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

750words.com is a great and fun website to allow a daily “brain unload”. Buster has done a great job of creating this site. He is very interactive and interested in listening to people’s input to make the site fun and more interesting. He is also very quick to respond to any issues that do come up. Thanks and Great Job Buster!
Stephen Kolesar

Testimonial Note from Stephen Kolesar on Sat, May 01
1 cup

This site has been great in offering motivation for writing everyday, and space to be part of a community that is not gathered around a commercial or self-interest driven enterprise. Thanks Buster, and best of luck with the newborn. I have a 15 month old, and as the one doing the extended breastfeeding, it has been especially helpful for me to find my way back into writing through your site. Parenthood rocks.

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kamal on Sat, May 01
1 cup
adding secondary wordcount goal

In addition to the alert when reaching 750 words, have a customizable second (or more?) alert come up when surpassing that goal to another target for people interested in pressing further every day.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Kamal on Sat, May 01
1 cup

This site has helped me get focused and energized and, most importantly, off my butt and working towards some goals I’ve had for a long time. Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Joel Neff on Fri, Apr 30
1 cup

750 words really helped me move forward in a work I’ve been wrestling with for some time. I wrote parts of it as part of my daily writing, but what really helped was the time I spent free writing, just closing my eyes and banging out thoughts about the story and the characters. I’m not 100% done, more like 75%, but I am much, much further in terms of quantity and quality and 750 words is a big part of that. Thanks Buster.

Testimonial Note from Lon Miller on Fri, Apr 30
2 cups

Keep writing! I’ll toss two cups into the bounty at month’s end!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Carl T. Holscher on Thu, Apr 29
3 cups

Writing it vital to life. Simple as that.

Double Down on Charity Note from Carl T. Holscher on Thu, Apr 29
2 cups
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
1 cup
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
2 cups
My blog, Classical music and modern technology, words finally making it out of my head and ono the internet thanks to inspiration from 750words.com

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.

Since:

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 750words.com 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.

Cheers!

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
Sketches!

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
2 cups
Mobile Login Page

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

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Tue, Apr 13