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

1 cup

Finally, a safe and pleasant place to leave my soul bare so that I may write stories unburdened. Thank you, Buster, from the bottom of my heart. May faeries lift you on their wings to a giant Genie in a bottle who grants you endless wishes. Until then, know that you are much appreciated. —Christina

Testimonial Note from Chris Stachura on Fri, Sep 03
1 cup
Highlighted text Metadata

I love the metadata! And would love to see searchable, filterable highlights. If after writing for a month, I could filter for emotions and view related clippings of my writing or search words or themes and see them highlighted throughout my text it would allow me to relive those moments and gain retrospective.

New Feature Request Note from Will Koehler on Fri, Sep 03
10 cups

I have a hamster wheel mind, obsessively spinning. It’s a dripping water tap mind. It’s the sidewalk air-blower man at 3 am. I’ve kept a journal for years in an attempt to settle the sediment to the bottom of the bottle so I can go through the day clear and tasty.
You know that makes this site better than those attempts at conching? The pseudo-psychological stat report. “Ah, so I am thinking pessimistically about family again. Maybe I should tell my estranged mother to get some help.” “Hmm… contemplating food. Perhaps I should eat.”
It just adds some great closure to the whole process, a much needed final layer of distillation.

Testimonial Note from Erin Green on Fri, Sep 03
1 cup
Badge Upgrades

It would work much the way that badges work now, except that it would improve a currently existing badge. So, rather than just getting a Hamster for three days of writing without distraction, after another 10 days of distraction free writing you would be upgraded to a Silver Hamster. 30 days, Silver Hamster, 100 days, Gold Hamster. Just imagine how awesome it would be to get that Gold Phoenix badge after 1000 days of writing!

New Feature Request Note from Jason Dettman on Fri, Sep 03
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Fri, Sep 03
1 cup

Flock and Phoenix and one-month challenge completion all in the same week. Whew. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—this site has absolutely saved my writing (and my sanity, too).

In a few hours I’m headed away on my first vacation in several years, and you’d better believe I’ve already planned out internet access for every day I’m there.

Testimonial Note from Anna Silvertree on Fri, Sep 03
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
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Brook West on Thu, Sep 02
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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
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Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel on Wed, Sep 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Rachel on Wed, Sep 01
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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! 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
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Double Down on Charity Note from Michael Busuttil on Wed, Sep 01
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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 Wed, Sep 01
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