a little, and to take a minute to realize just how much this site has helped me! Thanks again Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Derrick Woolfson on Fri, Dec 23
1 cup

750 words has been an incredible help. Thanks for the opportunity to get things out of my head in a safe place. The more I write, the more I realize just how much I need to write. Thanks for the great place to do it!

Testimonial Note from Jason Ingalls on Fri, Dec 23
1 cup
Metadata updating after the fact

I would LOVE to be able to ‘tag’ my entries with Metadata after the fact — it would make it easier to FIND important snippits that are buried in my text (SUBJECT: YYY) as well as allowing me to add details about the day that might not have been true YET when I did my writing (MEDITATE:30) . So — rather than letting me edit the whole day’s work, just allowing me to add some metadata would be super awsomealicious… (I’ve been writing 750 words, I can write some made-up ones if I please…)

New Feature Request Note from Quibbleable on Thu, Dec 22
5 cups
Elapsed time indicator on "Write" page

Just like the word count at the bottom of the “Write” page, this display would let you know how long you have been writing. I am trying to get the Cheetah badge and it would help motivate me to quit dawdling when I write. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Thu, Dec 22
1 cup

750 words is one of the great discoveries of the year. This is my way of expressing thanks. Not long ago my dear partner and wife urged me to try it, and, predictably enough, I was skeptical at first, but now I have written for almost 40 days in a row and can’t imagine my day without it. 750 makes me more reflective and really encourages me to get down on paper the concerns that are obsessing me. As Buster recently suggested, 750 is the kind of habit that makes us more thoughtful, more aware, more lively. I love it and hope to be a regular user for many months and even years to come. Hail 750! A wonderful way to write, to think, and to be.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Preskill on Thu, Dec 22
1 cup

Feeling pretty happy with myself right about now. I started back in September (even tried to do the challenge). However, missing a day in the second week of that month disappointed me a little, and I gave up on the site for about a month. Somehow, I found the spirit of writing again mid-October and haven’t stopped since. I just got day 70 and now currently working towards 100. It’s going to be tough with Christmas and New Year’s coming up, but something tells me that I am going to get it. Somehow just pulled nearly 4,000 words out of nowhere today (after days of writing 750 to 850 words). Let’s just hope that this energy sticks around for a little while. And I am so close to getting the 100,000 word badge that it hurts (only 25,000 to go). I should be getting it the first part of January if I keep going the way it’s been going lately.

Testimonial Note from Matt J. Marlieu on Wed, Dec 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cora Darkmoon on Wed, Dec 21
1 cup

I am so happy to get all my bitching and complaining out of the way at the beginning of the day! This has helped my brain to be a more pleasant place to hang out. Best of all, whiny entries were mostly at the beginning of the month, and I’ve moved on to more interesting (to me) thoughts! Thank you, Buster, for such a wonderful tool. I feel back on track as a writer even though I’m on the last stretch of a non-writing graduate degree!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Dec 21
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Irene H. on Tue, Dec 20
1 cup has made all the difference in trying to reach the kind of positive habits that I’m after. I’m so glad I found this place.

Testimonial Note from Irene H. on Tue, Dec 20