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

750 words has given me a freedom that I didn’t have before. It is lifting me up in a positive way and quiets my mind to hear my Muse!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 01
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments

It would be great to have more badges. I found them to be very motivating in the beginning. However, once you get to a certain point, the next badge is so far away that it can lose the motivational pull that it once had. And, it can be all the more devastating when you somehow miss a day and find yourself even further from a new badge. I would love to see more incremental badges for those of us who could use the additional motivation and hope! Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Nan Mat on Thu, Jan 01
1 cup

Writing Year 2014 done and dusted with only 7 days missed all year! Passed 1 million words today! Thanks to B&K for the site, the support and the place to say it. Happy New Writing Year to us all!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Wed, Dec 31
1 cup

I’ve used 750Words for a couple years now and it’s truly helped me work out my thoughts. Sometimes it’s me venting, and others I start writing down all my ideas. It’s a chance every day to get my thoughts down and actually put words to my thoughts and feelings.

Testimonial Note from Optimistically-Hopeless on Tue, Dec 30
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Hackers will always find a way to get into a site, but I sure would love the feeling of having my words safe. On the other hand, I type fast, do not edit or censor as I write, making a lot of typos and grammar mistakes, so it’s almost humorous to picture anyone reading my entries! Sort of my own private joke.

New Feature Vote from Xena T. on Mon, Dec 29
2 cups

This was actually my third attempt at using 750 words to get into writing. I have yet to make a whole month, but writing has now become a major part of my routine. I use this website as a brain dump. I come here every evening to help me clear my head before bed. I have found that I’m sleeping better now and that I wake up more inspired the next day after writing. This site is great and I can’t imagine life without writing anymore!

Testimonial Note from Jake Keyser on Mon, Dec 29
1 cup

I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! I’ve tried to explain what this is all about to others (who don’t write and never have been into writing ALL their lives) And the others just don’t get it. They see it as a chore, a bind and even (horror) said it was a rip off becoming a member and paying for it . This place of fellow thinkers and typers costs less than one pint of larger, one glass of wine or one cup of coffee and you get to have the fun of it for the same cost as one drink for a whole MONTH. There is no comparison. It is a zillion times worth the (teeny) expense. There is magic herein, and it just works fab! It’s fun AND life sustaining, more than any one cup liquid. (Well… unless you were dying of thirst some place) Verba Volant, Scripta manent. xxx

Testimonial Note from lindsay joy gillies on Sun, Dec 28
1 cup
IFTTT Support

Being able to automagically send my morning pages from 750 to another place would be so grande. I’m not entirely sure what needs to be built for 750 Words to suppose the webhooks that IFTTT has for “this” type actions on their end. Allowing that kind of API “export” would probably be the most flexible for the most people since now it can go out to any service that can be plugged into IFTTT as a “that” action.
For me this would be creating a new Evernote note in a specific notebook but it could be any number of things that others may want including posting to a blog or other note taking services.
I think about doing backups for important things like this (writing even if it’s throw away is a great source of ideas) in as automatic a way as possible because i know i forget to manually do just about anything.

New Feature Request Note from Paul Kalupnieks on Sat, Dec 27
1 cup
kinder rewards

Hi – I love your site – it’s a great process – very helpful to getting much more writing done in a manageable way, thanks! Maybe it’s just me, but I find your January rewards for daily writing, too harsh to motivate. Wall of Shame – people already feel shame, painful to miss one day missed and be put onto such a list for a month. “Wall of Almosts”. Or “Close but No Cigar”. And there should be a make-up feature, like name is removed from that list after a week of steady days. Give someone who misses a day early on, motivation to continue. Thanks for considering!

New Feature Request Note from Cassie Quinlan on Sat, Dec 27
1 cup
Offline Mode / photo mode

I want an offline mode to save and upload later.

If I’m camping I want to be able to get my 750 words counted even if I don’t have my internet (or my computer for that matter). On the computer it could save the timestamp and if I were to take a photo of something I’ve written it could use the timestamp from the photograph and estimate words based on number of lines.

Just because you don’t have internet doesn’t mean you haven’t written your 750 words for the day (and missed continuing your streak).

New Feature Request Note from Julian Weisser on Fri, Dec 26
10 cups

I write erratically. In times of strife in my life, I find myself here, at 750 words. Could I do this elsewhere? Probably. But community is priceless, even if you never see me participate. Thank you Buster. Your site fills me with content. And Joy. May you always have the same.

Testimonial Note from Kerry Harman on Fri, Dec 26
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Andi on Thu, Dec 25
1 cup

Receiving encouragement and support to write daily is invaluable to me. Though I try, I do not always write every single day. My intention of course is to do so, to click on “the daily nudge” email and get writing. But many days I let it slip. However, I liken daily writing to daily running / exercise: it’s always hard to get going but once finished I feel so accomplished. That feeling of accomplishment radiates a sense of purpose and motivation that stays with me through the day and I am grateful for it. I am so grateful for the creators of 750words for knowing this and promoting it for others to receive and reap the benefits.

Testimonial Note from Mariana Grohowski on Tue, Dec 23
1 cup

I was using 750words on a regular basis, then I stopped. I have noticed my productivity go down a lot since I stopped using it regularly. Typing here every morning helps me begin to unravel and organize my thoughts for the day. My mind likes to wander, but if I can get a lot of the wandering out here in the morning then my day is so much more productive. Thank you for this wonderful site.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Marie on Mon, Dec 22
1 cup
Trade Patronage Cups for missed days

An option to trade Patronage Cups for missed days would be great. I know in my case, I have a “special” computer that apparently doesn’t play well with the site. Rather than contact support all the time for a broken streak, it would be nice to just trade in some of my built-up Patronage Cups to fix the problem.

New Feature Request Note from Apollymi on Mon, Dec 22
5 cups

I want to be like Ray Bradbury, the child eternally returning to the cosmic well. Thanks for helping me make the space for the universe to enter.

Testimonial Note from Morgan on Mon, Dec 22
1 cup

I realized that I just hit my 750 day streak. Here’s to writing 750 words for 750 days! Thanks Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Sun, Dec 21
10 cups

Tonight I reached a streak of 700 days. I’m in total awe. It’s something I could never have accomplished any place other than this site. In the beginning it was the badges that kept me going. Now I’ve gotten all the badges, but somehow I keep writing. In the beginning I struggled to get out 750 words. Now, it’s hard to write fewer than 1500 a day. It’s not that anything I’ve written is particularly erudite or would be meaningful to anyone else, but the fact that I’ve maintained any practice for that length of time is mind-boggling. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, with all my heart. I thank as well all my fellow writers: you’ve also been a great part of keeping me steadfast in my writing. I am grateful to you all. Peace and blessings.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Sat, Dec 20
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’m interested in setting personal goals for writing. Right now 750 words a day is a good goal, but I’d like to work up to writing 2000 words per day.

New Feature Vote from Theresa Reed on Fri, Dec 19
4 cups

This site has seen me through one of the worst times in my life. The ability to go directly to this site and write, purge, express, explain, question, wrangle, scream, writhe in pain, and weep has allowed me to breathe again. Writing daily has helped me to find the voice, and the laughter in me that was being silenced. I recommend this site all the time to others. It’s been a life saver. I cannot claim to be on a very long streak, but I am heartened by the longevity of others. Just knowing this site exists, and is waiting for me to arrive every single morning is enough. Namaste.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 19
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m not sure what it is, I just freaking love these badges. While the streak-number and the monthly challenges are my motivation right now, badges definitely don’t hurt. I wonder maybe about a unique badge for each month of the year? So a person could collect 12 different monthly challenge badges perhaps? Hmmmm. So many possibilities.

New Feature Vote from Bex vanKoot on Thu, Dec 18
1 cup

I’ve been here long enough that I have a lifetime account, at least a couple years. But for a really long time, I just couldn’t make a habit of it! I don’t know what changed this year, but I’ve finally done it. 79 days and counting. Once I made it a full month, I knew I couldn’t stop. I finally made it all the way through The Artists Way, and I know that morning pages are now a permanent part of my life.

Being able to dump whatever is stuck in my head when I first wake up in the morning changes my whole day. Along with a few productivity tips and tools I’ve picked up over the years, this makes all the difference to a day full of creativity and productivity, without being hampered down by anger or sadness or even whatever excitement is irking at the corner of my mind when it’s fresh from sleep.

I can’t recommend this site highly enough and I am so damn happy to have a lifetime account. <3

Testimonial Note from Bex vanKoot on Thu, Dec 18
1 cup

750words is the perfect tool for a morning freewrite. I’ve been a member since the early days, and even though I’ve never made a daily habit of using the site, I keep coming back to clear out my brain. After typing out any thought that comes into my head in the morning, I feel focused and ready to start the day. Here’s to making this a habit in 2015!

Testimonial Note from Michelle on Wed, Dec 17
3 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

When I don’t have my computer on trips or something I try to write on the website with my iphone and it’s so difficult. A dedicated app would be sweet.

New Feature Vote from Thomas Wallace-Hunt on Tue, Dec 16
1 cup

My virtual cup runneth over with the columbian beans of silly puns, creativity and whip cream. This site is a digital karaf of free flowing ideas for the average joe seeking to caffeinate their writing skills.

Testimonial Note from Phoenix Shoals on Tue, Dec 16
1 cup

I’m back on my 3rd day from a virtual hiatus of about 2 and half years. It’s been nice to recommit to spending 20 or 30 minutes in the morning and banging out words on my virtual page. I’m grateful that this is still a tool here for me to do so. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Mark A De Souza on Sun, Dec 14
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

It would be awesome to have a well performing app on the ipad! Sometimes when I’m away from the office/home or on breaks, I decide to do my words on my ipad. It works fairly well, but performance issues on a browser just make it slow slow slow. It would be much better if it was just a very simple app (there doesn’t need to be stats or anything like that), which I can just write in with perfect performance (this is key, especially for older devices).

New Feature Vote from Kevin Bradley on Thu, Dec 11
6 cups
More badges for accomplishments

badges for scoring consecutive Feeling Mostly or Concerned Mostly About stats. I want a vulture for all my upset/death entries!

New Feature Vote from squidmaster on Thu, Dec 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from A. O. Juarez on Mon, Dec 08
1 cup
Personal word goals

Setting a goal of 750 words is great. It’s enough to get some good momentum going for the rest of my day’s writing.

However, my own personal daily writing goal is 1,689 words. I would love it if there were an option to set my own goal too. The personal goal would show up in addition to the site goal of 750 words, and could be customized to provide a target for those who write more, or less, than the standard.

Keep up the good work. Loving this site!

New Feature Request Note from Shawn Cooke on Sun, Dec 07