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

3 cups

Thanks so much for 750 words, Buster. Ever since I discovered this site, a little over a month and a half ago thanks to WORLD magazine, my writing habits have improved immensely. The badges make great motivators, but the true joy comes from knowing that I’m finally writing consistently instead of procrastinating. It has helped me to clear my mind when frustrated, to pour out my ideas when I’m feeling creative, to focus the thoughts for my latest research paper.

Thank you. :)

Testimonial Note from Hannah McCoy on Sun, Apr 03
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Having a specific badge as a goal is very motivating for me. Would like to see some badges between the Albatross and the Phoenix, or even more details on the behavior badges like how many days and from what times of day it takes to get the Bat or Rooster. Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Heidi Berthiaume on Sun, Apr 03
1 cup

I stopped regularly a year ago, and the ideas in my head just kept building up. No longer can I now make excuses to put off getting these ideas down in words. I’ve tried writing in various places before – as notes on Facebook, as blog posts, as scribbles on sheets of lined paper tucked in long-forgotten places in my house – but there was barely a nag of motivation to drive my writing, and I had months-long lulls of no output. Here, I can force myself to write, no matter what the subject may be, and it seems to be helping me get over grumpy morning moods.

Granted, 750 words are a lot, and I had always feared that hitting the threshold for the day was going to be impossible. But sometimes, when you hit a barrier, and you just push a little bit past it, the road rolls smoothly…

I hold a cup up to you, 750words.com, and give a toast for your help. And there will be more cups to come. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Hannah Hu on Sun, Apr 03
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Hannah Hu on Sun, Apr 03
2 cups

It’s funny; my girlfriend started writing here way before i did, and I did join, wrote for a couple of days and then stopped for quite some time. I am now doing this on a daily basis, and while at first it was kind of sloppy, now it is getting better

Badges are fabulous motivation, and it’s funny what they can do for you to keep on going when sometimes you don’t want to. It has also helped me to fix some problems with myself or sometimes others, and definitely making me feel better. So I really appreciate what you have done, Buster, like many have said before. Simple things can do big wonders for most of us.

Testimonial Note from Gerardo Diaz on Sun, Apr 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I liked the idea of the person that said it would be great to get an SMS message if you’re about to miss a day of writing. Except, if this was an app, it would need to be for Android too! Not just iPhone!

New Feature Vote from Natalia Toronchuk on Sun, Apr 03
1 cup

Again, I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for this site! It has helped me be the writer I have always wanted to be—consistantly writing every day!

Testimonial Note from Debbie Hassman Tapp on Sat, Apr 02
4 cups
SMS Alerts for when you are about to miss a day

I’ve missed a day here and there because the morning reminder email was too far removed and I’d forgotten by evening. If the site texted me at a settable time (say 10PM or something) if I have not written so I cannot forget, that would be incredibly useful.

New Feature Request Note from Andy Affleck on Sat, Apr 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Not sure about an iPhone app as it’s a pretty poor writing environment (unless you pair a bluetooth keyboard) but an iPad environment would be excellent.

New Feature Vote from Andy Affleck on Sat, Apr 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Not sure about an iPhone app as it’s a pretty poor writing environment (unless you pair a bluetooth keyboard) but an iPad environment would be excellent.

New Feature Vote from Andy Affleck on Sat, Apr 02
1 cup

I recently gave up Facebook and put 750words in its place. I honestly believe I’m a happier person now, and that writing every day is making me a better person.

Testimonial Note from Nicole Montano on Sat, Apr 02
4 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This would be AWESOME!!! and so helpful for me, as an addicted iphone user. please add this feature!

New Feature Vote from Abi Weissman on Sat, Apr 02
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’m definitely an externally motivated person and I’d love to see the badges continue to amass (to continue to give me something to strive for.)

New Feature Vote from Heather Summers on Fri, Apr 01
2 cups

I’m a struggling college student (in more ways than one) and writing nightly has helped me deal with the struggles I’m facing in my daily life. (I used to have a therapist I saw weekly. Now I kvetch in my words and work through my problems visually, which works amazingly well for me.)

Of course, the badges help make the practice extra fun. (I’m challenging myself to write more than 750 words a day so I can get to my flock badge faster. :) )

Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Heather Summers on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Blake Stokes on Fri, Apr 01
8 cups

Thanks for all the good work you guys are doing!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel Lee on Fri, Apr 01
9 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup

Writing every day for ONE Month now on March, has helped me to improve my writing, finding my style and my typing and it is like therapy, it also calms me down…. It is like listening to myself a lot better, by listening to my mind Thanks

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup

After 160 days straight, I had to miss a day due to a power cut, meaning I plummeted back down to 0 – but Buster soon fixed that for me, and here I am back a the top. Thank you so much for that, and for the site as a whole, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sam Healer on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup

I discovered this site in january, and now i completed my second month… and starting the third. I didn’t imagine I could do it… :-D

Testimonial Note from elena uffa on Fri, Apr 01
10 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Rob Ben on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup

These past couple of months, I have been going through my first truly heart-wrenching breakup. 750 words has been my diary and trust-worthy companion throughout. 750 words every day for the past two months is easy as pie. You can do it!!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer L. on Fri, Apr 01
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I would suggest badges for 1/2 million (3X flock), 1 million (4x flock), and 5 million words (All the birds in the world)

New Feature Vote from Rob Ben on Fri, Apr 01
2 cups

I use 750 to help me work on my creative writing every night. The analysis is a fun, no-pressure feed back. It encourages me to write without making me feel like I’m having my writing examined before it’s ready. Great stuff!

Testimonial Note from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
4 cups

Getting kids to read and write? Yes please!

Double Down on Charity Note from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Might be fun to have a badge for going above and beyond your 750 minimum a few days.

New Feature Vote from Hollie on Fri, Apr 01
2 cups

Did you know that since I started 750words.com, I have increased my writing output by a bajillion? It may seem like a gross exaggeration, but the truth is this: without this site, I probably wouldn’t have come up with ideas for the poems and stories that I write.
This site is amazing. I love how I don’t even need the badges to motivate me anymore (although they are nice!). What a great site. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Erin D'Amelio on Fri, Apr 01
2 cups

I’m a procrastinating waster full of excuses and forever planning to do great things once I’ve got everything in place. That never happens, I beat myself up, vow to take action and then I just do the same thing all over again…… but, something weird has happened, I found this strange little website and somehow someway I’ve written 750 words every single day for over a month now. I always said that one day I would get in the habit of writing everyday and now it seems I have. Maybe, just maybe I’m not such a procrastinating waster after all. It’s April 1st but Busters no fool, he’s some kind of genius. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Neil Hawkesford on Fri, Apr 01
1 cup

I have just successfully finished my first One-Month-Challenge and I have a promise to keep that I made to myself. While I said I would treat myself to dinner at a french restaraunt I’ve been dying to try if I finished the challenge, I said if I didn’t I would donate five dollars to 750 words. Well, I’m donating eight, as a debt of gratitude. If it weren’t for the encouragement of this site, I would not have begun to write every day. I would still be writing whenever the mood hit me, or inspiration struck. That’s no way to practice. A good writer shouldn’t write sporadically. It took me six years to finish a first draft novel writing sporadically, and now I’m two thousand words into a new project. Why? Because it’s everyday! Every single day, I make sure that I’m at my computer writing even if it’s nothing more than rambling, which let’s face it sometimes is going to be. But every now and then, I’ll babble my way into a good piece, and then 750 words later I don’t want to stop. That’s what this site has done for me, and I couldn’t be more appreciative. I’ve never felt more like a writer than I do now, able to say I have written 750 words everyday this month. Thank you, buster. This site is the best!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Marshburn on Thu, Mar 31