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

2 cups

I feel very fortunate to have come across 750 Words. I love the simplicity of the idea and of the interface. I’ve always bought lovely journals, and have at times filled them to the brim. I’m happy to have those in a box in my basement, but frankly, I can type faster than I can write so I would often neglect my handwritten journals for the computer anyway. I love sitting down at my laptop and letting go of whatever’s in my head. It takes about 10 minutes and I feel refreshed afterward, like my brain has taken a shower. Sometimes I even understand something better than I did before. Thanks, Buster, for such a great idea and lovely execution.

Testimonial Note from Tara Anderson on Mon, Dec 27
2 cups

I love it here.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Thompson on Sun, Dec 26
1 cup

Celebrating 100,000 words today! Woohoo! Before I started using 750words I never would have attempted to do that or even thought that I could achieve it. But I love, love, love those virtual badges! Seeing them all lined up on my status page makes me smile,so silly isn’t it? :) Thanks buster for creating this site.

Testimonial Note from Raye Cage on Sun, Dec 26
4 cups

I am really loving, and have never regretted becoming a patron, either. This is great site and I love it.

Thanks, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Adelheid Singer on Sun, Dec 26
4 cups

I just completed my 300th day in a row. I never thought I’d make it this far. Thanks Buster!!!

Testimonial Note from Brian Cho on Sat, Dec 25
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Improve the Today page

It might be neat to have greater context on the “today” page… like headlines from the local newspaper or other things that might be useful fodder for writing… maybe even include these top stories as inspiration for writing, and then again, capture them on the Today page?

I like to go back in time over my writing and think about what was happening around me on that day — like a personal almanac. Seems like a good way to enhance the Today page to me anyway.

New Feature Vote from Chris Messina on Fri, Dec 24
1 cup
Improve the writing page

In particular, the leading on the Buendia font is awkward — whenever I type a single quote character (or similar character) at 18px, it bumps the current line down 1-2 pixels. It’s a minor but consistent annoyance.

New Feature Vote from Chris Messina on Fri, Dec 24
1 cup
Export to Dropbox

While exporting to a textfile is a great, simple solution, I’d love to automatically sync my texts to a 750 Words folder in my Dropbox account. That’d be automatic, straight-forward, and would provide great piece of mind — and let me edit my texts in iPhone apps like Plaintext.

New Feature Request Note from Chris Messina on Fri, Dec 24
1 cup

Thank you so much for developing this—more so than just giving me a place and the motivation to write every day, 750 Words has revolutionized the way I look at everything and the way things function. Please keep up the good work. I’ll be trying out HealthMonth starting in January and can’t wait!

Double Down on Charity Note from Justin Dane de la Torre on Fri, Dec 24
1 cup

You can do it! What is “it”? Well – you can find that which is hidden inside you. With the wonderful tool of daily writing, anyone can learn about their inner self. :)

Testimonial Note from Kim Upton on Fri, Dec 24
2 cups

One of the many things I appreciate about doing 750 Words is that this is space that I don’t have to worry about length, depth, coherence, or making sure that it’s locked. I’ve had an online journal and blog for quite some time now, but I’m usually concerned with one of the above. Many of my 750 entries have turned INTO blog entries, but that’s not my primary focus, and so many times, it feels much more real and present than if I were to try and write about the same topic. Thank you for this space to just clear my brain and find the gems that are hidden there.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 23
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I’m not sure when the points get tabulated in relation to the reminder email getting sent out. Seems as though the top writers in my daily email consistently have 9 more points than I do — are they from my time zone? Are they a day ahead of me? Might be nice to have something that ranks just the folk in your own time zone, so you don’t constantly feel a day behind….

New Feature Vote from Rebecca Peters on Wed, Dec 22
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Happy Holidays, Buster. This site is a lifesaver for mental health and professional productivity. I’m about to visit a certain dissertation adviser today, and whether he says good things or bad things about what I’ve written, I’ll be back here to keep working tomorrow!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rebecca Peters on Wed, Dec 22
4 cups

My 130+ day streak came to an end yesterday, along with the December One Month Challenge. I think I’ll take a little break before diving in again. In the meantime, have my cups. :) Y’all deserve them!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kate C on Mon, Dec 20
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Dec 19
1 cup has had an amazing, unexpected affect – it’s helped me to become a more efficient, productive and more effective problem-solving copywriter. In short, it’s helping me make more money at what I do best – write! All because I’m starting each day (the minute I jump out of bed, in fact) jump-starting my brain. A “cup of patronage” is fitting here, because is giving me a double espresso-start to my day!

Testimonial Note from Steve Roller on Sat, Dec 18
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Heidi R. Moore on Sat, Dec 18
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

An iPad app makes the most sense. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Heidi R. Moore on Sat, Dec 18
1 cup

I faltered after more than 130 straight days, but my failure is a success, for now I have developed the daily habit, and missing a day here and there doesn’t matter. 750words gave me the momentum to win NationalNoovelWritingMonth, which gave me the momentum to explore my notes and explore my imagination and write write write. Thank you, Buster, as I once again climb the hill toward a 200-day streak.

Testimonial Note from Mark Trevor Smith on Fri, Dec 17
1 cup

Thank you so much for creating this site! It’s helped me to get through a particularly rough year and it’s made me a better writer. Every day I look forward to logging on and emptying my brain. Thank you thank you thank you.

Testimonial Note from Richard Porter on Fri, Dec 17
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 16
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Nikki on Wed, Dec 15
3 cups

Just giving a little back since this site has helped me really bear down and write. It’s a great thing. Many thanks!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Dec 15
2 cups

It feels great to be writing again. Your site is so friendly and whimsical — I am surprised at how “usually non-competitive me” is completely jazzed and motivated by those crazy badges!
The first few days, I was watching the word counter and doing a lot of padding to get to 750. Then, the other day, I was so deeply into my thoughts that I didn’t notice the pop-up saying I had hit 750. I blew right through it and stopped at over 900. Wouldn’t have believed that was possible a few weeks ago.
Clearing out the mind junk on 750words really helps ideas to flow later in the day — good ideas! I’m recommending you to all my friends, whether they consider themselves to be writers or not. Who doesn’t love flamingos?

Testimonial Note from MaryBeth Davison Smith on Wed, Dec 15
10 cups

My 100th day streak and here I am, on the brink, at 690 words. Who would have thunk it. This morning, still in bed, I mused about what I would write on such an auspicious occasion. Perhaps an inspiring note for the other 750’s.
My husband expresses amused exasperation at my enthusiasm when I tell him how excited I am that I am writing for my 100th day in a row!
And now I am there!
“That’s so silly,” he laughs when I tell him of the Phoenix Badge within my grasp.
“Yes, it is,” I agree.
I don’t have words for the feeling, the significance. Not for him, not for myself, not for anyone.
I close my eyes, place my fingers on the keyboard, and rise out of the ashes.

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Tue, Dec 14
2 cups

Writing can be so difficult for me. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with it! 750words has helped me love more than hate the process. Thanks buster for making writing fun with all the badges, stats, and daily nudges!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Raye Cage on Tue, Dec 14
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I write exclusively on my iPad now and this would be assume!

New Feature Vote from K Cox on Tue, Dec 14
1 cup

So glad to be back here – this site rocks my writing world. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Tully Hansen on Mon, Dec 13
1 cup

After spontaneously beginning 750 words, each day I returned, and today I have written over 100,000 words and have a 100 day streak. I feel free to let it go and free to keep going. I most appreciate the objective record of my discipline, how easy it has been to return here each day and do this, and the space to objectify the many thoughts that are always bubbling. I have faith that this is helping me in more ways than I can say. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Karilen Mays on Mon, Dec 13
10 cups

I’m not a person who can make habits stick very well. I tried writing morning pages before on my own, without much success. After a couple of faltered attempts here on 750words, I finally got my Phoenix this morning.

Thank you Buster for creating something that helps so many others be creative every day. It’s now a part of my daily routine, and something I know I will stick with for years to come.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Dec 13