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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Notes of inspiration from members

4 cups

Thank you, Buster. Not only has 750words shaped how I write, but your Codex Vitae has shaped the way I live.

Testimonial Note from Brennan K. Brown on Fri, Mar 11
1 cup
More text analysis

the psychological profile of the writing

New Feature Vote from Mark Anthony Marquez on Fri, Mar 11
1 cup

I love! I am new to the site, hardly a writer, and need tons of practice to develop my skill. Regardless, I am proud of what I do here and long to increase the amount of time I write every day. Thank you—I am so grateful for what I consider a home on the Internet!

Testimonial Note from Fred Dubinger on Thu, Mar 10
1 cup

750words is THE stable point in my life now. Since my world changes a lot the last four months, I’m so happy, to have started writing here. My life is exciting these days and I love it. W/o 750words many things would get lost, cause I would not write them down. Many, many, many thanks Kellianne and Buster. You both are great!

Testimonial Note from J. Stephan Schroeder on Thu, Mar 10
1 cup

Please bring back the Eternity feature, or at least let me know why it is not possible. Thanks.


New Feature Request Note from Nepali Ninja on Thu, Mar 10
1 cup

There once was a talented pair,
a couple extraordinaire.
They set up a site
so that people could write.
I’m so glad they decided to share.

Testimonial Note from Francois Griebenow on Wed, Mar 09
1 cup
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 07
1 cup

Thank you! I may not write in you every day, but you’re always here when I need you. As a person battling Major Depressive Disorder, it’s important to write my feelings down and vent in order to restore some balance to mental health. This site provides a safe space to write down my words and find relief. So thank you very much to the folks who run this website; you’re doing awesome work!

Testimonial Note from Jacey Boutilier on Mon, Mar 07
5 cups

Using 750 words as my daily journaling site is part of a three-legged stool of mental health recovery for me. Along with prayer and expressing gratitude daily, writing here helps keep me grounded.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Brown-Shook on Sun, Mar 06
5 cups
Better mobile experience

I don’t write my words when I don’t have desktop computer access, because I find the site on my phone or tablet to be a not great experience: no scaling of the login boxes or any text, no top menu links on the writing page (I have to go through the “today’s writers” link under the word count), and autosave notifications use a lot of screen real estate. I don’t just want to keep scheduling vacation days (or blowing my streak) when my computer is elsewhere. Text resizing on mobile as well as getting those links on the writing page would go a long way towards helping me write my words.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 06
3 cups

I feel so grateful for this chance to make a habit of “morning pages.” When I was down, I went a month without writing anything. What a joy to be back in the writing habit. It is right for me!

Testimonial Note from Patricia O'Leary on Sat, Mar 05
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sentient Human on Sat, Mar 05
1 cup

I have to say…I’d done 750 words for over a year, then had to break due to a round-the-clock job for 1.5 years.
I can’t begin to say how I missed the self reflection of my posts each day, the badges, the act of writing itself!
Just started up again and it feels WONDERFUL!
I’m on day five, in the challenge, and loving life that much more again, THANKYOU 750 WORDS!

Testimonial Note from Ingrid Bouldin on Fri, Mar 04
1 cup

750 words has been a wonderful habit builder for me. (Since starting here, I’ve developed a strong morning routine that prepares me for the day ahead. Never had one of those before!) As a student, it’s less important that what I write is good, as long as it’s done consistently. This has given me a huge leg up on my thesis. So thanks!

Testimonial Note from Kate on Fri, Mar 04
1 cup
Searchable tags

I would like to be able to ‘tag’ stuff if possible. Separating out journals vs fiction vs whatever would be great.

I know you can kinda do this w/ meta data but something where you could save your tags and then insert them via auto complete, then see lists of pages with each tag? and subtags? So I could have:

#fiction – 15 pages
#fiction, #novel, 5 pages
#fiction, #short_Story, 10 pages

With links to these pages would be very very handy.

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Cox on Thu, Mar 03
1 cup
Secure server for writing

People might feel more comfortable if it was secured. I feel fine with it but anything that makes people able to turn off their inner critic.

New Feature Vote from Sarah Cox on Thu, Mar 03
10 cups

I am so grateful for this site. I passed one million words a few months ago and having this daily habit has impacted my life in expected, and unexpected, ways. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Thu, Mar 03
1 cup

I love 750 words so much! I have always been a pen & paper journaler, and have been a true Artist’s Way style writer many times too. But lately I haven’t felt like it. This has been amazing, getting back in the swing, getting excited about the next badge, seeing the mood I reflected in my writing, what my most used words are… it’s all so good! Thank you for creating it. I am on day 66 and planning to get to the phoenix!

Testimonial Note from Sacha on Wed, Mar 02
5 cups
API/Export option

Would like to access my data (text, statistics, meta data) stored in from my own application (programmatically) to do statistics matched towards other data in a custom layout.

New Feature Request Note from Jane Noesgaard Larsen on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
Exporting Statistics

I’m not sure how exactly all of our statistics are stored, but I think it would be fascinating to be able to export everything, not just our text. I’d like to be able to see in Excel (maybe export to .csv format) the different times of day I start writing, how the typing speeds change, maybe if there’s any correlations between the number of words and the emotions or tenses that are generated by your algorithms. There are endless ways this data can be looked at and analyzed. It may be an interesting way to see how the habit has impacted our lives.

New Feature Request Note from Aaron Keisler on Tue, Mar 01
2 cups

All my life I’ve been sporadic about journaling. It’s something that I aspired to, but rarely lasted more than a few days in a row. But this year, I decided to get serious. I’ve written every single day but it’s February that I’m most proud of completing.

I know, the shortest month of the year – but it was also the month where I started a new job and ended up in the hospital having emergency surgery. And I still managed to stick to writing. I didn’t write a masterpiece from the hospital, but that’s okay… because I had the discipline to write something… anything. I can’t tell you how proud I am of that. What I’ve realized by this process is that there comes a point where what you have invested in a new habit is greater than any possible excuse not to write. It’s a lesson I plan on using in other areas of my life.

So use the badges, they may seem silly but they do motivate you to take the small steps and the next thing you know, you’re half way to the big steps. And the thought of starting over is unbearable.

Testimonial Note from Cubanita Fresca on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from DSM231256 on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I have always wanted to write, but I didn’t know how to tap into my own experience to create. Forcing myself to write at least 750 words per day, I am discovering a huge repertoire of information that if I could reshape it, there would be short stories, even novels.
I have to admit that on line courses are also helping me to shape my creativity, but 750 words per day is the part that focuses the creative force coming alive in me.
I recommend it to people in the classes I take. One day I will take advantage of interacting with others on this site. Thank you for making this virtual community available.

Testimonial Note from Santa Claus Ignaty Cherry on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I liked someone’s idea of inviting writers’ feedback on this. I don’t have badge ideas personally, but I’d love to see what ideas other people have.

New Feature Vote from Brett Summers on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

My brother told me about the site and even footed the bill for my first year of membership. It’s hard to find the time to squeeze in my writing with three kids and a job, but somehow I’m doing it (even if the writing isn’t always so good), and that in itself feels like an accomplishment.
I know it’s silly, but I love the badges. They definitely motivate me. While I was going for the cheetah, no one could approach me during my writing time, because I had to make it in under twenty minutes. It felt like a funny sort of race. I definitely am in the camp of wishing there were more badges.

Testimonial Note from Brett Summers on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I am a writer of poetry and short fiction. I used 750Words all last month to suss out a series of Horror Tales that I was writing for my blog. Not only was I able to unjumble my mind every morning, but I was also able to plot out my stories. This made me a more effective writer and I had a successful month of writing. Thank you, 750Words. You made all of this possible for me!

Testimonial Note from Ravyne Hawke on Tue, Mar 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Earning badges on this site motivates me more than just about anything! It makes the whole thing feel a bit like a game, and it’s absolutely delightful. The more the merrier!

New Feature Vote from Rachel R. Carroll on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
Stop The First Day of the Month Heart attack

Could we adjust the way the x’s show up at the top of the screen so that on the first day of the month I don’t see a row of empty boxes and a zero point tally and think, OMG I just killed my streak!

It happens every month. I go to write on the first day and I gasp, mourn, and frantically try to prove to myself that yes, I did indeed write my words the day before.

I understand the points resetting to zero, but if we could see the previous couple of days in the x-boxes, it would enough to save me that lurch of the heart and moment of crushing guilt. (And I’m all for fewer mornings that begin with crushing guilt.)


New Feature Request Note from Claire Colvin on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

If this could be a space to not necessarily write all of my words but maybe a brain dump throughout the day or something like that, I would be so interested! Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Katherine Ball on Tue, Mar 01
1 cup

I have been a member of this site for several years, but I have only really invested in writing regularly over the past several months. I write to think, or think best while writing, actually both, and these past few months of regular writing have been the most productive, peaceful, and emotionally stable of my life. I’m not normally a person who searches for or self-describes as happy, but a thoughtful kind of happiness would absolutely be the best way to identify the results of this daily investment in my own mental and emotional health, as well as in my love for writing. I’m a writing professor, and I tell my students daily how important it is to practice their writing in order to find a voice, and with no voice you have no power. Thank you 750 words for making me feel empowered and for giving me a space to be completely and utterly myself.

Testimonial Note from Katherine Ball on Tue, Mar 01