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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

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 Tue, Jan 17
1 cup

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
4 cups
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
8 cups

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 Mon, Jan 16
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Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Sun, Jan 15
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 14
1 cup
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 Sat, Jan 14
1 cup
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 Sat, Jan 14
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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
2 cups

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 Thu, Jan 12
1 cup

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 Thu, Jan 12
12 cups

Thank you for this website. And HEALTHMONTH, too. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Darlene on Thu, Jan 12
1 cup
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 Wed, Jan 11
1 cup

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 Wed, Jan 11
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Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Peach on Wed, Jan 11
3 cups

I’d like to pay tribute to the 750 Words “word cloud,” that alphabetized list that appears in our stats page. Today, mine read like pure poetry: “because bra can’t computer didn’t.” There was more, of course, but I’m saving that. There’s a story in there, somewhere, and that’s the real genius of this place.

Testimonial Note from Jim Meyer on Tue, Jan 10
3 cups

Well done!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Cara Wood on Tue, Jan 10
3 cups

Thanks 826. :)

Double Down on Charity Note from Mario Vittone on Mon, Jan 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 09
5 cups

This is the perfect way for establishing a habit. I write although I don’t want to, I write although I am too lazy, I write even if my mind seems empty at first.
The experience you will get is: once you engage in an activity which seems impossible at first, you will see things differently in the process.
I almost wish there were another applications like this for running, reading, studying etc. But the lessons you learn simply by continous writing are precious enough.
So, write and learn! And praise Buster. ;)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 09
5 cups

My friend keeps reminding me that I should be faithful to this idea – writing here every day. tonight I did 751 in 19 minutes….it was one of those days I guess. Saying all the things I wanted to into the ether was good for the soul. Thanks J. Good idea.

Testimonial Note from Mario Vittone on Mon, Jan 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Ian James McBain on Mon, Jan 09
1 cup

I used to work on short task descriptions – mostly lists, mind maps, tasks in TO-DO’s and similar. They were only empty bullet points, that made my head keeping all the associated emotions, feelings and pictures.
It was supposed to be effective… Was supposed to wake my mind up and inspire it for more achievement and focus. It gave me fuzzy mind, lots of unfinished ideas in my noisy mind and all distractions thinkable to man… I hate this faze of my life… I feel like I constrained myself for over 10 years of forced, emotionless planning.

It all changed when I heard Jim Rohn and his speech about a JOURNAL. I listened to it tens of times… Then it was business as usual – I bought a fancy journal, even fancier pen and… did nothing, because I was afraid to use it and was always busy, busy, busy…

I saw 750words for the first time in autumn and I instantly loved it. Pity I was waiting to join my first monthly challenge until January… I could’ve done so much more in the meantime… ;)

Good luck to all of you who rediscover thinking on journal-paper – even when it’s not the real one, but only bits of encrypted data… ;) Good luck my friends!

Testimonial Note from Radek Pogoda on Sun, Jan 08
1 cup

I’ve done the Artist’s Way series multiple times and once I got the hang of doing morning pages, this has been a great transition to keeping up that habit.

Testimonial Note from Chris Bailey on Sun, Jan 08
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Double Down on Charity Note from Wendy Way on Sat, Jan 07
1 cup

Writing is a habit of daily magic. How can 26 letters be recombined each day to produce such remarkable effects as improved self-esteem, clarity of thought, untangling of knotted problems, and overall better sense of self? I am not sure how it works but I just know that writing each morning those 750 words, without the anxiety of getting it ‘right’ or the concern about sounding intelligent, produces magic. Plain and simple. Such a simple concept, such tremendous benefits. As a published writer and author, I am continually astonished at how much easier it is for me to get on with my other writing once those 750 words have been produced. It’s MAGIC! Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Alicia Adams on Sat, Jan 07
7 cups

I began my love of writing as a child, and have always had a way with the written word. However, when I started writing on 750 Words, I was a college student who hadn’t focused on her writing in a long time. 750 Words has helped me reclaim my skills, little by little. Some days I try prompts, other days, I know what I want to write about. Sometimes I ramble about my life, make lists, or write poetry. Overall, this site has aided me in expressing my thoughts and emotions, as well and resolving conflicts and making decisions. I have found my love of writing again, thanks to this site!

(Also, while I wasn’t the most dedicated when beginning here, I’m proud to say I’ve finally become a pterodactyl!)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jan 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Miruna Stanica on Fri, Jan 06