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 only start 750words a little more than a month ago, but I have yet to miss a single day. It’s a great, fantastic site that I seriously wonder why I haven’t used it before. Sure, I write plenty in a day, but I never get to sit down and just write something I want to write, or write to get something off of my chest. That’s what I use this site for. It’s like a journal, but different. It’s a way for me to keep track of myself and work my thoughts out. I can sit down and write however I want and know that no one will see it and judge me on it, because in the end it doesn’t matter. This is my de-stresser and without it my life would be a lot more complicated.

Testimonial Note from Tori L on Tue, Mar 01
3 cups

Buster, 750 words has helped me through a period of intense personal growth. My writing has been sporadic, but when I’ve needed to do it, 750 words has been there to help me get my head clear. I can’t say that I’ve written anything spectacular, but I have discovered that I can in fact write something.

Your hard work in putting together, and running 750 words is helping me towards my dream of being a writer. 10 months after finding this site through a friend, and I am now doing a creative writing course and loving my daily pages. ( I wish they were always morning pages, but they arent! )

Thankyou Buster. Your inspiration, ideas, execution and dedication have changed my life.

Patrick.

Testimonial Note from Patrick Hanley on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

Because I have not been coming to this site to write, my writing has become sporadic. The remedy? Tomorrow is the 1st of March, my first writing challenge! Looking forward to earning my banana split (and not having to sing).

Testimonial Note from Patron Andres Esquivel on Mon, Feb 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Being able to earn multiples of badges, so you can get like 2 of one, or 3 of another. You would not believe how motivational badges are (and I am a badge junkie, I will admit it here and now). That being said, I love, love, LOVE this site. Thank you!

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Sun, Feb 27
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Sun, Feb 27
3 cups

Buster, I did it! I reached 200,000 words! I know that my 200 day streak ended a while back, during the last year, but even though I don’t write every day now, I am totally committed to my writing. I know that because I have this mindset about writing every morning (even though it isn’t EVERY morning just now) I will be able to accomplish what I need to when I am working on my dissertation during the next two years. Thank you for your website. Get on board, everybody who is sitting on the fence. This is a great resource.
PS if I ever really drank three cups of coffee, I would have to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance…or at the very least my house would have to be rebuilt…LOL

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 27
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’m not writing anything earth shattering so far – but maybe I’ll work my way towards that! ;)

New Feature Vote from krider Knight on Sat, Feb 26
1 cup

Writing is a challenge, but also a gift to yourself every day. Keep giving back your words, your ideas, and your heart, and reap the benefits to all of us!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gin Ferrara on Sat, Feb 26
3 cups

220 days in a row, and then I have one stupid distracted day where I simply forget. But my favourite thing about this site, since I started using it almost a year ago, is that it sucks to break a streak, but it is always so easy to open the site back up, and start writing again. From a pterodactyl to an egg —and with any luck, right back to a pterodactyl again.

Testimonial Note from Sor Kyress on Sat, Feb 26
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jack Clayton on Sat, Feb 26
1 cup

Thanks very much for putting this together. I love this model that you are working with and really 750words is just pure awesomeness. thank you!

Testimonial Note from Grace Woo on Fri, Feb 25
1 cup

OK, I know this is happening way too quickly. 10 days ago I’d never heard of 750words; now I’ve been writing 10 days straight and I’m obsessed with my stats and a patron and there’s nothing I look forward to like sitting down in the morning and writing my 750 words and I’m in utterly in love with the site THERE I’VE SAID IT – I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU 750WORDS.COMMADLY PASSIONATELY IN LOVE AND I WANT TO BE WITH YOU ALWAYS!

See you tomorrow.
sigh

Testimonial Note from Luke Fabish on Thu, Feb 24
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Luke Fabish on Thu, Feb 24
3 cups
More languages in the text-analysis system

I would really love to have the text-analysis system do other languages, like Dutch in my case. Take a look at what wordle.net is doing, they have the option to choose from lots of languages. I understand that analysis is something different.. Another option is to disable it. Right now it’s useless for me.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Feb 24
1 cup
Secure server for writing

this would let writers write anything they want without fear. i have difficulty writing freely and often find myself censoring what i have to say, and this improvement would definitely help a lot. otherwise, this site is awesome! keep up the good work.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Feb 24
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to have a blog badge that I can put on my blog that shows some of my stats like how many days I’ve written in a row, my total word count, etc. It would not only help spread the word about 750words but also provide me more accountability to make sure I get back here and write every day – which I’ve down done for 53 days in a row!! I do wish there was a 50 day badge and a 50,000 word badge. I’ve just passed one and I’m quickly approaching the other and it’s been a long time with no badge. Love, love, love the site and how it has helped me stick with writing every day no matter what for these last 53 days.

New Feature Vote from Kara Monroe on Mon, Feb 21
2 cups

I never expected, when I started writing my words here, that 98 days later I’d still be doing it. What a marvelous site. Not only it helps me cope with some stress in my life, but also to improve my writing skills. Not being a native English speaker, I often have to write scientific papers in that language. The practice gained with 750words has made my writing noticeably more fluid and understandable. Being able to write privately, without concern of what others may think is liberating! I could do the same on a text file somewhere on my computer, but here my words are protected (I really DON’T want some of them out in the open…) and I have the incentive of not breaking the streak and earning achievements. A great site, indeed!

Testimonial Note from Daniel Jorge Viegas Gonçalves on Mon, Feb 21
1 cup
Better scoring algorithm

Right now, if you write your words every day, you get the same amount of points as hundreds of other people. A better scoring algorithm would make things more interesting. Say, taking into account the speed and number of words in any given day to award points for that day?

New Feature Request Note from Daniel Jorge Viegas Gonçalves on Mon, Feb 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

While writing the text is its own reward, I’m sure you could think of more badges to award diligent writers. Out of the top of my head: writing 1000 words 10 days in a row; having a diverse vocabulary; not cutting&pasting text for 10 days; computing readibility scores (some are very easy to calculate) and awarding the most readable texts (this could also be part of the statistics page…); etc.

New Feature Vote from Daniel Jorge Viegas Gonçalves on Mon, Feb 21
3 cups
Shock the monkey?

Could you develop a way to send small electric shocks to people who aren’t writing enough? I would find that helpful as long as it doesn’t permanently injure my gadgets or my brain.

New Feature Request Note from Andrew Haukebo on Mon, Feb 21
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’m a big fan of the badges and I’m willing to bet that with all the data/numbers you follow, you can derive some additional ones to reward positive writing behavior.

New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Mon, Feb 21
2 cups
Secure server for writing

With the sort of “private, unfiltered, spontaneous” writing we’re doing here, it’d be scary to imagine our words getting out!

New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Mon, Feb 21
3 cups

You guys rock! Keep it up through March :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Angela Gunn on Mon, Feb 21
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I love the site, but a native iPad app would be cool for sitting around a coffee shop banging out my daily 750.

Rock on Buster!

New Feature Vote from Walton Jones on Mon, Feb 21
2 cups

I’m new to the site but am determined to get maximum points in March. So congrats to February’s winner — I’m adding in my two cups to the prize package. :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Denise Small Kelley on Mon, Feb 21
10 cups

I just broke my run of 105 days due to illness. I thought I would be devastated about having to start again. The me from 106 days ago would have been.

I don’t mind that I am an egg again. I will hit 100,000 words soon and I am proud of myself getting this far.

I started out on this site thinking that using my computer was cheating and the only way to do morning pages was on paper. I was wrong. This feels so right!

Thanks for a great site.

Testimonial Note from Dennis Woodruff on Mon, Feb 21
1 cup
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from Samantha Wheeler on Sun, Feb 20
1 cup

I’m not even sure where I heard about 750 Words, but I have to tell you it has really changed my outlook on writing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, a serious writer, and have always known that the key to actually becoming that writer is to just sit down and do it. Writing for a little bit each day, just getting words down on paper is a huge help, even if it’s just a journal entry it helps. So I continue to come back here and enter monthly contests and try to win as many badges as I can and look forward to writing every day, to seeing that little green box pop up up in the corner of the screen to let me know that I’ve succeeded in my daily goal.

Thank you, 750 Words. You have no idea how much you’ve helped me!

Testimonial Note from Phoenix Maddow on Sun, Feb 20
1 cup

750 has really given me a chance to just write it out as they say, move through, around and past my worries and celebrate what is good too. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Lauren Shannon on Sat, Feb 19
1 cup

Love wins.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Starfighter Simon on Sat, Feb 19