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

1 cup

I’m looking forward to my first 1 month challenge in November. Here’s to success.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alex Strang on Tue, Oct 05
7 cups

Even though I am an author and write a lot, i never would have writen over 750 words every day for over 100 days if not for the badges and the word counter… in other words, if not for this site. I am celebrating my Phoenix badge and my new habit of daily slowing down, introspection, dreaming, and playing. Thank you Buster.

Testimonial Note from Margie Deeb on Tue, Oct 05
1 cup
Timers

It might be fun if there was an egg timer feature, allowing the writer to select a time limit to write their 750 words in. For example if I could set it for 15 minutes I could rush toward the end.
Also, Dr. Wicked has some fun features where if you stop typing the screen changes color and a cacophony of sound comes form the computer to ‘prod’ the writer into continuing. That could be fun :)

New Feature Request Note from Eileen Andrews on Mon, Oct 04
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Eileen Andrews on Mon, Oct 04
1 cup
More text analysis

I would love to get quality-of-writing analysis. I have seen vocabulary analysis, for example.

New Feature Vote from Mark Henderson on Sun, Oct 03
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

A better mobile site would be okay too, but an iDevice app would be best as far as I see it.

New Feature Vote from Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson on Sun, Oct 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Because what will I do after I hit 100 days?!

New Feature Vote from Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson on Sun, Oct 03
2 cups

Words fail me to say how much I love this site, so hopefully someone else who finishes a One Month Challenge can!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson on Sun, Oct 03
1 cup

Double me down! Love the site, and love 826 Seattle.

Double Down on Charity Note from Trevor Algatt on Sat, Oct 02
4 cups

Four cups towards the one month challenge bounty, in celebration of hitting my 100 day streak today, and receiving the lovely Phoenix badge!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sophie on Sat, Oct 02
2 cups

750 words has given me the chance to sit down and reflect on my day. I am now able to sort through my emotions and be overall less stressed out. It also allows me to take time away from my busy schedule of high school work and let me just write and get my feelings out. Thanks so much 750 words and Buster for letting me have a time to relax each day in high school :)

Testimonial Note from Emily Beker on Sat, Oct 02
2 cups

This is an excellent habit and a great way to give a little something back, so everyone benefits from the personal activity of bleeding off excess thoughts and ideas. While extra badges would be nice for people stuck in the limbo between Albatross and Phoenix, they’re certainly not the ONLY reason I keep coming back to this site daily. Right?

Double Down on Charity Note from Maria Zalessky on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Michael Wong on Sat, Oct 02
3 cups

I’m adding these cups to the bounty because around the end of the November, I should hit 100 days.

One Month Challenge Bounty from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Finishing a Month Challenge is a great accomplishment. It really does make your day much more meaningful because you have either captured the important thoughts you couldn’t get off your mind or release the unimportant thoughts that are blocking the good ones.

Testimonial Note from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

There’s clearly so much data in the words, use it to tease out badges. The badges could be a public way of commenting on your stats without telling people too much about you.

New Feature Vote from John Infante on Sat, Oct 02
2 cups
Stay logged in on this computer

It usually takes me a couple minutes to log into 750words.com, as I have to load three different pages before I can start writing, and this site loads slower than others for me. Would it be possible to set up a “stay logged in” system so we can skip the landing page and the sign-in page?

New Feature Request Note from Greg "胖龙" Russell on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

The one month challenge is great as it provides a little bit of extra motivation to get the words written and it’s pretty cool to be added to the Wall of Awesomeness. Writing and reflecting is so important as telling stories is one of the essential parts of being human and it makes us better and well rounded and happier.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Chris Campbell on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Literacy is a gift that we take for granted. Here’s to more people being able to use 750words in the future.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anu Parvatiyar on Sat, Oct 02
1 cup

Well, I am now at 10 days in a row. I started 750 Words to improve my writing and my journal entries and it has made a HUGE difference. I have always wanted to write more of my ideas down and now I am doing it!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

My new 750 word habit is a gift. I look forward to my words every morning and greet them with a “hello friend.” I alternate between brainstorming Plan B’s for places in my life or work that cause anxiety, and then face them in the day…well, with a Plan B; making lists — todo lists, to not do lists; and sometimes starting scenes for a novel — as in, why not start now? Thanks for this funny hopeful supportive site. I am grateful.

Testimonial Note from Gilda Haas on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

This site provides me with a unique and meaningful way to document my life and experiences. Trying to complete 750 words is easy on some days, and harder on others. But every day, it gives me a place to record my thoughts and feelings. This has helped me improve my quality of life, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity. I feel like I am writing my life story, as it unfolds, 750 words at a time.

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Marie Mari on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Beverly Army Williams on Fri, Oct 01
3 cups

A little more motivation to remain in the running for the next month…

One Month Challenge Bounty from David Habib on Fri, Oct 01
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Beverly Army Williams on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love badges!

New Feature Vote from lacinda on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

I just completed my first One-Month challenge and I am very delighted. For the first time in my life, writing has become a habit and I look forward to doing it every day. Sure, somewhere along the line, I felt like I should skip a day or two. But at around 10pm, I had that nagging feeling inside of me that told me to boot up my laptop and write. 750 words a day is now an attainable goal and I refer to it as my “bare minimum”. Before, it took me forever to even get 500 words. Now, I can write 2,000 words in a row without feeling like losing steam.

I have been recommended this site on FaceBook to my academic friends. In graduate school, the sooner you finish your thesis or dissertation, the faster you see yourself walking down the aisle to receive your diploma and get hooded. While 750 words a day may be too much for people in academics, the practice of writing every day is not. I hope my friends will take my advice and join this site.

Thank you for making this site available free of charge, Buster. Every day, I feel a lot better coming here to see another day marked as “completed.” Sure, those badges are silly but they do keep me motivated. It is like playing games, as soon as I get to one level, I want to get to the next. I hope there will be some badges between an albatross and a phoenix. Also, I hope there will be more badges beyond the phoenix as well. For example, there should be a badge for those who write everyday for the whole year. That would be really cool.

Double Down on Charity Note from Dao Lam on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I enjoy the feeling of getting rewarded and just seeing the little badges along the top of the screen is amazing! Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Courtney Smith on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup

As a patron of NaNoWriMo too, this website helped set me up to not only get in the habit of writing everyday, something that i desperately needed to do, it also helped create such an interesting flow of ideas! Thank you 750! _

Testimonial Note from Courtney Smith on Fri, Oct 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 01