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

I’m on day 503 now. I’ve been so determined to keep it going. I never thought I could do it but this site has given me hope.
Last night the internet was out at my house. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to connect and struggled with it for hours. I really needed to go to bed and get some sleep because I had to get up early for work. And the day was fast ticking down. I could keep struggling with my internet, or find another place to connect, which is what I did. I threw my laptop into my backpack and ran to my work place which has free wifi and stood outside of the closed building to complete my words. No, I literally ran. I’m not in the best of space, but I was completely determined (and probably thought to be crazy by my roommate). Glad there wasn’t too many people out cause I bet I might have looked strange being on my laptop in the employee parking lot. xD Even though I ended up getting only a couple hours of sleep, I still feel energetic and awake. I’m so glad that I didn’t break my streak. May all this determination leak to other aspects of my life.

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Thu, Apr 17
5 cups

I just reached Spacebird status, which feels like a huge feat. At least 750 words written every day for 500 days straight. I feel proud of myself for being able to maintain such a productive habit and hope I can keep up the streak for much longer still!

Testimonial Note from Cecilia Matz on Thu, Apr 17
1 cup

I have been using this site since October of 2011 to help me clear my mind, organize my thoughts, and work through the though stuff life throws at me, and it has been invaluable. To know that there is a safe, secure, and distraction-free place I can come to write has been a great source of comfort for me over the years, and I know it will continue to be. Thanks, Buster, for creating this place.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Apr 16
1 cup

Today I just got my space bird. That’s 500 days. I wasn’t sure I was gonna make it, but I did, and it makes me feel like I can make more goals in life and eventually meet them. Just gotta take it one day at a time.

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Mon, Apr 14
2 cups

Regarding the Heartbleed Bug – I tweeted to Buster about it on April 8th. It looks to be fixed as of now. I’m glad that Buster got on it so quickly.
I’m glad to know that this site is secure. My password has been changed!

Testimonial Note from Cydling on Mon, Apr 14
1 cup

Writing every day—896 days since I joined, 887 daily pages written, 864-day streak now—this site is part of the core of my day and my writing. But—the ability to schedule time off suddenly disappeared. I could lose it all by one slip….yes, I love the site and the writing, but the structure of my streak keeps me on track. Please let me schedule time off again!!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Apr 12
1 cup

Thank you for providing space to clear my mind, and organize my thoughts. I celebrated a year with 750 words in March and it’s the best year I’ve had and it continues to be great! Thanks again!

Testimonial Note from JoAnne Barton on Fri, Apr 11
1 cup
Improve the writing page

Improve text formatting. Maintain paragraph breaks even when I only hit enter once between paragraphs.

When I return to dialogue/bulleted lists/whatever, it’s all in one long paragraph.

New Feature Vote from Katy Stalcup on Thu, Apr 10
2 cups
Heartbleed bug fix

The site appears to be vulnerable. Is this fixed? I would like some updated information abut this and I’m sure others are worried about security too. I have already changed my password but I guess that’s no use until the site is secure again, so please let us know! Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Frøy Rosvoll-Bystad on Thu, Apr 10
1 cup
Eternity to Oblivion

As it seems that the Eternity feature is a hassle and a half I’d be fine if it was removed. Just throwing that in so you can work on more things instead of spinning the wheels on something that is at best, a novelty.

New Feature Request Note from Jason DeFillippo on Thu, Apr 10
1 cup

I can’t write every day, but I want to write most days. So I want to set a flexi-goal that 85% of the days each month, I write. If I meet this goal, I get a cookie. If I meet it repeatedly, I get fancier cookies. What happened to me once was that i wrote for 30 days, got my badge, missed one day, and did not come back for months and months. For me it’s too all-or-nothing. But I could work at an 85% goal for a long, long time. If I slipped below, I could work harder to bring it up. There is recovery built in as an option. I could start at 60% and set harder goals as i progress with writing. There, has my suggestion reached 750 yet? No, but I’ll stop here. Thanks for listening.

New Feature Request Note from Brian on Wed, Apr 09
1 cup
Heartbleed Fix

The site appears to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed SSL bug. If this is true, it’s important that you put the fix in place as soon as possible. Thanks.

New Feature Request Note from Steve Garriott on Wed, Apr 09
1 cup

It never gets any easier. If you’ve been tempted to quit, and people tell you “It gets easier”, they lied. It only seems that way because you get better at it. The level of difficulty is still the same; it may even get higher; but by persevering through the dark times and despair, you level up to a point where you can handle it. After 5th grade comes 6th grade, which is harder. After your baby is a crying, diapering mess, he’s a toddler running all over the place, which is harder. But you’ve gained strength from the journey, and you can keep on.
This is one thing 750 words has done for me: it motivated me to persevere. After struggling through February, I completed the March challenge and began Camp NaNoWriMo in April. The ideas are flowing like a prairie wind, fast and strong. It’s not that it’s easy; it’s that because I practiced long and hard, I can do it now.
Keep on keeping on.

Testimonial Note from Brenna Christine Siver on Wed, Apr 09
1 cup
A better mobile site

Please continue to allow mobile users to have acces to the full functionality. Some people cut back access and functionality when making a special mobile access. I don’t like that.

New Feature Vote from Janine Bouyssounouse on Tue, Apr 08
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

More badges – more fun!

New Feature Vote from Entropy on Sun, Apr 06
3 cups
Improve the Today page

i would love to see the ‘how you’re feeling’ graph be tweaked to be more accurate. at least for me, it tells me every single day that i’m mostly feeling ‘affectionate’, even when i’ve spewed hate all over the bleeding page. so basically i just discount that and look at the others, but i’d love either to know what i’m saying that makes it think i’m feeling all warm and fuzzy, or to have the algorithm tweaked to better reflect the sense of what i’m saying.

New Feature Vote from Amie Vaughan on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup

The daily practice of writing at 750 Words is helping me change from self-centeredness (whining about my life and “problems”) to more positivity and self-encouragement. I was getting kind of sick of my own brattiness, so am changing it up to be more grateful and courageous.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup

I started 750 words because I was interested in self improvement and I was already writing for my blog so I wanted to write more regularly.

I’ve notced that 750 words makes me mindful of the things I do because I only focus on what I’m writing at the current moment. That’s a wonderful feeling I hope many people experience.

Testimonial Note from John on Fri, Apr 04
1 cup
Set custom day change times

I work a night schedule so for me, midnight lands right after my break. Sometimes I am inspired to write in the daytime, most times its when I get home (around 2am or so). So a ‘day’ for me is from about noon to 4am the next morning. It’s been a little annoying for me so far because I’ll write about stuff that happened during my day when I get home after work, and then the next ‘day’ for me is still the same day on here. Right now, I’ve jury rigged it by lying and saying I’m from GMT-11 so the day changes at a time when I’m reliably asleep. This had the effect of screwing up the time on my alert emails so I had to do some calculation to change the time to the right time. It would be better if there was simply an option called ‘what time do you want your day to change over to the next’ or something like that. Its not a huge deal but us night owls would appreciate the simplicity.

New Feature Request Note from Timothy Kelly on Thu, Apr 03
1 cup

Nothing about 750 words is extraordinary. . . aside from the impact the site/process has had on my life. There are no bells and whistles here, and there are certainly, no flashing lights. The website is bare and fairly unsophisticated. The daily requirement is minimal—in both commitment of time and mental exertion. But in spite of all the aforementioned simplicities (really, BECAUSE of all the aforementioned simplicities) the results I have experienced through daily writing on the 750 words platform have been nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Natalie Norton on Wed, Apr 02
5 cups
More Badges

I would like to see more badges…like one every 100,000 words. Not sure what other categories they could be created for, but I would like to see more.


New Feature Request Note from Elizabeth Brown-Shook on Wed, Apr 02
1 cup

Though it’s unintentional, my writing on 750 has become a huge part of my relationship with my girlfriend – or at least, with my side of our relationship. I find myself writing about her almost always, and even on days when I have other things to get out, she usually comes up. It’s a great tool for my own understanding of us, and I love the format and everything else that goes with it. Probably someday I’ll be able to look back and realize that 750 kept me sane enough to work with the insanity of being in love across an ocean. I’m looking forward to printing out a year’s worth of entries and binding them into a weird microcosm of life on earth in the 21st century.

Testimonial Note from Victoria Rose Simons on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to use an iPad to do my writing when i can’t get in front of a computer.

New Feature Vote from Olivia McGann on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup

I signed up for the monthly challenge; I did not succeed in writing everyday… But, I did write much more this month than I have previously so it was a big boost to my productivity. Thanks 750 words! This dissertation is going to get written some day.

Testimonial Note from eli_digs on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Someone’s already recently mentioned this, but I’ve thought about it before and think it’s a great idea. There should be more added (maybe different levels?) to the existing behavior badges. Like having a second hamster badge, or a level up on the hamster badge if you go on a longer streak writing your words under 20 mins. Maybe 20 day streaks? Or a month? Something worth the cooler badge.

New Feature Vote from Aidiris Rivera on Tue, Apr 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Tue, Apr 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jill Myers on Sun, Mar 30
5 cups
Keep it simple - Added value on badges

Ok. I know everyone always asks for more badges, but I’m going to keep it even simpler. I would love to see even the ability to re-earn the same badges again. So sort of stackable. The early riser badge really pushed me to do my words in the morning, but I’ve found since I’ve earned the badge once, I stop being able to track how many days in a row I’ve managed it from then on. Would be great to have this as a feature. So it becomes a way to quickly summarise key trends in your writing over the long term.

New Feature Request Note from Wendy on Sun, Mar 30
1 cup
Improve the Today page

sometimes it loads my yesterday page when I leave the tab open. Not a biggie, love the site :)

New Feature Vote from Jenni Sands on Sat, Mar 29