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

The 750 Words are just what I need to get started in the morning. It is like drinking in the sunshine and the rays of light go forth onto the paper. I am hooked and do not know how I got by without it. My gratitude to you always and to the person that sent me to your site. I am now sending as many people that will listen to consider putting 750 Words into their lives.

Testimonial Note from Norma Lee on Sun, Jun 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I can only vote for more badges so many times yo

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Sun, Jun 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Pretty please?

New Feature Vote from Bergen Dox on Sun, Jun 01
22 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Opal Mattila on Sun, Jun 01
5 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Opal Mattila on Sun, Jun 01
5 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Opal Mattila on Sun, Jun 01
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Opal Mattila on Sun, Jun 01
1 cup
Would really like to see more badges

It can be a surprise too, i.e., the badges are not mentioned, but activate once an accomplishment is achieved.

New Feature Request Note from Nepali Ninja on Sun, Jun 01
1 cup
Improve the writing page
New Feature Vote from Jen Connelly on Sat, May 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jen Connelly on Sat, May 31
4 cups

As I wrote this morning, the little message popped up that said I had completed 750 words, but it also said that I was on a 73 day streak. It suddenly dawned on me. I am not too far away from 100 and my next badge. When I thought about 100, I thought it seemed almost like an impossible goal. It was so big. But this site automatically broke it down into smaller parts—not because I decided it that way, but just because it is the way it is. I had to decide whether or not to make a 30 day commitment. I shied away from that and yet finally decided that I was going to DO it. I knew that I was not going to allow my name on the wall of Shame, and so far, that has not happened. That negative was a motivator in some ways, but also the fact that I just had to DECIDE was there, as well. Once I decided, I did not want to break my decision. I made it through one month and was surprised at how proud I felt. So did I commit to month two? You bet! And now I am suddenly at 73 days and realizing I am not that far away from 100. How did I complete almost 100 days when the goal was so big? I didn’t look at the 100. I looked at 30 days. I suddenly look ahead 30 days and realize I am over 100. WOW. That is what I need to do with my WEIGHT!

Let it sneak up on me by making small commitments and keeping them. First make a REAL decision. Decide on something shameful if I don’t accomplish actually following my plan. Then I live with that shameful thing that I must do. But if I accomplish it, then I will feel that pride. Shame IS a motivator. In the long run, shame will not work forever, but it has its place. It was the Wall of Shame that made me want to stick with this. I did not want my name there. Now I need to use what I have learned and move from obese to skinny. :-)

Testimonial Note from Sherry L Prange on Sat, May 31
1 cup

Thank you, 750 Words. I don’t know how to start my day without you. It’s been a little over a month since I discovered this site and I feel I am a better writer because of it. My novel is progressing nicely and I’m almost ready to start looking for an agent. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Testimonial Note from Maureen Agresta on Sat, May 31
1 cup
Improve the Today page

I think you might need to reevaluate your sitemap. I have to do a bit of clicking around to find certain pages, for example finding the page where my badges are and then going back to today. More links I guess. I love the tone of your site! Keep that up.

New Feature Vote from Tisiphone Calloway on Wed, May 28
1 cup

I’m going through a transition in my life. 750words is helping me log my thoughts and feel them evolve and actually take time to reflect upon and honor the process.

Testimonial Note from Tisiphone Calloway on Wed, May 28
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Marcela Moreira on Wed, May 28
10 cups
Recurring Time Off

The ability to set a recurring day off.

For religious reasons I don’t use the computer on Saturdays, and have to schedule these days one at a time, week after week. I’d love to be able to just set Saturdays as a recurring day off.

New Feature Request Note from Danielle Meitiv on Wed, May 28
1 cup
More text analysis

my texts often get marked as “mostly affectionate”. I have a hunch that “affectionate” is the grey are into which all difficult-to-analyse-moods fall in. so I would really love to do away with the “affectionate” category and to have more text analysis to replace it with a more precise term.

New Feature Vote from Entropy on Wed, May 28
2 cups

So, it’s funny. I was writing every single morning, really keeping to this morning schedule, and finding myself more and more calm and clear headed and then one day almost two weeks ago, poof! I just forgot about logging in and writing. I broke my 64 day streak and was turned back into an egg. I then went another 7 days without logging in and writing but somehow, that still felt ok. I am proud to be an egg again. I can’t wait to see what I will hatch into!

Testimonial Note from Tree on Mon, May 26
6 cups

I’m pouring my whole six cups of delicious patronage into this note to commemorate the breaking of my almost 500 day streak.
Don’t worry though. I missed yesterday so I’ll just write twice today.

Testimonial Note from mkpladsen on Mon, May 26
1 cup

Using 750 words as a journal has helped me introspect on my inner feelings and emotions. It’s intensely relieving to have a private place to pour out my soul every day, as it releases bottled up tension. As a result, I feel more tranquil and have less stress in my life. 750 words has also helped me discover my passion for writing fiction. It helps immensely with motivating me to finish my stories. Overall, 750 words is a wonderful website. I’m going to keep using it for as long as I can.

Testimonial Note from Bubbles on Sun, May 25
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Bubbles on Sun, May 25
2 cups

My first idiom is Spanish. I challenged myself to write blog posts in English so that my thoughts can reach more people.

750 words help me exercising my writting skills. Taking the one month challenge help me getting into the mood and getting confidence to write in a whole diferente language.

Now, I am writting posts in English and planning to participate again in the monthly challenge, soon.

Thanks for this awesome site, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Francisco Quintero on Sun, May 25
1 cup
Total Time Spent Writing (Month/Year)

Under [this month]‘s Statistics, add another bullet that’s a running tally of all of the time spent writing for the month. Annual statistics should also use a similar tally so that writers can see how much (or little) of their time is actually spent writing in the grand scheme of things (example: 1,000 hours per year). Perhaps those writers who write 100 hours in one month or 1,000 hours in one year will get a special badge.

New Feature Request Note from Scott Gordon on Sun, May 25
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I just reached 365 days and earned my Pegasus badge! I’m so excited to have reached this milestone and can’t believe it’s really been a year that I’ve kept up with writing every day. It’s shown me that I am capable of forming and keeping good habits and working toward a long term goal. I’m looking forward to becoming a Space Bird, and I’d like something to reach for after 500 days. A 750 badge would be perfect!

New Feature Vote from Ivy Paul on Sun, May 25
3 cups

Was zipping along on a streak of over 200 days and on Friday just missed a day. The routine changed and I missed it and didn’t realize it until today.
That is a good thing. It makes me think about how important this process has been and how grateful I am that Buster and Kellianne have created and nurtured this wonderful space that feels like it was made just for me.

Testimonial Note from Chris Campbell on Sun, May 25
2 cups

Writing the daily words unclutters my mind.

After more than 5 months of daily writing my life and mind feels more stable. These days I look more into the now and near future than into the past. Things seem much more clear.

What a great habit! The site does it’s job, being simple and stable enough – but there are some things I’d love to see improved to keep me paying the monthly fee…there’s not so much extra features compared to the old pen and paper approach, especially if you’re writing in a language other than English.

Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 25
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Also surprise badges that are not listed. I’d love to see an unexpected badge appear after some more or less obvious milestone.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, May 25
3 cups
Secure server for writing

Although it doesn’t show to the users, I think it’s still the most important thing.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, May 25
1 cup

I just came back after over a year of not writing, and three days in I’m certain it was a good idea.

I’m glad this exists.

Testimonial Note from Slava on Sat, May 24
2 cups

I just completed 200 consecutive days of inspired writing! I’m so excited. I love and appreciate 750words so much. Writing here on a daily basis has helped me to sort out my thoughts and to heal old wounds. Thank you and bless your hearts!💖💖💖💖

Testimonial Note from Mary on Sat, May 24