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

1 cup

This site and the encouragement of the badges has really helped to inspire me to write. I sit at work in the mornings, type my words, and feel more clear headed about the day. I have been wanting to make this a habit for a long time now, but there is something about the possibility of the reward of an abstract, cyberspace animal badge that keeps me going.

Testimonial Note from Lynn Forster on Tue, Jun 07
1 cup

I love this site, and want to make sure it keeps going. It helps me to not only clear my brain, but to find insights that otherwise get lost in the business of life.

Testimonial Note from Eric Legg on Mon, Jun 06
2 cups
iPad app

Something that would let us write online or off. Then update our stats when we next connect. I often go on a writer’s retreat someplace there is no Internet( gasp!). You’ve got me hooked now and I don’t want to miss a day!

New Feature Request Note from Crystle Pishon on Mon, Jun 06
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Jun 06
3 cups
More metadata in export

The current Export feature, which spits out a month’s worth of entries as a single .txt file, is great. I end up using it a lot, as I keep every single journal entry I’ve ever written on my computer (and backed up, of course!) in an application called MacJournal. The feature, as it currently exists, keeps track of number of words written, as well as time writing, but I think it would be great if it included the start time (as in, from the day stats page, “writing started at xx:xx and proceeded thusly”) as well. I used to keep track of start times and end times when I did journaling on my own prior to using this site, and, while I could load every single stat page to tag my entries manually, it would save some time if this data were available on export.

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Sun, Jun 05
4 cups
Improve Social Networking Capabilities

Dear Seven Hundred Fifty Words,
I suggest that we create a way to announce your day’s statistics on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The format would look like RunKeeper but announcing words written instead of miles run. We would still keep the words private similar to how we don’t actually watch our friends run when they announce it on Facebook (unless you’re Claire from work and yes I’m the guy in the parked Chevy Malibu out front.)
Sincerely,
Mark Zuckerberg

New Feature Request Note from Blaise Sewell on Sun, Jun 05
1 cup

Just a quick note to celebrate regaining the albatross badge after a bout of ’flu sent me eggwards a month ago. Its not always easy to write every day but this site makes it fun and engaging, I love it!

Testimonial Note from Janet O on Sat, Jun 04
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jadelyn on Sat, Jun 04
1 cup

Writing is all about practice and doing it, not thinking you may do it some other day… and this site motivates people and it is easy to use, I love it,,,, since it is private and unfiltered has helped me a great deal in understanding how my mind works and writing about discipline and creativity… Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jun 03
2 cups

Just paying it forward. Keep writing, friends!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Julie Hurdman on Fri, Jun 03
2 cups
Improved export feature

Love, love, love the site! Thanks for providing a place to leave all my baggage so I can move on with my day unencumbered.

I’d love to be able to export my words to something a little more manageable (and prettier) than a .txt document. I’m not sure my words are something I’d want to leave for posterity, but it would be nice to have the option.

Thanks again!

New Feature Request Note from Julie Hurdman on Fri, Jun 03
6 cups

Even though there are days that I struggle with writing the words, I am always glad when I have finished. There is a tangible satisfaction in my soul to know that I am able to faithfully keep this commitment to myself. Thanks again, Buster, for the site and all the work you do to keep it interesting for us!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jun 03
3 cups

To all those people embarking on a One Month Challenge, I say DO IT and KEEP AT IT.
I did the One Month Challenge in May and not only has it got me into the habit of writing every day it also helped to clear my mind, lift my mood and lighten my soul. All this from a little bit of writing every day!
As a busy stay at home mum of two under 3, doing my words is a moment of calm and reflection in a manic day.
Thank-you to Buster for a truly inspirational site

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anita Carter on Thu, Jun 02
4 cups

I would rather skip my shower than writing my words in the morning. And I love my shower.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Thu, Jun 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dusty on Thu, Jun 02
7 cups

That’s roughly one cup for every week I’ve been doing this. I started in April, where I was going through an emotional rough patch, and found it really helped to write out my feelings every day in this private sphere. Then my words saw me through the stress of finals and procrastination, and finally, my crazy May writing goal.

This site has really helped me out in so many ways, especially through using the metadata. I struggle with depression and bipolar, so I created a mood metadata from the start, and every day I note how I feel—this means I can now see my various ups and downs across a range of 53 days. Combined with the journaling I do every day for my 750 words, I’ve started to see patterns and noticed things that seem to affect my moods. Because of this, I’ve begun to make some changes to my lifestyle—such as having a more consistent sleeping schedule, and eating better and more often—to better regulate my mood without medication.

I’ve noticed a definite improvement in mood overall since starting at this site. It really does help to write out your feelings and dig into your subconscious a bit every day, and I’ve recommended this site to any and all of my friends who struggle with similar disorders. Thank you, Buster, for giving me a good reliable way of achieving my longtime journaling and mood tracking goal!

Testimonial Note from Danica West on Thu, Jun 02
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Jun 02
2 cups

I think I’ve finally managed to form a habit of writing with this website every day thanks to doing the One Month Challenge. If you want to make writing something you do every day then make the time for it and force yourself to stick to that time and do it even if you don’t want to; you’ll thank yourself for it later!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Jun 02
2 cups
Archiving my daily writing to Evernote

I am using Evernote for most of my writing nowadays, except for my morning pages. But I’d like my morning pages to be accessible – they often turn into articles or other pieces in the real world. It would be great if there was an automatic way for my writing to be synced to Evernote every day.

New Feature Request Note from Nils Davis on Thu, Jun 02
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’ve already achieved most of the existing badges I’m likely to (since my original 80 day streak my longest has been about 20 days – I’ve given up any attachment – in the Buddhist sense – to getting the really long streak badges). But I continue to get a lot of personal value from 750words, and I get to it as often as possible. Perhaps some badges related to how long you’ve been writing (i.e., streaks of months versus days), or how many words you write – a prolixity badge. I now aim for > 1,000 per day, and to average > 1,000 per day for the month, even if I miss some days.

New Feature Vote from Nils Davis on Thu, Jun 02
4 cups
Blackberry App

It is the site in small on my Blackberry it does everything the site does just designed to work in miniature. I was away at the beginning of May and was so worried that I wasn’t going to be able participate in the month challenge I signed up for because of a lack of direct internet. I noticed though that my Blackberry was still able to connect yet it didn’t allow me to save my work through the browser. You could charge a yearly rate for the app like what’s app do. It would rock my world as I am always on the go and never too far away from my BB. BTW I still found a way to write and finished the month challenge this site rocks!

New Feature Request Note from Matt Hollick on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

Stick with it! Don’t put off your writing for the day. That’s an easy way to fail the challenge.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rich Pedersen on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

I go to the gym two or three times per week to exercise my body and stay healthy. During the course of the One Month Challenge I did a while back, I started to look at 750 Words as a gym for my brain. It was sometimes hard to make myself go to this gym, but I always felt better after I did. The benefits are faster typing speed, more fluid thinking, better word recall, and the improved creative flow.

Testimonial Note from Rich Pedersen on Wed, Jun 01
4 cups

Writing consistently every day is my catalyst for change. It’s led to quitting smoking, quitting drinking, exercising more, meditating, and doing all the other things in my life I actually, really, want to do. Writing every day brings me insight into my own mind like nothing else can. I appreciate this site so so much. <3 Honey

Testimonial Note from Honey Darling on Wed, Jun 01
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from janet chant on Wed, Jun 01
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Wed, Jun 01
3 cups

I made it all the way thru one month, thanks to the badges and the cheering on of friends, and I am ever grateful to this site for learning the discipline of commitment and getting back my love of writing again! Thanks, Buster!!

Testimonial Note from Chris Stachura on Wed, Jun 01
12 cups

This site is how I self medicate for ADD and procrastination. Can’t thank you enough for that, Buster.

Double Down on Charity Note from Adam Bomb on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

It helps me write!

Testimonial Note from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Wed, Jun 01
1 cup

I’m delighted to have completed the May challenge and now I’m aiming for the Phoenix. It surprises me how much the site and the badges encourage me to keep writing. It’s been very useful to process thoughts and ideas that have been rolling around my head in an entirely unstructured way. Writing seems to distill thought.

Testimonial Note from Laurie George on Wed, Jun 01