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

1 cup

I just completed 365 days of consecutive writing here. When I started, that barely seemed possible. But now, writing my 750 words every day is just an important part of my routine. It helps me clear my head, recognize patterns and enhance my creative process. Thank you, Buster, for creating this wonderful community of writers.

Testimonial Note from Susie Wampler on Sun, May 01
2 cups

Sometimes it takes a setback to help a person take a leap forward. Last month I blew a 349-day streak by totally forgetting to write my pages on March 15 (the Ides of March!). But when the April challenge started, I decided to up my total words per day to 1,000. I am happy to say that I have completed at least 1,000 words for each and every day of April. Anyone want to join me in May?
And as always: Thanks, Buster, for the site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, May 01
1 cup

I have been writing all month of March and April, 61 days streak, and has helped me so much, I even became a better person, and a better writer. I am also painting watercolor and acrylic and this discipline has helped with my painting, and guess what, I will continue writing in the May Challenge. Yes!!!

Testimonial Note from Ana Sofia iS on Sun, May 01
1 cup

Writing everyday has legitimately helped me jump start creativity

One Month Challenge Bounty from Christopher R Ostro on Sun, May 01
1 cup

I’ve just finished my 750+ words for the 30th day of April and it feels mighty good. I earned a Hampster and a Cheetah this month, so my list of badges is growing, giving me renewed incentive to persevere toward my Albatross and my first Flock. Alas, I will not earn my Turquoise Stallion this month because I was unable to get to a computer in time to finish my writing on the evening of Thursday the 14th. It’s a pity, but with this disappointment, has come some insight. The lesson learned, is that I need to make it a point to write in the MORNING, before the day can whisk me into it’s whirlwind. I am also finding that morning writing helps me map out my day, and that I emerge from my writing session with a greater sense of clarity regarding what I want to accomplish. Thanks so much, Buster, for this tool to keep me on track and centered. I have signed up for May and hope to make it all the way through. In fact, I plan to be celebrating with my very own Turquoise Horse on Memorial Day! I may be on the Wall of Shame this month, but I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself, nonetheless. Can’t wait to get started tomorrow morning on a new challenge! Good luck to everyone who will be trying again in the lusty month of May. May we ALL end up on the Wall of Awesomeness!

Testimonial Note from Leslie Pears on Sun, May 01
1 cup

I’ve been telling myself for years to try to get back into the habit of morning pages. When I was in my early 20s I managed to do MP’s for about 2 months straight, and since then have never been able to stick with it. I’ve only been using this site for 4 days now, but I find that I’m far more likely to think of it first thing in the morning. The stats and metadata features add a level of interest and engagement, and the ambition to keep a streak going really feels motivating. I like it!

Testimonial Note from Susanna Kirk on Sat, Apr 30
1 cup

I have come to realise that I use this site as a mirror to tell me what’s going on inside my head and as I am an albatross right now the changes in thought patterns and subjects written about over the last three months have been quite diverse. In addition to this I now have loads of ideas and threads to develop into stories, articles, blogs or even a book. No poetry so far but I’m sure there is some in there somewhere. For all of this I have 750 Words and Buster to thank.

Testimonial Note from Pete Przyszlak on Sat, Apr 30
2 cups
German text analysis

Most of the time I enjoy the web in english, but I write mostly in german.

Not very surprising the stats were a bit weird. My text was rated as sexual content and violence, mostly concerned about death. http://750words.com/entries/stats/720310

I am already thinking about writing in english, as I want to improve it.

It would still be nice if you could implement a german analysis. Depending on how complicated that is.

New Feature Request Note from Luca Hammer on Fri, Apr 29
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’m on 16 day streak, thanks to the motivational elements built in this site. However, I’m writing from my couch after considering going to a coffee shop this morning. I did not write from that location because I don’t use any service that’s not secure over unsecured wifi, and even with secure servers, I’m a bit wary.

Buster, I hope you can find the time to make a secure server available for us. Thanks for the great work. I hope it becomes more profitable for you.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 29
1 cup

I practiced daily Morning Pages religiously when my daughter was first born and I needed a centering activity to guide me through newly-found fatherhood. This challenge has put me back in the routine of writing at a time my daughter is now 17, I’m nearing the end of my career as professor, and I feel the need for a rejuvenation. Thank you, 750words.com, for a fun and thoughtful way of reconnecting with my writing self!

Testimonial Note from John Barrett on Thu, Apr 28
1 cup

My friend Katie told me about this website yesterday, and, for whatever reason, I waited until today to figure out what this whole thing is about. Sure enough, I was intrigued, and decided that I would make today Day One.

I’m really looking forward to using this as a creative tool in the future.

Testimonial Note from Tom Fleenor on Thu, Apr 28
2 cups

This has been such a great exercise for me. It has helped me focus in my writing, brought me clarity and insights, and shown me the power of consistent application of set goals. Thanks for the resource to continue exploring the resource of me!

Testimonial Note from Bob M on Thu, Apr 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love, love, love the badges. In fact, I’m finding ways to incorporate little icons declaring how awesome I am into other places in my life. It’s amazing how motivating a computer graphic can be! I want more!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Apr 28
2 cups
A rainbow of horses

I love my turquoise horse, earned for completing a monthly challenge. But… why stop at turquoise? Shouldn’t April give me a crimson horse? Can’t August be a maroon horse? A carnation pink horse in September? I intend to complete many months of challenge, and I would love to get a stable which runneth over.

New Feature Request Note from Ed Turner on Thu, Apr 28
1 cup
Improved social features

User profiles consolidating our stats, badges, and other information for public consumption/bragging rights. ¶ Make it easier to follow other users, and to manage which users we follow. ¶ A non-spammy way to share our stats and badges on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

New Feature Request Note from Simon Crowley on Wed, Apr 27
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I may not be six years old anymore, but it turns out I still find little animal stickers highly motivating. More, more, more!

New Feature Vote from Simon Crowley on Wed, Apr 27
3 cups

I didn’t complete April challenge and due to upcoming events, am not going to participate in the May challenge. For the folks who complete the May challenge, I happily contribute to your bounty – you have earned it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Heidi Berthiaume on Wed, Apr 27
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Stewart C Baker on Wed, Apr 27
1 cup

I have been 55 days writing without missing a single day because the inspiration has been growing and getting to be really there , It is a great site to promote the value of writing everyday… thanks

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ana Sofia iS on Sun, Apr 24
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One Month Challenge Bounty from C. Wood on Sun, Apr 24
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I love this site and the challenge. It really seems silly, but it is inspiring for me to make sure I write every day! Good luck and keep writing!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kim Seamon Lautman on Fri, Apr 22
1 cup

750 Words is a haven for me, where I can gather my thoughts and clear my mind. I have never felt so inspired to write! It brightens my day and gives me something to look forward to, and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Carozza on Fri, Apr 22
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sandra Carozza on Fri, Apr 22
3 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Lara Smith on Thu, Apr 21
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lara Smith on Thu, Apr 21
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Vacation Time

I would love a way to be able to set aside time for a vacation, by which I mean time that you intend to keep writing your 750 words a day, but will be without internet and don’t want to lose your streak. Basically, you would set aside the time in advance by marking the dates (just like you would at a job—prevents anyone from popping in a ‘vacation day’ anytime they forgot a day) and then enter your words. Since the distraction and time taken stats wouldn’t be valid for this (especially if you just copy/paste your words), they wouldn’t be counted for your vacation days, but if you still met your 750 words each day, your streak would be reinstated!

New Feature Request Note from Danica West on Thu, Apr 21
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Karen Lissa Ingram on Wed, Apr 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

This was tough, the iPhone app was calling my name, but the thing that drives me is getting a badge. It’s a long time between Albatross and Phoenix, there must be something else that could be rewarded with a badge. A badger badge for predominantly grumpy writing? An elephant for posts mostly about the past? A buddha badge for being in the present? Is there a place to make suggestions?

New Feature Vote from Karen Lissa Ingram on Wed, Apr 20
1 cup

I decided to commit to donating 1 cup of patronage every day that I skip writing for the next little while. I won’t be able to afford it forever, but so far it’s helped me keep up my streaks pretty well! I’d also like to add my voice to the requests for more badges, specifically ones that don’t have to do with streaks, such as writing for at least 90% of the days in a year or something like that. Thanks!

Double Down on Charity Note from Natalia Toronchuk on Mon, Apr 18
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I enjoy so much receiving the badges and they are an incentive to write on days that I am dragging my fingers across the keyboard in slow motion! I would love to see badges not only for streaks but also for completing a year of writing (even if you didn’t have a one-year streak). And also more badges for the number of words written.
Thanks Buster for all your efforts and for giving us this forum to offer our suggestions!
—Vicky :o)

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Apr 18