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

1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Nov 02
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I would definitely prefer an iPad app instead of always having to drag around my big MacBook for writing.

New Feature Vote from Michelle Clarke on Mon, Nov 02
2 cups

Today is Nov 2nd, and it is the 2nd day of NaNoWriMo. I find myself, once again, at the place I love to write. I have been away, I see many great changes. I look forward to spending at least the next month here. Good luck to all fellow NaNoWriMo writers, push onward!!!

Testimonial Note from Michelle Clarke on Mon, Nov 02
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Alyssa Samek on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Jesse Vogelaar on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

It would be nice to be directed to the menu first when logging in on the mobile version versus the actual writing page.

Readjust the menus and panels so you don’t have to scroll from side to side on the mobile version, scrolling down is far easier and much more legible.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup
Integrate with Writers Groups

Set up group walls where people can compete with people they know for word count or badges. Have a place to store notes & articles for the group as well as a story exchange forum for local groups.

Let people invite friends and form a group so they can do a competition with people they know and can tease in person.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup

I write first thing in the morning and it gets me out of bed. My entire day goes much more smoothly with having 750words.com in my morning routine, I swear by it. It clears my head and emotions and makes far more productive in the day. I tried writing this on my own without the website, but the value is external recognition and community motivation to finish the job. Also, I’m using it to launch my 50,000 words in November, I know pursuing the badge will help me greatly. Awesome idea, 750words! Wouldn’t be a finisher without you. Thanks for holding my feet to the fire.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup
Multiple Instances of Same Badge

I would love to see a ton of cheetah or turquoise stallions or albatrosses on my page. I love the badges, they are so fun!! I would love to collect a ton of them. Maybe it’s my pack rat nature, but it would be awesome to have an entire wall of badges. Maybe group them by table and the rows increase in length with more badges? Not sure, but it would be fun to see how many cheetah badges I can earn, and then maybe earn a Master Cheetah badge or something like that.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup
Patreon

Have you guys considered a service like Patreon in order to do your funding instead of a free trial/subscription based service? It is a sophisticated system setup to allow people to donate to help fund you in exchange for perks without having to do a “pay wall” to keep using your service. People can choose how much they give. I am not sure how you ran your donation based service in the past, but I encourage you to keep looking into alternate ways of funding to give new users options other than the $5 a month model, which I personally find a bit annoying. I am a subscriber, but I’m not comfortable recommending this service to my friends, even those who I feel would benefit from this type of structured journaling, because I wouldn’t want to ask them to put up the money. Not everyone has the kind of situation that can allow for this sort of plan.

I joined this site because I remembered it from a few years ago back when it was free when I started on it from a month ago. I actually didn’t even realize it was going to end up costing me money until I had already started my habit, which frustrated me. Maybe that’s on me, and it should have been more obvious that I was just signing up for a free trial. But let me tell you, if I HAD realized that I was only getting 30 days free, I probably wouldn’t have even started in the first place. I would have looked harder for another service that I wouldn’t have to eventually get hooked into a subscription in order to keep using. That’s a shame, because I ended up liking this service quite a bit.

I think a lot of people would be keen on this service who you are not getting based on your current $5 a month option.

What you have with this service is very valuable and you have a lot to offer; I think people would be willing to help you out quite a bit financially if you ask them the right way, without having to suck them into a subscription based plan. This web site is very easy to use, and it is such a relief to be able to come to a place not contaminated by advertisements or constant prompting by the user interface to “share” or other forms of currency. I also appreciate your transparency, your loyalty towards your users, and the fact that you respect us and have made it clear that you seek input from us as you move forward. As I said before, I remembered the name of this site from YEARS ago even though I had never used it before; you guys have a lasting reputation for good things that has remained consistent over time. That is a rare thing on the internet. Thanks for what you do, please keep it up, and I hope that you continue exploring new ways to open up this service to other people.

New Feature Request Note from Jordan M on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup

Surprisingly it occured that my Cup of Patronage is someting like expired and I cant write my 750 words today! And it’s such a pity! Because the site is really great! I get used to it in a couple of months, cause there is no need to disturb my friends and family loading them with all kinds of different stuff in my head! After daily writing I definately know what is worth discussing and thinking a bit more, and what is not! Membership here is definately worth!!!

Testimonial Note from drmwrld on Sun, Nov 01
1 cup

This site is great! I’ve always wanted to start a journaling habit, and have tried many times throughout my life in failed. Until I found 750words.com! Personal writing every day has been great for understanding my sub-conscious thoughts, and $5 a month isn’t much for something I utilize every day!

Testimonial Note from samuel baugh on Sat, Oct 31
1 cup

Today’s stats! I started writing to encourage a dear friend. I just completed 2000 days of writing at least 750 days. I’ve missed three days, one because of technical difficulties and two because it was just too busy on those days. This has been such an improvement in my writing and in my contemplation of life as it passes one day at a time. Thanks Buster and Kellianne for making this great opportunity.

Testimonial Note from Sandra Webster on Sat, Oct 31
1 cup

750 words helped me back into the groove of writing again. A little motivation can go a long way, especially when it comes to writing a research paper.

Testimonial Note from Julie Alegado on Thu, Oct 29
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

How about a badge for accumulating 12 months of successful monthly challenges? It wouldn’t have to be an unbroken streak, because that’s already covered by the existing 365-day Pegasus badge, but just 12 months of challenges met over any length of time.

New Feature Vote from Sheila Avelin on Wed, Oct 28
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

I’d prefer to not use Paypal.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, Oct 26
1 cup

To celebrate my Day 1425, I used my 750 to write a draft of my contest-entry essay! Such a great little space to get the words out! And, want to say I am so Happy 750words is into NaNoWriMo this year in a Big Way! Yayyy!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Mon, Oct 26
10 cups
Secure server for writing

Until recently, when I logged out, it would “forget” me, and not show my username. Starting about two days ago, when I go back to the page it says “Unlock your words” with my name. I liked the double security of having to know both my username and password to get in.

New Feature Vote from Mary Going on Sun, Oct 25
1 cup

Now past my 100 days of writing on this website, 750words.com has become so much part of my life, a place to unwind, unload or play around with thoughts, aspirations, a private place just to be myself where I can think and feel and go over the events of my day and assess and evaluate and draw strength. It also gives me the courage to go forward onto the next day, whatever the type of day that I have had. I know that I can also write out my feelings, my emotions, and to me that is a source of great comfort and inspiration. Thanks so much for creating this website, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Kay C. Oppen on Sat, Oct 24
1 cup

I am so grateful for this site. I love all the things that it does for us like count our words, keep track of our writing, and I’m hooked on the badges. I feel inspired to try for 50K words next month. Thanks so much to Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Mary Senior on Sat, Oct 24
4 cups

A couple of months ago life conspired against me, and I broke my 200+ streak. I’m writing again (though restarting as an egg is harder than I would have guessed) and committed to doing the NaNoWriMo next month to give myself an extra push. Words of advice or inspiration anyone?

Testimonial Note from Alison Colwell on Sat, Oct 24
5 cups

After the lovely Kellianne restored that single blip in my streak, I just got my Pterodactyl badge!!

I’m about to clear 50k this month— as I have since June!— and I hope to challenge myself with 75k in November for NaNoWriMo.

This site has helped me become a better writer. To keep my streak, I had to write every day no matter what, and that made my brain stretch and churn with the need to put words into text. I stopped taking writing so seriously and voila — it became fun again.

Looking forward to April ‘16, when I’ll clear my first year here! Here’s lookin’ at you, 750words!

Testimonial Note from ES Wright on Thu, Oct 22
20 cups

Recently things have been a little stressful, just the life kind of stuff that we create for ourselves, one day I must have not checked my stats as I usually do, the last 14 words written did not save. After one thousand and two hundred and something days of writing I was an egg again. Being a space squirrel was a joy. But then I realised that being an egg was a joy. That writing everyday is the joy. Thank you 750 words, Kellianne, for fixing my error and restoring my spacey squirrellyness, but more importantly, thank you for this site. The blip in my internet has made me realise that I am more relaxed than I thought about the streak! And that this is such a habit, it will go on forever anyway.

Testimonial Note from April Whalley on Thu, Oct 22
1 cup

Compared to some folks, at 66 days my streak is not so impressive, but it’s still a lot more than I thought I would be able to manage. I was introduced to the site by Temaris, who proved an able ambassador for the concept, and signed up shortly afterwards. It’s a little ridiculous how something as simple as badges with birds and animals can be enough to encourage you to persevere when otherwise a good habit like writing every day might fall by the wayside. I look forward to reaching more milestones and want to thank the folks responsible for this site for setting it up!

Testimonial Note from Graculus on Wed, Oct 21
1 cup

Each day I start by writing down everything that is on my mind, then I write about what I’m grateful for, and finally what I want to accomplish for the day. It helps me lighten the load first thing in the morning so I can get my day off to a great start. And it “primes the pump” for my other writing goals. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Tina Gasperson on Wed, Oct 21
1 cup

Thank Buster and Kellianne for creating this awesome sight. I love it and it’s so great to free write and/or Journal. Years ago I did The Artist Way and I loved morning pages. You guys Rock!!!

Testimonial Note from Heather deViveiros on Tue, Oct 20
1 cup

A huge thank you to Buster and Kellianne for having created and for maintaining this site for all of the rest of us! You have been and continue to be a huge contribution to my life. I was someone who wrote longhand, daily morning pages for five years before discovering your website. Once discovered, it’s given me the capacity to keep this going and be rewarded with badges for my efforts. Of course, the rewards of a daily “brain dump” are amazing especially in those small moments of life—the moment when I am about to get upset about something someone in my life is either doing or not doing and I have an additional moment to pause before saying or doing something harmful. Like just now, sitting at my desk at work during lunch about to write my 750 words and feeling a bit sad that I hadn’t received a bunch of flowers delivered to my desk for my birthday, so, sitting down to write this note and be grateful to have a place to let all of this out, miraculously, the receptionist arrives with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and an orchid from my friend and lover! Now, isn’t that priceless? No amount of money could buy that kind of freedom from visiting all of that upset on my wonderful partner who took the time and the effort to send me flowers! Thanks a million, Buster and Kellianne! I’m now going to up my monthly donation to share my gratitude with you!

Testimonial Note from Gavriella Roberta Delgado on Mon, Oct 19
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Justin Huhn on Mon, Oct 19
1 cup

Growing up I used to keep hand-written journals and found that they were a great outlet for my thoughts. As I got older and busier I wrote less and less until I completely stopped. I no longer had the same outlet for my thoughts.

Recently life started to throw some challenges at me and I decided to pick up journaling again. Through a quick search I found 750 words and began to write. Writing helped me to sort my thoughts over the last month and I’m happy to say that I am in a better place than I was a month ago. The power of journaling is very real.

Thanks again for such a great place to come each day.

Testimonial Note from Susanna on Mon, Oct 19
1 cup

One of the great thing about this site is that 750 words is enough to get you thinking about what you are writing, especially if you use it as a sort of “Morning Pages” type thing and just typetypetype while you’re still half asleep and before the coffee makes its way to your brain. Thanks guys for making this site exist.

Testimonial Note from Michael Roberts on Mon, Oct 19