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

2 cups

I could type away my thoughts all day sometimes. Just typing and thinking what’s in my head and then dumping it all here is such a cathartic sensation. I look forward to coming to this site and expressing my feelings in the privacy of my account. It may be the booze talking, but I love you, man!

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Jul 02
1 cup

750words has helped me not yell at the people in my life when I’m frustrated, but instead put my words on the page. Yes, because of this site, the house I live in is a little happier! I am SO SO GRATEFUL to Buster Benson for this site. I’ve bought $8 worth of cups of patronage, and I have a feeling I’ll be donating a lot more.

Fun Fact: I’ve told my permaculture nerd friend Sabrina about it, and she said, “750words illustrates a perfect permaculture principle. Obtain a yield!” This means we must get immediate rewards to sustain us in our work.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Fri, Jul 01
3 cups

I just finished my first One Month Challenge! This has helped me discipline myself into writing on a daily basis. I write on my good days, my bad days, my energetic days, and my lazy days. There is always something to write, something to discover, something to release from within. I look forward to another successful challenge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from D.C. on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup

For a person whose favorite outlet is writing, 750words.com has become an essential part of my day. Although there are times when I feel as though I do not have much to write, I always prove myself wrong once I sit down and start. I use this website to clean up my stream of consciousness, to let go of all the negativity and take with me all the positiveness I can.

Testimonial Note from D.C. on Fri, Jul 01
2 cups

Well Yesterday June 30th has been the 4th Month I have been writing everyday and it feels so good, and I am really proud of myself.
My fingers run through the keyboard happy and free, and no one has anything to say about what I write since it is only for myself. Good feeling… I would like more badges for motivation, though, since now sometimes I forget early in the morning to write and until my fingers tell me… it is when I remember… Thanks for this site… and keep improving it… Patron Ana Sofia iS

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Jul 01
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Holly Becker on Fri, Jul 01
4 cups

I have always feel overwhelmed by the thoughts that charge through my mind. 750 words provides me with space to free this noise from inside my head, and allow me to explore my hopes and fears safely. Thanks to 750 words, I have become addicted to writing. I now keep a regular blog on urban animism and spirituality, and am in the process of writing a book on the topic.

Thank you 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Emma-Jayne Saanen on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup
Camp NanoWriMo Badge

Now that they have Camp NanoWriMo, how about making a badge for those that participate in that as well as NaNoWriMo.

New Feature Request Note from Kathryn Miner on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup

This site has really helped me get along with writing my book. At least three pages a day speeds things up fantastically; now I’m not just writing a couple of sentences every other day! Thanks so much!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup

I love this website. It has help me get my writer’s voice back. Every day I write a piece of flash fiction—a lot of it is crap—but once in awhile I mine a piece of gold. 750 words—keeps me from getting stuck in the crap and from being blinded by the gold.

Testimonial Note from Mik Scully on Fri, Jul 01
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
3 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup
More text analysis

Would be great if you could set this to the type of writing you are doing. Currently it seems to cater to journal writers but it would be great to get feedback on fiction writing (I’d love one that points out an over use of adverbs or makes sure you stay in the same verb tense)

New Feature Vote from Cara Wood on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I love using this site and there are times when I need to use my iPhone/iPad to do my words. I would love to see an app for this site.

New Feature Vote from Kristen Grainer on Fri, Jul 01
1 cup

Thanks for the site, it is most enlightening. I hope you all are inspired and support.

Double Down on Charity Note from Joshua Gauthier on Fri, Jul 01
2 cups
Daily Questions.

Sometimes I, and I imagine others, have a difficult time coming up with 750 words each and every day. A daily question or survey feature could help.

One way would be to have a topic of the day, similar to Plinky. The topic could be anything.

Another idea, could be a daily survey of sorts. There could be a list of a few (self created) questions that you answer each day. For example, ‘How did school/work go’, ‘what did you eat for breakfast’, or ‘how much time did you waste watching tv today’.

There could be a list of default questions along with user submitted questions or even your own personalized questions. This feature would be really helpful on those days when we get a mental block, but really want to continue our writing streak.

New Feature Request Note from Peter Tangney on Thu, Jun 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Badges are what is keeping me going on the site. I don’t know if I could have made 62 days in a row without these “badges of inspiration”, as I refer to them.

The more badges, the better. A badge for writing at least 1000 words per day could be cool.

New Feature Vote from Peter Tangney on Thu, Jun 30
8 cups

Let’s go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth Wendy on Thu, Jun 30
10 cups

Who would join me? =)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Jun 30
3 cups

Go, July Challenge writers!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from AC Wynn on Thu, Jun 30
2 cups
Improve the writing page

I like bold. It helps me emphasize certain words.

Otherwise, I love the clean interface that lets me focus on the writing. I’m on day 185 in my personal streak, thanks for the site!

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Thu, Jun 30
1 cup

I am on my 11th day of writing, with just about 10,000 words to my name at this point. It’s funny how my morning writing has become such a part of my routine already. I wake up, shower, get dressed, and then sit at my computer and pump out 750 words before I get on with my day. As an aspiring journalist, being forced to write every day is an invaluable training tool, and helps me work towards my various personal side projects.

So thanks.

You kind of rock. More than kind of. Really.

Testimonial Note from Alix Kemp on Wed, Jun 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Richard Bienvenu on Wed, Jun 29
4 cups

Have a great July challenge. I unfortunately will not be able to participate due to vacation plans and no internet! Have fun and keep writing!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Seamon Lautman on Wed, Jun 29
1 cup

My first month, I hit every day but one. Tomorrow will mark the last day of my second month — this WILL BE a “no miss” month. Next month, I’m upping my ante — will aim for 1000 words everyday. I LOVE this site!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Watts on Wed, Jun 29
1 cup

I really enjoy using 750words.com it has helped me get into the habit of writing and has also helped me get my head in a better place than it was. I have also suggested to colleagues that the site could be used by students to create a private reflective diary each day. I think that would work well and help then get the habit of critical reflection.

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Tue, Jun 28
4 cups
Away From The Internet

Sometimes you can look ahead and see that in October (for example) there’s going to be a week or more when you’re not going to have access to the Internet, and so are not going to be able to add your 750 words every day – even if you’re writing them.

It would be great if there could be an Away From The Internet feature that lets you book a specific number of days in advance, and allows you on return to the Internet to post your 750 words for each of those days. This feature could even be paid for with Cups of Patronage, so it would be only accessible to people who have already invested a lot of time in writing for this site.

Obviously I know I keep writing! But I’ll never get my Astronaut badge at this rate and it makes me SAD.

New Feature Request Note from Yonmei onIJ on Tue, Jun 28
5 cups
Turn it up

Perhaps a setting that would allow the users to set their word-count threshold a little higher? The baseline would of course be 750 words but it would be nice to add words (say 250 words at a time) like a weightlifter adding additional weights as he gets stronger…

There is nothing to stop us writing more at the moment of course, but I think the ability to raise the bar for oneself in this manner would very much be in the spirit of the site.

New Feature Request Note from Chris Limb on Tue, Jun 28
1 cup

750 Words has been an amazing jumpstart to my book that I’m working on. More importantly, it’s forced me to think outside of my normal writing comfort zone on the days I’m not working on the book. That’s about as much as anything on the Internet has done for me in awhile. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Paul Edmon Graham on Mon, Jun 27
1 cup
Friends you are following improvement

This site is great! Part of the reason a few of us are using this site is to monitor each other’s progress with writing, but in reality the site does not make that easy. Would it be possible to improve the “people you are following” feature for the patrons? It is very difficult to find people, and even when you are following them, they are only available if they finished their words on the same day you did. It would make the feature much more user friendly if we could have their names or some easier way to follow them. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Holly Norton on Sun, Jun 26