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 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
4 cups

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 Mon, Jan 10
2 cups

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
1 cup
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
1 cup

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 Sun, Jan 09
8 cups

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
1 cup

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 Sat, Jan 08
1 cup

We can do this!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 08
3 cups

Keep writing, people!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 08
2 cups

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
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Jessica Riviere on Fri, Jan 07
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jessica Riviere on Fri, Jan 07
1 cup
More text analysis

foreign language options!

New Feature Vote from Jessica Riviere on Fri, Jan 07
1 cup

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
1 cup

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
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 Wed, Jan 05
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 Mon, Jan 03
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 Sun, Jan 02
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 Sun, Jan 02
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