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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This site is such a lovely place to visit, I love being able to come here every day and clear my head. And those badges are so addictive! Fantastic work Buster – it’s great being able to buy you a virtual coffee to say thanks.

Testimonial Note from Adey on Sun, Aug 14
4 cups

After a couple of false starts, I finally made it to 100 days and the Phoenix badge! To celebrate I salute my fellow one-month-challengers and say keep it up, it feels great. Cheers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Janet O on Sat, Aug 13
1 cup

I read about this site in a book I was reading to improve my writing skills. I began this as a challenge to myself to at least maintain a 10 day streak. However, after 10 days, I began to like the time I took out daily to write something. I was just going through my first post that I had made in June and reading that note made me realize that I have improved way better that I expected. It’s an amazing site and I am current striving to write for an year without any break and just need to maintain my momentum for another 10 months.

Testimonial Note from Kiran Brahma on Sat, Aug 13
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Rankings/High Scores for streaks and other stats

Currently, the only high score board this site has is on the month’s statistics page, but it’s next to useless because so many people have proven themselves capable of holding a streak (just look at how many phoenixes, pegasi, pterodactyls, etc. show up regularly on the Today’s Writers page!)

The only other way to directly compare ourselves to the rest of the site’s userbase is on the Eternity page, which compares our stats with the site’s average (the mean, I presume?), but they don’t tell you how close you are to the top. I’d be interested in seeing stats (maybe public, maybe private) that show you what rank and/or percentile you are for the following things:

  • Longest overall streak
  • Longest ongoing streak
  • Number of days without distractions/total days (also other things you can earn badges for)
  • Average words per day
  • Total amount of words written

It’s already kind of possible to find out what “ranking” your streak is at if you trawl the Today’s Writers page enough (if I counted right, I currently have the 88th-longest ongoing streak), but it’s a bit of a hassle clicking through sixty-five pages of names and badges to learn that. And, I have no way of knowing how prolific I am compared to everyone else, since not everyone shares their stats.

Perhaps not everyone would appreciate features like this that would make the site more competitive, but any of us with the heart of a video gamer would appreciate the extra source of motivation to write every day and keep up a streak.

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie Van Aken on Fri, Aug 12
1 cup

I somehow doubt I am the first person to come up with this idea, but I would love to be able to tag entries. That way I could go back on particular ideas and follow them through in whatever way they need to go.

New Feature Request Note from Soli J on Thu, Aug 11
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Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Thu, Aug 11
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Chloe Chiang on Wed, Aug 10
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An iPhone/iPad app

Fantastic site. The ability to write offline and then autosync please. (So streaks aren’t broken by spotty cell reception)

New Feature Vote from Johnny Marr on Tue, Aug 09
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Double Down on Charity Note from John Bee on Mon, Aug 08
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I like to write and often other thoughts get in the way of what I want to get done. 750 words is my little away to let all the random thoughts out.

Testimonial Note from Layna Gagliano on Mon, Aug 08
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 08
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More text analysis

As I write almost all my morning pages in Spanish, analyzing by (my) language could be really great. I don’t really need the analysis as I’m happy with the simple act of writing and the word count but I wonder what the eternity page would say about my writings… anyway I really enjoy the exercise!!

New Feature Vote from Jorge Sanz on Sun, Aug 07
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from John Bee on Sun, Aug 07
13 cups

Thanks for this great place to write, and for the opportunity to help kids learn to write.

Celebrating my 750 words anniversary this month.

Thanks for the great site Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Suzanne Wayne on Sun, Aug 07
3 cups

My writing has been more or less constipated for many months. And I just learned about Morning Pages from Pam Slim’s book Escape from Cubicle Nation. Even though I’ve been using for less than a week, I can tell already that I’m getting un-stuck. THANK YOU for helping me help myself out of this bout of writer’s block and rebuilding my writing momentum.

Testimonial Note from Joshua Schroeder on Sun, Aug 07
4 cups

I just can’t thank 750 Words enough for making writing my morning pages so fun and easy! Completing the July challenge gave me a nice sense of accomplishment, but more than anything it gave me a lot of insight into the wacky inner workings of my mind.

Thank you, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Elizabeth Coleman on Sat, Aug 06
1 cup

Good satisfaction to complete one more month challenge. July! and it is up to 157 day streak… so I have to hang i there to reach the next 200 day badge… I hope I have internet in my upcoming vacation so I dont miss any day…Thanks Buster

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Sat, Aug 06
1 cup

This site is a relief. RELIEF. I’ve tried other sites, I’ve tried paper and pen, but this site is the only one that has me writing again. I can not begin to tell you how nice that is. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Bullwinkle Moose on Fri, Aug 05
1 cup
More text analysis

It would be nice to see more categories in the text analysis.

New Feature Vote from Madison Wheatley Campbell on Fri, Aug 05
1 cup
Compatibility with Hotel Internet Browsers

I have had to use various motel computers to access The proprietary browser they use is not very compatible with this site. It is very frustrating to type 750 words then discover that the site didn’t save it. Also, these browsers won’t display the word count. In order to find out how many words I’ve typed, I have to sign out and sign back in.

New Feature Request Note from Lee Ogle on Fri, Aug 05
3 cups

I love! I’ve tried to journal many times in the past but this site has helped me to actually do it consistently (for 517 days and counting). One of the benefits: I’ve journaled my way through layers of excuses until I’ve made much needed changes to improve my health (diet, exercise, setting better work/life boundaries, etc.). Another: Every day I get to write something just for me (not for a grant or brochure or other formal work assignment). I feel my creative batteries recharge every time I journal!

Testimonial Note from Lee Ogle on Fri, Aug 05
5 cups

This month marks a year ago that I happened upon an FB mention of and decided to check it out. I have been committed to the site ever since. And more importantly, to my self and my writing. The process keeps me engaged— the badges keep me coming back!

Double Down on Charity Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Fri, Aug 05
1 cup

This site has brought home to me the value of commitment and how to keep it, no matter the excuses that are conjured up. You only need to begin and continue.

Testimonial Note from Wolfgang Deutsch on Thu, Aug 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It is a long journey from 200 days to 365 days. Maybe a 300 days badge?

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Thu, Aug 04
3 cups

This site is simple and effective, I’m closing in on 250K words and the little badges motivate me more than I should admit, like gold stars for grownups. Thank you!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Thu, Aug 04
2 cups

I’ve found that writing here helps me remember that the joy of writing comes from the act of writing itself. When I write here, I do it for me and that reminds me why I love being a writer. Write for you for this challenge!

Double Down on Charity Note from Pesha on Thu, Aug 04
3 cups

I really want to stick with it this month! I tend to procrastinate until late in the day, and then I can simply forget. So I want to develop the habit of writing early. I hope I learn…

One Month Challenge Bounty from Denise Small Kelley on Thu, Aug 04
2 cups

I know there are some people who start on day one and never stop. That wasn’t me. I didn’t write a word for months, until I came back in July. And now I have written 31 days in a row, my longest streak ever. So for those who struggle, I get it. I have just finally gotten my albatross a year and a half after originally signing up for this wonderful site. Thank goodness it was still here when I was ready to come back.

Testimonial Note from Laura Thomas on Thu, Aug 04
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Aimee Lee on Thu, Aug 04
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Double Down on Charity Note from Aimee Lee on Thu, Aug 04