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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I’ve developed the habit of writing for 15 min. every day that I work on my dissertation. This week my computer has been in the shop, and 750words came to the rescue. Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Anne-Marie Strohman on Tue, Aug 24
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This is my Note of Shame.

I had committed to donating another $15 to 750 Words if I blew the August Challenge. At the time I made that commitment I had about 120 days in a row so I really didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. I was going for my annual badge so of course I would write every day in August.

And then I had a great day last Friday, more bustling than busy, spending time with colleagues and family from the early morning until late at night…only to wake up Saturday thinking “Oh no! I didn’t write yesterday!”

So I have made my payment and I have climbed back up on the horse and I hope to see you all with a Note of Success at the end of September.

Testimonial Note from Doug Dawson on Mon, Aug 23
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It has shown me that I can finish my Novel. No, problem. Now, back to the Novel.

Testimonial Note from Sherrie Roberts on Sun, Aug 22
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More badges for accomplishments

I think I’ve run out of badges that I’m likely to get (not generally writing in either the morning or late at night) & I’d sure like some more: I’ve done the 100-day streak & the 100k words (yay!).

New Feature Vote from janet chant on Sun, Aug 22
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Last night was the closest I came to forgetting to write my words. It’s a bit frightening to see how easily that could have happened. Don’t forget to write; we’re almost there!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amanda Thompson on Fri, Aug 20
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I just got my phoenix and it feels good! Thanks for making a site that has kept me coming back for a glorious 20 minutes every day for the past 100 days :)

Testimonial Note from Franky Chung on Thu, Aug 19
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I’m close to making 750words an unmissable part of morning routine, along with walk and bathroom and nourishment. Sometimes, though, I barely squeak in before 11 p.m. It keeps getting better and better, clearer, more useful, more productive, always energizing. Thank you, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Mark Trevor Smith on Thu, Aug 19
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Thank you for making this site. I love it and really look forward my writing time each day. I’ve always been an occasional paper journaler, but this new method helps me be more disciplined about it. I’m going away this weekend, to a remote place, with no computer or internet, so I’m going miss a couple of days – This makes me sad. Is there a feature that could be added to redeem yourself for lost days?

Testimonial Note from Linda Mak on Thu, Aug 19
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After attempting Morning Pages several times (in a paper journal and on my computer), 750 Words provides a simple format that makes it easy! And the early morning reminders keep me on track! I am writing again daily thanks to you!

Testimonial Note from Jayne on Thu, Aug 19
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I think the 826 charity is a fantastic idea. I also think 750words is the best creative outlet I have seen on the internet. Brilliant all round :)

Double Down on Charity Note from Hanya Latif on Thu, Aug 19
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 18
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Thanks for this site, Buster. It’s simple, but something simple that is done well is rare and valuable.

Testimonial Note from Steve Lawson on Tue, Aug 17
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I L-O-V-E this site…clean-looking, fun, and easy to use. Thanks so much!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Aug 16
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After reading the Artist’s Way, I was always very set on doing the morning pages. So a site dedicated to that specific purpose was a great find. The extra badges and challenges gives you a nice motivational kick and makes the act of “brain dump” just a little more creative.

Testimonial Note from Danielle Parker on Sun, Aug 15
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Keep writing! It is kind of like drain cleaner for my mind – nothing like fresh ‘pipes’ at the end of the month!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Aug 15
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Thanks, Buster, for creating a site that keeps me thinking! I am a student minister and often use my daily words to work through some thoughts and avoid the Saturday-night sermon panic! Or I write for fun – which is always a treat!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Aug 15
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I achieved Phoenix status yesterday, and the 100 days have flown by. 750words is an important part of my day now, helping me clear my head and focus on what’s important. It’s amazing how daily writing helps unleash your creativity. Thanks, Buster!!

Testimonial Note from Susie Wampler on Wed, Aug 11
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I would like to thank my sister for this lovely site and activity.

Testimonial Note from Thom Mak on Tue, Aug 10
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So far, I’ve written my 750 words through thick and thin, through the intestinal flu and, now, through a concussion and dislocated finger, and I did it all for those little badges. Well, that and for me. I just got the “flock of seagulls” badge, which makes it all worth it. Thanks, Buster! This all helps me establish a writing rhythm, a ritual, and that’s what I was after.

Testimonial Note from Jim Meyer on Tue, Aug 10
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I just got my phoenix, and I’ll be celebrating all week. 750words is an integral part of my day now. Don’t even need a reminder any more. Thank you, again, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Tue, Aug 10
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I’ve been lame and missed a few days of the August challenge, so I’m paying up.

750words is one of the best web apps around. Everything from the concept to the tiniest instructions is simple, intelligent and inspiring. And the stats are an awesome geekfest.

Keep writing, people. ;)

Testimonial Note from Ben Walker on Mon, Aug 09
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More badges for accomplishments

Please add more badges between 30 and 100 day. And we definitely need something to look for after we get to Phoenix.

Thank you for this great service. I never thought I could get that far with writing 3 pages everyday. No matter what.

New Feature Vote from Laisan on Mon, Aug 09
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When I absolutely had to write, I used to sit at a blank page, stuck. 20,000 words later, blank pages aren’t so scary.

To be a good writer, first, you have to write. Thanks for helping me get closer.

Testimonial Note from Alisdair McDiarmid on Mon, Aug 09
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Average Word Length

It would calculate the average word length for the current days entry, and would be seen on the stats page. An average word length for all the writer’s entries (combined) would be nice too.

New Feature Request Note from Louise Pearcy on Mon, Aug 09
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d love the dates to show the latest date, not the first date that I earned each badge. And have somewhere that can be covered with ALL the badges. :-) Fabulous site – I love it here.

New Feature Vote from Adelheid Singer on Sun, Aug 08
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I did not think I would be disciplined enough to get very far with this. Now I have to feed this albatross…I appreciate that.

Testimonial Note from Steve Ellis on Sat, Aug 07
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Went looking to see if my Albatross had arrived, and found a Hamster as well… thanks, Buster! (32 day streak, still loving the site)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Aug 07
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More badges for accomplishments

I’ve hit the doldrums and need a push and while the goal of making it a whole year is a good one it seems REALLY far off at the moment. An incremental goal with a fun little badge attached to its attainment would be SO AWESOME and greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Sat, Aug 07
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Writing about mundane things has always scared me. It takes too long, goes nowhere, and usually comes with this guilt, telling me that I should be thinking about bigger things, more ‘important’ things, instead of wallowing in thoughts about riding the subway. So my approach to writing gradually moved towards ‘only write about consequential things,’ which doesn’t amount to much at the end of the day on most days. 750words kickstarted that raw, unfiltered journaling again, and in the process helped brush up my skills. I end up writing much more, much sharper – and the guilt is gone because I’m writing with a time limit in mind, try to limit my backspacing, and am effectively learning to train the flow of freewriting. (not to mention I’m pretty obsessed with the badges!)

Testimonial Note from Grace Liew on Sat, Aug 07
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I am so excited that I’ve got the flock badge and the phoenix badge, now!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel Juarez-Carr on Fri, Aug 06