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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Finding and following people

I’m new to this site and this may exist already. I’m not sure how to find the profiles of people I’d like to follow. There are at least two of my friends on here but I don’t know how to find their profile pages. One is even a patron: I can see her name but there’s no link to her profile.

New Feature Request Note from Gina Langridge on Sun, Jan 16
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Adding Offline Writing

I like this idea of Jeffrey’s of being able to add days when you don’t have Internet access, as long as you wrote off line on that day. Michael Nobbs wrote on Wed, Jan 05 about a “get out of jail free card”. I am sure he didn’t mean it this way, but it makes me think if I DON’T WRITE on a particular day, I could use my “free” card to get back in the game by writing twice on another day.

If we could have a way of adding days in when we didn’t have Internet access, I would fully support this. I would even support giving Michael his streak back if he wrote on the day that he couldn’t log on and letting him be the first to use the new system .

I am now at 138 days in a row, but almost lost it when I was at a retreat and there was “no Internet access”, at least for “campers”. I was able to get permission to use the office computer for 30 minutes the two days I was there, so I was able to save my streak. There have been a few times when it has been iffy, and I would hate to lose my streak now!

I know this is just for us, in that we are writing for ourselves, and we are all on an honor system, but I would feel cheated if my 200 day streak (in another 62 days ) and someone else’s were not the same because they were allowed to take a “day off” and I wrote without missing a day.

I am glad to see that I am not alone in this fear of losing my streak, and am really thankful to both Jeffrey and Michael for bringing up ideas to consider.

I love this site and have noticed that my typing has improved as well as being able to get over 130,000 words out of my brain and onto my 750Word pages since I started!

Now if I could just do as well with my Health Challenge!! 

New Feature Request Note from Holly White Roddam on Sun, Jan 16
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Offline Writing

I’m not sure how it would work, but when I traveled to Japan last year I ran into this problem:

Due to lack of internet access and time zone changes, my streak got broken! I wrote, just not on the site. It would have been great if I had been able to cut and paste my writing in for the missed days. I didn’t think I’d care, but I find that that knowing I’ve written for 106 day in a row really makes me want to write tomorrow! Having a streak broken due to access/time-zone changes really sucked. So I’d love to see some way to make that work. And so people don’t abuse it? Make it cost a Cup of Patronage.

That’s it: My proposal in a nutshell:

For the price of one cup of patronage, I can fill in up to three missed consecutive days. I select the options, specify the dates, and then paste in the writing for each of those days. For me, that would have meant spending four cups of patronage, because I was gone for about twelve days.

Please please please! Oh, and I go on vacation again in May, and I’ll probably lose internet access. I love this site. I love my streak. You have the power to keep me happy. I’m begging here. ;)


New Feature Request Note from Jeffrey Aurand on Sat, Jan 15
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Double Down on Charity Note from Gillie on Sat, Jan 15
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So excited that we’re nearly halfway through the month. Can’t believe how much writing on this site every day has helped be to be more focused and to feel better. Best personal challenge I’ve ever taken!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Kara Monroe on Fri, Jan 14
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More badges for accomplishments

How about a well-deserved badge for writers with a year-long (365 days) streak! Congrats to Ms. Vorozheykina (372 days) and Mr. Humphrey (365 days). You are an inspiration to us all!

New Feature Vote from LS Lee on Thu, Jan 13
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I love 750 words! Started in January and this site gets me up and out of bed in the morning. I have taken to rolling out of bed and writing as the first thing I do (yes, before even brushing my teeth) – and sometimes I capture my dreams. The writing is funny when I look back on it!

I LOVE the features – so cool! I didn’t know what to expect right away and now I look forward to the word analysis and the “virtual stickers” and all the fun things that come with writing.

GREAT site! Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kathleen Peck on Thu, Jan 13
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I just hit my 200 day streak a few minutes ago, and it feels great! Without this site, some of the stories I am working on would never have got off the ground before. I’ve never written on so many consecutive days before, it feels brilliant. This site is just as much a part of my daily routine now as taking a shower.

Testimonial Note from Sophie on Tue, Jan 11
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I agree with Kellie Miller (patron) that 750 words is a site of personal transformation. It’s a chance to dedicate time to one’s self on a consistent basis; it’s both clarifying and strengthening. There is something very appealing about the process as Buster has created it… it’s a bit more than Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages activity (love her work). Immersing into an environment where fingers can fly, and pauses are reflective, is a vital thing to me at this point in my life. I’m loving it.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Shara on Mon, Jan 10
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iPhone App!

I absolutely love 750 words, primarily for it’s simplicity. However, I would dearly love—and be willing to pay for—and app on my iPhone that allowed me to do my daily writing, and view my information. Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Michael Choate on Mon, Jan 10
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When I first signed up on this site, I thought writing 750 words every day was going to be hard. The first few days it really was, I had to force the words out of me. But somewhere along the way in the month that I’ve been here, things changed. More than once I’ve caught myself waiting for the clock to strike twelve and a new day to start, just so I could get started on my words for that day. There are so many things that I need to get out, and I am so very grateful that I have finally found something that helps me do that every day. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Darkness Descends on Mon, Jan 10
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This site has helped transform my life. I am much more focused and confident since I have been writing my words every day.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Sun, Jan 09
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This site is amazing. It the one of the few things I find myself being dedicated to doing every day. It’s the perfect place to let all the niggling little thoughts of the day out and pave the way for serious writing.

Testimonial Note from Heather Hansen on Sun, Jan 09
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We can do this!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 09
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Keep writing, people!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 08
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I’ve been writing morning pages on paper for some time, but somehow it ended when, due to a new job at the time, things changed a lot in my life. Finally, 750words has gotten me back on track. Having a protected space online and the given functionality really seems to keep me going again, and this is nothing but a gift to me. Being able to write down my unfiltered mind clutter in the morning clears things up for the day to come and brings others to light that I didn’t even notice before seeing it on the white space in front of me. I’ve had my 250-day-streak on paper, so let’s see what happens now…

Testimonial Note from Karin Friedli on Sat, Jan 08
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Double Down on Charity Note from Jessica Riviere on Sat, Jan 08
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Jessica Riviere on Sat, Jan 08
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More text analysis

foreign language options!

New Feature Vote from Jessica Riviere on Sat, Jan 08
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It is hard to come up with something original after reading so many other testimonials that basically express the same sentiment I have. But I can say that this initiative of yours has given us (the rest of the world) another proof that we as individuals can make a great difference by doing things we’re passionate about by keeping it simply and watch it grow. Congrats! This site is awesome!

Testimonial Note from Marianela Borsten on Fri, Jan 07
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750 Words has been my lifeline. It’s been the one thing that I can turn to and feel a whole lot better about things after I was done. Being able to come here and just write my pure, raw, unfiltered thoughts and feelings is something that really saved my life, in a way. I can’t seem to thank 750 enough. I don’t see myself stopping with this anytime soon.

Testimonial Note from Robbie Williford on Fri, Jan 07
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I am more in the habit of morning pages than I ever was in the old days of hadnwriting pages in spasmodic spurts. Those darned badges have also helped me set up a daily writing habit that is fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming an author. Thank you for a simple, clean, thoughtfully designed, inspiring site!

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline Hill on Thu, Jan 06
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I find that I look forward to writing far more than I ever have and am so glad I discovered 750words. I’m always up for a challenge and by signing up for the Monthly ones, I make myself step up every single day. And this site, with it’s anonymity factor is perfect for dumping out everything that chokes up my brain, keeping me awake at night and awash with stress. Thanks so much for everything!

Testimonial Note from Kate Robertson Selner on Thu, Jan 06
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I am on a 17-day writing streak right now (obviously not the longest of any 750 words patron ever, but good for me!) and I am noticing the ways in which writing consistently clears the clutter out of my brain and helps me to process my thoughts without them constantly stirring around in my head. I am really enjoying my time spent writing each day, and I love the badges and the monthly challenges as a way to stay determined not to miss a day! Thank you, 750 words!!!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Jones on Wed, Jan 05
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Keep writing, inspired young ones!

Double Down on Charity Note from Ann Price on Wed, Jan 05
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Would it be possible to alphabetize the “Wall of Shame” and the “Wall of Awesomeness” and other other places where there are lots of names, so we can find ourselves and our followers/friends more easily?

New Feature Request Note from Carol Bailey Floyd on Wed, Jan 05
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A sort of Get Out of Jail Free card

I’d love to be able to earn the right to miss a day of writing 750 words without losing my streak.

The “Get out of Jail Free card” (not a great name I know but my addled brain can’t think of anything better this morning!) would let us go back to a missed day and write our words after the event.

A card could be earned for having written for a certain number of days, purchased, or maybe given to participants.

I’m requesting this as someone who, when approaching his 200 day streak, missed a day when he was without internet access over New Year. I shed a few tears!

New Feature Request Note from Michael Nobbs on Wed, Jan 05
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Treat em-dashes better — perhaps?

The word counting doesn’t handle em-dashes quite right. Currently, they’re treated like letters, so “without—spaces” counts as one word and “with — spaces” counts as three. But each should count as two words — so I guess em-dashes should be treated as whitespace?

New Feature Request Note from Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine on Tue, Jan 04
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I’ve never been good at journal or free writing as I was always afraid of someone reading my unguarded thoughts. Enter The beautiful site that makes me want to write, the cute motivational badges, the data-geekery stats: I love it! Ten months in and I’m able to write without hesitation as I’ve never done in my life. Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Vicky Teinaki on Mon, Jan 03
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Last year I committed to start the New Year to blog. It didn’t last more than a few weeks. Thankfully I discovered last June, and have been faithfully writing every day since.

Thanks Buster, for helping me start the New Year off better than last year. This site is much better than blogging for me. I really appreciate your work.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 03