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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Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

Well, I got the official note that I didn’t complete the March writing challenge, and true to my word, I have paid up on my loss.

But I’m back in for April!

Testimonial Note from Patron Andres Esquivel on Wed, Apr 01
3 cups

Awed and inspired by those going past the million word mark, those writing for many years. I am either at day 715 or 1080 — a power failure put a bump in the official day count — and love seeing posts who have been here for years and are still writing.

Testimonial Note from Ti Locke on Wed, Apr 01
30 cups
Ding!

I’d really like if there was a little chime when I reach 750 words. Think the ‘Correct’ sounds on Duolingo or KhanAcademy exercises! Thank you, by the way, for this site. It’s mega-wonderful.

New Feature Request Note from Jack McJack on Wed, Apr 01
10 cups

It was five years ago (tomorrow) that I started this unbroken chain of writing. Tomorrow, I will begin year six. I don’t know that I have ever done anything (anything!) as regularly as my writing on this web site (personal grooming aside…sort of). I’ve had an interesting relationship with this rock as I push it – every day – up the hill. Some days, I’m running at full gallop at it, and find my self surprisingly not winded when it’s atop this hill , and other days, every inch of the push is my own private hell. And, that’s the beauty of this site, isn’t it? To know that it’s here, to know that it’s waiting for me to deal with the flow and the blocks, the creative and the mundane, It’s a barrier and it’s a door and for that I’m grateful and happy.

Testimonial Note from Hal Tepfer on Tue, Mar 31
10 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Mon, Mar 30
1 cup

I just wanted to say thank you for building and maintaining 750 words. Doing my morning pages here has helped me through so many difficult times of stress, grief, and trauma.

Testimonial Note from Tilde Ann Thurium on Mon, Mar 30
3 cups
Indexing and tagging

It would be helpful if it were possible to add titles and tags after editing for the day has been closed. Being able to search and browse through previous entries would make it easier to use 750words as a reservoir and archive and not just a “word dump”. It would come closer to how I use my pen&paper writing journals. Thanks for considering and keep up the great work! (PS: Also, an anroid app would be neat)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 30
1 cup

A snafu with Paypal late last night resulted in my not being able to log in to write at all. Kellianne quickly remedied the situation today, and I was very pleasantly surprised this evening, after a really tough workday, to find that I was back up and able to type away at my nightly post.

I knew I loved 750 Words… I was still surprised at how lost I’d felt when I couldn’t submit my post for the night and would loose my streak!
I’m a happy camper now, thank you!!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Mar 30
1 cup

750 words is worth a thousand pictures.

I am a writer. I too would like to post a picture now and again, but that is not why i am here. i am a writer. I write. And I thank B & K for setting this up and encouraging myself and others to do so. Happy, sad, melancholy, joyous, grieving, celebrating, thrilled, bored, it all gets recorded and for that, I am grateful.

Testimonial Note from Edw Carter on Sun, Mar 29
10 cups

On my 799th day of writing on this site—every day since I found it, I passed the million word mark. I am awed by this, and am feeling tremendous gratitude to Buster and Kellianne for providing this site. Thank you as well to all of you around the world who sit down beside me each day and write your story. Bless us all on our journeys.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sat, Mar 28
1 cup
Annual Memberships

I’d really prefer to pay for my membership annually. Optimally, that would come with a minor discount (say $55 for one year). It’s easier for me to track that than monthly.

I think that the monthly option should remain, for those people who cannot afford to do a full year membership or just want to try it out.

New Feature Request Note from Ellie on Sat, Mar 28
1 cup

Isn’t life strange. I would not think for one minute that the young inspiring pilot would do this to himself and 149 lost souls. I mean how could anyone fathom what goes on in the mind of the mentally sick. How could we to be honest, for we really can’t open a window and look inside can we? Or can we? I am not sure with the updated ways physicians and their modern day tools pry into the human mind. But I am sure like the odd duck that flies by unnoticed in a auldum hunt, humans can slip by the smoke screen to madness. I am very puzzled how anybody , even in their sick twisted mind could fly their jet into a mountain over 500 miles an hour. But it is not for me to past judgement for the window was closed to all not to see in. This young man just starting out in a bright future had his own idea didn’t he. But if one could see through this maze of madness what do you think you would see? Would you see blue skies and pretty sunsets? Would their be beautiful music playing with laughter and joy. Would the smiles from the faces in the crowd be real with no judgemental behaviour. If you think this is the picture you would witness, my first response would say how could it? I mean how could this co-pilot that many people trusted and family loved be in a happy state. How would he every hear the birds sing or the or his childhood memories of happy times. I can’t imagine he would think of anything except darkness and hollow screams echoing in his mind of doom. No if I would to place a bit in Vegas I would have to say this young man lived in a room of horrors. So their you have it. The evidence is not to be overturned for this man must have lived in pain for very long that he decided on this morning that it would be his last. Look through the window again to see him leaving home for the last time. What is he doing today that would make someone stand up and say stop. Where is the cue that would alert the pilot that his wingman was in deep despair. Why didn’t the chief stewards onboard this plane of death notice that the life of all onboard would be over soon. How could this happen I ask myself. How could the duck fly by the sharpest shooters in the country to live another day? I wonder was this a plan by some great powers from above. Have the gods orchastrated this whole play that went terribly wrong. Did the gods make a mistake when they choose this young man to play the part of the pilot who almost crash his plane. Did someone higher up in the heavens forget to write the final chapter of this story, where a brave passenger averted the crash by kicking in the cockpit door. How could the gods be so forgetful not to include this very important part of this story. Or was it that the boy they had cast to play the villain didn’t read his lines. Maybe just maybe this young fly boy thought he would add some spice to the boring ending. I mean why in the mind of this actor allow someone else get all the glory. Maybe this boy didn’t feel worthy of playing the bad guy who was apprehended and upstaged by another fellow actor. So at the last minute in his room back stage when he came out to play the finally act. He did what everybody did not think could happen. He upstaged all who was before him. He purposely neglected to play his part as scripted. He turned his back on the screaming director and did the unthinkable. He sacrificed his life and all onboard this bird of aluminum. He locked the really door and not allow no man to take away his shinning moment in the sun. As he looked forward and watched the mountain rage come closer. He smiled and in his mind you could see it slowly happen. Just before the plane plummet to earth, the window closed for the last time. The curtains were drawn and the he turned off the lights for nobody to see. He walked slowly back to his bedroom and sat and waited. His last thought was he was free. Even though nobody could see in this window. You could tell he was happy for the music that was not present before rang softly over the mountain top. He was home now. No one in his world would hurt him no more. And all his co – actors, all 149 of them finally seen what they have missed all this time. They failed to see the duck fly as this beautiful creature has gone home one last time.

Testimonial Note from Dana Cousins on Sat, Mar 28
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be great to include photos. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Penni Jane on Wed, Mar 25
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Ella Bourke on Wed, Mar 25
5 cups

I rediscovered 750words.com by chance, seeing it in an old email account. I hadn’t opened this site in a couple of years (due to many challenging personal events). It’s good to write so many words once again. I’m finding that as I vent, problem-solving takes shape. My 750 words are filled with messages to myself. The day goes more smoothly because I have already worked out resolutions on paper. Thank you so much 750words. Additionally, I was pleased as punch to discover I’d been grandfathered in! I feel very honored.

Testimonial Note from Amy LaBonte on Wed, Mar 25
1 cup
Improve the writing page

It would be great to be able to insert photos into our writing! I have been trying to find a way to get a picture into my 750 words, but after weeks of trying, I finally will admit to defeat. By the way, I live this site, and have succeeded to write everyday since i first joined up with a free account! When I ran out of my 30 free days of membership, I actually got out of bed, woke up my parents, and forced my mom to sign me up so I would not miss a day.

New Feature Vote from Katie Jensen on Tue, Mar 24
5 cups

I’m not always the best at keeping up with my daily pages (I don’t even want to calculate how long I’ve been on the Wall of Shame), but that I keep trying is a testament to this site. I genuinely appreciate that Buster and Kellianne have centered the entire space around the simple act of writing — no bells, no whistles, just words. (And badges — I do love the badges — but even those turn all the attention back on the writing!)

Testimonial Note from KJ Myllymaki Reddy on Tue, Mar 24
1 cup

I just want to encourage all of you to keep getting back on the horse (of awesomeness) if you miss a day. It’s worth it!

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Tue, Mar 24
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Mon, Mar 23
30 cups

Wow. Today I reached 2 million words written on this site. That number boggles my mind a bit. When I started here, about four and a half years ago, I never dreamed that it would become a habit that would continue for this long and have so many amazing results. I am on a streak that has lasted over 1500 days and I have no intention of breaking it anytime soon. This site has saved my sanity on more than one occasion. I have a place where I can come in the morning and just dump the contents of my brain onto the page and sort out what I need for the day and what can just stay there. It has helped me clear the clutter and move into the day with a fresh perspective. I am immensely grateful to Kellianne and Buster for creating a place for me to do that. Morning Pages were a goal of mine, ever since I worked with the Artist’s Way when it first came out. But I didn’t keep up the habit. This site has helped foster that habit, and I am excited to see what comes out of the next million words on my page! Thank you so much!

Testimonial Note from Patty Mathews on Mon, Mar 23
1 cup
Eternity - bring it back

On of the features I really enjoyed was the ETERNITY feature. It seems to have been removed. Please bring it back.

New Feature Request Note from Nepali Ninja on Fri, Mar 20
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I don’t really like that regardless of how I format my writing, once it’s saved it turns back into the huge block it was before. I don’t personally write poetry, but I’m sure some of our poetry writing members would enjoy keeping the formatting of their poems.

New Feature Vote from Metric on Fri, Mar 20
1 cup
More text analysis

One of my favorite parts of doing my daily words is looking at all the nifty stats and pie charts for the day at the end. It’s one of the motivators I have if I feel tempted to quit early in an entry. If I could request anything, it would be more analysis and stats on the daily stats page.

New Feature Vote from Roseta Clelland on Fri, Mar 20
11 cups
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Mar 20
4 cups

I have been suffering from depression for a long while now and totally lacked any interest in writing (among other things). Now that I’m feeling like I’m recovering, I really want to get back into it, but I’m finding it difficult. Having this space and a steady daily goal really helps with that. And the more I do it, the more I am able to move beyond spilling words all over the page just for the sake of writing something and start to actually craft essays and stories intentionally. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Sara Johnson on Thu, Mar 19
4 cups
Improve the writing page

Specifically the ability to bold and italicize. Maybe strikethrough. Other people have asked for more formatting options, but honestly this is all I’m interested in personally.

New Feature Vote from Sara Johnson on Thu, Mar 19
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Ceralin Smith-Matthews on Wed, Mar 18
2 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Teja on Wed, Mar 18
1 cup

I love this site. I am back after a long period time, and it feels good to be writing, again.

Testimonial Note from Stonegiver on Wed, Mar 18
2 cups

750 words has helped me tremendously. Without going into too much detail, because I am a very private person when it comes to my morning pages, I like to devote the first half or so to positive affirmations and the second half to any self-reflection, ranting, or ruminating that I feel I need at the time. I recommend this method, as the positive affirmations definitely help your mood. Just make sure they’re in the present tense. More notes to come. I just wanted to share my process in case others are interested. Peace

Testimonial Note from Paz Paulsen-Sacks on Mon, Mar 16