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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
1 cup

Keep writing, inspired young ones!

Double Down on Charity Note from Ann Price on Wed, Jan 05
1 cup

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
20 cups
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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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
4 cups

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
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Kandice NaTe on Mon, Jan 03
2 cups

This has been like therapy for my muddled and busy mind. I have had epiphanies and revelations just by seeing my thoughts written. Thanks 750 words

Testimonial Note from Kandice NaTe on Mon, Jan 03
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I recently got an iPad for Christmas. I did one post on my iPad through a normal Internet browser, which worked fine enough (except for keyboard/typing problems) but the prospect of an app for the iPad is very intriguing to me.

I think the major appeal of an iPad app would be helping to ease making entries when you’re on the go or have a very busy day and will be out of your house for a majority of the day.

New Feature Vote from Matt Braddick on Sun, Jan 02
1 cup
Secure server for writing

It’s been really scary when I’m writing late and the server isn’t saving. I think that it’s important that people’s writing be saved consistently. I think the element of security should come first.

New Feature Vote from G. Hopper Swift Kremer Millington on Sun, Jan 02
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from G. Hopper Swift Kremer Millington on Sun, Jan 02
1 cup
Writing quotes

I love reading quotes about writing! They make me realize that even the most famous, accomplished writers struggled at times, but that it was all worth while, and often that’s all I need to get me going. It would be nice if one of the types of notes that we can write would be dedicated to writing quotes. Maybe you could even feature a writing quote of the day. For instance, “The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath or
“The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” -Anais Nin

New Feature Request Note from Stephanie K. Decker on Sun, Jan 02
1 cup

What a gift! A month to sort out my thoughts every single morning. I have learned that doing something 3 or 4 days a week means that it gets put off and undone. Doing it every day is a gift and the challenge works for me!! THANK YOU, Buster. I love this and am so grateful to you for setting it up so beautifully.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Martha Scott on Sun, Jan 02
1 cup
iPad/iPhone App

I’m not only voting for an app for this site, but for as well. It would be cool to be able to tally our efforts on our devices as well. Thanks Buster!

New Feature Request Note from Desiree Colonna on Sun, Jan 02
4 cups

It’s all about simplicity here. You and the blank page. There is something about a blank screen that compels us to fill it. Buster has this down pat in a simple, easy to use format which inspires us to type our deepest thoughts. I would have never found this site had I not participated in Kudos to you Buster. As the owner of one of the most successful web design firms in Atlanta, I’ll be taking note of how the simple elegance of this site inspires us to actually use it. There’s a lesson for us web designers here. Write on!

Testimonial Note from Desiree Colonna on Sun, Jan 02
4 cups

Writing each day at 750 words is like visiting with a good friend! I can bounce ideas around, play with words and descriptions, and generally refresh my thoughts. I always feel a little lighter after I write, am always amused by the way my writing is ‘analyzed’, and am always ready to come back another day! Kudos to all those folk who have written for 100 + days – I hope to join your ranks some day!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 02
4 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Jan 02
2 cups

I’m starting the year by writing my 750 words, and by promising myself that I will write every single day of the year. I’m now at a 14-day streak, after having successfully finished the November challenge but faltered during December. I am now switching from using my 750 words towards my book to using them for a personal diary, and I can feel already that I’m falling into a rhythm of writing that I quite like. Thanks Buster for the site, for such a beautifully designed and well executed tool.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Testimonial Note from Diego Zamboni on Sat, Jan 01
5 cups

Well I did it. I joined 750 words after reading the Lifehacker article on the first day of March. The response from the article was so great that I had to wait four days to get my invite. I wrote in MacJournal those first couple of days. Week long streaks were not uncommon for me. I’d put together a couple of single month streaks. And once I even managed to write for almost three straight months. But that was over five year ago.
Since joining the site I have written every single day for ten months now. I did lapse twice and only write 500 words in the end of October but I wrote. Sometime next week I’ll earn my 250,000 word badge. When I joined the site I thought that it was a gimmick that I didn’t really need. I had more than enough journalling software and books to write in. But you can’t argue with the results.
Thanks Buster and here’s to a perfect 2011.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 01
1 cup

This site is an amazing bit of work. I won NaNoWriMo this year with your help. The One Month Challenge keeps me crawling to the keyboard and digging down deep to find those 750 words each and every day.

Thanks for all you do! (hoists her cup, drinks deep)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Beth Rees on Sat, Jan 01
1 cup
Ability to adjust the daily deadline

People have different schedules, maybe work at night, etc. and sometimes it would be better to have the deadline for the day to be sometime in the wee hours or in the afternoon, not at midnight. It would be nice to be able to adjust it.

New Feature Request Note from Krista Bradley on Fri, Dec 31
1 cup

Thanks for offering this inspired and well designed site to the universe. Good karma.

Testimonial Note from Peter Gabel on Fri, Dec 31
3 cups

A very happy new year to Buster and his family, 826 Seattle and all my fellow writers! A big toast to an inspirational 2011!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 31
1 cup

That was my first attempt at a One Month Challenge. I missed one day (the 3rd) this month. It was a great experience. Here’s to you Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Paul Baker on Fri, Dec 31
3 cups

Happy New Year to all my fellow writers and to Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 31
1 cup

Happy New Year, Buster, and to everyone on 750 Words! This site is just the best! Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2011!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jay on Fri, Dec 31