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

9 cups

750 Words has been a great tool for me over the past few months. I reflect, I plan, I dream and sometimes I vent during my daily writing exercise.

750 Words provides a nice stable framework to help me remain disciplined to write every day.

Thanks for developing it and sharing it. I hope this small contribution helps with the site’s costs.

Testimonial Note from Doug Dawson on Sat, Jul 31
1 cup

Woot! Woot! I feel like a champion. I mean, the badges are nice, and do inspire me in a childish way to keep going, even when I think I don’t have anything to say. But finishing the one month challenge makes me really feel like I’ve accomplished something. Plus, well, I wanted the badge.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Masonic Boom on Sat, Jul 31
1 cup

I am a calmer, saner, more rational person since I started having a safe place on the internet to spew my thoughts. I no longer lash out on internet messageboards, I save my angst and my anger up, and I write it out, pounding the keys until my head is cleared, I know what I actually think, instead of just reacting, and then I’m able to return to the world without biting people’s heads off.

Testimonial Note from Masonic Boom on Sat, Jul 31
7 cups

Thank you for all you do!

Double Down on Charity Note from Pamela Dulaney on Fri, Jul 30
2 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Sara Chatfield on Fri, Jul 30
1 cup

How has 750 Words NOT affected me? I mean, Buster’s fantastic web app is worth it’s weight in Zip Drives. That didn’t come across correctly. Let me try this tack: I intend on implementing it in my classroom this fall. I find so much value in it as the perfect modernization of Cameron’s Morning Pages exercise that I’m going to impose it on my English students. I’m experiencing pre-emptive withdrawals as I consider my forthcoming family vacation when I know I’ll be “off the grid” for a week. I hate sacrificing the “points” let alone the catharsis!

Thanks, BB!

Testimonial Note from Eric Nentrup on Thu, Jul 29
1 cup

I downloaded what I had written during the month of July so far and it was more than 40 pages — single spaced!
750words.com is a great tool for blocked dissertation writers. Thanks a lot!

Testimonial Note from Marcos Rohena Madrazo on Wed, Jul 28
1 cup
More text analysis

Support for French language analysis. I write my journal in French, and the English analysis is mostly useless.

New Feature Vote from David Allouche on Wed, Jul 28
1 cup

Since we don’t know what we think until we see it written down, I am grateful to the site for introducing me to my own mind. Since we can be sure that no-one can read what we have written unless we want them to, I am grateful to the site for giving us all the confidence to let loose. Truly, a benefit!!

Testimonial Note from simon weller on Tue, Jul 27
5 cups
Improve the writing page

A “preview HTML” link would solve all my problems with mangled formatting. (Even the best of us sometimes forget to close a tag!)

New Feature Vote from Rikki Hyperion on Mon, Jul 26
10 cups
HTML export

While the text export is an obvious necessity, the option to export our monthly archives as an HTML file would be super keen.

New Feature Request Note from Rikki Hyperion on Mon, Jul 26
4 cups

You’re in the home stretch. You can do it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rikki Hyperion on Mon, Jul 26
1 cup
setting your own midnight comment to a patron's earlier comment

i still love this site, but i just encountered a huge disappointment… i stayed up late last night and when i sat down to write, it was 12:30….so the system has ‘dinged’ me as ‘missed a day’ and now my continuous writing streak is no more…. how can this be remedied? another patron mentioned ‘setting your own midnight’ and maybe this would enable night owls to not be dinged for a late night/early morning writing spree?

New Feature Request Note from kathi anne wright on Mon, Jul 26
10 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Scott Nonnenberg on Sun, Jul 25
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments a second badge after Phoenix, and emotional badges would be neat…
New Feature Vote from Christopher Hermelin on Sun, Jul 25
1 cup

I love 750 Words! It has kept me focused, and the site is so easy-to-use, and so clean-looking and uncluttered, that it’s a joy to come here every day and write/type/journal/rant/vent/theorize.

Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Roma Strong Zanders on Fri, Jul 23
1 cup

Only on day three of my 750 Words journey, I know I’ll share in the bounty of this donation in August. Write on!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Brenda Warren on Fri, Jul 23
1 cup

I have tried to get into the habit of writing everyday online for a long time and now I finally think I have found the right place. Thank you for creating it.

Testimonial Note from Cheryl Sterling on Fri, Jul 23
1 cup

Writing is important and 750 Words is an important part of my day. It’s wonderful to have the space to write and think and hopefully more people will be able to do this. It’s great to combine writing and coffee and give a bit to a charity as well. Everyone wins. Thanks Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Chris Campbell on Fri, Jul 23
2 cups

Just wanted to say thanks for the site. I have done Artists Way lots and have found the Morning Pages requirement onerous because I type free-style much faster and more clearly than I write free-hand. What a gift this site is for people like me. The other gift is the freedom to write “Morning Pages” at five in the afternoon, if that’s when you have time. I love the badges. Keep it up

Testimonial Note from Margaret Aymer on Fri, Jul 23
1 cup

I enjoy being in 750words cafe indeed and of course I would like it to stay open…

Testimonial Note from Can Ender Gokce on Thu, Jul 22
1 cup

Thanks Buster for a wonderful site. I give myself permission to miss a day after having written for 100 days in a row and being rewarded with a Phoenix. Thankfully, I still haven’t missed a day.

Testimonial Note from Lee Zelda Hunt on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Stacey Hsi on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup
More text analysis

I’d like to know my most used words for eternity as well as every day.

New Feature Vote from Christopher Hermelin on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup

750 Words has forced me to write every day, which is something that I’ve always said that I’ll start tomorrow. I’ve only been here for 20 days and I’m starting to see improvement in my writing and my concentration. And looking ahead to November, I won’t have a repeat of last year which was: “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO WRITE 7000 WORDS IN FIVE HOURS.”

Thank you so much Buster. Your site has struck my motivation and my inspiration.

Testimonial Note from Erika Sloop on Tue, Jul 20
5 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Tue, Jul 20
1 cup
Tortoise Badge

First of all, I love 750 words, thanks so much for doing it.

I think you need another badge, though—one for us slow and steady tortoises who aren’t able to do all 750 words at one go but who keep coming back and eventually get there. As it is, the site rewards Cheetahs, who spill out 3 pages really fast all at one shot. And if you don’t do that, then you somehow got “distracted.” But my “distraction” is my young daughter… and if I get pulled away from the site it’s not because I’m staring at Twitter or something; it’s because my life won’t allow it.

I agree that writing 3 pages at one go is, indeed, the ideal way to do this. However it’s not the only way, and not everybody is in a position to do that—not because we have ADD but because we have complicated lives. I think it would be nice to balance the site’s emphasis on speed and efficiency with an acknowledgement that sometimes “stick-to-it-ive-ness” is also valuable.

New Feature Request Note from Hilary Poole on Tue, Jul 20
1 cup
Metadata Extravaganza!

This is probably something that has already been requested, in whole or in part, but here are my dream features:

1) Ability to view several categories of metadata simultaneously.
2) Ability to delete categories of metadata that you tried once but now don’t ever want to be reminded of again for some reason that you won’t reveal to others.
3) A way to set metadata defaults so that your metadata page always shows a certain graph of your selected categories.

As always, love the site.
Amelia

New Feature Request Note from Amelia Favere on Tue, Jul 20
2 cups
A dark theme for the entire site.

An option in the settings to switch the site to a significantly less bright colour scheme. Ideally, what is now white would become a dark grey, and what is now green or black would become a suitable shade of orange. Having an option for the entire site to become a little more night-time-friendly would be an awesome addition.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jul 18
1 cup

I’m studying for my doctoral exams, and 750 Words has been a great way of purging a lot of that information that’s rattling around in my head… !

Testimonial Note from Tiffany Ann Funk on Sun, Jul 18