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

Many months back, I’ve tried 750words and have given up on multiple occasions. It took me almost an hour just to get to 750words.

But through this month of September, the more I push myself, the more I grew. The long term benefits far outweighs the short term benefits of this site. Don’t believe me? Stick to a habit to start of your day just by typing 750words every morning and see how it changes your live.

Testimonial Note from Tan Jun Xiang on Tue, Sep 29
1 cup
Streak Freeze

I saw someone else request this, but couldn’t find it in the list of things I could vote for. It would be great to have a streak freeze such as that implemented on Duolingo. It’s a one-day freeze that you buy ahead of time that stops a streak from breaking if you can’t get online due to unforeseen circumstances. You can only buy and store one at a time, so you still have to get online with some regularity. I like that breaks can be scheduled, but it’s nice to have an emergency measure, too.

Thank you for all your work on the site!

New Feature Request Note from Sentient Human on Tue, Sep 29
10 cups
A better mobile site

Do you have a 750words app? Can you post something about it?

New Feature Vote from Marc Tretin on Mon, Sep 28
5 cups
some kind of emergency streak-saver?

I don’t have a good feel for this other than I have come really close to breaking my 1100+ streak due to unforeseen circumstances like service outages due to weather, or sudden unplanned lack of access to the internet, etc. Since you can schedule time off ahead of time, it makes me wish for some kind of emergency back-up intervention. It is one thing if I break my own streak, it is something different if a tree landing on a power line somewhere does it for me.

New Feature Request Note from Joy Ralph on Mon, Sep 28
1 cup
More text analysis

Oh please, please, add some languages to text analysis!

New Feature Vote from Olenko on Sun, Sep 27
1 cup

Words are like bees in my head. But if I devote my time to write them, they start to fly slower and I can find out, what these bees are trying to say me.

Testimonial Note from Olenko on Sun, Sep 27
1 cup

Writing daily is critical for NaNoWriMo. I joined to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2015. Yesterday I failed to log my entry for the day and lost my September challenge. A small donation is a small price to pay for the reminder that failing to write daily during NaNoWriMo can cost me much more. Thank you for the challenge to continue – I’ll beat you in October ;)

Testimonial Note from Booger Thomas on Sat, Sep 26
1 cup

When I signed up for the August challenge, it was a personal test. I have such a habit of starting things and not finishing…I didn’t know if I could really commit to writing every day for a month. And then, I did it. And the satisfaction of seeing my name on the Wall of Awesomeness gave me a sense of accomplishment which was truly profound. Now, almost two months in, writing every day has become my therapy, spiritual practice, exercise and daily gift to myself. It’s my reminder that I can do what I say I will, a way to find out what I’m thinking, and prime my creative pump. Writing every day is a gift I give to myself. And I am grateful for it. Every day.

Testimonial Note from la voo nina yama nooba on Sat, Sep 26
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’m already feeling tense about the fact that when i go on holiday I probably won’t have internet access so my writing streak will get messed up! Is it possible to find a way to continue using 750 words without wifi or internet?

New Feature Vote from Hils on Sat, Sep 26
1 cup

I cannot tell you how much this site has changed my life. I never thought I could write anything, but I really want to start a new business to escape the drudgery of the 9 to 5 slog, so I realised I needed to track my ideas and content for my new (soon to be finished!) website. I had heard about 750 Words from an online course I was doing a few months back and I decided to give it a go. Just to start something, And I’m still writing 45 days on, and I want to keep going, keep growing, keep challenging myself to make that escape really soon. Thank you Kellianne and Buster, you have helped me on a new path towards a more productive, powerful existence, something that has meaning and value to me and to others, there’s no stopping me now.

Testimonial Note from Lynsey Hanratty on Fri, Sep 25
1 cup

Today is 1003 days since I join this community (yep, I’m an early adopter). I didn’t manage to write 750 words every single day during this time but this service really changes me a lot.
It’s a small thing every morning which helps me be even more productive than I am because I can flush my thoughts through the words and start my day with great energy.
Thanks for 750words, friends! Keep it up!

Testimonial Note from Alex (oldschool) on Thu, Sep 24
1 cup
Improve the metadata system

You can’t edit an entry after the day has passed.

That means you can’t add metadata to previous entries either.

It’s easy to forget to add the metadata you want.

I wish you could edit the metadata of your previous entries.

New Feature Request Note from Mitro Patrikainen on Thu, Sep 24
4 cups
A better mobile site

Even though I’m doing this from my phone, there’s always room for improvement. It’s smartphone friendly enough but there’s always room.

New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Wed, Sep 23
100 cups

I am a SPACE SQUIRREL. One thousand days and one million words. THIS alone has boosted myself esteem. One hint, try the dictation mode in your word proccessor. Talking out ones word is so much more emotionally intense. It also is fast. 10 Minured can yield 750 words easily.

Testimonial Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Sep 23
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Actually I’d like to see an Android App, since I don’t have an iPhone or an iPad.

New Feature Vote from Erica Martin on Mon, Sep 21
5 cups

I have just passed 200 days and going strong. The daily writing gives me an opportunity to clean the brain where necessary and straighten my thoughts out for the day. I am also using it to plan a series of essays on various topics. It is a great way to start the day. My goal for the year is to reach 500, 000 words and I am on track to achieve this. This is an awesome place to be!

Testimonial Note from Andrew Bruce Donaldson on Sun, Sep 20
1 cup

I’m back to write another note. I’ve been inconsistent since starting use of the site back in August of 2014. However, this year, and within the last month especially, I’ve dedicated myself to the habit. It’s paid off in more ways than I can imagine. I’m just a fledgling with only thirty-four days under my wing, but this site has kept me focused and given me something to strive for beyond that ever-intangible satisfaction factor. It feels great to look back and see all the words piled up in heaps behind you. It feels good to revisit them and get acquainted with your myriad past selves. The payoffs to this process are uncountable. Thank you for such a wonderful site.

Oh, and I’m only about seven or eight thousand away from the Nano badge. I’m snagging that bugger this month. I already got the 100k badge in September, so this one’s a bonus.

Testimonial Note from Tyler Bachelder on Sun, Sep 20
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I always like something to strive for :) This really helps me figure out what I’m capable of!

New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sun, Sep 20
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d like to be able to work with paragraphs instead of line breaks which don’t register when I go back to read my words. It’s confusing while writing dialogue, and when I try to use any other sort of paragraph format (e.g. touching the space bar 5 times) it merely vanishes in a very unkind way.

New Feature Vote from Cameron James Tibera on Sat, Sep 19
5 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Amber on Sat, Sep 19
5 cups

I am forever indebted to 750 Words for giving me new inspiration and discipline in my writing. The value of regular and constant effort stood me in good stead when almost everything else in my world threatened to collapse.
The unintended bonus was that the site became a friend and a confidant who was willing to help me clear my head without complaint or gossip.

Testimonial Note from Mike van Niekerk on Fri, Sep 18
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Sep 17
1 cup

750 Words has changed it all up for me. It is my daily meditation. I use it to think through and think out anything that is going through my head that day. More recently, I have been using a trick where I write the whole 750 in third person while completely self-reflecting. It is unbelievable the clarity I get out of that!

Testimonial Note from Mitchell Wilson on Wed, Sep 16
1 cup

As someone with a really busy mind, I’ve repeatedly found that after a few days of writing, my complaing and frustration become less, and my writing flow improves. I really do use this as a place to just brain-dump so the thoughts are out of my way for the day. I also get to see what is swirling around and often start with a to-do and reminder list out of the ramblings. I’ve also recomended this to other friends and clients, ADD and not, as a place to sort out their own heads, especially when the aren’t ready to “burden” others.

Thanks for having a great ongoing resource!

Testimonial Note from Amy Voros on Tue, Sep 15
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I want to trust this site as much as I trust a notebook, I know that it is in my possession and therefore a safe place to put my thoughts. I suppose I could always lose a notebook that someone could find, but I would hate for my information on the site to be vulnerable. Privacy is important to me.

New Feature Vote from Grace M on Mon, Sep 14
1 cup

Well with 5 delicious cups of patronage, I should definitely use one to talk about how wonderful this has been for me. I have had some days where I logged on at 11:40pm and typed furiously to get my words in, just so I don’t break that streak. Ever since I signed up for August challenge, I’ve written every day and haven’t stopped (even during a trip where I only had a tablet and tiny keyboard with me, which was much harder than expected!). I’m on a 44-day streak, and starting to set new goals for myself (top of the list: wake up and write, don’t wait until later). So, thank you, thank you for this site, it has helped me through some rough times, helped organize my thoughts for the future, and even helped me make (and finish) to do lists. Here’s to many more days.

Testimonial Note from Abigail Cioffi on Sun, Sep 13
1 cup

750 Words is a great tool to keep me mindful about my writing and I love participating in the monthly challenges! Keep up the good work!

Testimonial Note from Yvette Lozano on Sat, Sep 12
1 cup

750words is so awesome! I’m still new to the site (11 day streak and counting) but it’s been such a cathartic experience. It’s very relaxing to be able to just type and get everything out, and the cute little badges are encouraging. I plan on being a member of this site for quite some time :)

Testimonial Note from Eda Chen on Sat, Sep 12
1 cup
A kids edition

My 9 year old son has started writing words everyday. He has really got into it and I see it of being even more beneficial to him as it is to us adults. The only issue is that 750 words is too much for someone his age. The only change needed for a kids edition is to reduce the word count based on the age of the user. I would guess that 250 or 300 would be right for the under 12s, and 500 for the under 16s.

New Feature Request Note from John Holcroft on Fri, Sep 11
6 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alec on Fri, Sep 11