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

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Double Down on Charity Note from Julie Jordan Scott on Tue, Sep 07
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New Feature Vote from Pumpkin on Tue, Sep 07
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I used to be so good at journaling and then I let graduate school take over my life. I haven’t written in a journal in about 4 years, and I missed it. Now I’m finally getting back into it again! Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Sara Thompson on Tue, Sep 07
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Go, writer, go!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Beverly Army Williams on Mon, Sep 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Beverly Army Williams on Mon, Sep 06
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An iPhone/iPad app

I stink at typing on my iPhone, but there are days when I won’t be near a computer, and I don’t want to have to skip!

New Feature Vote from Beverly Army Williams on Mon, Sep 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Carrie Schroeder on Mon, Sep 06
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New Feature Vote from Carrie Schroeder on Mon, Sep 06
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A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Carrie Schroeder on Mon, Sep 06
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This is my Note of Shame for August. I figured that the best way to make it have an impact was by contributing half it to 826 Seattle. Good luck, kids!

Double Down on Charity Note from Will Hopkins on Sun, Sep 05
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New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Sun, Sep 05
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New Feature Vote from Sara Chatfield on Sat, Sep 04
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I just completed my second one-month challenge on the bounce, and it feels great! I cannot believe I’ve now written for 71 days in a row, and am now just 29 days from the Phoenix badge, which seemed so far away when I first signed up to the site back towards the end of June.

750 Words has helped me to start blogging properly – four entries on my blog so far, but I’m trying my best to keep it updated regularly, ideally a couple of times a week rather than once every three months, and this site has really helped me with that. The more I write, the more I want to write… it’s fantastic! See you again at the end of the month, when I hope to be singing with joy about my Phoenix badge!

Testimonial Note from Sophie on Sat, Sep 04
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Oh thank goodness for 750words.com!! As someone who used to circle my keyboard more times than an indecisive dog looking for a place to nap, I’ve finally found the perfect spot to launch my writing day. Since I began using this site at the end of May, I have written for 96% of the days. It’s painful to miss a day (love those badges!), so I’m very motivated to return – ideally daily. Best of all, and at long last, I’ve noticed a huge up tick in my ability to move forward on other writing projects. All those words that have been stuck in my head, rattling around like kibble in a dog bowl, finally have a place to go. I look forward to enjoying these benefits and more the longer I use this site, which I plan to do from now until forever. Oh, and one other thing: my typing speed has improved, too! Bonus!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Payne on Fri, Sep 03
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I love this site! Writing every day forces me to reflect and has both helped with my time management and my stress level. Thanks, 750words!

Testimonial Note from Karen Bernstein on Fri, Sep 03
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New Feature Vote from Karen Bernstein on Fri, Sep 03
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Finally, a safe and pleasant place to leave my soul bare so that I may write stories unburdened. Thank you, Buster, from the bottom of my heart. May faeries lift you on their wings to a giant Genie in a bottle who grants you endless wishes. Until then, know that you are much appreciated. —Christina

Testimonial Note from Chris Stachura on Fri, Sep 03
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Highlighted text Metadata

I love the metadata! And would love to see searchable, filterable highlights. If after writing for a month, I could filter for emotions and view related clippings of my writing or search words or themes and see them highlighted throughout my text it would allow me to relive those moments and gain retrospective.

New Feature Request Note from Will Koehler on Fri, Sep 03
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I have a hamster wheel mind, obsessively spinning. It’s a dripping water tap mind. It’s the sidewalk air-blower man at 3 am. I’ve kept a journal for years in an attempt to settle the sediment to the bottom of the bottle so I can go through the day clear and tasty.
You know that makes this site better than those attempts at conching? The pseudo-psychological stat report. “Ah, so I am thinking pessimistically about family again. Maybe I should tell my estranged mother to get some help.” “Hmm… contemplating food. Perhaps I should eat.”
It just adds some great closure to the whole process, a much needed final layer of distillation.

Testimonial Note from Erin Green on Fri, Sep 03
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Badge Upgrades

It would work much the way that badges work now, except that it would improve a currently existing badge. So, rather than just getting a Hamster for three days of writing without distraction, after another 10 days of distraction free writing you would be upgraded to a Silver Hamster. 30 days, Silver Hamster, 100 days, Gold Hamster. Just imagine how awesome it would be to get that Gold Phoenix badge after 1000 days of writing!

New Feature Request Note from Jason Dettman on Fri, Sep 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 03
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Flock and Phoenix and one-month challenge completion all in the same week. Whew. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—this site has absolutely saved my writing (and my sanity, too).

In a few hours I’m headed away on my first vacation in several years, and you’d better believe I’ve already planned out internet access for every day I’m there.

Testimonial Note from Anna Silvertree on Fri, Sep 03
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Thanks again for the site, Buster. It is not too strong to say that it is changing my life.

Double Down on Charity Note from David Schwartz on Fri, Sep 03
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I’ve only been writing for 12 days, but am signed up to the September challenge and determined to complete it. Sometimes I write bits of stories, other times I ponder issues in my life, or write total rubbish about some random topic. I’ve tried daily writing before, but the rewards on the site like the badges and seeing the statistics, etc. really make me want to come back and do more. Psychologically it makes daily writing a lot easier to stick to. So thanks for coming up with this site, and long may it continue!

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Thu, Sep 02
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Awesome, this is my first month challenge I finished and on my way to the second one. All the way in one streak to the holy Phoenix.

Thank you Buster, your simple but effective site, especially the badges made me want to write again!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Brook West on Thu, Sep 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Blake Evans on Thu, Sep 02
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750 Words has begun helping me work through the issues of having a long distance relationship. We each write our 750 words and check up on each other’s progress as we go. Using 750 Words, we’ve been able to decompress and really think about the day’s issues instead of worrying each other with our daily problems than we already do.

Testimonial Note from Chris Sexton on Thu, Sep 02
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It feels so good to have an excuse to clear my head at either the beginning of the day or at the end of the day. My thoughts may not always make sense, but it’s great to be challenged to think about the things in my life.

Testimonial Note from Nathaniel James on Thu, Sep 02
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New Feature Vote from Sean McOwen on Wed, Sep 01