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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Send entries as e-mails

After completing an entry, the author has the ability to send the entry as an e-mail.

This would also work as a way for users to save their notes on Evernote, as entries can be made in Evernote via email.

New Feature Request Note from Michael Lobel on Sun, Dec 18
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Oh, what a wonderful resource! Life-changing stuff! I hope Buster Benson is feeling FANTASTIC right now!

Testimonial Note from Jack McJack on Sat, Dec 17
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More badges for accomplishments

Because I am an acquisitive badge slut I would love to see more badges. Also, because “more badges for accomplishments” was easy to find and choose from the list. But the improvement I was really wanting to write about would be one that allows you to change your word count requirement (from 750, which is awesome) to say 1,000 (which is fully 33% more awesome!). But in any event, I love this site and its help in getting morning pages done and out of the way. Cheers!

New Feature Vote from Kak Mathews on Sat, Dec 17
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“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb

Thanks, 750 Words. I started today.

Testimonial Note from Liana Woods Weiland on Sat, Dec 17
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.~Aristotle

Testimonial Note from Derick Lawson on Fri, Dec 16
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
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Happy holidays and thanks for the website, it really has helped me to be consistent this year (overall) in journaling!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Fri, Dec 16
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A better mobile site

For sure! Anything so that I can post on the go…

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 16
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750words.com has been incredibly rewarding. Just by practicing my writing, my confidence level in my writing skills has increased dramatically. Congratulations, Buster, for the mention in Oprah’s magazine, November 2011 issue, page 48. NaNoWriMo was also mentioned.They were mentioned as a resource in honor of National Novel Writing Month.

Testimonial Note from Susan Arnett on Thu, Dec 15
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This month is almost halfway over. Only a couple of weeks to go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jacqueline A. Gross on Wed, Dec 14
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Go forth and write you heart out!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Stephanie Holmes on Wed, Dec 14
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dori the Dwarf on Tue, Dec 13
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I had tried before to write every single day, failing, and I was initially sceptical that I would be able to this time. 750 words is somehow different. Perhaps it is the progress tracker, or the addicting badges, or the friends that brought you to the Web site, but there is strong, positive pressure to continue writing. Though the number of words required daily may seem daunting, once you begin furiously typing, that number becomes arbitrary; you finish when you are done (around one thousand personally). You will find there is plenty to say: your day, your feelings, your work, and long tangents. This is the best part about writing, something claimed in the introduction to the site, but something I was similarly sceptical about: your mind will be clearer. That is a claim I would normally shun since it is impossible to quantify, but I have been calmer, writing out frustrations and solving them as I write, and more thoughtful, able, at the beginning of the day or at its close, to work through and analyse events and ideas. And you will notice your typing skills gradually improve. I recommend this site in the strongest possible terms.

Testimonial Note from Daniel Bond on Tue, Dec 13
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I started this lovely commitment of 750 words/day eight days ago and I’m still going strong. Other than the badges and streaks, which provide excellent incentives, the writing really helps you grow. The catharsis is amazing. I felt that today after my impassioned and brutally honest stream-of-consciousness prose on an issue that I’ve suppressed in my mind for the past five years. I encourage all of you to make your daily 750 into self-discovery, no matter how insignificant your writing may seem that day. I can imagine the depth of insight you gain on yourself when you look back on months worth or writing. Hell, I realize it even eight days in.

Testimonial Note from Daniel Hironaka on Mon, Dec 12
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I’ve been stuck in an “unable to write regularly” rut since my little boy was born 20 months ago. But I can type fast, and 750 words takes me less than 10 minutes, so it’s easy to find and I’m highly motivated by the badges. In other words – 750words.com has got me writing again and I love it. Thank you :-)

Testimonial Note from Amanda Kendle on Mon, Dec 12
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adjustable word limit

I love using 750 words but I know some people who think that writing 750 words a day is too many (ridiculous, I know). It might get people who are unused to writing a lot every day to get a good start on 750words if they can set a personal goal for themselves – 250 or 500 words each day. Then they can push the limit back once they get into the groove of things. And for those of us who do NaNoWriMo, we can raise the limit to 1,667 if we dare!

New Feature Request Note from Cheresse Burke on Mon, Dec 12
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I’ve been trying to do Morning Pages for years. I’ve used notebooks, WordPress, Blogspot, Word, and so on. And every time, I burn out. Finally, I came across 750 Words: it’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do in the easiest way imaginable. Add to that the streaks, challenges, and badges as incentives, and I can’t stop writing. I’m finding stronger emotional balance, clearer thoughts, and more creativity. I honestly can’t thank this site enough.

Testimonial Note from Bennie Robinson on Mon, Dec 12
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Miranda Rutherford on Mon, Dec 12
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this site has provided an open space for me to put down all my often random and disconnected thoughts. I feel like I’m engaged with an ongoing conversation with myself. I am recommending it to everyone in my life who could benefit from regular reflection, and if we’re honest, we know thats all of us. Happy Writing!

Testimonial Note from Sg on Mon, Dec 12
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I found this site in the November 2011 Oprah Magazine. I’ve been writing everyday for 9 days. I’m loving it. It’s just me, my thoughts and my blank canvas and I love it.
It’s a place where I can make a plan to find and follow my dreams. Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Shawnnita Fairbairn on Sun, Dec 11
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Here’s some Patronage — now write!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Hudson on Sun, Dec 11
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Day Recovery

It would be really good if there were some way to cover a missed day with a Cup of Patronage — I almost missed yesterday because I forgot to paste my writing until two minutes before midnight! If I hadn’t remembered in time, my motivation would have been cut and I would have been much less committed to continuing to write every day.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Hudson on Sun, Dec 11
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facepalm for missing yesterday… gotta start writing early consistently, so if my evening plans get hijacked for something more fun, I don’t lose my streak. Good luck to the rest of this month’s runners!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Seth Watkins on Sun, Dec 11
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I was told about this site over a year ago and though I wrote diligently at first, life got in the way and I fell off my writing routine. Now that life has calmed down 750 words helps me to rid my insomniac mind of its busy whirl and bustle. My appreciation for a site such as this is endless. I strive above and beyond my word goals every day and am quickly reaching for my first flock. Love the site, love the encouragement such a community brings.

Testimonial Note from Alika Pridgeon on Sun, Dec 11
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Double Down on Charity Note from Rieddhi Shah on Sun, Dec 11
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750 Words has helped me write every single day. Writing, as it turns out, helps keep some of my mental health issues under control. I use writing as an outlet for some of my more difficult feelings and anxieties. With a site like 750 Words, I go in every day to write what’s on my mind. Afterwards, I always feel better, and the little analysis and badges are great at perking me up when my mood is especially low. So thank you, 750 Words, for giving me an outlet for some of the emotions I can’t express any other way.

Testimonial Note from Maggie Wells on Sat, Dec 10
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My wife always told me my brain was too full. After our son was required to write on this site as a class project, she suggested I try. I have always enjoyed writing so I gave it a whirl…Wow! my brain is clearer, and I can focus better on my work. So after obsessing on the NaNo, I can now keep my brain clear. Everyone should try this and the workd would be a better place!!

Testimonial Note from Joe Chriest on Fri, Dec 09
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I think it’s a little bit funny (and I mean this in the most affectionate way possible) how crushed people say they get when they lose a streak. You’ve lost the badge, but you’ve not lost all the words you wrote over the days that got you the badge. The badge is a means to an end, not an end. The end is the writing. You still have that.
(and yes, I know I may eat my words (these words, and my 750) if (when!) I lose the beautiful 74-day streak I’m nurturing.

Testimonial Note from Miruna Stanica on Fri, Dec 09