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

1 cup

Ooooh! New badges! How wonderful to think about writing every single day for an entire year, to have a flying horse badge. And would I, could I, get the space budgie badge? Only time will tell. Thanks for these simple pleasures, its a great way to start the day.

Testimonial Note from Janet O on Tue, May 10
1 cup

I never would have believed that writing every day could be so powerful. And the silly badges are incredibly motivating! If I know I’m going to be out late, I write earlier in the day. If I know I’m going to have time, I wait and write before bed. On those days when I can write before bed, I’m able to sleep much better because I no longer have jumbled thoughts floating across my mind. Writing 750 words has helped clear out the flotsam and jetsam in my mind.

Testimonial Note from Dawn McWilliams on Tue, May 10
2 cups

I can’t even begin to explain what this site has done for me and my soul. Instead of burying things deeper inside my afflicted mind, I write out my problems and troubles. And guess what? I can deal better with all these issues and actually come to a solution. Imagine that!

Testimonial Note from Kasia on Mon, May 09
1 cup
Ability to place tags

The ability to tag a place, word, or phrase in your writing to be pulled out in a separate place on the site. Sometimes I don’t want to disturb my writing and would love to tag things in my writing (i.e. todos, reminders, etc).

New Feature Request Note from Kristen Bornemann on Sun, May 08
6 cups

Write every day. It sounds so easy, yet can be one of the most challenging goals to a new writer. Get those words out of your head and onto the page, and bask in the joy of completing your challenge. Best of luck to you all!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ross Goldberg on Sun, May 08
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Sun, May 08
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Sun, May 08
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Sun, May 08
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Asdi on Sun, May 08
1 cup

“Set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands.” — Seneca, Epistle 1

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 08
3 cups
A Search Bar

Some people, especially people new to 750 words, have trouble finding things around the site. A search bar at the top could allow them to search for things like “badges” or “monthly challenge”. This would help some people find the page they want without scrolling through every menu bar. Please consider this, mostly as a convenience to our new 750 worders!

New Feature Request Note from Gabrielle Williams on Sun, May 08
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

As the world of Apple grows and iPhones, iPads, and iTouches grow in popularity, an app for 750words would bring in so many more people that simply don’t have access to a computer everyday (for example, travelers). I strongly encourage this feature!

New Feature Vote from Gabrielle Williams on Sun, May 08
1 cup

So so glad I found this site … and to think I cannot even remember how … thank you, Buster! You’ve no idea how many warm thoughts I send your way — every day.
Between this site and Keith’s “My Life,” I really might get somewhere this time around …

Testimonial Note from Jill Whitcomb Donahue on Sun, May 08
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, May 07
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Ray Walters on Sat, May 07
2 cups
Offline Writing

I would like to request a feature that would allow for offline writing that would then sync up with the server when I am able to connect again. This would allow an unbroken streak, even when out of touch with the modern world.

New Feature Request Note from Ray Walters on Sat, May 07
1 cup

It has helped a lot, I had a night a few nights back where I had so much on my mind and I needed to sleep so I could get up for work. I just could not get the relaxation to kick in and slow the thought process. I got up and signed on and just let everything that was going on in my mind out on to 750words, and it quieted allowing me to get some much needed rest. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Layna Gagliano on Sat, May 07
1 cup

For someone who has struggled with the “black dog” as Churchill called it, this site helps me connect and always helps me prove to myself that I can do one meaningful thing every day. When I lose faith in myself, I write 750 words, and my motivation to do something else in my life grows. Thanks a million for this soul-saver…

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, May 06
1 cup

Best thing to happen to my writing ever. My dissertation will actually get finished!

Don’t change anything! I love the simplicity of the site.

Testimonial Note from David Leitner on Wed, May 04
1 cup

I only joined this community a few days ago, and I cant believe what a wonderful gem this is. It has taken my journaling experience to a whole new level. I love the whole concept! I feel as if this is one of the Internets best kept “secrets” – my opinion anyway! It is really refreshing to find such an unassuming, yet rich and rewarding site. Well done! Absolutely love it, has set me free in more ways than one.

Testimonial Note from Saria Lynette Barlow on Wed, May 04
5 cups

I am amazed how much the site keeps helping me grow. I used to struggle a lot to write my words. There were a lot of days when line after line was just inner dialog about how difficult it was to think of anything to say. I still have those days but most days, I actually write about other things now and it is almost like a therapy session with myself. Just a word of encouragement to my compatriots here. It keeps changing and getting better, in my experience anyway. Thanks Buster.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Wed, May 04
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’d actually do a subscription payment for HTTPS. I know it costs money for this, and it might be more overhead than you can handle.

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Tue, May 03
3 cups

I’m at 127 days of writing, and the daily practice has helped me dig into some truths and get some insights. Some days, I write just so I don’t break my streak and I’ve come to realize it’s the daily “showing up” that makes the breakthroughs come. It is in consistency that my brain starts to relax and know it will get some time to let stuff out. Thanks one more time for a beautiful site that brings such happiness to the world!

Testimonial Note from AC Wynn on Tue, May 03
2 cups

Happy to support 826 Seattle in getting kids to write!

Double Down on Charity Note from AC Wynn on Tue, May 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s a long stretch between 100 days and 200 days, like trekking across the Gobi desert. A 150 badge or a “faithful slogger” badge would be so nice :-)

New Feature Vote from AC Wynn on Tue, May 03
4 cups

Buster, I still cannot thank you enough times. If I ever see you again, I’m giving you TWO hugs! Writing daily has brought me so much joy through one of the most painful and difficult periods of my life. You have smashed my writer’s block to pieces, restored my faith in myself and my abilities, and given me the precious gift of hope. This is a beautiful thing that you made and shared, and I appreciate it greatly. Keep making things that change the world. Make it a brighter place for the rest of us. The joy will keep growing, and who knows where it will end up? Thank you, thank you, thank you. My journey is only just beginning. Next, I will write a book or two. Let’s see how long I can keep that streak going! Gratefully, Jackie

Testimonial Note from Jackie Lea Shelley on Tue, May 03
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Taylor Black on Tue, May 03
1 cup
More text analysis

Actually, I’m interested in helping out with the site. I have some CSS3, HTML5, PHP and Wordpress skills. And of course, from way back when, Lotus Domino. Ha ha ha, I don’t think you’ll be using that. Great work, btw.

New Feature Vote from Sarah McNally on Tue, May 03
1 cup

I just started today and am amazed at how fast I wrote and with so little breaks. Although I didn’t read exactly what a cup of patronage gets me I like the idea that i’m buying someone a cup of coffee. I’ll just roll with that for now. Thanks

Testimonial Note from Zac Bogstad on Mon, May 02
8 cups

As a Christian, I believe that loving others is the only thing that gives life meaning.

Double Down on Charity Note from Starfighter Simon on Mon, May 02