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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In mid-May, 750 Words glitched a completed entry on me—erasing some 300 words as if they’d never existed, ending a 40+ day run and knocking me out of the Monthly Challenge. And every day, my bitter streak received an irritatingly cheery reminder—"Oops, looks like you fell out of the running."

On the last Saturday in May, I sat down with a video game. After facing defeat at the hands of its grueling final boss, I returned to my computer…and discovered that I had six minutes before midnight. Sure, that’s not too late to copy-and-paste. But the fact that I’d just self-pwned, three days before the finish line, was indisputable. “Karma,” my mother would say.

Resentment is worthless. Laughing it off is better.
The pursuit is the thing. Like all the other games I play.

So, 750 Words: thanks for the diva-check. Let’s call it even. ❤

Testimonial Note from Rikki Hyperion on Tue, Jun 01
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Up until three months ago, I hated writing. Then, I signed up for a 750 Words account. I have found that writing every day has reaped many benefits. I now look forward to freewriting every day, so I can sift through my thoughts and forget about all the stressful ones. 750 Words is awesome!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rieddhi Shah on Tue, Jun 01
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At first, I thought I’d never be able to write 750 words a day – what did I have going on in my life, to fill up that much space? I had a lot of things going on, unwritten and unspoken, just below the surface. 750words has helped me living a more meaningful life by providing (silly but somehow sufficient) rewards for figuring myself out. I don’t ever want to stop writing here. My eternal thanks <3

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Marie Mari on Tue, Jun 01
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This site has cleared my mind to be able to focus on other things and to stop the whirlwind of thoughts that sometimes over take me. Some of the things I was thinking about were moving so fast that writing was the only thing to calm them down and get them out of my head so I could find out why they bothered me so much. 750 words is just about right for a good mind cleaning.

Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Ashley Wallis on Tue, Jun 01
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I got this cup of patronage for writing every day! I am passing this forward!

Thanks Buster for a great site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ashley Wallis on Tue, Jun 01
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After writing my daily words for two solid months now, I’ve seen some patterns start to emerge, most notably that a lot of times, my Words were a whole lot of complaining – things that I couldn’t do or change, and reasons why not.

While that’s important and really helpful sometimes, I don’t want to turn this into just another place to bitch & moan. I signed up because I wanted to foster creativity and expression, not negativity and frustration. So today I introduced another discipline to my routine, a 100-word limit on complaining. Kind of like twitter, but longer and depressing. The rest of the time I commit to spending on the possible, mundane or not. So far so good!

Thanks, Buster, for creating an outlet that has become so many things for me! (And congrats on the little one!)

Testimonial Note from Pat Hughes on Tue, Jun 01
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Evernote Integration

Using evernote’s API, have an export to evernote button or automatically so I can easily search my entries in there.

New Feature Request Note from Russell Hammond on Tue, Jun 01
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I fell off my horse.
It’s okay. Don’t punish yourself.

Just get back on the damn horse.

Don’t cheat. Don’t cheat yourself.
If you didn’t write today – it’s okay. Don’t punish your writing because of a contest.

Use 750 words to choose to write. Even if it’s about mundane things.

And get back on the horse.

Testimonial Note from Jeff Greenberg on Tue, Jun 01
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The greeting page for this site is literally word perfect. I immediately understood why you would create this site, and it struck a chord with me. I just hit 50 days in a row and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Thanks so much for letting me get out of my head!

Testimonial Note from Andrew von Rosenbach on Tue, Jun 01
2 cups

I started a blog a few years ago to get myself to write daily, but quickly became cramped by the things I couldn’t write about without getting negative attention. Writing this way is much better, and the word count keeps me motivated while I write. I love this site, and appreciate all the effort put into it. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Laura Gjovaag on Tue, Jun 01
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More text analysis

I think I’d like to see what triggered certain “moods” on the graphs. It would be cool to hover over the graphs (or click on some link below them) and see what the corresponding words generated that graph. Optionally it would be cool to see what opposite words would reduce that mood. In this way I could practice my writing skills to trigger an emotion. This would be a really cool feature. Optionally, while I type, the window could show the mood I’m generating. I realize this may be a bit trickier to do but would be very coo.
…dave

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 31
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750 notes has really helped me both get ready for the day ahead, if I write it in the morning, or clear any problems I may have on my mind at the end of the day. It has seriously improved my mood throughout the day and helped me to work out many ideas I’ve simply had jumping around in my head with no clear direction. Deciding to write on 750 words has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.

Testimonial Note from Andrew Bingler on Sun, May 30
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I enjoy 750 words immensely. My morning pages have become more important to me than my morning cup of coffee. Thanks to Buster for implementing such a wonderful site.

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Sun, May 30
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Love the site, started writing yesterday, signed up for June challenge.

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, May 29
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I’ve now got 42 days in a row, enough to trust myself with another test. I think I’m now ready for the June challenge…I’ll be absolutely sure tomorrow.

Thanks again Buster for this great site!

Testimonial Note from Lisa Ann Courington on Sat, May 29
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it’s only just begun…i’ve gained an insight into my writing like never before possible…i’m constantly intrigued by the stats and what will pop up next…thanks for creating this bliss in my life!

Testimonial Note from Dian Reid on Sat, May 29
1 cup

ARG, I had an 83 day writing streak going and one asthma attack episode completely wiped it out.

BUT, today starts a new streak and I’ve paid my donation to 750 Words I said I would if I failed this month’s challenge. And I signed up for June. My new streak started TODAY. Good luck everyone!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Gaelyne Gasson on Sat, May 29
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A better mobile site

I need a conversion path to google authentication. I want to get off the facebook boat. Help.
…dave

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, May 28
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I have spent the last two months trying to write every day so that I could indulge in the post-Challenge reward of mocking my friend, Zhan, who introduced me to 750 words. For two months now, though, I’ve been foiled – as if life is conspiring to mock me instead! But oh well, all’s good – I’m still happy to be a patron instead, and try again next month… (mock mock mock)

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kamal on Thu, May 27
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Writing is great! Yeeehar!

Double Down on Charity Note from Sarah Kamal on Thu, May 27
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Rachel Lee on Thu, May 27
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Today, I’m sitting on a 50 day streak. This site has literally changed my life, and I think I’m so addicted to it I can’t help myself but write everyday. Thank you Buster Benson for your dedication and this Aus-some site.

The five friends I roped in to sign up to for the May Challenge have all dropped out by now, but I can’t wait to finally complete my first One Month Challenge!

Testimonial Note from Rachel Lee on Thu, May 27
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Well, I just missed my first day, and it feels terrible – I hope you choke on this cup! ;)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, May 27
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Cora Anderson on Thu, May 27
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Double Down on Charity Note from Deborah Schumacher on Wed, May 26
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Deborah Schumacher on Wed, May 26
1 cup

I was doing so well but I completely FAILED this month. I feel off the wagon and can’t get back on again. Argh.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Laura Lynn Lazarus on Wed, May 26
1 cup

Dear fellow 750 Worders,

I’d like to write a short note, as a way of making myself accountable to you all.

Half-way through the monthly challenge (of May) I moved from my student house, to my postgrad friend’s flat on the other side of town. She had left for the fortnight, and welcomed me to flat-sit whilst I revised in peace and quiet for my Finals. Alas, I completely forgot that she had no internet, and none of the surrounding cafes had wifi. So, with that, my second monthly challenge went flying down the drain (a slightly boozy, hazy day lost me my first month). I was, in honesty, gutted. I put it down to not getting enough badges as a child, but to miss out on the Horse of Awesomeness for ANOTHER month was… well. Disappointing.

In retrospect, this project has helped my align myself in some way. From my pondering, I have concluded that, for me, it’s 20 minutes where everything has a single focus. I find ‘relaxing’ an awkward word, and I’m even worse at embracing it, so perhaps it’s the sense of achievement that comes from writing everything in my head (when we spend so much of our time not voicing our thoughts and ideas) with 750 Words, and receiving private recognition.

I decided that I would continue writing. This time, accountable to myself alone, I would write offline in a little writing package. Nearly a fortnight later, and I have written something (if not the full 750 words) every day. I would like to encourage you all that, if for whatever reason you cannot access the internet, to still write your words and release your thoughts.

The 50 days or so that I’ve been writing with 750 Words, and this offline period, has led me to realise I’d like to begin to explore my imagination and, eventually, write a fiction novella. I have no characters, no scenario, but I have 750 Words; a free space to create and discard them and throw ideas around on the screen.

The best of luck to you all and, wherever you are, enjoy the art of writing,
And congratulations Buster!
-HJ

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, May 26
1 cup

826 Seattle sounds amazing! Double down!

Double Down on Charity Note from Christine Heflinger on Mon, May 24
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Double Down on Charity Note from Lester Gene Baldevarona on Mon, May 24