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

10 cups
An option to hide the word count

Some days I am on a roll and I don’t want to see how many words I’ve written until I’ve run out of things to say. I would love a button on the write page that lets you hide the word count until you click it again, and that doesn’t turn bold when you’ve reached 750. Because when I see that I’ve reached my daily word count, it’s like crossing the finish line when I’ve still got energy for another mile or two. I’m trying to write more every day and I wish I could either hide the word count or manually increase it to require a larger number of words.

New Feature Request Note from Brittany Paul on Mon, Feb 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

This way I could write my notes at cafes more effectively

New Feature Vote from Paz Paulsen-Sacks on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup

I started 750 words around NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be great to write a story, or at least, part of one, every day. Get me in the habit of writing. But, it slowly turned into more of a journal than stories. And for a while, I just wrote about my day, even though that seemed to be boring. But then, something changed. I saw my life changing, my attitude changing, because I was taking time, every day, to just… think about my day. I know this isn’t the express reason for writing, but it’s a dang good one. I look forward to seeing how my life changes in the long term, as I continue in this more self-aware journey.

Testimonial Note from Stephanie Evans on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Daria Space on Sun, Feb 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Victoria Yardley on Sat, Feb 27
1 cup
Add WPM stats to a public profile

It would be nice to see and share my WPM stats as a line chart. Day by day for a month (or for a year). E.g. https://twitter.com/romanzolotarev/status/703423021311254528

Thanks!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 26
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I am really motivated by the badges and would love to see more of them. Maybe allow people to submit designs for you with descriptions on how to earn them. Or have people design the monthly challenges badge to look different each month (heart for valentines day, etc.)

New Feature Vote from Michele Guldsmed on Fri, Feb 26
1 cup
Text features

I would love to be able to bold, underline, or italicize thoughts to look different or show emotion. Color would be awesome too!

New Feature Request Note from Michele Guldsmed on Fri, Feb 26
10 cups

I started writing on this site almost exactly 6 years ago, frustrated at my low attention spans and absence of will. I was determined to change myself and make a habit of writing every day. Today, I finished writing 2000 days in a row. That’s a number that is WAY larger than what I had set out to do – much more than what I can imagine. There probably isn’t even a badge for this yet! There have been hiccups along the way, literally hundreds of days when I had no idea how to fill up 750 words – but it feels great to be finally on this side of this milestone.

This site means a lot to me. I’ve gotten into this amazing habit of writing everyday, which was once a drag but then became something I can not live without. I love that there is this one place where I can face myself, and talk myself through all complex thoughts. On the way, I have gained a degree of self-discipline, sharpened my writing skills, and picked up touch typing. Most importantly though, it has given me immense self-confidence. Whenever I face failure or doubt myself, I can look back on this and realize – here is something I did that I never thought I’d get done, and it has required sustained effort for years and years. If I can keep doing this without giving up for years, then there is no reason I should give up on something now. It reminds me that if I proceed in small steps, I am capable of more greatness than I can imagine.

No matter how many million words I write, I would never be able to express enough gratitude to Buster and Kelliane for giving me this distraction free space to express myself. Thank you sincerely for coming up with this site. You guys rock!

Testimonial Note from Srijata Chakravorti on Wed, Feb 24
5 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Srijata Chakravorti on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from plumdrops on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

One million words today. It feels so good. I’ve worked through so many writing projects with this site. Thank you. Onward and onward.

Testimonial Note from B Carreker Jones on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

This is an amazing site! I used it religiously for a full month and then did not have the means at the time to continue with a membership, but now that I do I will continue writing daily. It reads your thoughts and is such an amazing way to help organize your mind, and i started keeping track of things and it is very useful and helpful. I am so glad to be back!

Testimonial Note from william taylor on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup

Writing every day is a routine that I enjoy, and 750Words has helped me to create that habit. Thank you for all the inspiration and the for that space to release all the ideas that are swirling around in my head. Having this space allows me to be more creative and productive!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Wed, Feb 24
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Sohrob Sa on Tue, Feb 23
5 cups

I never thought I would be a pterodactyl and yet here I am. 202 days. I wrote through some of the hardest days of my life, wrote through pain and fear, wrote through good days. I wrote even on the days I KNEW I couldn’t. 202 days. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Mon, Feb 22
1 cup

750W has allowed me to take my thoughts and solidify them into concrete ideas and frameworks. When I am struggling with a topic or a situation, it’s been such a relief to actively tackle it and battle it out on the empty screen in front of me. 750W has also enabled me to contribute more actively in the past month to my blog than the entire past year – Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Jay Kiew on Mon, Feb 22
1 cup

The discipline of daily writing is helping me work out my karma, to find a wholeness in the thoughts I think and the words I use. Thank you for this site

Testimonial Note from laura flett on Mon, Feb 22
1 cup
Formatting option

Hi! I would love to be able to bold, underline or italicize text. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Lisa Northey on Sat, Feb 20
1 cup

I am new to 750 Words and I love it. I’m on day four and I’m inspired to write daily. I have tried to create a Tumblr page, I have tried writing in Evernote, I have also inconsistently kept a paper journal and none stick like this. There is something particular about this experience that gives me accountability. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Jo Pumpkins on Sat, Feb 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I am an obsessive achievement hunter. That’s about it.

New Feature Vote from Giratina on Wed, Feb 17
1 cup

I signed up for 750 words on a whim and riding a “new years resolution” high about beginning a daily writing habit. This may be one of the first new year’s resolutions I’ve ever kept in my life. I just love 750 words. I wish I could write many times a day. I’m writing short stories, chapters to a longer book. In fact after just a few weeks I submitted a short short fiction story (<500 words) to a local bookstore publication. Fingers crossed it gets accepted! Thank you 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Bryan Hall on Sun, Feb 14
1 cup

750 Words has changed my life. No more excuses. No more wasted time. Just me getting the writing done! Why, just the other day, I was rushing home at about 11:30pm, close to the end of day and without having finished my daily writing. This was after a nine day streak and right before I was to attain my 10 day Flamingo. And then, wouldn’t you know it, there on the side of the road was a burning building with several children that seemed to be trapped inside. A dilemma to be sure! I think it was an orphanage of some sort. Well, the fire must have been blocking the exits, because they just looked down at my from the second floor crying out for help or someone to catch them if they jumped. The old me might have fallen for such distractions, but not the new me! I rushed past them with their incessant pleas, and I finished that writing, keeping my streak intact! And I owe it all to 750 Words! Thank you so much! You’ve website has changed my life.
ps – The children may have died. I’m not sure. Could someone let me know if they heard of anything? It was off Reseda and Oxnard. The building is just gone now, ruble. I have trouble sleeping at night now. I can still hear the screams. The only thing that helps is writing. I just keep writing, trying to get the screams out of my head.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 13
2 cups

I’ve always been a writer, but it’s taken a lot to really drive it in for me and this seems to be it.

Just a few weeks ago I came to the conclusion that I’m a trans woman and it’s been interesting to say the least. So I hoped that this will help me clear me mind while I write, because it’s helped me when I was working on just creative things.

Onward, to begin a long, confusing and arduous journey.

Testimonial Note from Hannah Brown on Sat, Feb 13
1 cup

Love this site. I can’t remember the last time I was so thrilled to sit down and write. Thank you for the site and making it affordable.

Testimonial Note from Diane Brenner on Sat, Feb 13
1 cup
Starting template

Hi, I hope you’re well. I love the site.

Can there eventually be a way to create a template for a new entry? I often want to start by answering the same questions about my day before I go freestyle. Right now, I have to copy/paste the questions in, and I often forget. It would also be a nice tie-in with the “Metadata” feature of the site. If the same metadata tags are dropped in each time the button is pushed, it becomes easier to track over time.

Thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Mr. Johnson on Sat, Feb 13
3 cups

without realising it, 750 words has changed my life. it has put me on course to believe i can actually finish my novel and it has taken me to parts of my mind`i have been avoiding for years – today i discovered something that has been a major issue `(and stumbling block) in my life and for the first time I have put it down in words – I think this site is like going out in a mist – you don’t feel the damp but when you get back you’e soaked!

Testimonial Note from kate beswick on Sat, Feb 13
25 cups

I’ve been using this site for nearly 5 years, and it has become an integral part of my life. I’ve written 1.3 million words of journaling, school work, creative writing, complaining, and thinking out loud about whatever happened to be in my head. It’s gotten to the point where any time I have something I can’t figure out, I come here and write it out. I can’t tell you how many problems I’ve solved that way and how amazing it is to have a chronicle of my daily life that goes all the way back to 2011.

Sadly, my time on this site is drawing quickly to a close: I’m leaving on a mission for my church next week and won’t be able to write my words for over a year. With that in mind, it seemed like it was about time I wrote a note of thanks.

There’s something incredible about having a little sliver of time dedicated daily to writing, and it became really important to me. Some days I felt like I had nothing to say and struggled to hit the mark, and other days I pulled up the site specifically because I wanted to say things that I couldn’t say to anyone else. My favorite thing about writing is that it can be whatever you need it to be, and this site captures that so well.

I remember a couple of years ago when shutting down the site seemed like a real possibility, and I’m so glad that didn’t happen. The way everyone rallied to find a solution to keep 750Words online just shows how much this means to everyone here, including me. This is one of the most positive and supportive communities I’ve ever been a part of, and it’s run by some of the nicest people I’ve ever found on the Internet.

Thanks for letting me be a part of this. 750Words has made a huge difference in my life, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.

Happy writing!

Testimonial Note from Allyson Myers on Fri, Feb 12
1 cup

I’ve been able to work on my focus and concentration. I’ve also learned (and am continuing to learn) that doing a little bit everyday leads to big things, even if that’s something no one else can see like self-confidence.

Testimonial Note from Lindsay Dawson on Thu, Feb 11
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be nice to have markdown formatting visible as you write as iA Writer does: https://ia.net/writer/updates/ia-writer-3-1-comes-in-colors

Color highlighting maybe is overkill, but headers, bold, and italic would be nice to have.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Feb 10