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

1 cup

There are words that wish to be written, words that exist below the surface of awareness and remain there until I begin my 750 words. Suddenly they arrive, bidden, and yet, unbidden. They surprise me with their insight and clarity, their forcefulness, their directness. Entering this sacred space has brought forth messages that are, somehow, divine, even in the company of the commonplace utterances that are whiny, pathetic, repetitive and banal. Thank you, Buster, for this remarkable gift that has so aided my serenity.

Testimonial Note from Liesl Jobson on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

It has made free writing kind of fun. Not only is the daily word target, ongoing statistics, and word analysis fun, I do not feel as pressured to write “flawlessly” as I would if I were typing in a word processor. This allows me to put my big hunk of clay of thoughts on the table and worry about shaping it into a vase later. Great site. Glad to be a patron this month. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Todd Stanfield on Wed, Jul 20
1 cup

I love the one month challenge! I signed up in March and failed, but now that I did it in June I feel that I’ll be able to do it every month continually. :) Thanks!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 20
2 cups
Secure server for writing

Implementing SSL would be a quick change and ease the minds of many.

New Feature Vote from Glenn Archer on Tue, Jul 19
2 cups

Just reached my first flock! 100,000 words! Thank you 750words. I am so happy and grateful to have this place to put my thoughts. Your site makes me feel like a real writer.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Tue, Jul 19
4 cups

This is such a lovely site and I really appreciate have a place to dump thoughts at the end of each day. And to doubly motivate myself this time I have a challenge against a very good friend: We are going to see who can maintain the longest streak. When pushing through long spells between badges, I’m really hoping that our friendly rivalry will keep us going!

Testimonial Note from Jodi Schneck on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Several other writers have requested more badges and I want to support their interest. It’s amazing how a little picture can spur me on to continue when I might be lagging a bit. I look forward to see the next badge I’ve earned and wish there were more possibilities.

New Feature Vote from Barbara on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup

Are you kidding me? I get to focus on my thoughts for 20 minutes a day – just me, just my brain and a keyboard. Not my husband or my darling two-year-old or my family or my house. Just me. 750 Words is a gift and a challenge, not a chore.

Testimonial Note from Kate Bertram on Mon, Jul 18
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page

LOVE the site, thank you for everything you do!

I would really appreciate a better ‘export to text file’ option. When i get the txt file, it’s all jumbled and mangled together and difficult to read. It would be really cool if you could keep all the original formatting from when i wrote the pages, and have that available to export and save.

Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Stephen Keenan on Mon, Jul 18
59 cups

The last sentence on the 500th day: “For it is the whims of the darkest of clouds that motivates the sun to shine again.”

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 17
1 cup

750 words has helped me clear my mental clutter. I never realized how much junk there was until I started writing it down! Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Sun, Jul 17
1 cup

Squeee! I am a space bird today, and that delights me more than words can express. Thank you, Buster, for providing a space where I can clear my mind, sweep the floors of my subconscious of all the things that have piled up, and just relax.

Testimonial Note from Cislyn Smith on Sat, Jul 16
5 cups

my congratulations to the first Space Bird here)))
hope someday my pretty Ptero will grow up till that cosmic… level;)

Testimonial Note from Natalie Z. on Sat, Jul 16
3 cups

I’m donating 3 cups to celebrate reaching 200 days in my personal writing streak and to thank you for such an awesome idea as this website. Thank you!!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Sat, Jul 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Mrs. Peel on Thu, Jul 14
1 cup

I am just neurotic enough that the incentive of not wanting to break a statistical streak works for me. Thanks to 750 words, I have written every day for 2 weeks, and have nearly 70 pages to prove for it. Normally I think about writing every day, plan to write every day, imagine I will write every day, but don’t quite pull it off. My neurosis has finally conquered my procrastination! Thanks! Now could you please start a diet web site?

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Wed, Jul 13
3 cups
Improve the writing page

Autosave and force-save is broken for me if sleep my laptop during writing. I’ve lost good writing this way! Help.

Wrote about it here on GetSatisfaction:
http://gsfn.us/t/2cdyp

New Feature Vote from Daniel Steinbock on Tue, Jul 12
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dusty on Tue, Jul 12
1 cup

I really never thought I would make it to 100 days. And now I’ve even blown through that. I love my phoenix badge. :)

Testimonial Note from Natalia Marek on Tue, Jul 12
1 cup

Last year I came short when writing at NanaWriMo by only completing 38k words. I felt that I lacked the discipline to write daily. This site is like the trainer Micky in the Rocky movies, always screaming over our ear that “YOU CAN’T WIN ROCKY”! 750 words is going to drag us out in the wilderness to train in the snow, doing push ups, chin ups, chopping wood, and running up snowy mountains. Soviet NanoWriMo, you are going down this year! We will break you.

I also have to admit that I am benefiting from just venting on this site daily. The therapeutic effects are amazing. Somewhere there is a poor sad database on a web server that gets everyone’s venomous spite on a daily basis. Everyone consider that for a month and donate a cup to ease it’s suffering.

Testimonial Note from DJPimpDaddy on Sun, Jul 10
2 cups

Today I reached the magic 100,000 words on 750words.com. I have to say it feels like a fantastic achievement and while doing it I have worked out the plot of a book so I am going to have a go at writing it.

I never thought I would be able to write so consistently for such a long period but clearly I can so I think I ought to keep doing it.

Thanks 750words and keep at it everyone!

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Sun, Jul 10
2 cups

Awesome work! I fell out of the running in July and said I would give back, so here it is. Now that there is less pressure, I’m taking my time to write creative prose in the hopes to join NaNoWriMo and owe a lot to 750Words so thanks!
It is surprising how long it took to break through this creative block, but I feel less weight and more momentum now to do many a creative venture with my days!
It is possible~ Even if it takes a day of writing gibberish…

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alexandra Maida on Sat, Jul 09
1 cup

The past two days I’ve been really stuck on some plot and character issues in my novel. I’ve used my 750 words to rant about my frustration and ask questions of myself and the Universe. The answers have come and the problems are resolved. What’s really funny is that the stats now reveal how angry, concerned about money and unhappy I am — because that’s what my characters are going through! Thanks, 750, it’s a very big help. I drink my Cup of Patronage to you.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jul 09
1 cup

750 Words is a dream come true! Thank you, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Coleman on Sat, Jul 09
1 cup

Don’t focus on the end results. Focus on purging your thoughts in the moment. Stressing over the time limit only controls you and adds too much pressure. Focus on why you’re writing in the first place. That’s what helps me. Spill your thoughts.

One Month Challenge Bounty from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Jul 08
4 cups

I was thinking today what an achievement it is to do something every day, without fail, because you said you would. If you can keep this appointment to write every day, what else could be possible? Cheers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Janet O on Thu, Jul 07
1 cup

I use some of my days to write creatively, and some of my days just to dump whatever I’m thinking about… I’m getting the words out – even though it’s not perfect, that’s not the point! Thanks!

Testimonial Note from will rogers on Thu, Jul 07
1 cup
Higher goals.

For those of us who’d like to increase our output, perhaps we could have a feature where we can increase the necessary word count to get our daily writing from 750 to whatever one we prefer?

New Feature Request Note from Dusty on Thu, Jul 07
1 cup

I’ve really enjoyed this site. I started in late May and with the exception of the last few days I’ve written almost every day (completed the June challenge).

These cups are because I’ve already missed the July target and I said I’d pitch in. So here’s the pony. :D

I’ve really enjoyed using the meta data and overall kind of just use the site for the #Trust30 challenge and a “journal” of sorts.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Smith on Thu, Jul 07
2 cups
HTML Widget

I’d like to see an HTML/CSS feature to help better promote 750words on our respective blogs. Something that would display our current streak badge as well as day streak, and possibly word count. And, of course, directly link to the site so people can sign up. Immediately.

New Feature Request Note from Wes on Wed, Jul 06