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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For the first several months, writing every day on this site was an experiment to see if I could write a consistent journal. Then, it became an all-consuming addiction to type out my thoughts and brainstorms at all hours until I obtained all of the badges. And now? With Space Bird being the only badge left to earn, typing out a thousand or so words daily is now a deeply-ingrained habit, for better or for worse. Sometimes typing so much to myself seems more self indulgent than it is helpful, but the site is here for when I need it for hardcore thought-dumping.

I will say this, though: I do like having a place I can make goals (and New Years resolutions!) where no one will else will see or judge them. Since some studies suggest that telling goals to others actually reduces the motivation to follow through on them, 750words is a great tool for holding oneself consistently accountable for their goals in private.

On another note, I get tired of hearing people whine about their broken streaks: if you missed writing for a day due to negligence (and not something uncontrollable like a network blackout), you need to pick yourself off the ground and be just that more motivated to restart it. The 387-day streak I’m currently on is not my first, and I don’t think I could have been nearly as dedicated to rebuilding it without the embarrassment I endured from forgetting to write for a day (and sulking for the next) a little more than a year ago.

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Sun, Jan 01
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I have been using 750 words regularly for about 3 and a half months. I missed one day in all that time and have completed 3 monthly challenges. Sitting down and getting my words out helps me connect to my subconscious and get to my deeper feelings and thoughts, so thank you for that. Looking forward to a great 2012 with you all!

Testimonial Note from Adam R Johnson on Sun, Jan 01
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More badges for accomplishments

It is just that, silly as they may look, badges are fun.

New Feature Vote from Claude Covo on Sun, Jan 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Carl Polley on Sat, Dec 31
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Good luck with 2012, everyone! Keep the words flowing.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Wendy White on Sat, Dec 31
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More badges for accomplishments

Unexpected achievements can be a good motivator toward better writing habits.

New Feature Vote from Lotte Stowe on Sat, Dec 31
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More badges for accomplishments

I LOVE BADGES. :D

New Feature Vote from Jamie Moeller on Sat, Dec 31
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My husband was very proud of me for keeping up with this, and I am proud of myself as well. 750 words is good for one’s writing, and good for one’s mental state.

Testimonial Note from Jamie Moeller on Sat, Dec 31
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New year, new month. Wishing us all courage while writing. A calm mind cannot spread fear.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Quinnie Mulcahy on Sat, Dec 31
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Just completed my first monthly challenge! I’ve done morning pages on and off for years, but this site gives me motivation and inspiration to stay with it every day. Thank you for a great site!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Dec 31
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I would just like to extend well wishes to all the writers here that they continue to write this coming year and find success here in doing so.

Testimonial Note from Ronn Reeger on Sat, Dec 31
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750 words has helped me achieve my dream of becoming published. I’ve always loved to write, but found excuses not to. Now that I HAVE to write every day, I’m getting a lot more done. Sometimes I add to the manuscript, sometimes I brainstorm what’s going to happen next, and sometimes I’m writing promotional material! But I’m always writing. Thanks for making writing a necessity rather than something I do “when I get around to it.”

Testimonial Note from Patty Gordon on Sat, Dec 31
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Secure server for writing

Kudos to Buster for adding security to writing page, I was missing that.

New Feature Vote from Jorge Sanz on Fri, Dec 30
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Hey January writers, here some cups for you guys :-)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jorge Sanz on Fri, Dec 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 30
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I hope one of these shorties gets a story published some day.

Double Down on Charity Note from Johnny Marr on Fri, Dec 30
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More badges for accomplishments

Those dorky little critters and their antics!

They make no sense!

I don’t know why I like them!

Therefore I politely, quietly but with exclamation demand more of them.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 29
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I’ve got nothing to say, but the idea of collecting digital cups of coffee does not appeal. I say send it to the children.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 29
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Secure server for writing

Everyone loves SSL. It makes us feel safe when we bank, it protects us from as best as I can term it, creepers, during our browses of social networks. It even keeps some of our secrets secret for secret’s sake.

I would love, as would I’m sure many others, to have the same fuzzy feeling I have when I pay my bills by the fire online, theoretically in my pajamas, when I’m writing out my latest and greatest here.

If not that, then certainly the lock enthusiasts among us would appreciate the extra decoration in the address bar to endlessly describe.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 29
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Vacation reprieve

Buster,
I repeat my plea.
I couldn’t enter my journal entry on 750 words Dec. 26th due to not being able to connect to WiFi at our vacation rental in the tiny town of Depoe Bay in OR.
Please! restore my streak. I’m headed to Pegasus by 3/16/12. I really don’t like seeing an EGG next to my name!
Thanks!
Patron Donna-Grace

New Feature Request Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Thu, Dec 29
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I am a professional writer. I write when I am inspired. Or when I’m hired to write. This site has helped me take a step back from that and just to write without that pay check or without waiting for that undependable devil inspiration. Taking on the challenge of writing a set amount each day, and the knowledge that that set amount is being tracked by the site has added focus and direction to my writing. And guess what? Inspiration has often shown up at times when it’s unexpected and it’s certainly shown up more frequently lately. This site been useful. And I’m grateful.

Testimonial Note from Dan Redican on Wed, Dec 28
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I began 750 Words to improve my typing. Now I love the site for encouraging me to write my memoirs.

Testimonial Note from C Cunningham on Wed, Dec 28
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Writing my 750 words regularly has helped clarify my thoughts and attention. It’s also beautifully designed site. Thanks for the excellent resource!

Testimonial Note from Peter Marks on Wed, Dec 28
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Double Down on Charity Note from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Dec 28
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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 Wed, Dec 28
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Christian Carter on Tue, Dec 27
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Keep up the good work, everyone! Let’s gooooooooo team!

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Paterson on Tue, Dec 27
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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
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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
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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