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
More badges for accomplishments

I know we’re supposed to internalize our incentives over time, but it’s telling that the place I totally forgot to do my 750 words was right around 54 days, once I had stopped chasing badges. I thought I was on track for 100 straight, but since then I’ve forgotten to do it another 2 times! I just totally blank on it, so I think that more badges help to reflect our effort for us in a way that’s useful

New Feature Vote from Naunihal on Mon, Dec 06
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’d really love secure writing: both https to protect our words on the way and encryption on the other end. I think many of us would be willing to pay for the premium service. Right now people are putting a lot of private information into their 750, and it would really suck if it were to get hacked. I checked out Penzu for exactly that reason, but I don’t like their look and feel and I really to like this site. Plus, you know, you’ve got badges.

New Feature Vote from Naunihal on Mon, Dec 06
1 cup

I have just started using 750 Words and I find that it is really helping me focus my thoughts and manage my life. Many thanks!

Testimonial Note from Daphne Ashling Purpus on Mon, Dec 06
1 cup

raising my cup to you as thanks for the encouragement i get from this site – the promise of that little green box & my daily ‘well done’ are driving me on to keep writing regularly; they’re working better than my daily guilt trip used to. X
ps darn, if i’d just have waited i coulda been patron #500!

Testimonial Note from rhi bo on Mon, Dec 06
4 cups

Hoorah to all those who do what they say they’ll do, and get through the good days and the bad days with the same resolve. Keep on writin’!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Edd Hendricks on Sat, Dec 04
1 cup
Badges for small goals too!

I really enjoy writing & sharing my 750Words progress with Facebook friends, some of whom are also online here now. Thanks so much for making this a fun space for us to write and support each other in community!

I notice over the past month occasionally there are days (for example, when I’m editing) when I don’t need to write 750 words. I think it would be nice & helpful if there were badges for smaller writing goals too. While I agree 750 words is a great goal, it would be encouraging to have the support at 250 or 500 words, or even for just checking in. Kind of like, “way to go! you wrote today and every little bit counts!” I think this positive reenforcement would do a lot to keep up momentum, remind us to write every day, etc.

thanks again for a great site. cheers from San Francisco. Steven

New Feature Request Note from Steven Bauman on Sat, Dec 04
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jesper Cockx on Sat, Dec 04
36 cups

Brilliant simple addictive effective idea. Writing as mental detox. An enema for the brain. I like typing looking straight out the window, not stopping to correct typos or spelling mistakes or do punctuation or paragraphs and then I’m done and I walk away from the keyboard 1027 grams lighter. I’ve done 100 days (almost) straight and now I’m taking a break to spend more time staring at the pond. Many thanks Buster, great work!

Testimonial Note from Nicholas Arnold on Sat, Dec 04
1 cup

Thank you for this wonderful site and writing tool! I used to journal nearly every day from middle school through the end of college, but found that “adult” life kept me too busy to not only write, but read for leisure. 750 Words has helped me reconnect with my love of writing and reading, and I look forward to coming to this site every day. My brain feels so refreshed after I’ve done my 750 Words. Can’t thank you enough for creating this site!!!

Testimonial Note from Karen Ren on Fri, Dec 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Would be great to be able to keep up with my 750 Words on the go easier than navigating to the site.

New Feature Vote from Kevin Meyers on Fri, Dec 03
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Jesper Cockx on Fri, Dec 03
2 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from WallofIllusion on Thu, Dec 02
2 cups
More "Congratulations!" alerts

There are two things I have in mind: one, since the site registers its users’ birthdates, I was half-expecting some kind of birthday message to pop up when I started typing on my birthday. It would be a cute touch, I think. Two, I don’t think the site congratulated me in any way when I finished the November Monthly challenge. Why not have a message pop up along with the “You’ve completed your 750 words” box that says something like, “Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed a monthly challenge! Click here for a reminder of how you promised to reward yourself.”?

New Feature Request Note from WallofIllusion on Thu, Dec 02
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Jesper Cockx on Thu, Dec 02
2 cups

I totally fell off the wagon last month, but this is the last month of 2010 to prove that this year I had the discipline to follow this 750 words fandango to the finish! Here we go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Dec 02
5 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Thu, Dec 02
1 cup
Combined Report with Health Month

I am not sure exactly how it would work, but I love the charts and tools that you have created that help to create a visual representation of the progress that we have made, our number of days writing, etc. for both sites. It would be interesting to have some kind of overall picture that combined the statistics of the two sites in a way that could give an in-depth picture of our lives, of what is important to us based on our writing, and the impact that our steps towards improving our health have with our lives.

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer H. on Tue, Nov 30
2 cups

Hooray! I just finished my second monthly challenge and my first NaNoWriMo. My writer is so happy … I tend to ignore her too often, but the encouragement, challenge, and platform provided by this site have pushed me to let my little writer shine every day. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Kristen Carroll on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup
Testimonial Note from Kristen Carroll on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

I’ve just completed my first One Month Challenge, and my first challenge of this type ever! So much gratitude, and two cups doesn’t come close to what I owe. For now, though, it’s what I can give. Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sam Healer on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

I never thought I would be a writer. This morning, technically right after I finish this, I will complete the one month challenge. On top of that I will complete NaNoWriMo. This is a good month for me, I had a rough patch in my life, I was sick for a long time and I stopped writing. After I started writing again, pushing through the rough patch. I’m doing great now, thanks for the push 750.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Roxanne O on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

November 30th has arrived… I have met the challenge of 750 for the month and the NaNoWriMo challeng of 50, 303 words at noon today. Hurray!!!
Thanks for all the help, my life novel is by no way finished, but I have accomplished something, Without 750 Words, I know I would not have been motivated to see it through. So Dec 1st comes tomorrow with new challenges and maybe a little less stress since I no longer have 1667 words a day hanging over my head… I look forward to more days of 750 and a bit of relaxation. Thanks again Buster, I look forward to seeing my new badges soon. On NaNoWriMo, my name is K.P.S.Gresh.
Blessings and Embracing to all worders here…
and Please, Give willingly to the Cups of Patronage.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ken Gresh on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Bring privacy to the next level.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Nov 30
1 cup

Buster, thank you for creating this website! I just completed NaNoWriMo, I’m on a 36-day streak (albatross, yeah!), and writing more than 750 words every day. I have to pinch myself to believe its really me that has accomplished these things!

Testimonial Note from Raye Cage on Mon, Nov 29
1 cup

I just finished Nanowrimo thanks to 750 words…might not have had the discipline otherwise! Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Nov 29
3 cups

I am rounding the bend to the end of NaNoWriMo, discovering how pleasurable it is to write, to write fiction. Who knew?
And every morning, before I get my NaNoWriMo on, I do my 750 words, to clear my head, to brainstorm ideas, and have a little game plan for my day.
Thank you, Buster, for that.

Testimonial Note from Gilda Haas on Mon, Nov 29
2 cups

Woo-Hoo! I got my NANO badge.
Thankfully, these words are: “Private, unfiltered, spontaneous, daily” which means that no one need know just how un-novel-like my novel became. What I /did/ get is a burst of creativity, some clear looking into the functioning (or not) of my brain (& what happens when I ask it to produce even when it’s told me it doesn’t FEEL like it), and a sense of accomplishment. Oh, & now I get to look at the analysis of my novel and look at pretty graphs of it. Why do my characters seem to have an unnatural affinity toward “knowing”, and what is it with the wilderness creatures!!!

Anyway, big toast to Buster & a tool that kept me plugging away at it every day (except when the internet was away)… I used this as my primary writing medium so the whole “oops-I-didn’t-paste” issue was solved… my sympathies to those who missed a day. I know the heartbreak. But someday, like a flamingo, you will rise… (it’ll take you a while to rise like a phoenix…)

Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Quibbleable on Mon, Nov 29
2 cups

Life is wonderful. Lots to work on to make things better, so getting myself out there…

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Nov 28
2 cups

Arghhhh! I wrote 3282 words for NaNo yesterday and forgot to copy and paste them into 750words before going to bed, breaking a 165 day streak! How could I have screwed up so badly?

Thanks to Buster, who restored my streak. I do love this site. Now, to not do something that dumb again.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 28
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Nov 27