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

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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
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I wrote on 750words.com 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 750words.com, 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
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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
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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
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I’m doing better on the One Month Challenge than I ever have — never made it this far before! And I think the effects of daily writing are even more subtle than I had originally thought. Just get to the end of the month and see what it’s done for you.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Tara Anderson on Sat, Sep 10
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An iPhone/iPad app

The mobile site is fine, but a dedicated app with some of the smoothness of the regular site would be great. The only problem is that it takes forever to write 750 words on a mobile device, so I honestly don’t know how much I would use it. But I’m going on an international trip for a week and bringing my laptop for the sole purpose of keeping up with my 750 Words, so maybe in those cases an app would be better. Thanks for your work.

New Feature Vote from Tara Anderson on Sat, Sep 10
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An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to be able to write my words on the move! I have a long commute, and it would be a perfect opportunity to make use of that time.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Henderson on Fri, Sep 09
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Thanks for the gentle email reminders everyday. It helps to keep me focused on writing everyday without the guilt if I don’t!

Testimonial Note from Pamela Barclay on Fri, Sep 09
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I busted my one-month challenge on the third day! I just got busy and didn’t pay attention. Wall of shame status and fulfilling my failure bargain has made me pay more attention each day to making time for 750words. Making time, showing up, following through are all valuable lessons I have learned using this site that are helping my writing.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from Rowan Grey on Fri, Sep 09
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Rowan Grey on Fri, Sep 09
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Today I just reached my 100 day streak. I also have finished the first draft of my novel, a feat I have never accomplished before. Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating this site that gave me the nudge to write every day and putting me on track for this long writing journey.

Testimonial Note from Kathryn Miner on Thu, Sep 08
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I’ve done morning pages off and on before, but I really do love this site because it allows me to not only do a morning brain dump but also write and export ideas and inspirations to other sources. Although I miss doing pages by hand on some days, I have to admit I am much more consistent using this method. And now, I’m on a quest to get all the badges!

Testimonial Note from Chris Bailey on Thu, Sep 08
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I started on here in July, and so it’s a bit earlier to say that this site’s changed my life, but I certainly think it’s very neat and it’s helped me write more often. My girlfriend just broke up with me, and I spent most of yesterday crying over her; meanwhile, I lost a two-month streak. But I’ve written my words for today, and I’m going to bounce back from this, fighting my way, one day at a time. One day at a time.

Testimonial Note from Daniel, Scribe of Growth on Wed, Sep 07
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One cup of caffeine-inspired namaste to y’all! Muchas gracias!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rose Thornton on Wed, Sep 07
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I think that this site has greatly improved my motivation. In general I’m a very motivated person, but lately I’ve noticed myself challenging myself to new things and pushing myself to stick with them. The fact that there’s something pushing me to do what I truly love—write—every single day no matter how tired, cranky, or not-in-the-mood I am has definitely reverberated to other parts of my life. I can’t believe such a simple idea can affect so many people’s lives so dramatically, but it has. I must thank Buster for this wonderful, life-changing site.

Testimonial Note from Katie Valtcheva on Wed, Sep 07
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Katie Valtcheva on Wed, Sep 07
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750 words became a part of my life. It really clears your mind, allows you to concentrate on important things and remember them, analyze your behavior and be more honest and kind to other people. It really makes your life better. So, thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sergey Kim on Wed, Sep 07
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More badges for accomplishments

Yeah! I would like to see many other kinds of badges.

New Feature Vote from Jay Dharma on Wed, Sep 07
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I am on my 190 day streak, and One more month, yes, more words, aiming to the 200 words badge pretty soon, and it feels great.
Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Tue, Sep 06
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I love this site and the difference it is making in my focus and clarity. I remember now why I used to journal daily, and am so incredibly thankful to Buster for creating an online tool that allows me to journal anywhere and at anytime, as long as there is internet. (:

Testimonial Note from Katherine Saunders on Tue, Sep 06
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Good luck everyone.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Tue, Sep 06
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They came from the bounty, and back to the bounty they go. Yo ho!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Shawn Cooke on Tue, Sep 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, Sep 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Ashley Patriarca on Mon, Sep 05
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Double Down on Charity Note from Ashley Patriarca on Mon, Sep 05
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Write up, me hearties, yo ho!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Stephanie E. Traylor on Mon, Sep 05
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750words has given me a new found sense of focus. I feel like I begin my day with accomplishing a goal. It really clears my mind for the day and I love it! I feel more organized. I really love the cool badges, too! These are nice little incentives to keep you going. I’m always wondering, “When am I going to get my next badge? What will it be for? Ooh!” Thanks 750! (And I am officially a dork) Boom!

Testimonial Note from Michael Gambino on Mon, Sep 05