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

I enjoy being in 750words cafe indeed and of course I would like it to stay open…

Testimonial Note from Can Ender Gokce on Thu, Jul 22
1 cup

Thanks Buster for a wonderful site. I give myself permission to miss a day after having written for 100 days in a row and being rewarded with a Phoenix. Thankfully, I still haven’t missed a day.

Testimonial Note from Lee Zelda Hunt on Thu, Jul 22
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Stacey Hsi on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup
More text analysis

I’d like to know my most used words for eternity as well as every day.

New Feature Vote from Christopher Hermelin on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup

750 Words has forced me to write every day, which is something that I’ve always said that I’ll start tomorrow. I’ve only been here for 20 days and I’m starting to see improvement in my writing and my concentration. And looking ahead to November, I won’t have a repeat of last year which was: “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO WRITE 7000 WORDS IN FIVE HOURS.”

Thank you so much Buster. Your site has struck my motivation and my inspiration.

Testimonial Note from Erika Sloop on Wed, Jul 21
5 cups
Double Down on Charity Note from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Wed, Jul 21
1 cup
Tortoise Badge

First of all, I love 750 words, thanks so much for doing it.

I think you need another badge, though—one for us slow and steady tortoises who aren’t able to do all 750 words at one go but who keep coming back and eventually get there. As it is, the site rewards Cheetahs, who spill out 3 pages really fast all at one shot. And if you don’t do that, then you somehow got “distracted.” But my “distraction” is my young daughter… and if I get pulled away from the site it’s not because I’m staring at Twitter or something; it’s because my life won’t allow it.

I agree that writing 3 pages at one go is, indeed, the ideal way to do this. However it’s not the only way, and not everybody is in a position to do that—not because we have ADD but because we have complicated lives. I think it would be nice to balance the site’s emphasis on speed and efficiency with an acknowledgement that sometimes “stick-to-it-ive-ness” is also valuable.

New Feature Request Note from Hilary Poole on Tue, Jul 20
1 cup
Metadata Extravaganza!

This is probably something that has already been requested, in whole or in part, but here are my dream features:

1) Ability to view several categories of metadata simultaneously.
2) Ability to delete categories of metadata that you tried once but now don’t ever want to be reminded of again for some reason that you won’t reveal to others.
3) A way to set metadata defaults so that your metadata page always shows a certain graph of your selected categories.

As always, love the site.
Amelia

New Feature Request Note from Amelia Favere on Tue, Jul 20
2 cups
A dark theme for the entire site.

An option in the settings to switch the site to a significantly less bright colour scheme. Ideally, what is now white would become a dark grey, and what is now green or black would become a suitable shade of orange. Having an option for the entire site to become a little more night-time-friendly would be an awesome addition.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jul 19
1 cup

I’m studying for my doctoral exams, and 750 Words has been a great way of purging a lot of that information that’s rattling around in my head… !

Testimonial Note from Tiffany Ann Funk on Sun, Jul 18
1 cup
"I Write Like"

It would be an interface to the “I Write Like” site that would return the results of a days writing with the name of the author(s) that match that days work.

http://iwl.me/

New Feature Request Note from Ernie Levesque on Sun, Jul 18
1 cup

Since writing these 750 words each morning, my brain feels lighter, freer, more at ease to do whatever brains do all day long when they don’t have to worry about keeping all that crap in, since I get it out on the page bright and early in the morning. I’m almost getting a little teary eyed….

Testimonial Note from Dian Reid on Sat, Jul 17
1 cup

I used to be a night owl leaving my words to sometime after 11pm. But that always led to disaster, if for some reason I forgot, or didn’t hear my alarm. I now make it the first thing I do after I shower, breakfast etc. Now my streaks are going perfect! Also writing in the morning puts your mind into gear for how you’re going to tackle that day differently.

Thank you Buster for creating the most important website on the web today!

Testimonial Note from Michael Gray on Fri, Jul 16
1 cup

This is a great site. After writing consecutively for 62 days I am surprising myself that I am still motivated to keep coming back each day. When I begin my daily entry, I start to think what could I possible write about today. But, once I get going I end up with 800 words before I know it. I am thankful for the site because it is very motivating with all the stats and badges. It’s reminds me of the stickers the teachers give out to the kids after an accomplishment.
Keep up the good work Buster!

Testimonial Note from Stephen Kolesar on Fri, Jul 16
1 cup

826 looks like an awesome organization and i want to support this, AND you, buster benson! i think your genius in developing this site deserves a round of applause – ‘yeah! job well done!’ – i am thoroughly enjoying writing daily… THANKS!

Double Down on Charity Note from kathi anne wright on Thu, Jul 15
1 cup

Thanks, Buster, for 750words. I’ve used a lot of the blogging and journaling programs, which certainly fulfill their purpose, but 750words gives me awards. Yes, those badges are great. I always make a point to go to my page to see what badges I have and what badges I still want to get.

Testimonial Note from Donna Peach on Thu, Jul 15
2 cups
More text analysis

I think some simple stats on average word, sentence & paragraph lengths would be quite interesting.

New Feature Vote from Ada Davenport on Wed, Jul 14
1 cup
Word count for Nanowrimo

I’m thinking ahead to a counter for Nanowrimo, where you could hit your 750 words as normal, then move on to the 5k words needed for Nanowrimo without having distractions count against you.

New Feature Request Note from Deborah Schumacher on Wed, Jul 14
1 cup
reward regularity

users are rewarded for being consistent. points are given for writing at or around the same time each (week)day (say, within 90 minutes of mean entry time). users can define their own ‘work weeks’.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jul 14
1 cup
Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jul 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Can’t think of any suggestions for badges, but I really enjoy getting my little pixeled prizes periodically.

New Feature Vote from Holly Becker on Mon, Jul 12
2 cups
Set your own midnight

In the options, have a way to set your own ‘midnight’ when the day rolls over. My day rarely ends at midnight, and I would prefer if I could set it to 3am or something like that.

New Feature Request Note from Holly Becker on Mon, Jul 12
1 cup
More Badges, Please

At this point I have earned all of the badges except the Phoenix and the Bats (late night writer). I write because it helps develop my writing skills as well as organize my thoughts and plan my day. I love getting the badges though. Please add some more so that I have something else to look forward to.

Thanks, Buster, for such a useful and fun site.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Sun, Jul 11
1 cup

I have discovered how simply writing down my thoughts in the morning affects my day, my week, and my life in many positive ways. Thanks for making this site naturally addicting to keep coming back to. :)

Testimonial Note from Franky Chung on Sun, Jul 11
1 cup

Dear sir,
For the past year, I finally got into consciously researching and implementing effective goal setting methods, organizing methods and ways to improve myself. Nothing has proved to be more beneficial then the service that you so generously created for free. Every day I leave my bedroom relieved from stress, having a clear mind and an optimistic, driven outlook. The statistics were instrumental in analyzing my thoughts at a level i could never have imagined. Continue the great work!

Sincerely,

Stepan

Testimonial Note from Stepan Parunashvili on Sun, Jul 11
1 cup

750 Words is a great site. I still enjoy writing and being challenged to write everyday. The badges and points make the whole challenge fun. Keep up the good work Buster.

Testimonial Note from Stephen Kolesar on Fri, Jul 09
1 cup

Well, even though I blew it yesterday and was booted from being in the running for July, I have picked myself up, dusted myself off, donated more money to the cause, and written my 750 words for today. Like many others, I’m finding that completing my writing is helping me complete other tasks in my life especially the ones that I resist.

Thanks 750words!

Testimonial Note from Laura Thomas on Wed, Jul 07
1 cup

750words is a companion that always listens. Each morning I wake up relieved, affirmed, and reflected. Thank you for such a wonderful gift.

Testimonial Note from Shaun Saperstein on Tue, Jul 06
1 cup

The site keeps me motivated. I make a commitment to myself and I can’t wiggle out of it by doing twice as much tomorrow; I have to do it EVERY DAY and that has helped me to keep my focus on what I want, which is to be a writer.

Testimonial Note from Terri Sharkey on Tue, Jul 06
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

If Facebook games have taught us nothing else, we do know that people will do all sorts of things to see little cartoon icons. I am still continually amazed at what a motivational spur to establishing a disciplined and consistent pattern of intellectual productivity the prospect collecting a picture of a horsie can be.

New Feature Vote from Kelly Taylor on Mon, Jul 05