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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Our Good Members

Cheryl Major
Laura Seagraves
Coen Baker
Liane Bourke
Michael Cahill
Natalie Andrus
Renee Bernier
Andres Sainz de Aja
RY
elizabeth
Lara Willard
Teresa Travnicek
Remi Murphy
Mudita Lionheart
Carmen Sandiego
Blossom Benedict
Anne Harrigan
Lucy Carse
jj
Michael L.
Carissa Joi Thomas
Kathleen Molyneaux
Jayne
Mary Martha Grizzle
Alison Jeffries
Rachel Collin Peterson
Stephane Gallant
Heidi Helm
Kim
Monique Osborne
Sars Book
Curtis St. John
Mike
Nicole Muther
Becky Meyers
Simon Brauner-Cave
Michelle Pacione
Stan Michael
Daniel Bourke
Adam David Membrey
Matthew Speiser
Jason Kane
Dannie M. Olguin
Lalit Shahani
Garrett Leque
Nancy Lee
Frederik Gowy
Minh Nhat Le
Eva Mahoney
Ali Holder
Jose Luis Castañeda Lerma
Tyler Christensen
ZZ Packer
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Rick Guyton
Jacob Carlson
Casey Allard
Laura Pasik
Audrey
Matt
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ERose
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Notes of inspiration from members

5 cups

I love that I have been consistently doing this for 308 days and I just love the badges. I feel like a girl scout again getting these badges for accomplishments. I am thankful for this site and proud to be a member. I just went over my 250,000 words today and look forward to getting my double flock badge. It’s great fun, I love being able to go back and read past thoughts and the privacy aspect. Excellent site. Happy to be here.

Testimonial Note from Dee Bostic on Tue, Aug 01
5 cups

This site is amazing! I’ve kept a journal for 45 years, but this site helps me to make and track writing goals. I’ve acquired a good many badges in the years I’ve used 750words, but the badges just keep me focused on goals – the real value is in the consistent writing. I’ve recently re-set a goal to write at least 1,000 words a day for 500 days in a row. The last time I set this goal, I got close to 400 days before life interfered.

Testimonial Note from Luanne Borowski on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges! They are very motivating for me.

New Feature Vote from kdrumleft on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup

750 Words has helped me cope with my issues with my family and work. I now find that there is more clarity when I go back to tackle my problems and better articulate my ideas.

Testimonial Note from Goh Teck Wee on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup

once again, 750 words has got me through events that would have blocked my path and sent me into a spiralling depression , not really relieved by chocolate- you have helped me keep faith with myself and my goals.I couldn’t have done it without you – Thank you!

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup
Secure server for writing

More privacy, more better. :)

New Feature Vote from David Winberg on Mon, Jul 31
20 cups
Export using TAR archives

Currently exporting concatenates an entire month’s of writing into one text file.
I suggest a feature where the downloader bundles the month into a tar (or zip) archive where each day’s entry is a file with an appropriate timestamp even for that day/month/year.

What do you say? I can help you make it. I’m very fluent with node.js, linux, java, c++, postgres, mongodb… not sure what you have back there but I’ll help you out with that.

New Feature Request Note from Jim Schumacher on Mon, Jul 31
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Jim Schumacher on Mon, Jul 31
1 cup
Formatting Shortcuts!

Howdy!

I know y’all don’t want to have a formatting bar, which I totally agree with because the simple nature of the layout is what makes the website so great. However, I write quite a lot and being able to format my text seamlessly while I do so would be such a great addition.

I propose that you give 750 words the ability to bold or italicize a word by using key board shortcuts, in the same way you can force-save using keyboard shortcuts. So we could just hit command + i to enter and exit italics mode.

I know you have markup enabled, but for people who type stream-of-conscious style and like to quickly format without pausing their thoughts, it would be an amazing feature.

New Feature Request Note from Jessica Skrobarczyk on Sun, Jul 30
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Anon on Fri, Jul 28
1 cup

Having a solid daily goal has greatly increased my writing average, and has helped me move toward some long-standing goals of mine.

Testimonial Note from Chat Errant on Fri, Jul 28
1 cup

Journaling has been something that my therapist had tried to get me to do for about two years now – something that I’ve started and stopped with minimal success. I’m so glad that I rediscovered my 750words account. Typing it in on this site, for some reason, makes journaling so much easier. And not just easier, but also therapeutic too.

This site is the best.

Testimonial Note from Lacey Wright on Thu, Jul 27
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Sara McKinney on Wed, Jul 26
20 cups
2 million words

Hello there! Has anyone made the two million mark yet in words? I ask because I am getting closer (thanks Camp NaNoWriMo!) so is it possible to get a 2 million word badge? Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Wed, Jul 26
10 cups

750words is my best friend. Better than hoisting a few brews with the guys, is the camaraderie i an obtain with myself, being honest with myself. I am becoming better company to me. There is nothing more powerful than not needing the presence of another to be happy and whole.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Sat, Jul 22
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Chris L on Fri, Jul 21
2 cups

I just hit the 200-day streak and got my new badge. A week earlier, I wrote my 250,000th word so I counted ahead to see when I’d hit the 200-day streak on the calendar. Today is the day!

A quarter of a million words includes two stages plays (one that have already been produced), a one woman show (which has already been produced), a 70,000 word memoir, half of a historical fiction that’s been in my head for the past 7 years, countless personal essays, and various epistles that randomly leave the confines of my brain and make it into 750words.

I’m not a pen and paper type of person. Pen and paper reminds me of work because I always take a notepad to meetings and scribble things down. 750words has helped me write up my thoughts quickly in a fun and non-distracting way. There are other online writing tools out there, but I stick with 750words due to the badges. They feed my competitive side!

Writing a quarter of a million words has taught me that my best writing time is at 4:30am. That waking early is my drug. I’ve also learned that yes, I AM a writer. My writings have become better as a result of writing daily.

My next goal is to hit half a million words when I get my next badge, the one that celebrates 365-days of consecutive writing. Where my writings take me, I don’t know. What matters is I have an inventory of writings to choose from. What a journey!

Testimonial Note from Ren Hall on Fri, Jul 21
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Add options to bold, italics, text colors, inserting photos, graphics, and more.

New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Thu, Jul 20
20 cups

I have been a member for quite a number of years (grandfathered in as a lifetime member). I used it on and off whenever I was going through a bad patch or needed to figure out the next stage of my life. For a few years I completely forgot about 750 Words until a couple years ago when a reminder suddenly appeared in my inbox. I am so grateful for that little reminder because I returned and have written just shy of 2.5 million words, passed the 365 days in a row and finally achieved the Pegasus badge and still going strong. I’ve finally reached a point where I figured out what I really want, who I really am, and what the next steps will be. Thank you, love this space!

Testimonial Note from Marita C. Masuch on Tue, Jul 18
2 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Mon, Jul 17
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Mon, Jul 17
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Eric Bowers on Sun, Jul 16
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Offline functionality so that I can maintain a streak even when I’m away from internet.

New Feature Vote from Natasha Smith on Sun, Jul 16
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Natasha Smith on Sun, Jul 16
1 cup
Graphics?

I so appreciate this site! One thing I find myself wishing I could do is inserting a graphic that caught my eye or meant something to me on that day. I understand this is about the written word – but I link images and words all the time in my own heard and would love to get them recorded together. Much thanks for the site – it’s a wonderful platform for keeping myself motivated to write!

New Feature Request Note from Gabrielle Kuzsel on Thu, Jul 13
1 cup
Allow for automatic tracking in different time zones

I live in Europe and I noticed that when I’m writing my statistics are shown in Pacific Time Zone. I can edit this in my settings, but because I travel regularly it would be so much easier if the site recognized the timezone of my IP address so that I didn’t have to update it each time. This would help me track the consistency of the timing of my writing or to allow me to acquire time based badges regardless of the time zone (especially since I know I’m likely to forget to update my time zone).

New Feature Request Note from Marybeth Murray on Thu, Jul 13
24 cups

I can’t thank 750 words enough for keeping me on track with writing every day. I am about to hit 700 days in a row, and from then almost straight 2 years. I hit 500,000 words a few weeks ago, a feat I had seen but never thought I would hit myself. It’s the easiest, most useful and fun way of writing morning pages I’ve ever seen, and I don’t see any signs of slowing now. I feel more creative, more open, more lucid. Conversely, the last time I missed a day I almost drove someone crazy giving them all my brain dump in a car to the point where he pulled me over so we could use Starbucks wifi to get the words down instead of spoken. 5 dollars a month is nothing in comparison to what 750 words provides for me. I’m a writer who’s felt blocked for years and now I am certain that when I go back and read through these archived pages with “soft and humorous eyes” I will find my book in here when I am ready. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Steinhoff on Wed, Jul 12
1 cup

750 Words serves as my personal trainer for writing. A nudge, a reminder, a push to sit and fill the blank screen with 750 words. Sometimes I keep going past the limit and other times I am watching the word count anxious to meet my goal but either way, the sense of accomplishment is there for me. Accountability and discipline paired with mind-clearing are valuable side effects of this simple yet effective program. I was introduced to this website through a speaker at Writefest in Houston and I am so thankful for its existence.

Testimonial Note from Dana DuTerroil on Wed, Jul 12
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be great to have an iphone app so I can write wherever I want

New Feature Vote from Vanessa Andrade on Tue, Jul 11
3 cups

Today I earned the Phoenix Badge for writing 100 days in a row. This is the first time I’ve ever written 100 days in a row and I am extremely motivated to continue. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so grateful.

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Christofersen on Sun, Jul 09