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

6 cups

This is a great place to purge. I’ve been here for 148 days and I’m still loving it. I’ve written unsent letters, ideas for novels, confessions and all sorts of things. Who needs a therapist?

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

I didn’t know that cups went also to charity, and letting us to increase the percentage that goes there is just another prove about how awesome this site is in all aspects I can think about.

Double Down on Charity Note from Jorge Sanz on Sat, Sep 24
1 cup

I know when I haven’t been on 750 Words in awhile. Aside from the daily reminder emails, I feel congested. I feel all this “stuff” built up, questions and thoughts and unresolved ruminations, swirling in my mind. Then I return to 750 Words and let it all out. Things you can’t say to someone, things you wish you could say to someone, things you need to say to yourself. It all comes out and you feel cleansed, rejuvenated and able to make sense of it all. Thank you, 750 Words, for always being there.

Testimonial Note from Chris McGowan on Sat, Sep 24
2 cups

This site was suggested to me by a good writer friend of mine. Using Livejournal or social networks never quite worked for some of the writing I wanted to do. Always verbose, I always have something to say, and now I can feed my ego and psychoanalyze myself by writing whatever craziness comes out of my noodle. The word counter, always pushing to make it green, always striving for higher WPMs and seeing yet another entry without a distraction, or even trying to write in under ten minutes…it helps. When I have a thought stuck in my head and it won’t come out; I come here, and it’s like magic. I focus less on whatever is on my mind and more about just getting words out and achieving a goal (I’m a determined, goal-oriented person), and I get both done. Over the summer I was incredibly busy and went an entire month or more without writing, but now I shall be striving for more streak badges. The turquoise horse is a nice pet, but I’d like to add to the menagerie. Thanks, Buster! This site has truly changed a lot for me. If I can write 750 words every day for a month; imagine what else I can do?!

Testimonial Note from Reidun Saxerud on Fri, Sep 23
1 cup

My book is coming along already! This site provides the structure and balance I needed to help me stay interested in writing every day and let’s me know when I’m focusing too much on the visual and not enough touch in my descriptions. Thanks Buster!!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Barrier on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

Top stuff for people who are in their own damn heads too much.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 22
1 cup

This week my words were categorized as self-expressive for the first time. This was a big turning point for me – I had spent time staring at this part of the pie wondering how I could increase the percentage! I’m also almost always in the thinking zone and I want so badly to be in the feeling zone more often.

I’m much calmer after finishing my first 30 day challenge. The way I feel about myself has gotten much healthier and I think that I see some of my self-limiting thoughts more clearly now.

Thanks to you Buster, for coming up with such a heart-felt and simple to use application!

Testimonial Note from emily kramer on Wed, Sep 21
1 cup

I am bound and determined to win at October’s Challenge, but all the same, I’m throwing my cup in the ring for all those mighty enough for a 30day streak! KEEP WRITING! :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Sep 21
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I hope that the kids helped by 826 Seattle get as much out writing as I’ve discovered I do!

Double Down on Charity Note from Sarah Lewis on Tue, Sep 20
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Today, as I complete my 365th consecutive day of writing 750 words or more, I want to show my gratitude to Buster for creating and maintaining this site and for giving me the mechanism to slow down and start each of my days be gathering my thoughts and practicing my writing.

Testimonial Note from Ronn Reeger on Tue, Sep 20
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I hope you win.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jennifer Barrier on Mon, Sep 19
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Double Down on Charity Note from Jennifer Barrier on Sun, Sep 18
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I feel that 750 has saved me in a way. It clears my head when I have a bunch of crap in there and it keeps me feeling fresh and focused. Thank you 750. Thank you for being a necessary part of my day. Well, for the last 61 days in a row at least. One love…

Testimonial Note from Michael Gambino on Sun, Sep 18
1 cup

I’ve dreamt about being a writer ever since I was in second grade and decided that I didn’t want to be a spy. I love this site because it ensures that I’m living that dream!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Sep 18
4 cups

The highlight of a beautiful day:

Consistently there
Seven-fifty-plus each day
For two hundred days

Thank you for encouraging me to write every day. You’ve become a treasured place to think, reflect, and dream.

Testimonial Note from Joshua Harbert on Sat, Sep 17
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Half a million word badge

How about a badge for writing half a million words?

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Sat, Sep 17
1 cup

Well hello there! What a fabulous idea this is! That was my first 750 words, and I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I can’t say it was anything useful or interesting to anyone else, but what it did achieve was an exploration of why I’m going this and whether I’m going to keep it up. All journeys start with a single step, and I just made mine! So well done to all of you that are part way through your own journeys, however long they turn out to be, and wish me luck in mine!
Sarah (in my dressing gown, in Crystal Palace, London) x

Testimonial Note from Sarah Hathaway on Sat, Sep 17
9 cups

Thank you, Buster. Thank you.

750words has completely changed my attitude towards writing. I have tried to start a personal journal a number of times in the past. But, it has never lasted for more than a week and a half. Thanks to the addicting badges, stats and analysis on 750 I am now on a 138 day streak. I have written over 165 thousand words over these past 4 months. That is something I never dreamed I could have achieved. The badges and streak is what keeps me going. Seriously.

I have always wanted to write stories, but was never good at it, even though I have a fairly good imagination. But, since I have been writing every day, it is slowly getting easier to get the words out of my brain and onto the page. Up until recently, I have used 750 as a typical journal. Writing about my day and such. Over the past week I have decided to start writing poems and very short stories. The stories don’t make any real sense, and some are just plain terrible. But, I feel that this is a start.

I feel that writing these short stories and poems daily is a form of EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN. I mean that too. Over the past couple of months, I have noticed my creative side becoming more strong and vivid, something I attribute to typing out my thoughts daily. I have yet to write a coherent story longer than a few paragraphs, but it shall happen someday.

Additionally, I have become addicted to writing every day. I remember one day having to go to work unexpectedly early. While at work, I suddenly relised that I had not done my words. I almost paniced at the thought of losing my streak. xD So, what I did was hammer out a few words on my phone when I had a moments free time. I just about made it to my goal, when I was told I could go home early. I met my goal that day. And then some!

Keep up the awesome work,
Pete from MA

Testimonial Note from Peter Tangney on Thu, Sep 15
3 cups

I lost this month, but here’s to you guys that are still in!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Matt J. Marlieu on Thu, Sep 15
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I’m a writing teacher. I teach college students how to write better essays. I’m also a scholar, and I investigate what helps college students to write more effectively, and publish the results of my research. 750 Words helps me write and reflect, and it also helps my students. When I write regularly I gain a valuable, publishable insight about every other day. My students don’t write as much as I do, I know, but I suspect they’re similarly successful.

750 Words, you’re a great habit to have, and a hard habit to break.

Testimonial Note from Mike Edwards on Thu, Sep 15
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More badges for accomplishments

Include dinosaurs. :)

New Feature Vote from Ty Barbary on Wed, Sep 14
2 cups

It has become part of my morning routine to find my way here and spring into action by writing about the happenings of the day before, and hopes of those things yet to come in the day ahead.

Fantastic site! I fell in love with the fact that it analysed the writing to a degree and am thirsty for more and more ways of tracking my patterns and moods.

Testimonial Note from Shane Fera on Wed, Sep 14
1 cup

I write a daily entry as early in the morning as I can manage. A thorough discussion and self-reflection on the things I’ve done and the things that still need to be done help clear my mind and direct my focus for the day. Thank you, 750 Words.

Testimonial Note from Ross Lockwood on Wed, Sep 14
4 cups

Today I reached Space Bird status! This site has meant a great deal to me over the past 500 consecutive days of writing. It has helped me clear my head, stumble upon unexpected insights and explore my creativity. It has even traveled with me internationally, allowing me to continue my streak while also serving as a travel journal I can later search! Thank you, Buster, for creating this wonderful community.

Testimonial Note from Susie Wampler on Tue, Sep 13
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Ability to go offline but not break streak

Sometimes, it happens that we write daily 750Words but not be online to post it. Like in if we are out in vacation without Internet. The idea is to predefine the time and span before and later post after that time. If even they cheat they will be cheating themselves. So, this is what I would like to see.

New Feature Request Note from Jay Dharma on Mon, Sep 12
1 cup
1 day lea way against 'sudden death'

I’m feeling rather despondent because I wrote my 750 words yesterday but somehow I lost a few words and I’ve lost everything, i.e. I have to go back to being an egg :-( It feels very demoralising to lose everything again. Is there any way of allowing a one-day leaway (i.e., if one day is missed, it doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING is lost). I find the badges very motivating but the ‘sudden death’ nature of the current system is actually teaching me to not care because one slip up and all the good work that I have done is lost and I may as well have never bothered.

New Feature Request Note from Dr Andrew Whittaker on Sun, Sep 11
4 cups

I wrote on for the first time exactly 72 days ago. I haven’t missed a day since. I used to have trouble regularly writing fiction— in fact, I would sometimes go weeks without writing! That’s changed now. I’ve written more than 80000 words on, and daily writing has become a habit. Just think— by the time I get my next badge, I’ll have written for 100 days straight and my novel will probably be completed!

Testimonial Note from Kim B on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

I’m back after a few months off. I got a big job offer, which I wrote about in detail here. After figuring out my priorities, I didn’t take it. Now my focus is on creativity, calm, and writing. My research writing is suffering. Let’s see if writing 750 words a day breaks that open as well.

Testimonial Note from Amy Waterman on Sun, Sep 11
1 cup

I always felt like my words came out wrong or that my words were unworthy of being written down or that it was too stressful to write because I wasn’t writing with the proper structure. 750 Words has thrown all of that out the window. It lets me write however I want, whenever I want, and for as long as I want. And it really has become a sort of confidence-building, peace-giving thing that I do every day. And on the days I don’t want to write, I force it a little, and I never regret it by the end of my daily entry. That’s what has gotten me to – WHOA 65 DAYS! Wow. See? 750 Words has became my therapist. The prescribed treatment is definitely working.

Testimonial Note from Michelle Attah on Sun, Sep 11
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Today I earned my Pegasus badge – 365 days in a row of daily writing! I never would have thought it was possible when I discovered 750words last summer, but the simple and elegant design of this site makes writing a pleasure. Thanks Buster – you have changed my life!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Sun, Sep 11