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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Notes of inspiration from members

8 cups

Thanks again for the site, Buster. It is not too strong to say that it is changing my life.

Double Down on Charity Note from David Schwartz on Fri, Sep 03
1 cup

I’ve only been writing for 12 days, but am signed up to the September challenge and determined to complete it. Sometimes I write bits of stories, other times I ponder issues in my life, or write total rubbish about some random topic. I’ve tried daily writing before, but the rewards on the site like the badges and seeing the statistics, etc. really make me want to come back and do more. Psychologically it makes daily writing a lot easier to stick to. So thanks for coming up with this site, and long may it continue!

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Thu, Sep 02
2 cups

Awesome, this is my first month challenge I finished and on my way to the second one. All the way in one streak to the holy Phoenix.

Thank you Buster, your simple but effective site, especially the badges made me want to write again!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 02
7 cups
One Month Challenge Bounty from Brook West on Thu, Sep 02
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from B Evans on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup

750 Words has begun helping me work through the issues of having a long distance relationship. We each write our 750 words and check up on each other’s progress as we go. Using 750 Words, we’ve been able to decompress and really think about the day’s issues instead of worrying each other with our daily problems than we already do.

Testimonial Note from Chris Sexton on Wed, Sep 01
2 cups

It feels so good to have an excuse to clear my head at either the beginning of the day or at the end of the day. My thoughts may not always make sense, but it’s great to be challenged to think about the things in my life.

Testimonial Note from Nathaniel James on Wed, Sep 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sean McOwen on Wed, Sep 01
4 cups

Great site, thanks Buster.

I’ll be trying to keep up the rhythm while travelling through London, then Iran. Should be interesting next month..

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sarah Kamal on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup

I just finished my first one month challenge and it is a great program to try and do. I just wanted to throw a cup back into next month’s competition.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sean McOwen on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup

I’m always in a better place after I’ve written my 750 Words, even if I have to drag myself to the finish line. When I stall around 300 or 400, I think about how good I feel when the word count turns green and I keep going.

Testimonial Note from Emily Piecrust on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Rachel on Wed, Sep 01
2 cups

This website has become such an essential part of my day that I can’t imagine going a day without writing. I’m studying abroad at the moment and I have managed to commit to writing every single day despite all of the insanity that is my life. This bodes well for NaNoWrimo. :)

Testimonial Note from Rachel on Wed, Sep 01
4 cups

Thank you so much for 750words.com! It has been a great way for me to get back into the habit of doing Morning Pages. And I love all the motivation here! Earning badges, seeing what “place” I am in the monthly challenge, and more. I especially like seeing my daily statistics, showing my feelings and emotions. I also love “entering my subconcious” and the ability to use metadata in my daily pages. These are terrific features that go beyond a long-hand notebook version of Morning Pages. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Testimonial Note from Anne Gaal on Wed, Sep 01
10 cups

Thanks for the wonderful site. Habit-forming, like coffee. I had promised myself something new to wear if I succeeded in the August Challenge, $50 to the site if I didn’t. But now, since I couldn’t or wouldn’t have arrived here without the site….Here’s your 50 bucks.

Double Down on Charity Note from Gilda Haas on Wed, Sep 01
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Michael Busuttil on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup
One Month Challenge Bounty from Michael Busuttil on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Michael Busuttil on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup

I’ve finally earned my Turquoise Horse of Awesomeness! Since I first read about this site on Lifehacker I thought it was a brilliant idea. I love the idea of daily writing, but don’t have the exhibitionist tendencies to let it all hang out on a blog. This site is the perfect blend of functionality, motivation, privacy, and community. Writing here has become a huge part of my morning routine. Starting my day off with a cup of coffee and my 750 words puts me on the right foot every time. Thanks so much for creating a great site!

Testimonial Note from Brad Wicklund on Wed, Sep 01
1 cup

I finally got around to printing out all my 750 Word entries — haven’t missed a day since April — and was amazed to see how it all added up. As Meg Ryan might have said, all those “nothings” added up to a big “something.” Ann Lamott really was right; 100,000 words might seem daunting at first, but not when you take it 750 words at a time. This site, and all those silly badges, have done wonders in helping me establish a writing rhythm. Thanks again!

Testimonial Note from Jim Meyer on Tue, Aug 31
1 cup

I’ve just finished writing my final entry, completing the August challenge, so I am quietly celebrating this modest achievement with—what else?—more writing! I never did find my name on the Wall of Awesome, nor on the Wall of Shame, and while that bothered me the first few days, I stopped caring. Eventually I stopped caring about the stats, too, and the badges, or the very sluggish horses by Jack Cheung! I realizde I was doing this challenge for myself, to complete it was its own reward, and it didn’t matter who else knew that I was writing every night—I knew.
It has been fun, and surprisingly easy to come here every evening and write. I think you have found a patron for life..thanks, Buster, for this little space of quiet, motivation, and focus!

Testimonial Note from Smallest Forest on Tue, Aug 31
3 cups

I live near the original 826 Valencia in San Francisco. I’ve been a fan of the project since I learned about it at McSweeney’s. Thanks for helping to add to the world of writerly goodness in the world of young people.

Double Down on Charity Note from melanie hamilton on Mon, Aug 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be really nice to have a real iPhone app (and I would gladly pay for it). I do not trust the Safari browser all that much since it’s starting to crash on me now and then.

New Feature Vote from Simon Lund Larsen on Sun, Aug 29
1 cup

I carry things with me a lot. Ideas, embarrassment, longings, dark thoughts, etc. 750 Words has finally given me a place and an encouragement to get that all out on something so I can either do something about the good things or let go of the bad things. Today I wrote about something I did over six months ago that was still bothering me and now I feel like I can move on from that experience.

Testimonial Note from John Infante on Sun, Aug 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m in the middle of trying to get the Pheonix, but what am I gonna do after that?? :p

New Feature Vote from Danielle Parker on Thu, Aug 26
2 cups

This site is wonderful and having a space to reflect and organize my thoughts and practice writing while I sip some coffee is the perfect way to start my day. Writing is so important and anything that contributes to that makes the world a better place. Thanks, Buster!

Double Down on Charity Note from Chris Campbell on Thu, Aug 26
1 cup

Well, I paid my dues for failing the August challenge but I have done so very willingly. I am ramping up for NaNoWrimo with high hopes. I have failed four years in a row because I really didn’t have good writing habits. Thanks to 750 words I am feeling more hopeful and prepared. I will be signing up for the September challenge. I am on the road and don’t always have internet access so I missed a few days here and there. I do hope that there will be an iPad app in the future that will log offline writing time for when I don’t have internet access. Thank you for the site.

Cheryl Sterling-

Testimonial Note from Cheryl Sterling on Tue, Aug 24
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from janet chant on Tue, Aug 24
2 cups
Booked holidays

I was on a 98 day writing streak and then went on vacation and decided that I’d rather lose it than look for internet cafes in Venice, but it would be great if there were some way we could book days we knew we’d be unable to write in advance (so it wouldn’t be a case we just forgot to write one day). I’m not sure if be better if it were possible to write the specified holiday days beforehand or whether we could somehow get days off for x-number of days in a row (so 30 days in a row would get you one day off at some point when it suited you).
In the meantime I’ll just start all over again :)

New Feature Request Note from MeKKa Durham on Tue, Aug 24