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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Our Good Members

Barbara Lesk
Adam Wootton
Joey hung
Ryan O'heron
Tanya Ramos
Sol Lobo
Dan MacCombie
Chen huang
Jenny Sehlstedt
cara nocero
Jared Scotton
Gurleen Deol
Jo Leath
Alex Spruch
Charlotte Partis-Nelson
Kristen E Estes
Benjamin Platt
Liz Goldsby
Bo Stewart
Lee Wilde
Julia Clare Murphy
Kat Galka
Nathan Haye
Keagan O'Donoghue
Amanda Sabala
Anne Gomez
Andrew Geswein
Lizbett Benge
Lee O Valentin
Allison Ousnamer
Brad Lyons
Connie Ragen Green
Joshua Burcham
seid aden
Jason Donaldson
Shivani Ranchod
Hannah Yeiser
Christopher Boggs
Marcos Polanco
Angela Bingham
Miss Crabby
Kassi Vitales Gilbert
Sammmy Lopez
Rebeccalyn E Bilodeau
Rani Tiruveedhula
Gene Reid
Drhue Robinson
Brian Realbuto
Sam Julien
Ryan fang
Marilyn Richard Figueroa
Patrick Zeinert
Rebecca N M Hawk
Tomasz Raven
Matthew T.S. Rousseau
Diane Brenner
Caitlin Jamali
Laura Tesman
Dave Mac
Heather deViveiros
William Ames
Jing He
Leighta Lehto
Reta Glass
Emily Abigail
Matt Lai
Grace Garwood
Niki M
Kathryn Butterworth
Ed O'Driscoll
Juliet Wahleithner
Sturdy Knight
Tracey Izatt
Cameron Byrd
Cathy Peterson
Caleb Kibet
Sasha Stadler
Michael Holmes
Samantha M
Catherine Nelson
Brandi Holmes
Matej Ken Matsunaga Sedmak

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

I found 750words around the time my young son was fighting osteosarcoma and left this earthly plane at the age of 9. His loss was devastating. Being able to write things that I knew nobody would be reading was good for me. Being able to sit and focus on something for a little while was good for me. Being able to dump my thoughts onto a blank page was good for me. I find it easier to write using a computer and keyboard than to do it longhand on paper. I am thankful for 750words for giving me a place to write and be able to review and remember long after I’ve forgotten what I’ve written.
Thank you and I wish you well.

Testimonial Note from Tim S on Fri, Apr 13
1 cup
Preview of Previous Day

I was about 400 words in when my local time hit midnight. The page forced me to reload to continue writing. It not only broke my concentration, but when I started the new page, nothing of the writing from above was visible.

I’d like the feature to have the previous day’s work as a temporary preview on the current day.

If for example it has detected that you are writing at midnight, and you have not taken a break, then the page auto-saves, reloads at midnight with the previous day’s text in grey. So you receive the notification that the words are being recounted, but without the disruption.

Helps for us night-owls.

New Feature Request Note from Jeff Chau on Thu, Apr 12
1 cup
Search Function for Notes Page!

I’d love to be able to search the Notes so I can find things I saw in the past.

New Feature Request Note from Tanna on Thu, Apr 12
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from lmw on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup

My husband left for deployment today, and I have to say my mind is at ease knowing that 750 words is going to help me survive our second deployment. I am going to try to write every single day he is gone, because there’s something awesome about writing every day. It has made me a better person, a better writer, and helped me cope. I highly recommend this site, especially if you need it for a reason like this.

Testimonial Note from Sumisu on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email

I need reminders or an app?
Love this site though!

New Feature Vote from Emmy Aston on Wed, Apr 11
1 cup

So here we are 100 days into the year. I started my journey with 750words on January1st. I have just completed my 100th day and have written a little over 112,000 words. I never thought I would be able to say that. :)

Testimonial Note from alison neri on Tue, Apr 10
3 cups

I am starting an online library science degree this summer and am anxious about managing a full time job, family, and school. I have started using 750 Words again as a tool to get back in a weekly writing practice and to use as a drafting space for discussion posts, essays, responses, etc that I will likely be part of my courses. It has already helped me pre-write and draft a conference proposal. The private, open space this provides helps put me in a mindset of trying out a bunch of ideas before framing them into a good one.

Testimonial Note from LH on Mon, Apr 09
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Miish Grixti on Sun, Apr 08
1 cup

At 59, I started writing more seriously than ever. Who would have thought that new, significant, life-changing habits could form so easily though writing every day? So often I hear people say how difficult they found writing at school. What a struggle to fill a page. I did too. The difference was that I did not have the freedom to write what I wanted to write. It had to be contrived and word-perfect. No wonder the page remained blank. Not with 750 Words. Have you ever tried to think of nothing? Try it. It is impossible. So, just write about your thoughts if nothing else. As the rhythm takes form the ideas will form and 750 words becomes an easy minimum.

Testimonial Note from Keith Haines on Sun, Apr 08
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

Not sure how to improve, however I needed to schedule a vacation, and it says this feature is only available to members. So I click that link and it says I’m a lifetime member, but I don’t see how to schedule a vacation anywhere. I know from other testimonials that the feature exists, I just can’t get to it. Help, please? Thanks! PS, please use Batman @ to communicate with me for now. I’ll fix that soon so that I have my old email address. Thanks again!

New Feature Vote from Mike Shields II on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup
Перевод сайта

Пожалуйста переведите сайт на русский язык!! Мне он очень нравиться и я хочу продолжать им пользоваться. Но есть огромная проблема, я не знаю английский язык. Даже с помощью переводчика гугл, мне не все понятно. Если у вас в команде есть русскоговорящие люди или есть друзья кто бы смог помочь сделать это, попросите их пожалуйста. Спасибо за сайт!!!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup

1 week without 750 words made me feel so miserable. I couldn’t keep track of my emotions, somehow i couldn’t figure why I hadn’t gone for a run all week, and I felt I wasn’t in touch with myself. It’s such a beautiful space and I feel free here. The fact that you don’t HAVE to edit and re read your work somehow makes you judge yourself less. I’m grateful this website exists :)

Testimonial Note from Rabhya Bajaj on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 06
10 cups

9 days ago I was able to regain my 500 day streak. I would have had 1000 days if I hadn’t missed just one day over 500 days ago.

I could be disappointed about that, but what it shows me is that I can stick to things despite set backs and regain what was lost, even if it takes a while. I know I can get that Flying Squirrel as long as I manage my time and energy well.

Thank you 750 words for showing me that things are possible with perseverance. Oh and for helping me see that I can actually acheive a dream. (I became a published author last month!) Thank you for showing me how a little bit every day can add up to a lot. Here’s to reaching that next level!

Testimonial Note from Mary Jane Boholst on Thu, Apr 05
2 cups

I am surprised and pleased to see that I can write ONE MILLION WORDS! A mega Flock! WAHOOOOOOO!!! More badges please!

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Please please please have badges every 50 days or so! I’m 5 days off of my 100th day and I’m worried that without the carrot and stick I’ll slack off! Sad but true. Those little badges are so incentivising.

New Feature Vote from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I have written a little over 100,000 words in the last 3 months. In the beginning it was an outpouring of mental anguish and strife. But as I verbally pooped it all out it was like ridding myself of a type of pollution. I now have got to a point whereby I am ready to be creative again solely because I have finally cleared my mind of the stored up negativity I need to clear but didn’t previously have an outlet for. There are still irritations on a day to day basis. What I am writing is certainly nothing stellar, often circular and really tangential, however, it is allows for so much sanity. I somehow almost feel lighter as a result of it. So for that it is amazing. It only takes me 15 minutes a day to write my words and it is the best and cheapest therapy ever. I am finding at the moment I am writing too late at night but don’t want to miss a day so sometimes rush to get through it without touching the baseline of what needs to be said. Even though the schedule probably needs to change a bit, it has given me a new discipline and that has expanded to other parts of my day. I’m really grateful for it. It has been wonderful.

Testimonial Note from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I lost my mom to cancer on January 4, 2017 and was absolutely devastated. I had used in the past but had given up the task of daily writing long ago. I didn’t write about the process of grieving the loss of my mom until July 2017, some six months later when I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Now 270 days later, I’ve written every day since and have come to understand my own grief better as well as the world around me. I’m thankful that this site exists and hope to continue writing another 270 days.

Testimonial Note from Mathew Jonce on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Tue, Apr 03
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s lovely that the site has badges whatsoever, of course. But more could be quite helpful! I also use Khan Academy and they have all kinds of points and badges and they really tap into what motivates people. It’s like getting that gold star/sticker on your assignment as a kid – what a kick! It still tickles us, no matter what age. So more, could be quite groovy. Thanks for a great site!

New Feature Vote from Astrid Mandelbaum on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup

Thank you 750 Words. I’ve written on and off for fifty or so years. Let’s be honest, more off than on. My problem was getting habit going and sticking to daily writing. These pages have got me over that hurdle. Thank you again.

Testimonial Note from n Sebastian on Mon, Apr 02
2 cups
Improve the Today page

Can we bring back the old font (that used to be on the stats page and a few other places)? It was awesome! What happened to it?

New Feature Vote from Jackie Mederi on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup
Make frecuently used words be configurable so it ignores irrevelevant words

There is a interesting feature that I would like to see in the site. I would like to be able to ignore common linking words from my frecuently used words cloud. I do not find relevant that the pronoums are showing there because they mean nothing by themselves. Instead the could be considered a sentence as in “la mesa”, “el pollo” or just plain ignored (probably easier to implement). As it could be guessed by now I write my words in Spanish and this is a feature that varies from language to language, that is why at first it could be easier just to allow the interested user to say which words should be ignored when building his cloud.

New Feature Request Note from yoMismo on Mon, Apr 02
2 cups

Write and keep on writing! 750 Words is simply – at least on the face of it – a simple cloud-based way of writing without distractions.

But there is more to it. The fact we get buttons for not allowing ourselves distractions (..wait.. I think I heard the kettle boiling.. be right back.. Wops: distraction!) provides a motivation for us to keep on plugging away, rain or shine.

But the real groove happens when you sign-up for email alerts and most of all, the monthly writing challenge. It helps keep you focused. (Check the website for more info on those bells and whistles.)

But how about the actual writing bit? That’s the real challenge, but that’s also where 750 Words REALLY comes into its own. The fact that you can’t edit your work after the day is done may seem like a limitation; but it’s a limitation of genius. Allow me to explain: you’re stuck for inspiration on a given day, but you can still go back and copy and paste your previous day’s work, (or any other day for that matter), pasting it in and editing, adding and writing as you please. It’s YOUR space, after all. No more writing a paragraph and going straight back to perfect it and er.. oh my.. what was my original thought again? – we’ve probably all been there. With 750 words simply click on the original, unmolested prior day’s work copy and paste and even print it out if you wish.

The thing about writing is to create a system that cuts confusion down to a minimum. On those days where I’m editing a prior entry, one trick I use is that on the top of my new day’s entry, I make a note in capitals that I’m editing the previous day’s writing. That way, when I get to download my work into MS Word, I don’t get confused.

Using my method in 750 Words means that you need never face writer’s block again. That’s the theory, anyway; it’s up to you to make it work, but with 750 Words you never walk alone! Happy writing and don’t ever give up!

If I get any positive feedback or comments, I may just do a Part 2, highlighting another amazing feature that 750 Words can do for us!

[This entry composed and edited and corrected on 750 Words . com by John E. Ruffle, April 1, 2018]

Testimonial Note from John E. Ruffle on Sun, Apr 01
2 cups
Improve the daily reminder email

I’d love to have the option to get a reminder if I haven’t started/finished my words that day!

New Feature Vote from Luna Haines on Sun, Apr 01
20 cups

After 800-odd days of daily writing, my journey with 750 words has come to a close. I would have continued, but to be honest I got tired of pestering Kellianne to repair my broken streaks, since I now write longhand every morning and don’t always get around to writing on the site. But I am so, so, deeply, overwhelmingly grateful for Buster and Kellianne for creating this site. It did exactly what it intended to do: cement within my consciousness a daily writing routine. The last three years have been a rollercoaster ride, and the only habit I did every single day without fail (save for a few broken days) was writing on 750 words. When I felt great, I wrote on the site. When I was in the depths of emotional hell, I wrote on this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for giving me a space to express myself and be creative even in the worst of times. This site is a blessing for so many lives, and I am so glad that I was a part of it. Farewell, 750 words. You have forever transformed my life. I am eternally grateful. I love you!

Testimonial Note from Wyn Evans on Thu, Mar 29
1 cup
Export to Evernote

I often cut and paste some of my writings to Evernote so that I can reference them later. Perhaps if you had a way to export each post to Evernote that would be helpful to me and others

New Feature Request Note from Dan Colachicco on Mon, Mar 26
1 cup

Just love this site. It gives me incredible clarity. I have been writing here for years and it is always interesting to go back and read different things I have written at different times. Like a journal of my life and what was in my head at the time. Thank you for keeping this site going.

Testimonial Note from Dan Colachicco on Mon, Mar 26
1 cup
Night Mode

make the website comfortable on the eyes at night, similar to Reddit Enhancement Suite’s Night Mode.

New Feature Request Note from lyz on Sat, Mar 24