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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Our Good Members

Raccoon
Amy Ahlblad
Lida D
Laurie Corwin
Kirk Pearson
Paul Cao
Caitlee Martindale
Bettina Carey
Erin Schwartz
Allison Scates
Cirrus
Genevieve Amina Gideonse
DeeMir
Natalia Gurdian
Bernie Boyd
Jo Anne Shanks
David Crabb
Daniel Hope
Amelia Iniesta
Bonnie J. Skinner
Gavin Byers
Ashdad D.
Marisa Y
Mandy Bell
Dione Travis
Heather Johnson
Joseph Cody Dale
Emeline
John Kraemer
Lucas Lee-Tyson
Esther
kir
Chris Vienna
River Hansen
Sarah Waters
Michael Wells
Sheri Denney
Krysten Meredith
Paul Kennedy
Camden Forrey
James O'Donnell
Lauren McDonald
Paula Vital
John Brereton
Bongie Manguino
sera stopard
Sarah Kate
Nancy Jean
Amber Aldrich
Satan's Clown
Yvonne
Morrigan Q
Michael Tresnowski
Kyla Bruff
Maddie Williams
Janette Schafer
Iben Philbèrt Michelsen
Sam Colleran
Jessica Lackaff
Sabrina Sumpter
Stacy Armstrong
Kristin Clifford
Chad Fitzgerald
Rachel Hansen
Shoshi
Jim Leary
Mark Head
Barbara Ledig
Darwin8u
Dawn Stec
Amanda S.
Joshua Burnett
laura flett
Jen Hemphill
Brenda Joyce Patterson
Saba Mirza
Jonathan Acosta
Dominic Lim
TFHackett
Rob Cosh
Devin Dearing Preston
Mervyn Long
River Wilson
Daphnie Bercher
J. M. Wall
Cheyenne Wilkie
cattleya
John Burnie
Brett Matheson
Keri Bertino
Leah Miller
Nadia C.
Gina Chen
Rudy Flesher
ITCoco
Clio
August
The Sleeping Creature
Matthew Ekenstedt
Regina Hastings

Notes of inspiration from members

10 cups

Thanks so much to Kellianne and the rest of you for keeping me writing, every day.
I use this as a diary, and sometimes I cut and paste the words into my novel if they’re inspired enough. It is a wonderful tool. Thank you

Testimonial Note from Lauren Roche on Sat, Jun 01
17 cups

Since January 2018 I’ve only missed one full day of writing— The day my Daddy died. Two days later, I wrote but didn’t make it to 750. In the 201 days since the day I fully missed, I’ve finished my first book manuscript. Started two other books and continued with two that I started years ago. I keep writing. I miss my Daddy. I’m grateful everyday for this space. jmss

Testimonial Note from July MS Sadowski on Fri, May 31
1 cup
Facebook Posts for Non-Facebookers

I noticed the FB posts on the right hand side of the Good People (?? now I can’t find it) page. Buster wrote something about quitting his job at Patreon. When I click on the ‘more’ link, nothing happens because I’m not a FB user. Is it possible to share at least the original post in its entirety with the 750 Words community?

New Feature Request Note from Li'l Jame on Thu, May 30
1 cup

750words have been part of my life since 2012. That’s 7 years of an on-and-off close connection between the many sides of my innermost self. I’ve had whole relationships that couldn’t claim any of that! As much as I want to write handwritten journal entries (and I do have my cycles when I do just that), this site is always here, patiently waiting for me to throw in the pencil and get back to typing my way through glorious insights, game-changing AHAs, and whatever mundane “I need to buy a bar of soap today” topics my mind throws at me. Thanks for existing, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Nadja on Wed, May 29
1 cup

And again, sitting down with just myself and some tea, ready to have a conversation.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Mon, May 27
1 cup

My mind is so clear now that I can hear echos! In all seriousness, this daily habit and tool is beautiful. I am very thankful that it exists.

On a side note, I wish I could upload a photo, I took a nice one but I keep getting weird error messages :/

Testimonial Note from Moses Kaulaity on Mon, May 27
1 cup

Writing in my journal is one way to take care of myself.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sun, May 26
3 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sun, May 26
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sun, May 26
2 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sun, May 26
1 cup

I sometimes feel I write mostly negative things, but that often means I don’t need to speak them.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sun, May 26
1 cup

Being able to do one thing every day means that I am able to do two things every day, and three, and four. 750 Words is good for forming habits.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Fri, May 24
1 cup

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this site. I’ve had more stuff spill out in my writing that I haven’t been able to extract out of my subconscious after years of ponderings. After blowing a 30 day streak, I did “dust myself off and keep going.” I need this site for my mental health. Thank you for a wonderfully executed (and fun) site that allows us to do this daily brain purge privately.

Testimonial Note from Li'l Jame on Fri, May 24
1 cup

Yesterday I wrote a total of 4,000 words for work and pleasure. This would never have been possible without 750 Words and NaNoWriMo.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Fri, May 24
1 cup

750 Words has taught me that I have to write, that I love to write.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Wed, May 22
1 cup

I have learned not to underestimate the benefits of clearing my mind each morning.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Tue, May 21
1 cup

I’m getting started with my day fairly late, but I’m writing here first because—priorities.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Mon, May 20
10 cups
tracking mindsets-feelings thru time

i really appreciate being able to see the “mindset while writing” and feelings for every day. it would be cool to see how those track over time.

New Feature Request Note from chakkamoru on Mon, May 20
1 cup

I like spending time with just myself as I write in my journal.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Mon, May 20
1 cup

I can’t pinpoint what’s so magical about 750 words as a length, but it’s always exactly right, day after day.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sat, May 18
1 cup

Recipe for the perfect morning: Wake up, make tea, write words.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Fri, May 17
1 cup

I’ve never written a Cup of Patronage note before. I joined the site about eight years ago, back when it was free. I liked the idea, sometimes I liked the actual writing; mostly I was frustrated because I could never be consistent in writing. I couldn’t be consistent in much of anything, actually, except in falling back into depression whenever I accidentally destroyed, through carelessness or indifference or ignorance or some mysterious curse, something I really cared about.

But ‘years of failure’ is kind of a pathetic note to start on. Let’s start over, not with where I was when I registered on this website, or where I was a few years ago, but where I am now:

I’d never written one hundred days in a row before last week. Until last year, I never knew that undiagnosed ADHD was the majority of what was crippling me in school, relationships, work, and interests. I’ve never been free truly free from depression for three whole months in a row, not since 2013. I still struggle with consistency, but writing on this site is part of my morning routine, my treatment, my life—and it helps. It helped me to figure out that I was depressed, back when I was a lonely and confused college freshman. It helped me to learn how to write quickly, even if that writing isn’t always very good. It continues to help me to become a better writer, a freer writer, a more interesting writer. It forces me to think about whatever failures or challenges I’m currently trying to run away from in my life.

I owe this site a lot. On the 750words.com servers are 560k words tracking my life and my mental health over eight years, which is a pretty nifty resource for when I want to time travel back to a younger and more confused version of myself. Even the inconsistent writing practice I’ve done here has helped with two novels I’ve drafted and a dozen other stories I’ve started. I used to promise myself that I’d be a less cheap person and become a patron of this site if I ever wrote a successful novel. The truth is—I don’t have to wait till I finish writing something good to declare victory from my ‘morning pages’ (ha! mostly ‘dead-of-night pages’). The victory is that I’m back in school, not hating myself and my life. The victory is that I’ve been consistent in this and a couple of other things for three whole months, which for someone with ADHD is an Apollo 11-level achievement.

This is success. I’m living a success story every day that I get up and take care of my body, mind, and soul. Someday I’m going to break that lovely writing streak, I feel sure—an emergency or sickness or laptop crisis will get in the way. When that day comes, I don’t think I’ll mind so very much. I’ve finally learned, finally proved to myself, that I can just get up and do it the next day, streak or no streak—because writing matters to me. Putting a little of my overwhelmed mind onto the page every day matters to me.

Words don’t really seem like enough of a ‘thank you’, but it feels like the right currency for this site. You have my unending gratitude, Buster and Kelliane, for creating something that’s truly been a major help to me.

Testimonial Note from Emily on Fri, May 17
20 cups
Improve the writing page

I want to be able to double space the page. If the page is double spaced I would be more inclined to reread the page and turn the Gibble I typed into mostly correct
English.

New Feature Vote from Marc Tretin on Fri, May 17
1 cup
Pay-as-you-go Subscription Model

The monthly subscription model means you either maintain a 30-day streak or you don’t get your money’s worth. In ways, it’s a good incentive to make the most of the service, and those keen on maintaining a streak, for example, are positively reinforced by this scheme, but not every user wants to use the service in the same way.

Some people don’t have the time to commit to the service every day. Some people purposely only want to use the service infrequently (eg. for weekly reflections or as a dream journal). Some people actively dislike the stress associated with maintaining a streak and purposely avoid maintaining one. Also, a sudden change of personal circumstance could cause a change in habit in anybody’s use of the service.

It feels that, just because some people work at a different rate to others, they would end up paying more for less. Personally, I don’t like the pressure of needing to assume a certain behaviour as a user in order to capitalise on what I bought, and I’d wager I’m not alone in this.

Personally, I would much rather pay a small cost per entry as and when I make them, or purchase a bulk quantity of entries (that aren’t restricted to certain dates) in advance and consume them as I make entries. I wouldn’t even mind if the average cost per entry was slightly higher to accommodate for the probability of larger word dumps per entry or the higher uncertainty surrounding user loyalty (this is a business, after all!). That said, offering new subscription models may expand the range of potential customers even if they interact with the site less regularly; I, for one, have been aware of 750 Words for roughly two years, but resisted creating an account for a long time for the very reason of not being sure if I would suit the subscription model. I’m still uncertain if I will stick with the service because of the current subscription option, but I thought to highlight the concern in case it makes a difference.

New Feature Request Note from F Ziegler on Fri, May 17
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’ve been around here a while. Would love to earn some more badges beyond the word count ones. Something more interim. I’m close to 500,000 but one million will take a few more years I think.

New Feature Vote from KAdams on Thu, May 16
1 cup

750 Words pairs nicely with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because the daily word count goal is a bit over twice as much as 750. Now 1,667 words doesn’t seem that formidable.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Thu, May 16
1 cup

Since returning to my daily writings in January 2018, I have not faulted in my daily writings and or submissions…

750words has helped me in keeping my daily journaling habbits from falling away… & within my many other writing adventures… I have learned that 750words has given me not only the drive and discipline to continue writing… but has also taught me how much my writing was missed.

Rule 1 #
If you dont have anything to write about… write anyway… copy down a meme, a verse of a song, an article line in a newspaper and write how and why it has affected you or caught your attention… writing inspirations are everywhere… they aree even in our day to day conversations and meetings with people…

Rule # 2 there are no rules to writing, in sitting down with a penn and paper, a computer or a tablet words will start to flow and soon your writing habits will become automatic.

Rule # 3 not everyday day that you write will be an easy one.. some days life will get in the way.. some days we will find we will have little to write about … but in the enf the fact that we chose to write is all that counts.

Testimonial Note from Ms. T on Thu, May 16
5 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An ipad app would be great especially for when I travel, since I don’t bring my computer with me. This would really help with consistency!

New Feature Vote from Jessica H. on Thu, May 16
5 cups

When I finally get this novel finished, I will thank 750words in the acknowledgments. Most of it was written here first!

Testimonial Note from KAdams on Wed, May 15
1 cup

When I wish to complain, I know exactly who will listen.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Wed, May 15