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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750words helps me to collect my thoughts, & to recollect my day. Being ADHD, a private brain dump is not only relieving, but almost necessary. A day or two later, I can easily return to my journal to recall information that I need to recall.

Also, I really enjoy looking at my stats afterward – even if I believe they are a little skewed from time to time, they are often spot-on. I learn a bit more about myself as time goes on, & as I continue to trust 750words with my most emotionally charged thoughts, I find those emotions a bit easier to manage throughout the day.


Testimonial Note from CodyAnne Pauli on Fri, Nov 05
4 cups

I’m pretty sure that these four cups were the bounty I got for completing the October Challenge, so I’m passing them on. Go 750words, and go NaNoWriMo!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Greg "胖龙" Russell on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

Hi Buster and everyone else reading this. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month(National Novel Writing Month: In addition, I am competing in the one month challenge on 750 words. 750 words gives me a smaller goal I can achieve before moving on to write more. I only plan to write my novel and metadata on 750 words this month so I can get a full analysis of my novel and writing habits at the end of the month. Thanks for such an amazing, powerful, beautiful, and motivational site. I found it surprising how small the amount of people is that have donated money to your site and to NaNoWriMo(only 2.46% of NaNoWriMo participants have donated anything). I will donate more when I WIN this month’s challenge and finish my novel!

Testimonial Note from G. Hopper Swift Kremer Millington on Thu, Nov 04
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

More badges between Albatross and the 100 days badge…and also more badges after 100 days! and further monthly badges, like 2 month streak etc!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
3 cups

What a great cause!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
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Special badge for NaNoWriMo

Interim badge for those who do 1667 words or more for a streak of seven days…then another badge for ten days…then fifteen…twenty…and finally a special Nanowrimo badge and a Nanowrimo wall of awesomeness with lots of decoration and fanfares!!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

I’ve been writing now for 48 days in a row…and now I’m doing NaNoWriMo, a challenge I thought I’d never be able to complete! The badges, the stats, the community and the encouragement have all helped to get me there…and achieve something I never thought I’d have the discipline or commitment to do.

I’ve written 7,042 words this month – here’s hoping I can do the other 43,000 to get my ‘novel’ out by the end of the month – but with the help of this site, I MIGHT JUST DO IT, you know ;)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Nov 04
1 cup

On the eve of my fall from albatrossdom, I am writing to acknowledge how the prospect of a new badge appearing near my name (I am, despite my best judgment, eager to earn not only my phoenix, but my pterodactyl… ) has gotten me to write when I didn’t want to, has helped me to get motivated to clear the cruft from between my ears so that I can write the “good stuff” and has yielded a more creative and productive me. And next week when I return to civilization (and the internet), I will begin anew and grow my pterodactyl from an egg…

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Thu, Nov 04
4 cups

I’m amazed with how much more clearly I’m thinking. Recently, I won my second one-month challenge, right around the time I got my 100,000 words badge, and the day I discovered it, I feel like the smile on my face didn’t go away for days. There’s a really honest sense of accomplishment that comes from this sort of experience. While it’s hard to explain why simply writing three pages every day affects my state of mind so profoundly, anyone who sticks with this project for long enough inevitably comes to know the lasting effect a consistent writing habit visits on people. Though the following statement will require a quick knock on wood, it should be said. I don’t think I could miss a day now if I tried! Great project, and super helpful!

Testimonial Note from Maria Zalessky on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup
Blog Badge

I know I posted about this elsewhere before, but I really want a blog badge! I want everyone that reads my public ramblings to experience the awesomeness that is 750 Words. If clicking my random badge would get them interested, I’d be happy to rep the site! (In particular, I’d love a wee 36px icon type thing to go crazy html with.)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup

Six days ago, my college aged daughter mentioned something about NaNoWriMo. I looked it up and found 750. Sounds great. So I signed up. I began writing on Nov 1 and cannot believe how easy it is flowing. Do not tell me I will hit a glitch now, but for three days running I feel great. PS. I do not know if my daughter is writing or not and I am not telling her that I am. It gets better every day… Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Ken Gresh on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Lisa-Marie Dowler Cabrelli on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup

So unfair living on an island! Lost my power yesterday and my generator failed. I had to drop out of Nov One Month Challenge on only the 2nd day.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Lisa-Marie Dowler Cabrelli on Wed, Nov 03
1 cup

After I’ve run out of words to say on, I use the rest of my words toward repeating positive affirmations. Believe me…it makes a difference to the way I think. And it helps me make a difference in this world. :)

Testimonial Note from Kat Consador on Tue, Nov 02
3 cups

I received a Ph.D. over a year ago and have been working in a decidedly un-academic setting ever since (the academic job market is awful right now, as many of you probably know). While I love my job (I teach flying trapeze and other circus arts), I miss writing creatively and academically. 750 words has encouraged me to get back to writing every day, even if it’s drivel. I am now more focused and have developed a prospectus for a new paper that I am very excited to research and write. Funnily enough, it will combine my academic interests with my circus interests. It took this site for me to see that I can work with both disciplines at once and make something interesting come out of the effort. Hooray for 750words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 02
2 cups

I’m using 750 Words for NaNoWriMo this year. In fact, 750 Words is part of the reason I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year at all. I’ve done it before but I didn’t think I’d have time, and then the 750 Words blog talked about using the site to keep track of word count. What a fabulous idea! And it works gorgeously. Now let’s just keep our fingers crossed that I can keep up the pace!

Testimonial Note from Jessica Beck on Tue, Nov 02
1 cup

There were nights where I lay my face on the keyboard, whining about how I didn’t feel like writing 750 words that day. But man oh man did I want that purple horse badge. 750 Words has pushed me towards writing everyday and it’s becoming a good habit of mine. There are still some nights where I get the imprints of the keyboard on my face, but those 750 words get done….eventually. Thank you so much! Enjoy the coffee.

Testimonial Note from Torie J on Mon, Nov 01
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Take this coffee and go with good grace and godspeed… I shall see you anon, departing this login of tears for fresher pastures having accidentally set up a login under a new email… no time like the present… peace. Tully.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Beverly Army Williams on Mon, Nov 01
4 cups

Throwing something into the one month challenge bounty in celebration of another successful one month challenge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sophie on Mon, Nov 01
2 cups

750words made me smile this morning. I wanted to get an early start on my NaNoWriMo writing. 750words let me know when I passed 750 words and when I passed 1667 words. Then, as a bonus, my daily email said that since I had done my writing, I should enjoy my day. And I got a beautiful, red rose! Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Mon, Nov 01
3 cups

I’ve been keeping a morning journal for the past ten months, but I’ve never been able to write in it every day, and the length has always varied a lot, from a few sentences to several pages.

With 750 words I’m able to work more concentrated and write more often. It’s a relief to have a word counter, and to be able to write on my laptop (which, to me, is a lot easier and faster than using pen and paper). It’s a great help in my creative writing.

Testimonial Note from ziarah on Sun, Oct 31
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Amanda Clark on Sat, Oct 30
1 cup

This is my first month coming. I am so glad I stumbled across this website and because I signed up for the challenge(which I will succeed) I wanted to be able to give myself and everyone else participating an even great incentive.

Here’s one more cup to the bounty!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Randy Hanson on Fri, Oct 29
3 cups

I’ve just had my first miss day here on the site and let me just say that I’m really kicking myself for it. And just to add insult to injury, I went from being a Flamingo to be an egg. An EGG. Way to kick a girl when she’s down! However, this has motivated me not to space out on my word count goals. I am bound determined to earn that pterodactyl badge. Thanks for making me obsessed with internet badges that make me crank out some amazing short stories and get things off my mind, 750Words :]

Testimonial Note from Andy Baumann on Fri, Oct 29
10 cups

Just a quick thank you— I’ve attempted morning pages for years, but never managed to complete more than two weeks in a row. And because of, I’m on a 107 day streak. Thanks for making this space for us.

Testimonial Note from Jolie Guillebeau on Fri, Oct 29
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Adam Christopher Quirk on Thu, Oct 28
2 cups

For the first time in the many times I’ve done the Artist’s Way, I am doing my Morning Pages daily. I’m in week 8 and have only missed one day. It wouldn’t be possible without 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 27
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

Offline access

New Feature Vote from Alex Shchedrin on Wed, Oct 27
2 cups

Show up and keep writing! I missed one day in September—technical difficulties— the worse kind of miss. And here I am just days away from a turquoise horse. When I mention this to non-750ers eyes just roll. Well, THEY don’t know what they’re missing!
giddy up! Donna-Grace

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Tue, Oct 26