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

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 Sat, Dec 24
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 Sat, Dec 24
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 Sat, Dec 24
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 Sat, Dec 24
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 Thu, Dec 22
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cora Darkmoon on Thu, Dec 22
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 Wed, Dec 21
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 Wed, Dec 21
3 cups
I'd love to wear a t-shirt from

I woke up yesterday, 1 day closer to getting to 100-day streak. And I thought “when I get there i want the t-shirt.” I’d love (and buy) a t-shirt with a badge…I’d buy one for every badge I have. The front would have the badge on it (not too big, high-res) and the back would have up at the neck, you know like all those other digital schwag shirts. Cafe Press would make it easy. Please, Buster, pleeeeeze can we haz shirts?

New Feature Request Note from Kate Rutter on Tue, Dec 20
1 cup

I’m now on my longest-ever streak on 750 Words: 25 days. That may not seem like much but it is to me. I have to be cautious that I’m not reinforcing my own perfectionism with trying to maintain a streak, but the daily writing practice is really so useful. The writing itself is helpful, as I see what’s on my mind on a given day, and the practice aspect is useful too, as I see that I can maintain something regularly without a Herculean effort.

Testimonial Note from Tara Anderson on Tue, Dec 20
1 cup

Thank you so much for this website, Buster! I’m a writing coach and have been recommending the site to my clients for awhile, but only this week have started using it myself. It’s a fantastic resource! Many kudos to you, and to all of the fabulous writers. You all rock! :)

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Paterson on Sun, Dec 18
4 cups

Go for it, team!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kathryn Paterson on Sun, Dec 18
1 cup

750 Words as a spiritual practice: #$^%* I was sitting a the computer ALL day long. I wrote hundreds of words, but the computer does not lie, and it does not forgive. Just shy of another albatross, for the second month running, missing just one day… The practice comes not in being successful everyday (though that takes discipline), it comes in how I return to begin again, goose-egg in hand. How do I greet myself when I COME BACK? How do I greet myself when I realize I have erred? (In this case I suffered disappointment and then began again). Thank you 750words for the growth opportunity.

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Sun, Dec 18
4 cups

Today I’ve reached my 200th day streak, and about 8000 words ago I reached 250,000 words written. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this site. It has transformed me from a writer full of guilt for writing, to a writer who has made time for writing in her life every single day.

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Miner on Sun, Dec 18
1 cup
Send entries as e-mails

After completing an entry, the author has the ability to send the entry as an e-mail.

This would also work as a way for users to save their notes on Evernote, as entries can be made in Evernote via email.

New Feature Request Note from Michael Lobel on Sat, Dec 17
1 cup

Oh, what a wonderful resource! Life-changing stuff! I hope Buster Benson is feeling FANTASTIC right now!

Testimonial Note from Jack McJack on Sat, Dec 17
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More badges for accomplishments

Because I am an acquisitive badge slut I would love to see more badges. Also, because “more badges for accomplishments” was easy to find and choose from the list. But the improvement I was really wanting to write about would be one that allows you to change your word count requirement (from 750, which is awesome) to say 1,000 (which is fully 33% more awesome!). But in any event, I love this site and its help in getting morning pages done and out of the way. Cheers!

New Feature Vote from Kak Mathews on Fri, Dec 16
1 cup

“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb

Thanks, 750 Words. I started today.

Testimonial Note from Liana Woods Weiland on Fri, Dec 16
1 cup

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.~Aristotle

Testimonial Note from Derick Lawson on Fri, Dec 16
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
5 cups

Happy holidays and thanks for the website, it really has helped me to be consistent this year (overall) in journaling!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
1 cup
A better mobile site

For sure! Anything so that I can post on the go…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 15
1 cup has been incredibly rewarding. Just by practicing my writing, my confidence level in my writing skills has increased dramatically. Congratulations, Buster, for the mention in Oprah’s magazine, November 2011 issue, page 48. NaNoWriMo was also mentioned.They were mentioned as a resource in honor of National Novel Writing Month.

Testimonial Note from Susan Arnett on Thu, Dec 15
5 cups

This month is almost halfway over. Only a couple of weeks to go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Dec 14