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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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Karen Ren on Wed, Feb 02
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750 Words has made it addictive and so simple to write regularly every morning. Now there is no excuse to avoid free writing daily.

Testimonial Note from Tanner Christensen on Wed, Feb 02
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Buster,
As I sit unable to sleep on this ice crusted New England morning, I have to thank you for this wonderful creation. 750words has helped me in some surprising ways and I never thought that it would become a need to write a daily brain dump entry.

I also wanted to say, yes, I agree with the patron who said something along the lines of needing a congratulatory email or something to signify completing a monthly challenge. Just like the silly badges (yes, so silly we all crave them!), I found myself doing a little carpet strutting when I completed the challenge but felt a little let down that there wasn’t more “bang” to completing it.

Oh, and speaking of silly badges, what in the world are the hours for the rooster and night bat badges? I have written at all sorts of crazy hours of the a.m./p.m. and still have never hit those badges.

Thanks again for such a wonderful creation!

Testimonial Note from Marita C. Masuch on Wed, Feb 02
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Improve the daily reminder email

I love that the nudge email reminds me during the Monthly Challenge what my contract said and how well I’m doing, but it would be excellent if the first nudge of the next month could congratulate me on going the distance (or a separate, non-nudge email would work too), and say “Look what you’ve scored for yourself! [reward in contract]” or something. I can’t explain why this would feel as satisfying as I’m convinced it would, but I find I’ve been pining away for a congratulations email all day long…

New Feature Vote from Sarah Alys Lindholm on Tue, Feb 01
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More badges for accomplishments

How about a dragon badge for a 365 day streak?
(i’m only 33 days in, but i’m aiming high!)

New Feature Vote from Steven McG on Tue, Feb 01
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see more badges to try for! Reaching for something that is hard to get is a great motivation!

New Feature Vote from Sean Clayton on Tue, Feb 01
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I just earned my Phoenix badge today for 100 days of writing! I am proud of myself for accomplishing this. Pterodactyl here I come… :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Raye Cage on Tue, Feb 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Melissa Shearer on Tue, Feb 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Angela Gunn on Tue, Feb 01
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Angela Gunn on Tue, Feb 01
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Sko Write! Never stop writing.

Double Down on Charity Note from kathleen yvonne julien on Tue, Feb 01
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Buster,
I bought a cup of patronage far in advance of my need tonight, just because I want to make sure you know I so value 750words.com. I find myself telling everyone I can corner about how motivated I am by these, well, wonky badges, and by the loveliest emails with a rose from a man I do not even know. Those badges have become more meaningful than any of my girlscout badges ever were to me.

So it turns out that what seemed a little wonky to begin with has turned my life, which had become horribly unstructured (after having to leave teaching on disability) into something really productive and happy. Thank you so, so much for giving me back my writing.

Best,
Heidi

Testimonial Note from Heidi R. Moore on Mon, Jan 31
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Buster – you are my god and 750 words is my church! I love to worship everyday! Thank you soooo much :D I don’t know what I’d do without you!

Testimonial Note from Angela Gunn on Mon, Jan 31
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Todd Chatman on Mon, Jan 31
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750words has benefitted me in a number of different ways – but by far the most important by forcing me to finish the first draft of my work-in-progress novel. Since achieving his seemingly impossible task I have perhaps understandably been evangelising about the site: http://catmachine.tumblr.com/post/3029327624/a-moment-of-evangelism

Testimonial Note from Chris Limb on Mon, Jan 31
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Ever run out of words to write? Try reflecting on the things, people, events, etc. in your life that you’re grateful for. You may be surprised by how much you can write about this everyday. I’m forever grateful to 750 words for giving me the space to do so :)

Testimonial Note from K.Lo on Sun, Jan 30
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Kristen Carroll on Sun, Jan 30
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Badge for writing an entry on a mobile device

Recently I was away from my computer and I had to do my entry using a mobile device. I think anyone that can manage a full entry using just the tiny keyboard on a phone deserves a badge.

New Feature Request Note from Rhys Parry on Sat, Jan 29
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Thoughts are wild beasts. They can overwhelm, they can confuse, they can bedazzle. My thoughts used to feel like they were uncontrollable – they flew into and past my attention like bees at a hive. 750Words is my beekeeper – it’s allowed me to tame my wild thoughts. Now, I am able to focus my attention, and know that I have a place to put my errant thoughts. If I ever need to find them, I know where they live.

Testimonial Note from George Wenzel on Sat, Jan 29
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An iPhone/iPad app

I am frequently using my iPod to write and plan to get an iPad soon. I would greatly appreciate an iOS app with push notification reminders and offline access.

New Feature Vote from Alex Shchedrin on Sat, Jan 29
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find writers

You can search for writers in the “today’s writers”

New Feature Request Note from Angela Friend on Fri, Jan 28
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Before I started using 750 words, I struggled with anxiety, worry, and panic attacks. A friend of mine recommended this site to me and challenged me to write for thirty days straight. I’m on day ninety-three and I haven’t been back to the ER with an anxiety attack since I started writing. Each day I pour out all my thoughts and worries into the entry and I clear my head. Thank you for helping me find a way to express myself that challenges me to write more! I love 750words.com!

Testimonial Note from Marcia Veldman on Thu, Jan 27
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750 words helped me go deeper in my writing. The very first 750 words I wrote got a surprisingly strong response from people reading it. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from jan stewart on Thu, Jan 27
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I love this site and wish more people would use it. Wouldn’t this world be a better place if each of us took the time (what? something like 20 minutes?) to sit and think and write. So, here’s to you, February writers. You earned it, but – more importantly – you did it because you could!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Hal Tepfer on Thu, Jan 27
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Cut-and-paste

Hello, Buster. Thanks, first of all, for putting this together; I look forward to writing my entry every day, which – I hope – is making me thing more and enjoy life more.
Here’s my thought: there are times when I have time to write but no internet connection. Sometimes it’s due to where I am (e.g. outside a client meeting, where there’s no available wifi) or something technical (e.g. the connection at home or work is iffy), so I write in another piece of software (Word, Pages, text editor, whatever’s easy) and then when I do get connected, I do a cut-and-paste. Which is fine (I know), but it screws up the times (“bam!” or “0:01 minutes”). So, it’d be nice if I could do the c-and-p when I need to BUT then be asked about how long it took me to do it. Sure, I’d be estimating (or, I guess, turn on some kind of stopwatch) and there’d be the trust/truth issue (although, why I’d lie about this is beyond me).

So, thanks again for what you’ve done. I’m excited that I’m only a couple of months away from 365 days! (my next personal goal).

Hal Tepfer

New Feature Request Note from Hal Tepfer on Thu, Jan 27
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Secure server for writing

I love this site, but I would also love a secure server for writing. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Samantha Kimball on Tue, Jan 25
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I just earned the phoenix badge and I don’t understand how such a seemingly little thing has left me so proud. I have to write a note because other patrons are the only people who will understand my excitement! My friends at work would be like, “You earned a virtual badge for writing? What?” Anyway, I have not missed a day since my very first entry despite all sorts of craziness going on in my life, especially over the past month. Completing my words is one little thing I can do each day and feel like I’ve achieved something. I love it here and I am stoked to begin working on the pterodactyl badge!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 25
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750 Words has been a venue through which I’ve worked tirelessly to change my life over the last six months, and I would like a larger percentage of my patronage to do the same for others. Thank you.

Double Down on Charity Note from D M on Tue, Jan 25
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Secure Server for Writing

Another vote for an HTTPS connection (option or default).

New Feature Request Note from Ross Goldberg on Tue, Jan 25
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Weekly prompts

I really enjoyed Reverb10 and haven’t written a word on my blog since – could we have a weekly prompt feature to inspire us to write something weekly?

New Feature Request Note from Anne Popham on Tue, Jan 25