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

2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Badges make my world go round!

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, May 02
1 cup

Loved to see my horse this morning! But more important that the equine, this site has gotten me motivated like nothing else to write every day. Reading Steven Pressfield, Seth Godin, and Merlin Mann convinced me of the need to get down to business, but this site really gives me the extra kick. I love the stats and the reminder email. 50 days and still going…

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Sun, May 02
1 cup

Over 50 thousands words in under 60 days. There comes a time, fairly soon after keeping up this kind of writing that one runs out of things to write about the self. It is interesting to see that no matter how selfish one maybe, there is just not that much to talk about. So, the question festers: What to write? Were it not for 750Words, All the topics the author had always wanted to research (and is still doing so) would not have been done: Politics, Political Philosophy, Religion, Religious Morality, Moral Certainty, Secularism, Law, Supreme Court Case Analysis, etc. This has resulted in many more books read, and quite a few absolutley useless facts memorized, perfect for parties.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 02
5 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Virginia Lore on Sun, May 02
1 cup

Thanks to this site, I’m back to writing every day, just spilling stuff out. It’s not particularly valuable stuff, but it does clear my mind and honestly it’s helped me manage stress and anxiety right now in other areas of my life. It’s also reminding me that I am a writer; I’ve always been a writer; and that writers write. Nothing I’ve written so far has been particularly beautiful or creative, but the process is enhancing my life and making my experience of it a teensy bit more of both.

Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Virginia Lore on Sun, May 02
1 cup
More points

I’d like more ways to earn more points. More words per day (maybe an extra point for every 300 words beyond 750)? More accumulation points. Just a thought. Cuz: I like points.

New Feature Request Note from Virginia Lore on Sun, May 02
1 cup

Thank you for this wonderful site! I always wanted to write, but always found excuses and ways to postpone and procrastinate…Now that I found this site, I write everyday and have already finished my first story. Although I was at first more excited about private journaling aspect, I came to appreciate the stats feature. It is inspiring to see monthly writing progress!

Testimonial Note from Natela Jordan on Sun, May 02
1 cup
Story/Entry title

It would appear on the stats page along with other stats, such as number of words, minutes, etc. I am sure a lot of people who use the site to sketch up future stories, just like I do, would appreciate this feature. It can be optional, so those who don’t need it, would not title their entries. Thank you for your consideration!

New Feature Request Note from Natela Jordan on Sun, May 02
2 cups

This will be my second month attempting to complete the One Month Challenge and I am sweetening the pot for myself and others for each day that I didn’t write last month. Best of luck, everyone!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Brad Wicklund on Sun, May 02
1 cup

As a busy student, and a Creative Writing major nonetheless, I find it really hard to find the time and motivation to write everyday…that is until I discovered 750words. Thanks for creating this amazing site—I am so proud of my Awesome Horse badge and happy to have been able to earn it through such an inspiring, fun and easy avenue.

100 days, here I come!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 02
3 cups

I just got the “Awesome” horse tag!
I finished the April One Month Challenge!
And I got 2 extra cups of patronage!

Thanks for the site Buster! I hope I can hit the magic 100 days mark…!

Testimonial Note from Brian Cho on Sun, May 02
2 cups

Keep on writing.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, May 02
1 cup

I am crazy (embarrassingly) pleased with my teal “Awesome” horse!
Thanks for the site – it too, is awesome.

Testimonial Note from Martha Maddox on Sat, May 01
1 cup
Offline Access

My internet connection is very flaky, and I am always concerned that I won’t be able to find a time when my internet is working that I can write my words. I would hate to loose my streak just because of my internet connection. That is why I think some sort of offline access or desktop client would be good so that I could still write every day, and when I have a connection the information could be uploaded to the site. Just a thought.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, May 01
1 cup

I have been trying to get in the habit of writing in my journal for a couple of years now. Luckily I stumbled upon 750 words and now I have a personal record of 51 days in a row of writing. I really feel like it is turning into a habit and I am motivated to make it 100 days. Thank you so much for making this program free to the public and simple to use. The process of writing everyday has proven to be very therapeutic and it is amazing how much a silly little idea like this has helped me in a very real way. Thank You.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, May 01
2 cups

I am the quintessential starter. I come up with projects, new habits, etc. and tend to last about a week if I’m really focused. For the first time in a long time I committed to something for 30 days and accomplished it thanks in no small part to how simple and pleasant using the site is. So thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from BW Diederich on Sat, May 01
1 cup
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Samantha Luce on Sat, May 01
1 cup

750words.com is a great and fun website to allow a daily “brain unload”. Buster has done a great job of creating this site. He is very interactive and interested in listening to people’s input to make the site fun and more interesting. He is also very quick to respond to any issues that do come up. Thanks and Great Job Buster!
Stephen Kolesar

Testimonial Note from Stephen Kolesar on Sat, May 01
1 cup

This site has been great in offering motivation for writing everyday, and space to be part of a community that is not gathered around a commercial or self-interest driven enterprise. Thanks Buster, and best of luck with the newborn. I have a 15 month old, and as the one doing the extended breastfeeding, it has been especially helpful for me to find my way back into writing through your site. Parenthood rocks.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kamal on Sat, May 01
1 cup
adding secondary wordcount goal

In addition to the alert when reaching 750 words, have a customizable second (or more?) alert come up when surpassing that goal to another target for people interested in pressing further every day.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Kamal on Sat, May 01
1 cup

This site has helped me get focused and energized and, most importantly, off my butt and working towards some goals I’ve had for a long time. Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Joel Neff on Fri, Apr 30
1 cup

750 words really helped me move forward in a work I’ve been wrestling with for some time. I wrote parts of it as part of my daily writing, but what really helped was the time I spent free writing, just closing my eyes and banging out thoughts about the story and the characters. I’m not 100% done, more like 75%, but I am much, much further in terms of quantity and quality and 750 words is a big part of that. Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Lon Miller on Fri, Apr 30
2 cups

Keep writing! I’ll toss two cups into the bounty at month’s end!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Carl T. Holscher on Thu, Apr 29
3 cups

Writing it vital to life. Simple as that.

Double Down on Charity Note from Carl T. Holscher on Thu, Apr 29
2 cups
Android App

I’d like the simple Android app. It could just be a glorified text editor that would sync to 750 words and keep the word count. Later versions could integrate the stats views but it wouldn’t be vital.

New Feature Request Note from Carl T. Holscher on Thu, Apr 29
1 cup
Chris Murray Photography

Here’s another creative soul whose nature photography always makes me want to write.

Self-Promotional Note from Brian G. Fay on Sat, May 01
2 cups
My blog, Classical music and modern technology, words finally making it out of my head and ono the internet thanks to inspiration from 750words.com

This place was the spark that lit the flame. I’ve had words and ideas in my head for so long. I’ve always wanted to write – to get the words out of my head and into a shareable format. The writing I’ve done here has finally helped me organize my thoughts well enough to present in a (hopefully) coherent and publicly presentable format. Thank you.

Self-Promotional Note from Michelle Jackson Mastin on Sat, May 01
1 cup

Congrats to those who wrote every day for a month. You’ve been more dedicated than I have (I admittedly failed the April Challenge.)

One Month Challenge Bounty from X on Wed, Apr 28
2 cups
128-bit encryption.

Since:

a. 750words user accounts are often tied to real names (via Facebook, etc.);
b. Writers often reveal their innermost thoughts and secrets

it would follow that the data stored on the 750words.com server would be a veritable treasure trove for hackers. Not to get all ‘Dick Cheney’ here, but can you imagine the disaster which might unfold in the event of major security breach? Considering the frequency by which this type of event occurs on the internet, it isn’t unlikely.

Accordingly, it is reasonable to think that all users of 750words would benefit from increased site security.

Some possible ways to help achieve this:

a. SSL connection
b. server-side encryption of data

New Feature Request Note from X on Wed, Apr 28
1 cup

I am taking on the one month challenge for May and really hope to be able to complete it. I think by knowing I put a little bit of money into this, it will definitely help inspire me, and maybe this cup will inspire other writers!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Christian Carter on Wed, Apr 28