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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Improve the writing page

I want a mode in options that will make the entry page write only, no rewrites, backspacing, etc.

New Feature Vote from Calvin Spealman on Mon, Apr 05
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Ya know, I had no idea how much crap there was floating around in my head until I had a place to put it. And it’s not like I didn’t have enough places, online and offline, where I could do that. I tweet, I have a blog, I have a poetry journal, I write with pen and paper. But there are things I don’t want to talk about publicly or commit to paper. Meditation and prayer help a lot, but there’s something about typing it out and knowing that it’s there to read back over, even if I don’t. 750words is like a perma-prayer.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Apr 05
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It has made me a better writer by enforcing daily practice.

Testimonial Note from Ira Romot on Mon, Apr 05
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Loving 750 words. Personally I do it at night and have set myself my own evening reminder because it clears my mind of all the crazy thoughts that have built up all day and stops them spinning around my head and allows me to sleep better.
Thanks for the site, it really is fabulous :)

Testimonial Note from Bin Bos Stankevicius on Sun, Apr 04
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Thank you, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Rachel Sawatzky on Sat, Apr 03
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May you be successful in all of your efforts.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Scott Nonnenberg on Sat, Apr 03
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This year has seen the introduction of a few new, very healthy, habits: Yoga and writing every day. Both of these things are healthy for the mind – helping to settle it in an era of nonstop action. For someone like me, having the Interwebs at my fingertips is a double-edged sword. I get lots done, find out about lofs of things, but my mind has a problem with its nearly infinite size. It wants to know it all!! 750words helps me focus back on the local. Every day (for the past 21 days) I get the randomness out, think about my life, and emerge better prepared for the world. :0)

Testimonial Note from Scott Nonnenberg on Sat, Apr 03
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Photo journal

I’ve been keeping a photo journal/blog/what-have-you for the better part of a year. I got in a rut for a while, but using 750 Words has really helped me to get back to just enjoying the process and having fun with my camera in my little part of the world!

Self-Promotional Note from Christine Heflinger on Wed, Apr 07
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What an awesome addition to my routine! Being a child of the digital age, my handwriting sucks and I never manage to keep handwritten stuff very organized. 750words is here to the rescue! The more I use it, the more creative and rejuvenating my writing sessions get. Thanks for making a good habit fun, easy to do, and infinitely rewarding!

Testimonial Note from Ida Benedetto on Sat, Apr 03
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More text analysis

For me, this is one of the most unique and rewarding features. Adding and improving it will increase the already extensive delight I have for 750words.

New Feature Vote from Ida Benedetto on Sat, Apr 03
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So it’s kind of awkward that, after making a huge deal about this to everyone I know both on-and-offline, I am already out on Day Two of the April Challenge. Shame notwithstanding, I resolve to finish this month plus one day of the next with no further gaps and to sign up for next month’s challenge. Thank you for this site and here’s to hoping I’ve learned my lesson about days ending exactly at 12am!

Testimonial Note from Casey Gollan on Sat, Apr 03
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I have a really noisy mind and 750words, being FREE and all, saves me the trouble of having to pay a therapist on a DAILY basis.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 03
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After numerous failed attempts to reign in my spending, I’ve instead decided to just redirect the cash outflow. So….a couple of $$ to 826 Seattle sounds good!

Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 03
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750 Words has completely revolutionized my writing. I have never been able to keep myself on a disciplined writing schedule in the past. With 750 Words I’ve been able to completely immerse myself into writing as a habit. If writing is a muscle, then 750 Words is a personal trainer.

I used to feel like a guy with an unused treadmill in his spare room. Now I feel like I’m going to the gym for my writing workout every day. God bless you, sir.

Testimonial Note from Regis Lacher on Fri, Apr 02
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Better infrastructure

I’d like to see the infrastructure of the site able to support hundreds of thousands of writers at a time without slowing down. Love the other features — but the back end stuff is way more important.

New Feature Request Note from Virginia Lore on Fri, Apr 02
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I was a fan of the Morning Pages when I first read The Artist’s Way as a college student, but between my schedule and the rampant ADHD (yes, we’re blaming that) I could never find time or remember that i needed to do it. Upon discovering your site I realized I could type 90billion times faster than I write, and this would help me to do the morning pages. The excitement I felt was wonderful.
One month later and I find that by doing my morning “brain dump”, I have become far more creative. I use far more eloquent language when talking to others and I’m more descriptive, as the mono-syllabic clutter has been swept out of the way. I write more, I paint more and I create more, and it’s wonderful. Thank you so much for setting this site up and offering it to others for its use. It’s been invaluable in helping keep my head clear to focus on other things.

Testimonial Note from Helen Kaelin on Fri, Apr 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Virginia Lore on Fri, Apr 02
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Virginia Lore on Fri, Apr 02
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dooooooooooooooooooooo it.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Micah Baldwin on Thu, Apr 01
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Export Writing

I would love to be able to export my writing (beyond cut and paste) so that I can upload it into my wordpress / tumblr blog.

New Feature Request Note from Micah Baldwin on Thu, Apr 01
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Michael Galpert on Thu, Apr 01
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Myself

Wait, I thought this was a place for a self-promotional note? There’s no link, I just wanted everyone to know that I think I’m pretty fantastic.

Peace,

Shane

Self-Promotional Note from Shane Fera on Fri, Apr 02
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An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from David Ohlson on Thu, Apr 01
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Thanks for the site, Buster! I’ve always had a hard time getting into keeping a journal, but this has gotten me the furthest of anything. It’s a nice mix of ease of use and stats to feed the other side of my brain. I will make it through this month’s challenge!
One thing that might be cool to make as an optional feature is to have a sidebar cycling through writing prompts. I’ve started working through the Self-awareness questions at http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/40_Questions_To_Improve_Your_Self_Awareness.html but once those are done, having something catch my eye and prompting a new train of thought would be nice. I realize not everyone would want that, though, so it would probably need to be something that could be turned on.

Thanks again!

Double Down on Charity Note from Andy Tinkham on Thu, Apr 01
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This is my second day on the site, which makes me the kind of person who probably will love it for a week and quit. But I’m already insanely addicted. Just writing for fifteen minutes the past two days—furiously typing out a stream of consciousness—has made me calmer, more focused, and happier. Also late to work, but, you know. Some things are more important.

It’s also the only place where I’ve found the thing I’ve been searching for for years—a word counter built into the word processor. Genius! And the statistics make writing as exciting as reviewing my running via my GPS program (runkeeper).

I’m assuming my response to this site is pretty typical, so this note is somewhat banal to the rest of the users. But I couldn’t be happier. This answers so many problems for me right now, although I can’t quite figure out why. It’s just great.

Testimonial Note from Amelia Favere on Thu, Apr 01
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This site really is a great way to feel like I’m a part of something bigger and to encourage myself to write every day. I would feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t vote with my wallet.

Testimonial Note from Edgar Tolman on Thu, Apr 01
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Improve the homepage

I would love to see additional information in the FAQ. For example: how is the daily top 100 list derived (especially among writers with the same amount of points) and how much elapsed time is considered a “distraction”? Thanks!

New Feature Vote from LS Lee on Thu, Apr 01
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Buster. Thanks. 31 days. Zero misses. I know I can write. I’ve done well with it. But it’s been a struggle. This is EXACTLY what I need. I hope this becomes very profitable for you; it certainly has struck a chord.

Yes, I intend to make my April as powerful and happy as my March. This past month has been personally very traumatic- but 750 words has been a great positive in my day; even when i was exhausted.

Testimonial Note from Jeff Greenberg on Thu, Apr 01
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The end of my first month on 750words. I missed two days when I was simply travelling and offline. My commitment and follow through has restored my faith in myself. I am very grateful.

Testimonial Note from Donetta Harrison on Wed, Mar 31
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This is a useful adjunct to the overnight technique of “assigning” one’s subconscious a problem to solve, and a convenient way to develop a thought-capture habit, with no temptation to polish because, short of copying and pasting elsewhere, what gets typed here stays here.

Bravo!

Testimonial Note from Alex Lane on Wed, Mar 31