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

No matter what I think I`d like to write about, other thoughts just flow out of me and I wonder where they came from. I love not knowing what I`ll write about when I start, just keep my finger flowing until I am spent of thought, but then once I`m done, there`s so much I felt I could have written about. I love typing and thinking and writing here. Thanks for letting me purge my brain.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

I just completed my first month challenge and I am so excited I completed it! I feel awesome. I am an excellent starter of projects, and not an excellent finisher, but I actually did it! I keep the reminder emails from Buster in my inbox unopened until I finish to remind myself. Writing my words really helps my ADD brain and the days I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I suffer for the day. For August I am going to make sure I write them in the morning. This site rocks :)

Testimonial Note from Christie Ingram on Sun, Jul 31
1 cup

I am completely in awe of people who will commit the Monthly Challenge and complete it. You are inspirational!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Carter on Sat, Jul 30
1 cup
Running timer

It would be so great to have a running timer at the bottom of the screen or at least a recording of the time started. I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes a day and I don’t think about my starting time until I’m already into it. 30 minutes is good for reflection and direction! Thanks!!!! Love the site!!!!

New Feature Request Note from Ron C on Sat, Jul 30
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Chloe Chiang on Sat, Jul 30
1 cup

Already 8 Space birds badges here, super)) nothing imposible, ha?) and my pretty Ptero keep mooving too. Ain`t we awesome))

Testimonial Note from Natalie Z. on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I need more badges. different ones, since it is so nice to received them and know you reached that small steps along the way… one extra could be every 50 days, not only 100… or maybe 2 months in a row, Thanks Buster

New Feature Vote from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup

I am about complete the 5th MONTH Challenge of writing everyday, since March 1st.
It has been, March, April, May, June and July challenges, and It feels so good.
I will be travelling some long weekends in August, so I hope I have internet all the time, so I dont miss this great opportunity of keep on going.
Just got the cheetah badge for writing faster for ten days, and it was an additional motivation "To not forget to write everyday, when I can not do it at the same time, like early morning so I will continue looking for extra motivations, maybe someone can come up with ideas for more different badges we can get.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup

I’m a new user. I’ve been here for a week and am happy to say I’ve written every day for this week. The description of where the site came from really resonated with me – trying to do morning pages as part of ‘The Artists Way’, trying out blogging etc. I write as part of my job and as a hobby. Having a place to privately journal and collect my thoughts, and a place where I can be scatterbrained for a few minutes, has been really nice for this week. I’ve felt more focused and deliberate in the rest of my work as a result. I really like the badges and the statistics as they give a sense of accomplishment. I’m a proud penguin badge holder, and look forward to my upcoming flamingo… I also didn’t know, until the stats showed me, I’m a faster than average writer. That’s a cool thing to know. Writing is solitary, sometimes even lonely, so having some feedback like the site provides, coupled with the honesty and security that come with having the writing be totally anonymous, that’s a really nice thing. Thanks so much for this site.

Testimonial Note from Nate Hawthorne on Fri, Jul 29
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I would like to be able to decide the margins on each side. I go to full screen on my browser and even though I shrink the Safari borders in full screen mode, the text cozys right up to the edge. I’d love a 20 px cushion on each side in this case.

LOVE the site. Thanks… It’s been a helpful tool.

New Feature Vote from Jason Barmer on Fri, Jul 29
10 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from George Tucker on Mon, Jul 25
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from George Tucker on Mon, Jul 25
1 cup

What a great way to get my daily writing done. The competitive edge was just what I needed at the end of an exhausting day to make the time to sit down and write. Fantastic idea!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jul 25
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 24
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 24
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I use 750Words as a stream of conscious writing tool, therefore I write about very personal matters. I would feel more at ease knowing that my writing is locked away from prying eyes.

New Feature Vote from Peter Tangney on Sat, Jul 23
1 cup
Goals

Setting a goal for the number of words that you want to type in a certain amount of time, and then getting a badge if you complete it. Maybe getting multiple badges if you complete multiple goals.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 22
3 cups
one less click to log in

Currently, once you click on the “log in” link, you ALSO have to click into the username box. I think this second click should be intuitive — and that the computer should KNOW I want to be in the username box and already have the cursor there for me. It’s a little thing but an annoying thing. I LOVE the site and have only missed one day since May 1st. This is a hugely beneficial website for me. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Watts on Fri, Jul 22
1 cup
A "To Do" List

Dear Buster,

Like there is the gratitude list option over at Health Month, I’d really love to have a similar, but linked, to do list – either here or at health month. I don’t want to re-enter my 750 words which are my trancy meditative non-sensical right brain ramblings once they’re done, but I do want a place where I can plan my obligations for the day – in line with my health/writing objectives. If you could stretch to that, it would be uber marvellous!

All the best, and thanks, as always!

Liesl

New Feature Request Note from Liesl Jobson on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

There are words that wish to be written, words that exist below the surface of awareness and remain there until I begin my 750 words. Suddenly they arrive, bidden, and yet, unbidden. They surprise me with their insight and clarity, their forcefulness, their directness. Entering this sacred space has brought forth messages that are, somehow, divine, even in the company of the commonplace utterances that are whiny, pathetic, repetitive and banal. Thank you, Buster, for this remarkable gift that has so aided my serenity.

Testimonial Note from Liesl Jobson on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

It has made free writing kind of fun. Not only is the daily word target, ongoing statistics, and word analysis fun, I do not feel as pressured to write “flawlessly” as I would if I were typing in a word processor. This allows me to put my big hunk of clay of thoughts on the table and worry about shaping it into a vase later. Great site. Glad to be a patron this month. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Todd Stanfield on Tue, Jul 19
1 cup

I love the one month challenge! I signed up in March and failed, but now that I did it in June I feel that I’ll be able to do it every month continually. :) Thanks!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Jul 19
2 cups
Secure server for writing

Implementing SSL would be a quick change and ease the minds of many.

New Feature Vote from Glenn Archer on Tue, Jul 19
2 cups

Just reached my first flock! 100,000 words! Thank you 750words. I am so happy and grateful to have this place to put my thoughts. Your site makes me feel like a real writer.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Mon, Jul 18
4 cups

This is such a lovely site and I really appreciate have a place to dump thoughts at the end of each day. And to doubly motivate myself this time I have a challenge against a very good friend: We are going to see who can maintain the longest streak. When pushing through long spells between badges, I’m really hoping that our friendly rivalry will keep us going!

Testimonial Note from Jodi Schneck on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Several other writers have requested more badges and I want to support their interest. It’s amazing how a little picture can spur me on to continue when I might be lagging a bit. I look forward to see the next badge I’ve earned and wish there were more possibilities.

New Feature Vote from Barbara on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup

Are you kidding me? I get to focus on my thoughts for 20 minutes a day – just me, just my brain and a keyboard. Not my husband or my darling two-year-old or my family or my house. Just me. 750 Words is a gift and a challenge, not a chore.

Testimonial Note from Kate Bertram on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page

LOVE the site, thank you for everything you do!

I would really appreciate a better ‘export to text file’ option. When i get the txt file, it’s all jumbled and mangled together and difficult to read. It would be really cool if you could keep all the original formatting from when i wrote the pages, and have that available to export and save.

Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Stephen Keenan on Mon, Jul 18
59 cups

The last sentence on the 500th day: “For it is the whims of the darkest of clouds that motivates the sun to shine again.”

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 17
1 cup

750 words has helped me clear my mental clutter. I never realized how much junk there was until I started writing it down! Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Sun, Jul 17