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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Our Good Members

Tyler York
Natasha Mendez
Adrian Febre
Lis Mitchell
Jean Jade Villa
Jason Mekkam
Olivia Malin
Tobin Mollett
Isaac West
Jerry Golech
James Evans
Suzanne Rothmeyer
Robin Flint MacBride
Kellie Anne Oakes
Thang Nguyen
Cuarto Menguante
Tim Wright
Ellen Cote
Cheryl
Tanya Paul
GAIL M MENIUS
Eleni Sokos
Scott R. Davis
Ada Drost
Victoria James
Susana Claro
Charles Clinton Pustejovsky III
Dragan Daubenmier
Alexis Luna
Ari
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Mohneet Ahuja
Daria Fromentin
Erika Carlson
JJ Lomax
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Jenny Douglas
Matthew Nickoloff
Ashley Monical
Treye Denton
Maíra Dvorek
Natasha Regina
Dodger
Marian Darlington-Hope
Barbara Adams Oliver
Whitney Holley
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Paula
Anna Helgeson
Katharine Gibson
Christie Day-Gee
J Richmond
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Ben
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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

Writing today made me aware of a sadness deeply buried in me. I’m crying and I’m sad, really sad. But I feel a lot more alive than before. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to reconnect with myself.

Testimonial Note from Marie-Michèle on Sun, Jan 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Being able to write on a smartphone, maybe even offline with a function of uploading upon having internet access would be just Fantastic :)

New Feature Vote from Dmitry on Sun, Jan 29
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d love a much more enhanced text-entry and saving system. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Darin Cavallero on Fri, Jan 27
1 cup

In a way, doing 750 words is an inexpensive form of therapy. I’ve learned lots of things about forming new habits as well as how I behave and respond to things.

Testimonial Note from Dave McGurgan on Thu, Jan 26
1 cup

Hello fellow writers,
I have been here for 11 months, sporadically writing, a bunch of slashes and a few ’X’s’ – a little like my bowling results! But today, I noticed my points hit 40 for the first time which means I’m being more consistent. I have yet to hit 30 days in a row. So that is my next goal!!

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Thu, Jan 26
1 cup

I started with 750Words in 2009, but then left for a while. I felt I lost my muse. Recently I remembered just how helpful having this site was, so I returned. Having a site that is easy to use, without lots of hoops to jump through, encourages me to use it every day… thoughts, notes, ideas, rants, raves, a little bit of everything.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 24
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Daria Space on Mon, Jan 23
61 cups

Some of my most cherished moments in writing are not the verbal insights that arise, but the silences that follow. It’s taken over 7.5 million to unlock these silences, and there are many more to come. Now my writing practice is shifting, and it seems to be time to move on.

I’d like to leave you all with a parting dare: break a habit. Not necessarily a bad habit—it could be something you automatically do that you don’t really need to. Try leaving that undone. Look in a place that you usually overlook. Break a habit. See what happens.

Remember, one way of breaking a habit is to start a new one. Commitment to writing can sometimes feel estranging, boring, or even threatening; more extraverted actions often seem more tempting or significant. But really, writing can move us closer to the world: it can make us deeper listeners and keener observers. So if you’re looking for a sign, here it is: keep going, day by day. Keep writing. See what happens.

Testimonial Note from River Seeks Ocean on Fri, Jan 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love this site! I just think it would be even more encouraging if there were badges in between some of the higher-level ones. It seems like a big jump to go from 100,000 to 250,000 words, for example. Or from 200 days to 365.

New Feature Vote from alison luby on Fri, Jan 20
1 cup

At first, it did feel weird talking to myself, but it was worth going through my own thoughts in written form. I think it can definitely improve someone’s life.

Testimonial Note from Eau de Bla on Thu, Jan 19
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Tatiana Prue on Thu, Jan 19
1 cup
Multiple notes each day

Would love the ability to write multiple notes each day. Currently if I want to journal and write a book I have to do that in the same entry.

New Feature Request Note from Jury Duty on Thu, Jan 19
1 cup

This website was the kick start that I needed to get serious about writing again and to allow myself a break in the day to dedicate purely to a hobby.

Testimonial Note from Morgan Hofbauer on Wed, Jan 18
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Nathanial Wellborn on Wed, Jan 18
15 cups

i just have to say thanks. really.

i first joined this site and began writing in order to make sense of a particularly confusing relationship i found myself in at the time. it seemed more logical and safe to pour out my vitriol in these password-protected pages than to do so in a public blog and hide behind pseudonyms. since finding the strength to walk away after that relationship became abusive and then imploded all over me, i’ve used these handy pages to record everything from comedy bits i’m writing to ideas for songs.

so yeah, thanks. kellianne and buster, y’all are doing the lord’s work (i’m an atheist, but i’m still going to say it. rule of funny and all.) love you both.

anastassia

Testimonial Note from Anastassia Davis on Wed, Jan 18
3 cups

Thank you for the space to let loose, rant and go back to being a somewhat normal person.

Testimonial Note from Dalia on Wed, Jan 18
2 cups

This website has helped me turn my life around. I used to think writing was a chore and quite frankly, I get anxious whenever I have to write – but I’m now inspired to write even more and get back to creative writing. It’s helped me with my mental illness and it’s definitely therapeutic. Thank you so much for holding this important space for everyone!

Testimonial Note from Mooza Mohd on Tue, Jan 17
1 cup
More text analysis

Text analysis for other languages, like french for an example.

New Feature Vote from Violette Ferrand on Tue, Jan 17
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Jessica Kosai on Tue, Jan 17
1 cup
Secure server for writing

The ability to export all of the year’s posts. Keep them in something like dropbox or evernote for future reference.

New Feature Vote from Brit LaLa on Mon, Jan 16
1 cup

I’ve always turned to the page as a cleansing loving therapy. That being said it’s been a dry spell for either writing or reading others words… someone very dear to me is going through a huge transition and is just starting up here as well. All I can say is I’m really excited to begin the next steps to my own journey and this is a great tool! I’ve already signed up as a member because I know this is powerful. If anyone out there is feeling timid just try it… you’ve got nothing to lose just the confusing mess of garbage floating around your head 😉
Happy healing folks

Testimonial Note from JOEL MCMILLAN on Mon, Jan 16
1 cup

I have been a pretty prolific journaler over the past 3 years. Prior to, I tried a few different online platforms, including a simple word document, but always returned to paper and pen. A mentor/teacher/friend of mine recommended 750words and, I have to admit, I’m totally hooked.

My beloved paper journals now hold the images that correspond to my journal entries here. In this way, I have found a lot of balance between the speed of getting my thoughts out by typing and having the ability to create a more tactile experience. Furthermore, I have begun to paint mandalas instead of printing images from other artists. I am now able to fully express myself through paper and paint because my words flow so much smoother with the speed of typing and the goal of pushing through to at least 750 words per entry.

A truly masterful and simple system here and I love the Stats feature as well. It serves as a great reflective piece, as it sometimes shows emotions and positions that were unavailable to me through paper journals.

Testimonial Note from Jessica R. Allen on Sun, Jan 15
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from David Dorman on Sat, Jan 14
1 cup

In this era of fear and anxiety in the world, it is so nice to have a place where I can spill all of my frustrations, anger and sadness onto the paper without fear of rebuttal. I can be myself and separate myself from the “stuff” the rest of the world throws at me and get back in touch with the real “me.”

As a writer, this practice had primed my creative pump and not only have I written here daily, but my volume of writing outside of this site has increased tremendously and the quality has improved.

Sometimes like the morning exercise routine (that I have yet to begin) it takes discipline to take those 15-20 minutes to invest in myself and my writing, but I always feel better when I am finished.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jan 14
5 cups
Reset all Progress

Wipe clean all badges, word-count records, and all-time word-count, letting a person start over without having to create a new account.

It’s very frustrating to break a long streak, and starting again without the prospect of badges along the way feels like a long, bleak road. The reset would keep the account intact, but let the milestones begin again..

Obviously, it would have to be something that you couldn’t trigger by accident, but I think it could really help those who have hit the “why bother?” feeling, when a long streak gets broken.

New Feature Request Note from Kell Willsen on Sat, Jan 14
100 cups

Today marks 2,500 days in a row of writing for me, less a number of days when I was traveling and had no online access. This site is the reason I have been able to keep writing. As much as I hate to admit it, the badges, reminders, challenges and statistics have been motivating, especially early on.

I had never kept a journal before, and actually had started one a week before I learned about 750 Words. This became my journal, and it is the place I come to every morning to reflect on what is happening in my life. It is a great refuge, and I deeply appreciate it, and the work Buster and Kellianne have done and continue to do.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Sat, Jan 14
5 cups
FAQ on Account Suspension or Termination

From 750 FAQs, it’s not clear if an account can be suspended or only terminated. It’s looking like I won’t be able to afford the monthly fee anymore— So once my subscription runs out, what happens to my account?

New Feature Request Note from River Seeks Ocean on Fri, Jan 13
5 cups

Writing clarifies. Especially when you don’t feel like it. This is the genius of 750 words. More than once I have started a piece thinking it would be rubbish, only to read the result and be amazed at the clarity of thought it produced. Thanks Kellianne and 750words.

Testimonial Note from James Kell on Fri, Jan 13
1 cup

i believe the arts cannot be measured, it can only be experienced. the same can be said of writing as it too is an art. its intent is to communicate to an audience, whether it’s to many, an individual, or to the self. i cannot say if the content of my morning pages is of any worth to anyone but me. what i can say is that 101 days ago, i didn’t write. and today, with 100 day streak i have written close to 100k words. only a tiny fraction of those words have actually been creative breakthroughs and far fewer of them have furthered the development of the story i’m currently writing… but that for me is well worth it. it’s a road that must be travelled if i am to get anywhere. thank you.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 10
4 cups

The year of 2016 is not the best year in my life. Whenever I look back, what I can remember are mostly the setbacks. Every year is like a roller coaster, indeed, but it felt like I kept going down in 2016. However, one day, one of my friend told me that there must be happy moments in everybody’s life, and those simple words of him reminded me that I indeed have happy moments beside those setbacks.

One of the happy moments in 2016 is the day I started writing on 750words.com. I was mostly not in a good state of mind for the second half of the year, but 750words.com helped me to go through the days, everyday. There were times when I was confused, anxious, nervous, or scared, and 750words.com relieve those depressing emotions. There were times when I couldn’t trust anybody, so I decided to “talk to myself” through 750words.com. It has been my sanctuary, my secret escape, especially when I thought I had nowhere to go.

I have a good expectation for this year, and having a positive mind is a good way to start the year, right? I will try to continue writing everyday. Let’s see what surprises this year has prepared for me. Happy writing for all 750words.com writers out there!

Testimonial Note from Nabila on Tue, Jan 10