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

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Secure Server for Writing

Another vote for an HTTPS connection (option or default).

New Feature Request Note from Ross Goldberg on Tue, Jan 25
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Weekly prompts

I really enjoyed Reverb10 and haven’t written a word on my blog since – could we have a weekly prompt feature to inspire us to write something weekly?

New Feature Request Note from Anne Popham on Tue, Jan 25
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Agatha Noble on Tue, Jan 25
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Agatha Noble on Tue, Jan 25
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This is a fantastic site. I’ve noticed that in writing my 750 words daily here, I’m able to work out all kinds of problems that have been bouncing around unresolved in my head. Just getting them down on “paper” clears my mind and inspires me to get on with my real writing. Love the metadata and the other statistics, and the ability to track overall word counts and earn badges. Signed up for a monthly patronage because I think I’m going to be sticking with this site for a long time to come!

Testimonial Note from Ross Goldberg on Mon, Jan 24
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I’ve been tracking metadata for six months now, since I started writing on this site. I live with MS, and one of the things I’ve tracked is my MS, day-to-day. I recently had a relapse, and I was able to pull up my metadata and determine exactly when my symptoms appeared, a full week earlier than I thought. I never could have done it without 750words.

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Mon, Jan 24
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Get out of jail free card

I support the idea of having a get out of jail free card, meaning that we could buy a day that we missed with a cup of patronage so that we didn’t mess up our streak.

However, it would seem to me that there should be a limit to the number of possible days per month or per 90 days. Otherwise, people would just be purchasing streaks, right?

Thanks for this great site, Buster!


New Feature Request Note from Heidi R. Moore on Sun, Jan 23
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More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges! And I just love the motivation that accruing a longer streak lends. Although I would love to have a badge/free pass option to deal with a skipped day due to sickness or emergencies.

New Feature Vote from Beth Morey on Sat, Jan 22
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Best journaling site to date! :)

Testimonial Note from Kim Upton on Sat, Jan 22
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I thrive on consistency, but it’s hard for me to develop it on my own. When I come here to write in the morning it helps me keep on track for the rest of the day. Yay for 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Shannon Garcia on Sat, Jan 22
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Even on days when I’m not using to keep me on track for writing fiction, it helps me sort through obstacles that may be preventing me from being creative or work through ideas for the next part of my story. I love the daily motivation to sit in front of my computer and work on my craft.

Testimonial Note from Alli M. on Fri, Jan 21
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Android app

I think that this site would greatly benefit from an android app, that allows users to write their words on their phone while offline, still recording the time it was written, and how long it took, etc. These details would then be synced whenever the phone connects to the internet, getting analysed to bits and all that, allowing users to write their words normally on their phones, even if they don’t have internet connection for a few days.

New Feature Request Note from Renee Ngan on Fri, Jan 21
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I love writing and love that this site is contributing to a group that encourages kids in this area.

Double Down on Charity Note from Elizabeth McAlister on Fri, Jan 21
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Who doesn’t like a good personal challenge? Bring it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Elizabeth McAlister on Fri, Jan 21
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I started this just after my 10 week old son died. It’s helped me get things out and is a safe place for me to type to my heart’s content. I love it!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth McAlister on Fri, Jan 21
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Good luck! Don’t let anything get in your way, Feb is a short month!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jennifer Crowe on Fri, Jan 21
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I have used this site for a couple of different things. First I have used 750words to just dump straight out of my brain. Not only to figure out my own opinions but to be able to look back and figure out what things have been important to me. The second thing has been a way of just getting used to going through the act of writing every day. Every word that I manage to put down makes me that much more of the writer that I would like to be.

Testimonial Note from Perry Caldwell on Thu, Jan 20
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Aerin Bender on Thu, Jan 20
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I started writing in my teenage years, it is a habit I have kept up some 30 odd years later. I have discovered that writing can be useful in many different ways. So Write On!!!

Double Down on Charity Note from Michelle Clarke on Wed, Jan 19
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My husband and I split up on Dec. 22nd. We have a 4 year old son who was really looking forward to Christmas and I was devastated to say the least. I, luckily, have a sister who lives in town so we moved in with her. I used 750 words to help me through that difficult period. Then my doctor suggested writing a letter to my husband. So I did, I wrote him a love letter. It worked and we got back together on Dec. 31st. I showed the letter to our marriage counsellor and he told me I should take up writing professionally. That was such a big, huge compliment. I was very taken aback, I felt very flattered. I thanked him and told him that I have been writing for a long time. But the feeling that I had, the passion I had when I was writing that letter is what I know I need to find in order to write my novel. So, onward with the quest!!!

Testimonial Note from Michelle Clarke on Wed, Jan 19
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Brain dumping is great therapy and helps me move toward my goal of becoming a published writer!

Testimonial Note from Hector Valdez on Wed, Jan 19
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Finding and following people

I’m new to this site and this may exist already. I’m not sure how to find the profiles of people I’d like to follow. There are at least two of my friends on here but I don’t know how to find their profile pages. One is even a patron: I can see her name but there’s no link to her profile.

New Feature Request Note from Gina Langridge on Sun, Jan 16
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Adding Offline Writing

I like this idea of Jeffrey’s of being able to add days when you don’t have Internet access, as long as you wrote off line on that day. Michael Nobbs wrote on Wed, Jan 05 about a “get out of jail free card”. I am sure he didn’t mean it this way, but it makes me think if I DON’T WRITE on a particular day, I could use my “free” card to get back in the game by writing twice on another day.

If we could have a way of adding days in when we didn’t have Internet access, I would fully support this. I would even support giving Michael his streak back if he wrote on the day that he couldn’t log on and letting him be the first to use the new system .

I am now at 138 days in a row, but almost lost it when I was at a retreat and there was “no Internet access”, at least for “campers”. I was able to get permission to use the office computer for 30 minutes the two days I was there, so I was able to save my streak. There have been a few times when it has been iffy, and I would hate to lose my streak now!

I know this is just for us, in that we are writing for ourselves, and we are all on an honor system, but I would feel cheated if my 200 day streak (in another 62 days ) and someone else’s were not the same because they were allowed to take a “day off” and I wrote without missing a day.

I am glad to see that I am not alone in this fear of losing my streak, and am really thankful to both Jeffrey and Michael for bringing up ideas to consider.

I love this site and have noticed that my typing has improved as well as being able to get over 130,000 words out of my brain and onto my 750Word pages since I started!

Now if I could just do as well with my Health Challenge!! 

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Sun, Jan 16
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Offline Writing

I’m not sure how it would work, but when I traveled to Japan last year I ran into this problem:

Due to lack of internet access and time zone changes, my streak got broken! I wrote, just not on the site. It would have been great if I had been able to cut and paste my writing in for the missed days. I didn’t think I’d care, but I find that that knowing I’ve written for 106 day in a row really makes me want to write tomorrow! Having a streak broken due to access/time-zone changes really sucked. So I’d love to see some way to make that work. And so people don’t abuse it? Make it cost a Cup of Patronage.

That’s it: My proposal in a nutshell:

For the price of one cup of patronage, I can fill in up to three missed consecutive days. I select the options, specify the dates, and then paste in the writing for each of those days. For me, that would have meant spending four cups of patronage, because I was gone for about twelve days.

Please please please! Oh, and I go on vacation again in May, and I’ll probably lose internet access. I love this site. I love my streak. You have the power to keep me happy. I’m begging here. ;)


New Feature Request Note from Jeffrey Aurand on Sat, Jan 15
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Double Down on Charity Note from Gillie on Sat, Jan 15
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So excited that we’re nearly halfway through the month. Can’t believe how much writing on this site every day has helped be to be more focused and to feel better. Best personal challenge I’ve ever taken!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kara Monroe on Fri, Jan 14
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More badges for accomplishments

How about a well-deserved badge for writers with a year-long (365 days) streak! Congrats to Ms. Vorozheykina (372 days) and Mr. Humphrey (365 days). You are an inspiration to us all!

New Feature Vote from LS Lee on Fri, Jan 14
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I love 750 words! Started in January and this site gets me up and out of bed in the morning. I have taken to rolling out of bed and writing as the first thing I do (yes, before even brushing my teeth) – and sometimes I capture my dreams. The writing is funny when I look back on it!

I LOVE the features – so cool! I didn’t know what to expect right away and now I look forward to the word analysis and the “virtual stickers” and all the fun things that come with writing.

GREAT site! Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kathleen Peck on Thu, Jan 13
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I just hit my 200 day streak a few minutes ago, and it feels great! Without this site, some of the stories I am working on would never have got off the ground before. I’ve never written on so many consecutive days before, it feels brilliant. This site is just as much a part of my daily routine now as taking a shower.

Testimonial Note from Sophie on Tue, Jan 11
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I agree with Kellie Miller (patron) that 750 words is a site of personal transformation. It’s a chance to dedicate time to one’s self on a consistent basis; it’s both clarifying and strengthening. There is something very appealing about the process as Buster has created it… it’s a bit more than Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages activity (love her work). Immersing into an environment where fingers can fly, and pauses are reflective, is a vital thing to me at this point in my life. I’m loving it.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Shara on Tue, Jan 11