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

750 words has given me the chance to sit down and reflect on my day. I am now able to sort through my emotions and be overall less stressed out. It also allows me to take time away from my busy schedule of high school work and let me just write and get my feelings out. Thanks so much 750 words and Buster for letting me have a time to relax each day in high school :)

Testimonial Note from Emily Beker on Sat, Oct 02
2 cups

This is an excellent habit and a great way to give a little something back, so everyone benefits from the personal activity of bleeding off excess thoughts and ideas. While extra badges would be nice for people stuck in the limbo between Albatross and Phoenix, they’re certainly not the ONLY reason I keep coming back to this site daily. Right?

Double Down on Charity Note from Maria Zalessky on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Michael Wong on Sat, Oct 02
3 cups

I’m adding these cups to the bounty because around the end of the November, I should hit 100 days.

One Month Challenge Bounty from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Finishing a Month Challenge is a great accomplishment. It really does make your day much more meaningful because you have either captured the important thoughts you couldn’t get off your mind or release the unimportant thoughts that are blocking the good ones.

Testimonial Note from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

There’s clearly so much data in the words, use it to tease out badges. The badges could be a public way of commenting on your stats without telling people too much about you.

New Feature Vote from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
2 cups
Stay logged in on this computer

It usually takes me a couple minutes to log into 750words.com, as I have to load three different pages before I can start writing, and this site loads slower than others for me. Would it be possible to set up a “stay logged in” system so we can skip the landing page and the sign-in page?

New Feature Request Note from Greg "胖龙" Russell on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

The one month challenge is great as it provides a little bit of extra motivation to get the words written and it’s pretty cool to be added to the Wall of Awesomeness. Writing and reflecting is so important as telling stories is one of the essential parts of being human and it makes us better and well rounded and happier.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Chris Campbell on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Literacy is a gift that we take for granted. Here’s to more people being able to use 750words in the future.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anu Parvatiyar on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Well, I am now at 10 days in a row. I started 750 Words to improve my writing and my journal entries and it has made a HUGE difference. I have always wanted to write more of my ideas down and now I am doing it!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

My new 750 word habit is a gift. I look forward to my words every morning and greet them with a “hello friend.” I alternate between brainstorming Plan B’s for places in my life or work that cause anxiety, and then face them in the day…well, with a Plan B; making lists — todo lists, to not do lists; and sometimes starting scenes for a novel — as in, why not start now? Thanks for this funny hopeful supportive site. I am grateful.

Testimonial Note from Gilda Haas on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

This site provides me with a unique and meaningful way to document my life and experiences. Trying to complete 750 words is easy on some days, and harder on others. But every day, it gives me a place to record my thoughts and feelings. This has helped me improve my quality of life, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity. I feel like I am writing my life story, as it unfolds, 750 words at a time.

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Marie Mari on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Beverly Army Williams on Fri, Oct 01
3 cups

A little more motivation to remain in the running for the next month…

One Month Challenge Bounty from David Habib on Fri, Oct 01
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Beverly Army Williams on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love badges!

New Feature Vote from lacinda on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

I just completed my first One-Month challenge and I am very delighted. For the first time in my life, writing has become a habit and I look forward to doing it every day. Sure, somewhere along the line, I felt like I should skip a day or two. But at around 10pm, I had that nagging feeling inside of me that told me to boot up my laptop and write. 750 words a day is now an attainable goal and I refer to it as my “bare minimum”. Before, it took me forever to even get 500 words. Now, I can write 2,000 words in a row without feeling like losing steam.

I have been recommended this site on FaceBook to my academic friends. In graduate school, the sooner you finish your thesis or dissertation, the faster you see yourself walking down the aisle to receive your diploma and get hooded. While 750 words a day may be too much for people in academics, the practice of writing every day is not. I hope my friends will take my advice and join this site.

Thank you for making this site available free of charge, Buster. Every day, I feel a lot better coming here to see another day marked as “completed.” Sure, those badges are silly but they do keep me motivated. It is like playing games, as soon as I get to one level, I want to get to the next. I hope there will be some badges between an albatross and a phoenix. Also, I hope there will be more badges beyond the phoenix as well. For example, there should be a badge for those who write everyday for the whole year. That would be really cool.

Double Down on Charity Note from Dao Lam on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I enjoy the feeling of getting rewarded and just seeing the little badges along the top of the screen is amazing! Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Courtney Smith on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

As a patron of NaNoWriMo too, this website helped set me up to not only get in the habit of writing everyday, something that i desperately needed to do, it also helped create such an interesting flow of ideas! Thank you 750! _

Testimonial Note from Courtney Smith on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

This site has been great for really getting me to sit down and write. I’ve used it for morning pages, to bang out fiction, and even write a message to an old friend that I wanted to reconnect with.

It’s flexible enough to accommodate whatever I want to use it for and has just the right amount of motivational tools — reminders, badges, and a bit of friendly competition — to keep me going.

Many thanks for a great site!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 01
4 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from maf on Fri, Oct 01
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I have to say that I love collecting badges and I wish there were more of them! For instance, perhaps there could be a badge for completing a monthly challenge, that is awarded each time you complete it. Or perhaps there could be a badge for completing 60 or 90 days in a row, or 2 or 3 consecutive monthly challenges. I would definitely love to see more badges for long-time 750words.com posters! Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Anne Gaal on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

Yesterday I finished my first one month challenge. I have tried other months but always missed a day or two for silly reasons. I feel so accomplished now that I am on the Wall of Awesomeness for a few reasons; most of them are silly, but the challenge helped me come to some really big conclusions and put these things into action.
The biggest thing that has come out of this one month challenge is me ending my 2 year abusive relationship and beginning to move on. Without 750 words I know what I am doing would have been much more difficult. I am so thankful to this website for providing a forum to express my thoughts and feelings in a very cool way. I am almost to 100,000 words and I know that I am finally on the right path, despite how difficult these last weeks have been.

Thank you for everything. You have truly changed my life.

Testimonial Note from Amanda Zakoske on Fri, Oct 01
2 cups

Congratulations to all of us who crossed the finish line! Don’t stop now! You are on a roll! Did you know that if you do something for 40 days in a row it creates a habit? If you are going to have a habit, this is a good one to have and you are now 3 quarters of the way there! Happy Writing :)

Peace & Love,
Holly M. <><

One Month Challenge Bounty from Holly White Roddam on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

I’ll pass on going into detail, but: Buster Benson, 750 words literally saved my life. I’ll never stop writing. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from kian on Fri, Oct 01
11 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Please, please, please make more badges to spur me on. I am running out of steam at day marker 211 having spent the last 111 days not having any accomplishments lauded.
Yes, I’m a child. But I embrace my neuroses.
thanks for all the great work :)

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Thu, Sep 30
4 cups

I’ve just completed the September challenge after discovering the site in mid-August and writing every day since. A recent Patron wrote that the site has got them back into doing regular writing and become a part of their daily routine. That is definitely my experience. I’ve been meaning to start regular writing for years and I suppose things came together recently but it’s finally happening, with a large part due to the addictiveness of 750Words. I try to write my pages in the morning and have used them to exorcise negative emotions, write character sketches or sections of stories, and for journalling. I’m now planning to add extra time into my day for “proper writing” (where I’m not racing for a word count, and quality over quantity), but I wouldn’t be thinking of that now without having got the confidence at 750Words to see that I could write every day. I’ve signed up for Nanowrimo in a month and am planning to use my morning pages for it. Roll on the 100,000 word mark. Thanks Buster and everyone for making this site a fun, motivating place to come every day!

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Thu, Sep 30
1 cup

After my first ten days here, I want to express a genuine appreciation for this site. I love using 750 words! It’s fun and useful and helps me practice enjoying the process of writing, which is a major improvement over feeling pressured by my perfectionism while writing. Using this site also allows me to have fun with my competitive nature, instead of feeling driven and pressured by it. I’m dreaming of seeing that Turquiose horse badge on my stats page at the end of October. Thanks for creating and maintaining this space, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Wendy Beall on Thu, Sep 30
1 cup

as i close the door on september, i have now been writing 750 words every morning for two weeks. it is amazing how this has become such a part of my day in such a short time. i love to write and having the goal of trying to reach 750 words every morning has really helped me kick writing up the list as something i should do.

i am dealing with quite a bit right now; death in the family, relocation, new job, and 750words has been a place for me to dump a lot of the emotions and thoughts i am having right now. it has also become the place to chronicle what is going on in my life and what i want to go on in my life.

i love it. thanks for the site.

Testimonial Note from James Edward Hervey on Thu, Sep 30