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

Writing 750 words everyday improves my life in many ways. It makes me clear my mind so i fall asleep easier and it carries some load of my shoulders when I am feeling down. It gives me a rare chance to write down my thoughts and move on. Sometimes I write to myself, to someone else and sometimes I even write letters to my future husband and kids. I am grateful for this.

Testimonial Note from Elin Stensson on Thu, Jan 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Sofia M. on Wed, Jan 07
1 cup
Photo Journal - My Day Today

“My day today” is a feature that allows users to sum up their day in a few (say, six) photos. So, in these 6 photos (or whatever # is more convenient for the site)…the users can choose whatever 6 photos to represent or sum up the day that they had. Rather than looking back on ONLY the words they wrote, users can also see their day in pictures along with the words they wrote. so, it’s a feature to add photos to journal entries to represent that user’s day. i would love to be able to go back to a journal entry, and see some fun pictures I took that day that I added to that entry!! Please do this!

New Feature Request Note from katherine sofia de leon on Wed, Jan 07
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I know that badges are ultimately a little silly, but there’s many things that help to keep my motivation up and badges are one of them! I love my little string of animals.

New Feature Vote from alecia marie on Tue, Jan 06
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I’m often traveling, which can sometimes make it difficult to maintain a streak of writing. Usually I can get online, but it’s often only on my phone. As such, I’d love either an iphone / ipad app or a more functional mobile site. I’m resting the feature list on an app, but really, better mobile of some variety would be fantastic! Thanks. :)

New Feature Vote from alecia marie on Tue, Jan 06
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I would love to gain badges that are less quantitative and more qualitative, perhaps integrated with the daily stats or eternity pages.

New Feature Vote from Sabina Carp on Tue, Jan 06
7 cups
A few more badges would be nice

Not just badges for super long streaks, but a badge for writing on Christmas or something like that. Something to collect and brighten a day.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 06
1 cup

I am so deeply impacted by this process of daily writing. It’s therapeutic, healing, and inspires creativity beyond measure. I tell every client and student and reader about it, and I watch them get awed by the process too just as I was and then make it a priority in their lives. We are all writers and writing is healing and 750words is a gem of a resource. THANK YOU!

Testimonial Note from Farnoosh Brock on Mon, Jan 05
1 cup

I’m writing consistently which is great. I do write every day as it is (projects in other places), but seeing the badges and the little crosses at the top of the page is very inspiring and makes it easy to see my progress. So thank you, thank you for providing us with this site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jan 05
1 cup

Like a psi. I can drop my thoughts out whenever I want and still have a safe place to do it. I really like to have a Moleskine, but here I can control by stats whatever I write. That’s me. Feeling safe if I can control. That’s my goal for the year: to delegate my tasks to others. And I am talking mostly about my family.

Testimonial Note from Isabel Caldeira on Sun, Jan 04
1 cup

I’ve been on the site for a month, technical difficulties have hampered my enthusiasm to write at LEAST 750 every day, but it has actually motivated me to become more tech savvy to avoid those kinds of issues in the future. I feel freer, happier and excited. Whether I’m writing crap or not, at least I’m writing. I’ve recommended the site to several friends and they are having a blast just having the challenge. The fact that is completely private is just another great perk. Thank you so much for such a wonderful outlet!

Testimonial Note from Phoenix Shoals on Sun, Jan 04
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Zoe Kilb on Sun, Jan 04
1 cup

OMG. Where do I begin? When write on this site (mostly in the mornings), it’s like my mind opens up. I get the best ideas and I wind up having the most amazing time. I’m always bummed out if I miss my writing time.

Testimonial Note from Monika P on Sun, Jan 04
1 cup

Another day writing and another day where, unexpected, my thoughts gelled and I left knowing more than when I arrived.

Testimonial Note from Brendan Dixon on Fri, Jan 02
15 cups

I have completed another year of daily Words and since going Space Bird on the 26th December 2013, have written every day. There is no doubt that 750 words is habit forming and I confidently expect to extend my streak to a thousand in May this year. So I donate 15 cups to a really inspirational site and extend best wishes to its creators Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Fri, Jan 02
1 cup

Who finally got me writing again?? The wonderful humans behind this site, that’s who. As an adult, it’s good to know that I can still be motivated by adorable stickers! Thank you for the encouragement and for building a site that speaks directly to my competitive nature. You guys rule!

Testimonial Note from Devin Dearing Preston on Fri, Jan 02
8 cups

Happy New Year Buster, Kellianne, & all the 750 Word Writers! May this year be our most consistent in writing our words and living our lives. As always, I am grateful for this place where I can silence the editor and spill my guts on the page no matter how messy it gets. Cheers! Vicky

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Thu, Jan 01
5 cups

Thank you for this site. Even when I have nothing to say, I have somewhere to say it and encouragement to do so. Happy New Year and thank you again.

Testimonial Note from Governmentality on Thu, Jan 01
1 cup

According to my Egg badge, I started on 12-29-2010. Now it’s 2015! Although I have never gotten past a 70 day streak, I’ll become a Space Bird someday! This is one site I just keep coming back to. Thanks for keeping me writing. <3

Testimonial Note from Kimi Sun on Thu, Jan 01
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 Mon, Dec 29
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 Sun, Dec 28
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 Thu, Dec 25