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

1 cup

I missed a day in my challenge, so here’s a cup for all the winners! I hope you all make it. I know you can do it! And now back to where I left off… :)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Amadei Fiocchi on Thu, Jun 10
1 cup
titles for journal entries

Someone mentioned this earlier and I agree: the ability to title my journal entries. It would make it easy to find entries later on when am wanting to expand on something that came up in my journal writing.

Thanks again for a fantastic site!

New Feature Request Note from Monica Smith on Wed, Jun 09
2 cups
More Badges!

I would like more badges as it’s the hope of getting that 100 days badge that’s been keeping me writing daily. Maybe a 150 days and 200 days and… just more badges. Getting a gold star as an adult is just plain nice!

New Feature Request Note from Laura Gjovaag on Wed, Jun 09
1 cup
Do list

The narrative reminds me of all sorts of task I need to work on. I’d like to be able to put a “DO:” as they come up and then have the do’s e-mailed to me when I’m finished writing.

New Feature Request Note from Almo Schumann on Wed, Jun 09
1 cup

750 words has helped me de-junk my mind. I am not trying to write compelling stories, just say what I have to say. Sometimes my unspoken thoughts are just plain wrong. When I type them to the site, it suddenly becomes noticable “Wait, that’s not right. It’s not true my spouse NEVER cooks a great meal.” So I am learning that some of my mental talk is gobbledygook. Thanks mucho!!!!!

Testimonial Note from Darrel Huish on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup

Everything from the simple, clean interface where the typing occurs to the reminder emails has helped me become a much more productive writer. Whether I’m brain dumping journal-style or hashing out story notes for a piece of fiction – the site has been a terrific help and motivator.

Testimonial Note from Jesse Nash on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup

Write in good health

Double Down on Charity Note from Lisa Ann Courington on Mon, Jun 07
1 cup
Remove Meta Word

There would be a remove link next to the Meta Word and when you click it, it would be removed :)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Jun 06
1 cup

Never underestimate the power of a cheap icon. I started writing 750 words a day in April, but didn’t go for the challenge; that started in May, and I was doing well. Hadn’t missed a day, hadn’t even skipped a beat. Time to feel smug. Then the stomach flu swept through my house, starting on a day when I hadn’t done my words in the morning. That was a big mistake! As the clock inched its way toward midnight, I managed to find just the right moment between fits of nausea to crawl over to my computer and pound out 751 words. Without cheating! All because I needed that Badge of Awesomeness. Wow. So in the end, score it 750 Words – 1, Intestinal Flu – 0.

Testimonial Note from Jim Meyer on Sun, Jun 06
1 cup

You got me writing regularly. Thanks a lot.

Testimonial Note from Darby Michael MacInnis on Sat, Jun 05
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Ray Beere Johnson II on Sat, Jun 05
1 cup
Keyboard Shortcuts for Formatting

Would be great to have some kind of very basic keyboard-shortcuts for formatting your text.
Just the standards:
“Command +B” for Bold
“Command + I” for Italic and
“Command+U” for…
By using keyboard shortcuts instead of buttons the interface can stay as nice, simple, and beautiful as it is, but those of us who want can get some extras to give their confused thoughts at least in visual orders. Thanks for everything and keep going :)

New Feature Request Note from Moritz Krüsselmann on Sat, Jun 05
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Allow smaller font sizes as well – something about the way you’ve set it means that even the smallest font size comes up giant on my screen.

New Feature Vote from Cesy on Sat, Jun 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Fri, Jun 04
6 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Moar badges! I wanted to put my cups into the pot for the monthly challenge, but sorry, badges are more important to me. Going for that Phoenix is all that stops me from being lazy when I’m running late on a day.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Jun 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges, so I’m voting for more of them. Something between 30 and 100 days would be nice. I’d also like to see something on the site to explain what each badge is for and how to earn it. I still haven’t figured out how to get the cheetah badge!

New Feature Vote from Joanie on Thu, Jun 03
3 cups

I finally finished a monthly challenge, and I loved that it felt like such an accomplishment. For someone like me, who needs encouragement to finish anything, this site is great! I mostly use it to flush out ideas for my fiction-writing hobby, but it’s also great for getting other thoughts off my chest.
Here’s hoping some kids here in Seattle learn how much fun writing can be.

Double Down on Charity Note from Erin Heiniger on Thu, Jun 03
1 cup

Buster, this bounty is dedicated to you, old chap.

People forget that sometimes journals and word ramblings can get as illegible on a computer screen (despite font restrictions) as they used-to-could via the pen & pad method. But there is something about 750 words and its structure that prevents things from getting out of control. Which, for freewriting, is a hidden requirement.

So yes, let us freewrite-away here on 750 words, but let us also toast Buster for constructing a movable fence, a summit, a challenge, a word math system, and of course, a bounty for consistency.

This cup’s for you, Buster.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Alex Dweezy Dwyer on Thu, Jun 03
1 cup

Keep going! Keep writing! You can do it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from KCB on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup
Bookmark

It would be really helpful if writer’s could bookmark specific sections in entries. That way if writer’s want to go back and find writing on one specific thing, they can do so easily if they’ve bookmarked it. This is a good tool for people who are professional writers and use 750 words for idea flushing.

Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from KCB on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup

Good luck to the One Month Challenge participants!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup

I had read something about ‘morning pages’ in a couple of different places in previous months, and stumbled upon 750words.com in March. I decided to give it a go, and quickly learned that I dealt much better with using each entry as a brain dump in the evening, rather than a brain booster in the morning. I also discovered, somewhat to my surprise, that it’s indeed a very useful process for me, and made all the more useful by the odd hybrid of private writing & public accountability that the site offers. I’ve now completed the May challenge, and am participating in the June one… I foresee 750words.com entries being an ongoing fixture in my life, and I’m ever so grateful for the site.

Testimonial Note from Chelsea Valentine on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup
Last Minute Challenge Sign-Ups

It’d be nice to be able to sign up for the One Month Challenge on the first day of the new month for those of us who are slightly less on top of things… ^^;

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 02
2 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 02
3 cups

In mid-May, 750 Words glitched a completed entry on me—erasing some 300 words as if they’d never existed, ending a 40+ day run and knocking me out of the Monthly Challenge. And every day, my bitter streak received an irritatingly cheery reminder—"Oops, looks like you fell out of the running."

On the last Saturday in May, I sat down with a video game. After facing defeat at the hands of its grueling final boss, I returned to my computer…and discovered that I had six minutes before midnight. Sure, that’s not too late to copy-and-paste. But the fact that I’d just self-pwned, three days before the finish line, was indisputable. “Karma,” my mother would say.

Resentment is worthless. Laughing it off is better.
The pursuit is the thing. Like all the other games I play.

So, 750 Words: thanks for the diva-check. Let’s call it even. ❤

Testimonial Note from Rikki Hyperion on Wed, Jun 02
2 cups

Up until three months ago, I hated writing. Then, I signed up for a 750 Words account. I have found that writing every day has reaped many benefits. I now look forward to freewriting every day, so I can sift through my thoughts and forget about all the stressful ones. 750 Words is awesome!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rieddhi Shah on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup

At first, I thought I’d never be able to write 750 words a day – what did I have going on in my life, to fill up that much space? I had a lot of things going on, unwritten and unspoken, just below the surface. 750words has helped me living a more meaningful life by providing (silly but somehow sufficient) rewards for figuring myself out. I don’t ever want to stop writing here. My eternal thanks <3

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Marie Mari on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup

This site has cleared my mind to be able to focus on other things and to stop the whirlwind of thoughts that sometimes over take me. Some of the things I was thinking about were moving so fast that writing was the only thing to calm them down and get them out of my head so I could find out why they bothered me so much. 750 words is just about right for a good mind cleaning.

Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Ashley Wallis on Wed, Jun 02
1 cup

I got this cup of patronage for writing every day! I am passing this forward!

Thanks Buster for a great site!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Ashley Wallis on Wed, Jun 02