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

3 cups

I have just finished my 202nd day of writing in a row :) It was a great satisfaction to cross that line yesterday. Now I have a real peace about my daily writing. It has really become part of my life.

I use it for a lot of different things but mostly I journal and write out the day that is ending. But there have been some times of reflection and prayer and looking ahead and dreaming too.

I am thankful to Buster for working out a couple website kinks that threatened to interfere. Everything worked out!!

I have a published book already, but I wasn’t writing a lot after it went to press. One day I woke up and said, “Writers write! I need to look up that 750 Words website and get busy!!” I haven’t looked back since!

Thank you Buster for helping me to stay a writer. I know I am one, because writers write, and I have been writing for over 200 days now :)

Peace & Love,
Holly M. <><

Testimonial Note from Holly White Roddam on Mon, Mar 21
1 cup

I just hit over 20,000 words since starting in late February. Getting back to daily writing is really helping to clear my mind, so Thank You, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Weiden Philipbar on Sun, Mar 20
1 cup

I just finished writing my words. I love this time to myself, where I can just let it all out. Thank you for this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from Lea Woolf on Sun, Mar 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I just reached 200 days in a row, and with it my Pterodactyl badge. I’m so happy I cannot even put it down in words… yet, what happens after the Pterodactyl? Are there more badges for 350 days, for example? They are such a simple method to motivate people, it might appear na├»ve but I cannot believe we’ll be moving on past 200 without any more badges to be granted! Thank-you for this wonderfully life-changing site!

New Feature Vote from Beatriz on Sun, Mar 20
2 cups

I just earned my Phoenix badge! Amazing how a virtual badge can be so motivational, just as much (if not more than) those embroidered patches I earned in Girl Scouts. On nights when I was tired and just wanted to succumb to sleep, I forced myself to type my 750 words to make sure I didn’t forfeit my chance at that Phoenix. Doing so has taught me that I need these 750 words each day to confess to myself, to vent, to dream, to babble, to come up dry and find the flow again after a couple of paragraphs. The structure of this site is genius, with the word countdown and the badges. Thank you for creating it to enable me (and others) to persist in our own creativity.

Now on to the Ptero…ok, I can’t spell that one. Going for 200 days in a row… would be nice to have something at the 150 mark in between, but then that will just send me to the other badges in attempts to continue collecting them!

Testimonial Note from La Flaneuse on Sun, Mar 20
6 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Moira K Guthrie on Sat, Mar 19
4 cups

Having missed 6! days in a row, I just couldn’t believe that I could get started again. Yet here I am. I have to say it was close.
It helped to read the notes of inspiration. Especially, for some reason, the notes from those folks who have written for 365 days in a row. There should be a badge for THAT for sure. What though? ANGEL? Maybe—they fly. Or perhaps a special Fairy Queen/King of words. I’ll write a suggestion to Buster, perhaps. I mean, pterodactyl is pretty awesome—and there is the super flock badge for 200K. Still, I think we need a “DID IT FOR A YEAR!” badge, too.
Not that I’m not already inspired enough to make it back to Phoenix.

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Sat, Mar 19
1 cup

One interesting thing that the mindset metadata has taught me is that I tend to be above-average in negativity. So I’ve been consciously trying to use negatives (not, no, don’t) less in my entries, and sure enough, my negativity score has gone down. I think it’s a good thing. It’s like smiling to make yourself feel better-don’t knock it!
But the other mindset categories are less transparent to me: what determines if I’m “uncertain”? or “introverted”? What are the criteria for those categories?

Testimonial Note from Miruna Stanica on Fri, Mar 18
10 cups

I passed 365 days in a row last week, and did not even notice for a couple of days. I remember back last October, making a cross-country trip of the US, worrying about how I was going to find wifi access in order to keep the streak alive, and being relieved at working out the logistics. And here I am now, over a year into this, averaging over 1,000 words per day. It’s something I could not have imagined myself doing before, and this website, with its badges, and statistics, and challenges, and the ability to see other users’ progress, has been the great impetus for the bulk of it. Thank you, Buster, for this life-changing venue.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Fri, Mar 18
1 cup

I am starting to author a book next month, and is invaluable help in prepping me to make that dream a reality. Thank you for helping my dreams come true!!!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Starfighter Simon on Thu, Mar 17
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Wed, Mar 16
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Angela Gunn on Wed, Mar 16
5 cups

Hey! So today marks my 365th day of writing! It’s so strange to realize that the most consistent thing I’ve done all year is write three pages every day. Some days I didn’t eat, some days I didn’t sleep, but every day I wrote 750 words. I feel like I know myself better now than I ever have before — both the good and the bad — and I’m extremely grateful to have had this space to work it all out in.

The single-minded dedication to writing every day also gave me some good stories to tell. My family went on vacation to a small coastal town over the summer, and at one point we had a 36-hour power outage. No electricity for my laptop, and no wifi to send in my words! I ended up convincing my uncle to drive me to the nearest town with power, and I begged the use of a computer off an irritable hotel night clerk. It occurred to me later that I probably could’ve asked Buster for an Act of God streak-repair dispensation, but oh well! If anything, it convinced my family to take my love of writing a little more seriously.

Testimonial Note from Brook West on Wed, Mar 16
1 cup

After 349 days of consistent, daily writing, I stumbled and forgot to write! Now as an “egg” again, I look forward to what will be born in my daily pages. Thanks for the site, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 16
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Mon, Mar 14
1 cup

I thought I would get bored with this fairly quickly but much to my delight and pleasure I haven’t. I have to go away for a week this month so won’t be able to keep up my streak so I’ve signed up for the April challenge to ensure I do after I get back. I’ve even started on a plot for a book which I never thought I would do. This is a great site

Testimonial Note from Derek Harding on Mon, Mar 14
3 cups

I’ve got my Phoenix-badge at last and I just couldn’t imagine it will mean so much for me. Well, it’s just a badge – and it’s not just a badge. It’s the sign or maybe symbol of my everyday intention keep doing that I desided to do. Despite of my bad mood or lazy days or busy days or anything else. Just keep writing – when you have no free time or have nothing to write about.

Testimonial Note from Natalie Z. on Sat, Mar 12
1 cup

Writing 750 words each morning has made me value myself more. It is the one, purely selfish thing I give myself each day, and it makes me feel wonderful! No matter what else happens during the day, I have gifted myself with this indulgence, and the structure of the site (with all the rewards) has made this easy to do. So thank you for helping me love myself, makes it so much easier to spread the love if I start here everyday.

Testimonial Note from Debra Hellman on Sat, Mar 12
1 cup

Always grateful to 750words, which keeps me honest! And writing nearly every day no matter how busy things get.

Testimonial Note from Ellen McGrath Smith on Fri, Mar 11
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I would rather like an android app, so make sure that it is compatible with the android market please!!!

New Feature Vote from Zephyr T. Kremer Millington on Thu, Mar 10
2 cups
Secure server for writing

It would be great to have SSL support. I often write from public places, and it does make me uneasy to use an unencrypted connection. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Diego Zamboni on Thu, Mar 10
2 cups

I finished the February challenge successfully, and although I forgot to sign up for the March challenge, I haven’t broken my streak. 750words has helped me, simply, to write. Some times I write about what I’m feeling, sometimes I write text for my book, sometimes I draft blog entries, and sometimes I simply ramble or repeat myself to make it to the quota. But I write every day, and that’s something I had never done before. Thank you Buster for making this such a nice site and such a pleasure to come back every day.

Testimonial Note from Diego Zamboni on Thu, Mar 10
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Rebecca Swartz on Wed, Mar 09
1 cup

This site has become a great outlet for me to get my feelings out because I have a tendency to repress them. It’s also helped me get a better idea of how I’m feeling from day to day and what I need to focus on. I’ve also received several epiphanies as I’ve been writing. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this site.

Testimonial Note from Beth Kirby on Wed, Mar 09
1 cup

I’m not a writer at all. But I need to change that. Thanks for a possibility to change that!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 09
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Linda M. on Tue, Mar 08
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Nicole Montano on Mon, Mar 07
1 cup

I wanted to drink a toast to Buster. I had lost two days of stats due to an autosave weirdness after the server move. Buster fixed the problem within 48 hrs. His friendliness on the trouble ticket and the speed and accuracy of his fix are worthy of notice and compliment. Thank you, sir. I look forward to earning many more badges in the year to come.

Testimonial Note from Heidi Berthiaume on Mon, Mar 07
1 cup

I love this site. Since I really started using it, for the February Challenge and now for March, I can guarantee that no matter how my day goes I will have written at least 750 words, generally more than that. This site gets me through my writing day.

Double Down on Charity Note from Lara Johnson on Sun, Mar 06
7 cups

Much like many other inspired writers here, I have had to break long streaks because I have not had internet access, and yet I still wrote my words every day!

I would happily buy a standalone app, or a plugin for an existing app like OmmWriter (which would be ideal for me) that I could do my daily words in, that would simply sync with whenever there was an internet connection (like Evernote).

Love Love Love the site. It has helped me open up myself in ways I never thought possible. Thank you, Buster!

New Feature Request Note from Justin Milner on Sun, Mar 06