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

Joanna Moore
Crystal Darby
CGC
Nazeer Khan
Brian G. Fay
Kimberley Boehm
Novera King
Caroline Qureshi
Victoria S. Smith
Lydia Bryan
David Murphy
Patricia D Crumbaker
Rebecca Harris
B Carreker Jones
Cora Anderson
Jim Matlock
Pito Salas
Mary
Nancy Grossman
Lily Marks
Jeanne Leigh
FabHarmony
Maddy Clare Lardner
Rena Delgado
Lisa Marie Carnahan
Radha Govinda
Marcos Rohena Madrazo
Phil S
Kaylois
Luke Tritton
Annaverko
Joseph Michael Culhane
Mat Newson
Silja
Yola Smith
calliaphone
Tei Jackson
Patricia O'Leary
damian golfinopoulos
captainfez
Kathy
Adam Berkovec
John Lee
M Medved
Louise Ferndale
AJK
Becca Burns
Peter Dickinson
Carol Helander
Elizabeth Weiden Philipbar
Gilda Haas
Ella Ann Trotter
Nishima Nzeru
Loren Elkin
Rozlynn
Ujjwala Murthy
Lauren HK
Vanessa Fuller
Brett Beasley
Kathryn Burns
Becka Janse
Booglysticks
Lyle Clarke
Jen Elliott Januzelli
J.O.Shinn
David Johnson
Billye Roberts
Dionne McBride
Janet Werther
Wayne Burrell
Sage Hahn
Rooty
Hanna
blorgmorg
NocturnalRites
LuAnne Holder
Austin Helms
Jim Bartlett
julia porter
lisa anne cronin
Karen Schneider
Harley S.
Daria Biernat
Angela Kolp
David Brennan
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Jan Morse
Felicity Wren
Terry Knapp Jr.
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Joseph Sutton
A. Moon
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Nadia Shaw
Danielle
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Notes of inspiration from members

5 cups
Quick 1 time access

This is more of a membership feature. Instead of a monthly subscription, can I get temp access for a week that expires – and may be pay $2 only. The thing is I use 750 words once in a while and it is very critical in those times that I write out to help the jumble of thoughts in my own head fade away. It is like a therapy session I need rarely. But having temp access is super useful!

New Feature Request Note from Pavani Haridasyam on Wed, Aug 09
10 cups
More text analysis

I love how minimalist the site is. Regardless of so many suggestions, if there’s any design changes to this marvellous site, there’ll be an uproar about it. In the words of Nat King Cole, “Stay as sweet as you are”!

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Aug 04
1 cup
Would love an app version of this!
New Feature Request Note from Dominique Guerra on Fri, Aug 04
1 cup

I have used 750words to jumpstart two books, one back in 2010 and one this year. The monthly challenge is a great way to get a first draft done, to be refined later. More recently I’ve been using it the way it was intended – to write more in a diary-like fashion to clear my mind and my soul. I am even looking forward, every morning, to getting up early and write! Thank you Buster and Kellianne for all your work on this, and forgiving us this wonderful tool.

Testimonial Note from Diego Zamboni on Thu, Aug 03
1 cup

26 day streak, I was on my way to completing my first month, then I had heart failure, and have ended up in hospital for cardiac interventions. So disappointed, guess I’ll have to wait until the September Challenge to start again. I have really enjoyed the commitment and the monthly challenge provdes and the establishment of a regular writing habit. 3 blog posts evolved from my meanderings, which is even better as I hadn’t written one for several months

Testimonial Note from Diana B on Thu, Aug 03
1 cup

Well, it’s the 2nd day of the month and my name is already on the Wall of Shame! Seems like I get busy with my day, might even write 4 or 500 words in the morning intending to get back to it by midnight. Then life takes over and I forget to go back to it. Thanks for having this site. At least I have the ability to track what I’m doing and see how much I need to work at my consistency. I’m going to keep on trying to do 30 days!

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Thu, Aug 03
1 cup

I love this site because even though it’s meant to be used every day, I don’t feel pressured to use it every day, and when I do come to use it it helps me to clear my mind so well. Often times I’ll find that I have a jumble of thoughts in my head and I can’t really separate them well, but having somewhere to put them down quickly makes the rest of my day so much better. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Fayrooz Neil on Wed, Aug 02
12 cups

First full month! I may not do it again or I may persevere; in any case this site is a peaceful and joyful place that I cherish, and I am deeply grateful to those who created it and those who have contributed every day to its vitality.

Testimonial Note from Marie Daniel on Wed, Aug 02
5 cups

I love that I have been consistently doing this for 308 days and I just love the badges. I feel like a girl scout again getting these badges for accomplishments. I am thankful for this site and proud to be a member. I just went over my 250,000 words today and look forward to getting my double flock badge. It’s great fun, I love being able to go back and read past thoughts and the privacy aspect. Excellent site. Happy to be here.

Testimonial Note from Dee Bostic on Tue, Aug 01
5 cups

This site is amazing! I’ve kept a journal for 45 years, but this site helps me to make and track writing goals. I’ve acquired a good many badges in the years I’ve used 750words, but the badges just keep me focused on goals – the real value is in the consistent writing. I’ve recently re-set a goal to write at least 1,000 words a day for 500 days in a row. The last time I set this goal, I got close to 400 days before life interfered.

Testimonial Note from Luanne Borowski on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love the badges! They are very motivating for me.

New Feature Vote from kdrumleft on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup

750 Words has helped me cope with my issues with my family and work. I now find that there is more clarity when I go back to tackle my problems and better articulate my ideas.

Testimonial Note from Goh Teck Wee on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup

once again, 750 words has got me through events that would have blocked my path and sent me into a spiralling depression , not really relieved by chocolate- you have helped me keep faith with myself and my goals.I couldn’t have done it without you – Thank you!

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Tue, Aug 01
1 cup
Secure server for writing

More privacy, more better. :)

New Feature Vote from David Winberg on Mon, Jul 31
20 cups
Export using TAR archives

Currently exporting concatenates an entire month’s of writing into one text file.
I suggest a feature where the downloader bundles the month into a tar (or zip) archive where each day’s entry is a file with an appropriate timestamp even for that day/month/year.

What do you say? I can help you make it. I’m very fluent with node.js, linux, java, c++, postgres, mongodb… not sure what you have back there but I’ll help you out with that.

New Feature Request Note from Jim Schumacher on Sun, Jul 30
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Jim Schumacher on Sun, Jul 30
1 cup
Formatting Shortcuts!

Howdy!

I know y’all don’t want to have a formatting bar, which I totally agree with because the simple nature of the layout is what makes the website so great. However, I write quite a lot and being able to format my text seamlessly while I do so would be such a great addition.

I propose that you give 750 words the ability to bold or italicize a word by using key board shortcuts, in the same way you can force-save using keyboard shortcuts. So we could just hit command + i to enter and exit italics mode.

I know you have markup enabled, but for people who type stream-of-conscious style and like to quickly format without pausing their thoughts, it would be an amazing feature.

New Feature Request Note from Jessica Skrobarczyk on Sun, Jul 30
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Julian Humphreys on Fri, Jul 28
1 cup

Having a solid daily goal has greatly increased my writing average, and has helped me move toward some long-standing goals of mine.

Testimonial Note from Chat Errant on Thu, Jul 27
1 cup

Journaling has been something that my therapist had tried to get me to do for about two years now – something that I’ve started and stopped with minimal success. I’m so glad that I rediscovered my 750words account. Typing it in on this site, for some reason, makes journaling so much easier. And not just easier, but also therapeutic too.

This site is the best.

Testimonial Note from Lacey Wright on Thu, Jul 27
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Sara McKinney on Wed, Jul 26
20 cups
2 million words

Hello there! Has anyone made the two million mark yet in words? I ask because I am getting closer (thanks Camp NaNoWriMo!) so is it possible to get a 2 million word badge? Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on Wed, Jul 26
10 cups

750words is my best friend. Better than hoisting a few brews with the guys, is the camaraderie i an obtain with myself, being honest with myself. I am becoming better company to me. There is nothing more powerful than not needing the presence of another to be happy and whole.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Fri, Jul 21
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Chris L on Fri, Jul 21
2 cups

I just hit the 200-day streak and got my new badge. A week earlier, I wrote my 250,000th word so I counted ahead to see when I’d hit the 200-day streak on the calendar. Today is the day!

A quarter of a million words includes two stages plays (one that have already been produced), a one woman show (which has already been produced), a 70,000 word memoir, half of a historical fiction that’s been in my head for the past 7 years, countless personal essays, and various epistles that randomly leave the confines of my brain and make it into 750words.

I’m not a pen and paper type of person. Pen and paper reminds me of work because I always take a notepad to meetings and scribble things down. 750words has helped me write up my thoughts quickly in a fun and non-distracting way. There are other online writing tools out there, but I stick with 750words due to the badges. They feed my competitive side!

Writing a quarter of a million words has taught me that my best writing time is at 4:30am. That waking early is my drug. I’ve also learned that yes, I AM a writer. My writings have become better as a result of writing daily.

My next goal is to hit half a million words when I get my next badge, the one that celebrates 365-days of consecutive writing. Where my writings take me, I don’t know. What matters is I have an inventory of writings to choose from. What a journey!

Testimonial Note from Ren Hall on Fri, Jul 21
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Add options to bold, italics, text colors, inserting photos, graphics, and more.

New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Thu, Jul 20
20 cups

I have been a member for quite a number of years (grandfathered in as a lifetime member). I used it on and off whenever I was going through a bad patch or needed to figure out the next stage of my life. For a few years I completely forgot about 750 Words until a couple years ago when a reminder suddenly appeared in my inbox. I am so grateful for that little reminder because I returned and have written just shy of 2.5 million words, passed the 365 days in a row and finally achieved the Pegasus badge and still going strong. I’ve finally reached a point where I figured out what I really want, who I really am, and what the next steps will be. Thank you, love this space!

Testimonial Note from Marita C. Masuch on Tue, Jul 18
2 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Sun, Jul 16
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Fiona D on Sun, Jul 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Eric Bowers on Sun, Jul 16