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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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
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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
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My blog, Classical music and modern technology, words finally making it out of my head and ono the internet thanks to inspiration from

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.


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 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
1 cup
Change login method

Great site, Buster, and it’s really helped me get consistent with my writing.

I’ll confess that when I first signed up I was just slamming doors and kicking tires, so I picked Facebook for my login method and didn’t give it much thought. Now that I’m committed, however, I want to change my login to another service that is more permanent to me without trashing all my stats and history. With Facebook’s somewhat unpredictable changes to privacy policies, this kind of option could become popular.


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

Big. Breakthrough. Day. Don’t feel like going into details. :) But the daily process definitely yields results. I’m so grateful for this site. Thank you Buster!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Vela on Tue, Apr 27
1 cup

I’ve been struggling with my writing over the past few months, dropping out of challenges and other fiction assignments that I could normally do in my sleep. Having this website has helped me to start tapping back into that wellspring. It’s also teaching me to be a lot more forgiving about what I’ve been writing. So, thank you. Onward and upward.

Testimonial Note from Jacqueline A. Gross on Tue, Apr 27
1 cup

ok, ok, I blew it.
don’t let that fool you.
I’ll be in the winners circle next month.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jeff Haynes on Mon, Apr 26
1 cup
individual monthly scores over time

i would love to be able to see what score i get every month over time. right now i can get the current month score and all time scores, but it would be great to be able to see every month’s individual scores, so that i know i’m writing more and more each month. thanks for a great site, i love it!

New Feature Request Note from Aaron Butler on Mon, Apr 26
1 cup

I love this site! I’ve been keeping a handwritten journal for awhile but have been a little afraid someone would find it. This web site erases that fear completely (as long as I remember to log out of it :). Writing my 750 words a day has really helped lower my overall stress level too. Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Monica Smith on Fri, Apr 23
1 cup

My internet service went down late last night, and I hadn’t yet written my day’s words. I told myself that it was okay. Yes, I’d end my month-long streak and lose the April challenge, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. All that stuff’s just for kicks. I would write my entry in a word processor and be pleased that I had maintained my commitment to what was really important: the act of daily writing.

Then I got in my car, drove to my grandma’s house, and wrote my entry on the curb in front of her house, where my laptop just barely picked up her wifi signal. Dear universe: you’ll have to pry my Albatross out of my cold, dead hands.

Testimonial Note from Brook West on Fri, Apr 23
1 cup

Thanks to this site, I have a strange compulsion to write 750 words every day. I don’t understand this, but I like it.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Apr 22
1 cup

Rum spiked coffee bounty, to inspire all those scurvy-infested landlubbers that flaked out in April’s challenge to sail in the May one ;)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Apr 22
1 cup
Canceling Facebook Account

I have to cancel my FB account and need to change my login but don’t want to lose my stats. You said this was in the works a few weeks ago but it’s not there yet. Any ETA or any chance you can put the option for the mobile login on the regular login page?

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 21
1 cup

I believe that writing is a crucial skill. Not just because of how obviously helpful it is in life but because it helps you to relieve your emotions on a blank page.

Reading and writing allows you to share thoughts and ideas across the world and through time. You can take the hand of the great writers of the past, from Ovid to Wilde, and hand it over to the next generation.

“Pass it on boys, that’s the game I want you to learn” – The History Boys

Double Down on Charity Note from Matt Grint on Mon, Apr 19
1 cup

words are power. thank you for helping us to channel that!

Double Down on Charity Note from Siri Lakshmi on Sat, Apr 17
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

Please please please! I’m going to be traveling and if I can’t write my 750 words on my iPhone I’m going to break my 21-day streak! Please please please? Or just make the website work in Mobile Safari. That would be not as good, but it would work in a pinch. (Now it requires strange scrolling, very difficult to impossible to use for some reason.) Thanks for the site. I love it.

New Feature Vote from Todd Chatman on Sat, Apr 17
1 cup
A Blackberry App

I guess like the iPhone, but for Blackberry? A nice mobile version of this site in case I need to access while on the run.
Thank you for all your hard work!

New Feature Request Note from Pamela Dulaney on Fri, Apr 16
2 cups

This has probably been suggested a million times. But please make a site where one can fill a blank page with sketches. I understand people would have to have a wacom tablet, but I think a lot of people would get into it!

New Feature Request Note from Peter Shand on Fri, Apr 16
1 cup

Right at the point where my daily 750 was starting to feel like a chore, where I was starting to feel like my internal monologue was just me saying LA LA LA LA LA over and over, something happened: A small thought about a big issue in my professional life shouldered its way to the surface. Now 750 Words is helping me tease that issue out, helping me clarify and focus my thinking on it. I think I might have reached this point without 750 Words, but I also think I would have done a whole lot more wheel-spinning between now and then. 45 days in, I’m impressed all over again with the site’s usefulness.

Testimonial Note from Bill Barol on Thu, Apr 15
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Mobile Login Page

Not really a feature request, just a thanks. It’s great!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 14
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Encrypted Entries

I love the site, and I pour my heart out on it, and it’s made a huge impact on my life. But, I would love to know that it’s absolutely private and secure; including an option to encrypt entries (maybe after pulling out the stats which wouldn’t necessarily need to be encrypted) using the secret password would raise this site from awesome to perfect.

Adding secure connections would be pretty sweet, too. Sweet like swedish fish.

New Feature Request Note from Garrick Aden-Buie on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup
Show Points on daily stat page

I love the points feature. Keeping score for me is a way of tracking how I am doing.

It would be great to have point totals (for both the month and all time) presented as part of the daily summary when I do the writing. On the page, there is a graph, some info about speed, etc. I would really appreciate it if those point totals showed up as well.

Great job! Finding this site incredibly useful.

Thanks for all the hard work.


New Feature Request Note from Randy Sailer on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup

I have never managed to stick at any kind of private diary-keeping, and anything I’ve written online in public has always been affected by having an audience.

And yet, for the past 40 days I’ve written 750 words every day without fail. I am a total sucker for little rewards like badges and points, and I’m quite attached to my little streak now I’ve got it going.

Having a morning brain-dump does amazing things for my clarity and peace of mind, and once I’ve started the words flowing I find myself able to write much more in other contexts than I had been previously.

750 Words is awesome. Such a simple thing, making such a big difference.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup
Writing Exercises

It might be fun to have a list of different writing exercises. A list of different ways to spark creativity. Then each person could mark whether they had tried that exercise or not, and whether they liked it. Also, users could add exercises.

For example:

“Dictionary exercise: Pick up a dictionary. Turn to a word at random. Write for at least 5 minutes on that word.”


“Magazine picture exercise: Pick up a picture from a magazine. Describe the scene in detail. Make a story about what is going on in the scene.”

People could vote for their favorite exercises with cups of patronage. If an exercise gets enough cups of patronage, it might qualify for an achievement. If someone completes all the exercises that have had more than X number of cups of patronage pledged to it, they might get a different achievement badge.

This could be useful in sparking creativity, fostering community, and providing additional motivation.

Hope this helps,

New Feature Request Note from David Amann on Tue, Apr 13
1 cup

750 Words is great! My modmate (Hampshire College-speak for “roommate”) and I do it all the time. Her name is Aly Pilkons. She’s still in the April Challenge. I would be, but I forgot to write my words one day. But I still love the site! Wooooo!

Testimonial Note from Dan Clarendon on Mon, Apr 12
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More badges for accomplishments

Thanks Buster! I love this site. I’ve only done 2 days so far, but I’m hoping to do this regularly. I’ve done morning pages on and off for over 10 years. I wish the habit stayed with me; your site will help!

New Feature Vote from El Dub on Sun, Apr 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love the idea of more badges! And maybe a page listing them all so we can see what we’re working toward!

New Feature Vote from Sara Chatfield on Sun, Apr 11