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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Our Good Members

Heather Gregorich
Nicole Rossi
Joan Dano
Rhea N Russell
NMK
Charles Pruitt
Carina Rampelt
Natalie Wright
David Kincaid
Thamiris Nunes
Pushkar Lele
Em
Melisa
Karen Lynch
Seth Rosenberg
LHB
Philip Walker
Mike Morgan
Ryan L Engelstad
Kiara Fuentes
Amy Jo Harris
Deep Thought
Soul Tender
Marguerite Bellangue
Dal
Brian Taylor
David Dault
Ben Kenobii Sahle
Chloé
Leslie Morales
Ashley Steed
Molly Alice
Rachel Downey
Michmich
Michelle B. Griffin
Jessica Terry
Violettine
Ani D'Ambrosio
CC
Andrea Shaw
Josefine
Double D
Shannan Garcia
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Naveh Shetrit
Atticus Harris
Emma
Violette Ferrand
Miranda Bruce-Mitford
sankarshan
Christian Jones
Adam Wilson
John Johnson
Grace Kreger
James Milner-Smyth
Alicia
Daphne Villatoro
Gokhan Mutlay
Isaac
Alexandria Hawes
Audrey
Julian Deane
Ashleigh Gauch
Jeff Arcuri
Rhonda Cutler
Ellen Keiter
Ken Reppart
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Alyse
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Fred Faraday
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ptom
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Rudy
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Jeffrey Smith
Rich Pollock
Ben Macdonell
Jess Rimington
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Katherine Liu
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Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups

I love the fact that 750 words keeps everything so simple. It is supposed to be a stream-of-consciousness tool and that it does very well. I prefer writing here because I do not have all the bells and whistles that document writers such as Word have to use as a distraction. It is kept simple and gives me a nice blank page to dump my brain on. I am able to write until the thoughts stop coming without worrying about how they look or how they should look.

I fell that you are doing a great job with this site and I would not change much as to the layout. Thank you for all your effort keeping the site running and proving me with a great tool to use.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Marie on Sun, Jun 11
1 cup
Change the name of the Wall of Shame

There should be no “failures” with writing or other creative pursuits. Nobody should be “shamed” for not meeting a certain goal.
I would very strongly encourage you to change the name of the “wall of shame” to something like “Runners Up” or “Other Participants”. Change it to something encouraging rather than discouraging, in other words.
During my entire life, I’ve felt ashamed for not being some sort of Grand Prize Winner Superstar. Most people are not Grand Prize Winner Superstars. We are simply trying to do our best.
Shame and browbeating, even done in a “humorous” fashion, can be extremely daunting to some people, particularly those with a background of psychological abuse. I learned early on from my family that I seemed to be incapable of doing anything right, and, even at 52 years old, I continue to impart this message to myself.
The word “shame” is so upsetting to me that I cannot possibly participate in a challenge which places me on a “wall of shame” for not completing it, particularly when I am unlikely to be able to. I am working massive numbers of hours a week. Being able to engage in creative pursuits should be a gift, not a punishment.
Of course those who complete the challenge should be awarded a prize for doing so. But those who do not should not be “shamed” or called failures.
I like to support anything that encourages people to engage in creative pursuits. However, my money is limited, and I cannot support anything which shames those who do not “measure up” to an exacting standard.
I know it’s only a word. But some words hurt—a lot.
I will be glad to become a member of the site again if the Wall of Shame becomes a Wall of Participation of some sort. Until then, my money is very limited right now, and, sadly, since I literally cannot participate in something where the cost of “failure” is being “shamed”, I must cancel my subscription.
I wish you well.

New Feature Request Note from Cara Hartley on Sun, Jun 11
1 cup

I don’t have time to write 750 words a day, much though I’d love to be able to. I’m in the process of becoming self-employed, and it is very time-consuming becoming my own boss. However, even if I’m only able to carve out one or two days a week to write, it can help to have a prompt.
I refuse to beat myself up about not meeting the sort of goal that others may be able to set, i.e. 750 words per day. I’m quite good at beating myself up, and I’m trying to become less good at it. 52 years of being my own worst enemy is quite enough.
This is a good tool and I support anything which helps people to be able to utilize their creativity. I feel that it should be used in the manner which is going to help one most, whether that be to write 750 words per day every day, or whether it be to write 750 words sporadically as life may allow.
With creativity, there should be no concept of “winners” and “losers.” There are only winners.

Testimonial Note from Cara Hartley on Sun, Jun 11
1 cup
Calendar

I’d love some kind of calendar to easily go back to my earlier writings.

New Feature Request Note from Olivia Oktober on Sun, Jun 11
1 cup
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from K M on Sat, Jun 10
1 cup

I have been able to drain my brain of slush and nonsense on a regular basis with the help of 750words. This has bumped up my productivity, my focus, and dropped my anxiety levels. I will be here for as long as I can type. This is waaaay cheaper than therapy!

Testimonial Note from Kat Leffler on Fri, Jun 09
1 cup

I only joined 750 Words less than 2 weeks ago. Since then, I’ve written every day and made it a point to carve out the time I need to follow this regimen. I don’t always write at the same time, but I do meet the goal. I enjoy the brain dumps and find now I am beginning to formulate my writing plan. It is an exciting time for me and I can feel the inquisitive, creative person I used to be showing up here and there. I’m inspired. Thank you Buster and Kellianne! ;D

Testimonial Note from Evelyn Marentette on Wed, Jun 07
1 cup

I’m one of those people that know all the benefits of meditation, is completely open to the practice, but can’t seem to solidify it as a daily habit. However, I want many of the cognitive benefits. I read a post about how stream-of-consciousness journaling can be just as beneficial, and so far it has been amazing. I’m very grateful that 750words exists and I’ve found that having a daily writing habit has changed my life in innumerable ways!

Testimonial Note from Jordan Callahan on Wed, Jun 07
5 cups

This site has enabled me to not only write every day but to clear my head so that writing inspiration can flow. I recently had to go without for over a week and it drove me crazy not having the accountability that I get here. I am grateful to be a part of this.

Testimonial Note from Jaimee Walls on Tue, Jun 06
10 cups

This isn’t so much a testimonial note as it is a helpful little tidbit for those of us who sometimes have trouble remembering if we wrote our words which causes us to miss days inadvertently. (I remember bolting up one night at 4am saying “I forgot my words today!”)

Every day, I change the background screen color to a different color of the rainbow (or chakra color, if that’s your thing). And I find that it helps me remember whether or not I’ve written for that day, since your mind can recall the color of the day and contrast it with the previous day. Or something like that. Something interesting goes on neurologically that helps someone like me remember his words more consistently so I don’t have to bug Kellianne to restore my streak! Give it a shot if you’re finding it hard to remember your words. And enjoy your writing!

Testimonial Note from Wyn Evans on Tue, Jun 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see something that comes after the flying squirrel badge since it looks like a few members I’ve seen on the today’s writer page have hit over 2000. I think it’ll give some motivation to reach for such a insane amount of days!

New Feature Vote from Destroyer of Words on Sun, Jun 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

750 Words has truly motivated me and it would be great if there could be more badges. It’s not to show off, but it could give everyone a sense of accomplishment every time they accomplish something and get a badge.

New Feature Vote from Charmaine on Sun, Jun 04
1 cup
Bookmark Certain Entries

I’d like to be able to put some sort of tag or bookmark on certain entries. Kind of like how in Gmail you can “star” certain emails, then go back and reference those specific starred emails all in one section. Sometimes I write really awesome or relevant things and I’d love to be able to reference it easily on the site.

New Feature Request Note from Dana A. on Sun, Jun 04
1 cup

I was introduced to 750 words by my daughter and my husband started on it. I see the joy and commitment he get out of writing and because I write in my little notebook of my thoughts about things that come my way, I decided to join on a trial basis. Little did I know, I diligently did 31 days in a row! It’s a routine, a habit and it is so liberating to be able to write anything that’s on my mind to get it out. I use it to organize my thoughts, plans, my dreams, my goals, my puzzle about certain things in life, etc. And I save all the notes I wrote so I can refer back. So I start off each day’s writing with a Title. That helps me to refer back when I need to.
This is a fabulous invention! Thank you so much to the creators and the team supporting this website. My gratitude to you all!

Testimonial Note from Krissy on Fri, Jun 02
1 cup

I’m so happy I discovered this site. I can’t believe how much writing I’ve gotten done since joining. It helps me be accountable every day and get the words down, instead of slacking and procrastinating. I’m a stickler for not breaking my streak and earning badges, so it’s super motivating. Thank you, 750 Words! You’re the best!

Testimonial Note from Megan Morgan on Fri, Jun 02
1 cup

I’m enjoying the 750 words site very much. Through its gamification features, it helps building the writing habit little by little.

Testimonial Note from Cynthia D on Fri, Jun 02
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Thu, Jun 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Ryan Ballew on Thu, Jun 01
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Timothy Ryan on Thu, Jun 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Something to keep you going after 100 days, or different colour horse rewards for different months!

New Feature Vote from Briony on Wed, May 31
1 cup
More text analysis

I don’t know how to access text analysis. Maybe I’ll find out now that I have joined. I’m interested!

New Feature Vote from Susan Chacin on Tue, May 30
5 cups

I would recommend this website and tool to anyone who is longing for a consistent and thoughtful writing practice. I have not always been consistent, but when I do write, I know that it helps me to focus, take stock, vent, record ideas, and to dream! Thank you for this fabulous tool.

I am still a strong proponent for a hand-written Morning Pages practice, but this has replaced that for now. I love the idea of being able to access this from anywhere and also, I am saving the TREES!!! Any writing is good writing.

Testimonial Note from Celeste LeTard on Tue, May 30
4 cups
Purge old entries

If user chooses — purge old entries automatically. Older than week or month. I don’t want 750 words saved for long.

New Feature Request Note from Daria Space on Tue, May 30
3 cups

I love this site! It helped me to be accountable with my daily writing habit. I started writing daily at the start of the year and found out about this site around 2 months into it. Now I already got the Phoenix Badge and I am going to continue writing here as much as I can. As much as possible, I don’t want to break the streak! Writing daily has given me clarity on my goals and helps clear my mind when I am overwhelmed with a lot of things. I do feel that I am becoming better in handling my goals and managing my tasks. Thank you to the creators of 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Regie Bariuan on Tue, May 30
15 cups

Kudos to everyone who makes 750 words what it is. The last 9 months have been so beneficial for me and though I’m leaving the site for now, I’m grateful for the habit it has instilled. Daily writing has had a significant impact on my life by increasing my capacity to explore ideas, wrestle with emotions and just spew out whatever data was just floating in the way of productive writing! THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU. The Phoenix badge is one I will wear with pride and a real sense of accomplishment moving forward! Blessings! Joe

Testimonial Note from Joe Castaneda on Mon, May 29
3 cups
Improve the writing page

Create a tab or home section that can make the text bold, italics, different text colors, a horizontal page break line (like in Word or Fanfiction.net). Anything on the writing page to make it more personalized and less of a Word document page.

New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Mon, May 29
1 cup
badges for 2, 3, ... million

I crossed the 2 million word mark recently. Recognition via a badge would be a great way to mark this milestone.

New Feature Request Note from Blaine Mooers on Sun, May 28
1 cup
badges for 50, 60, 75K words per month

One way to try to write more is to shoot for a monthly target, like 50K words. I track daily my cumulative word count in a bar chart that compares my progress to where I need to be to stay on track. I find the comparison to be highly motivating. I tend to try to surge ahead on the weekends to give myself a buffer if I should fall behind during the work week. On some weekend days, I have written more than 5,000 words. I have passed 50K words in eight of the past 11 months. A badge for reaching 50K words per month would help keep me motivated. Badges for reaching 60K and 75K words would provide additional motivation to press further.

However, I would caution that setting unrealistic goals will set up you for failure because you will become discouraged and give up when you have fallen too far behind. For example, I just crossed the 50K line this morning; I have 10,000 words to go to reach my original goal of 60,000 words in May. With only three days left and a lot of other chores to do more a big trip, I doubt that I will reach 60K.

New Feature Request Note from Blaine Mooers on Sun, May 28
1 cup

I’ve been on and off 750words. However I love that I can jump back in and just write. Writing here is like therapy. Sometimes, I can’t speak the words I want to but with writing, things just flow. Thanks for keeping the site up!

Testimonial Note from Lily Raz on Thu, May 25
5 cups

I have belonged to 750words.com since 2010, but in the first six years or so, my writing was very hit or miss. I used it as morning pages for the first 90 days or so; I was unemployed when I started, and I like the routine. Then I started a new job, and got very distracted and tired, and didn’t write very consistently.

I would start, lose track, and stop. This went on for ages, plus, there was the six month period where I wrote longhand in a notebook, and couldn’t seem to add time to come here.

Now I’m retired; I moved to a new town, and the change was a bit boggling, especially at first. So I started back here, and now I think I have 590 days in a row, though I wouldn’t swear to that. It’s turned into the best habit I have.

I babble, write about my day, write about plans I have, mostly mundane. I plan cleaning, outings, projects, and walks. I write about frustrations and things that make me happy; the cats, the beach, the weather, how I felt when I got up in the morning, what I ate.

I may write something of consequence some day, or not. It’s all OK. Whatever I write makes me feel better, and puts things into perspective.

Thank you so much, 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Katt13 on Wed, May 24