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

4 cups

After I graduated with a “writing” degree, I felt dried up, uninspired, unable to write, even in my journals. My blogs fell behind. I didn’t carry a notebook with me everywhere anymore. 750 has brought me back to the discipline of daily writing, and for that, I am grateful. Heading toward two years as of this writing! Thanks so much, Buster and Kellianne.

Testimonial Note from Ari Summerland on Thu, Aug 28
1 cup

Day 1000 today!! Feeling on top of the world and 750words has been my path up there. Onward, and enjoy all the days of writing to come! Thanks 750words! And congratulations to me!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Tue, Aug 26
1 cup

I love this site. The badges and the monthly challenges have really helped keep me motivated. I’ve only missed one day of writing since I started this journey on June 1st, and I’m kicking myself over that missed day. This site has helped me create a long work of fiction that is currently at 47K words. I never knew I had it in me to write anything longer than a short story.

Testimonial Note from Rachel Pereira on Mon, Aug 25
1 cup

750 Words was suggested to me by my therapist when I was going through a terrible break-up. I was able to clarify thoughts and feelings so well in this forum. Since then, I have begun working on a novel and an account of the friendship between myself, a Buddhist, and my best friend, a Christian. I love my writing home.

Testimonial Note from Laura O'Brien on Sat, Aug 23
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I also think that there should be the ability to earn badges multiple times – maybe not an egg for each time you do a first day of writing, but if you get to 100 days more than once there should be some marker for it.

New Feature Vote from Sharon Holiner on Fri, Aug 22
2 cups
earning badges multiple times

Does anyone ever read these suggestions?

I would love the possibility to earn badges multiple times. After 100+ days I became an egg again and it is a little disouraging to work through 200 days before I earn another badge. I would love to be able to re-earn all those badges.

Other than that, great great wonderful site that has had and continues to have a very positive impact on my life.

New Feature Request Note from maaike blok on Fri, Aug 22
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Marika Fernandez on Wed, Aug 20
1 cup
Continue plentiful badge opportunities

I’ve been writing on 750words for almost a month now and find earning badges to be really motivating, but the farther along you get, the less opportunities there are for earning them. I love the idea multiple others have suggested about the possibility to earn some badges multiple times—like for instance getting a hamster badge every time you have a ten day streak of writing with no interruptions.

New Feature Request Note from Melissa Hoagland on Mon, Aug 18
4 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Susie Wampler on Fri, Aug 15
1 cup
Custom word limit

I would love to be able to adjust my limit up—in times when I want to be more productive and write more, to adjust to a 1000 or 2000 word limit to reach as a daily goal. Seems easy?

New Feature Request Note from Christina Anderson on Fri, Aug 15
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Mrs. Frank McGurk on Fri, Aug 15
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Vanessa Conway on Wed, Aug 13
8 cups

Today is my one year anniversary of using 750 Words, and it has made a world of difference in my life. A place where I can empty my brain, think about things, and examine what I am feeling everyday, without judgement or fear. It has made me more creative and a better writer—maybe even a better person! So thank you for a great year, and I hope there will be many more to come!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Tue, Aug 12
1 cup

I’ve loved the fact that I can go back and look at what I’ve done. Though it is disappointing that I have 13 cups of Patronage left and I’m not a member so it won’t save all my words when I get truly inspired.

Testimonial Note from Layna Gagliano on Mon, Aug 11
1 cup
Monthly total

I would just like to see a monthly tally to our words. Seems pretty simple I think.

New Feature Request Note from Layna Gagliano on Mon, Aug 11
1 cup
The Great Flock

Why not add a badge for users who reach 1,000,000 words? You could call it The Great Flock.

New Feature Request Note from Scott Gordon on Sun, Aug 10
1 cup
Force HTTPS for all pages
New Feature Request Note from IS on Fri, Aug 08
3 cups
Yearly badges

I’m coming up on my first anniversary, and I would love to see a badge to mark my first year, second year, etc… You wouldn’t have to write everyday to get this badge, but you would have to write some in at least every month of the year to qualify for a year to count…. Thanks

New Feature Request Note from Rebecca Rose on Wed, Aug 06
7 cups

Today, I earned a badge for completing 500K words. It’s also my 500th day on the site, despite setbacks and broken streaks.

What this community has done for me is given me a place to return to myself repeatedly. It has made it possible, at long last, for me to not only envision but to write in a direct line on the same topic and for myself, for real, for the first time ever.

750words.com has made me bold enough to say “50K by Labor Day!” and mean it. The ripple effects are immeasurable. Thank you Buster & Kellianne. Thank you 750words.com. Thanks to all you word skwirls, writing your hearts out day in and day out!

Testimonial Note from Word Skwirl on Wed, Aug 06
3 cups
More stats on the Eternity page
New Feature Vote from Danny Rose on Tue, Aug 05
4 cups
Paying for more features

Hey there! I can’t honestly tell if any of the stuff we write here gets considered or even seen by the powers that be (hi Kellianne and Buster!). So that would be my first request – a bit more interaction so it doesn’t feel like we are tossing pebbles down a bottomless well.

Secondly – I thought it would be nice to have new people paying a bit less for monthly membership – maybe $2-3 – BUT to make up for the money you wouldn’t be making, to give options that everyone could opt in for or not, as they chose, to enhance their experience.

For example – we could pay a bit to unlock new badges or new writing challenges. Or to have a way of tracking how many times we’ve attained each badge, rather than having a one time only thing (example – state how many times I’ve gotten to the albatross level, or how many times I’ve done more than 50,000 in a month etc).

The site is a wonderful one that I am grateful for. However it was designed with far fewer users in mind, and hasn’t been expanded for wider usership, OR for what happens once people have been using it consistently for a year or two. What do you do after you’ve gotten 500,000 words and after you’ve attained the space bird. Wouldn’t it be fun if there was ALWAYS a new level to attain?

The site needs some refurbishing – getting rid of things that seem extraneous now that there are so many users (the point system and “people writing this month” list of 100 for example don’t really add all that much to the experience when there are thousands of people. The monthly challenge is great – but once you’ve won it once, there isn’t as much incentive to try it again – etc) and expanding other things.

There are all sorts of ways to improve the site but I realize this would take time, money and hiring someone you trust both to program and to brainstorm about the layout and functionality. But I think it would be worth it. Even if you kept it really simple – just to streamline it all a bit, get rid of what’s not necessary, and add a bit more badges and tracking statistic capacity.

People who really love this site and use it every day, and have for a long time are incidentally also the ones who aren’t paying anything to use it. Give all those folks the opportunity to invest in the site in order to make their own experience here even better. I think a lot of people would be willing to put a bit of money in for more badges for example.

Best wishes!

New Feature Request Note from Pacifica Noel on Tue, Aug 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Alice hill on Mon, Aug 04
1 cup

I hope 750 Words will give me hope and new energy to finish my doctoral dissertation!

Testimonial Note from Piritta S. Parkkari on Mon, Aug 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Create an iPad app to record the date and time and other info that could later be uploaded and count toward your goals. For instance, if you don’t have internet access on August 25 but you use the app to write 750 words on that date, once you have an internet connection it would be recorded that you wrote on that date. This would preserve your info for challenges, badges, etc.

New Feature Vote from Sonya Harrell on Sun, Aug 03
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love an app so I could use this on my ipad when I don’t have a wi-fi connection and then sync up when I get to wi-fi again. Would help make my commute into super productive writing time!

New Feature Vote from Andi on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from J. August Vomit on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Baileys in my Coffee on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup

250,000 words in, I can appreciate many ways in which 750words has changed my life. Writing first thing in the morning has given me valuable clarity, both in terms of endless insights and in getting the prattling thoughts out of my head. Out of all the tools I use to evolve, this ranks right up there with yoga practice.

Testimonial Note from Baileys in my Coffee on Fri, Aug 01
1 cup

Whether it’s drafting up blog posts, writing random scene ideas, or just putting rambling thoughts to text, 750 Words is just the warmup I need to get me ready to dive into my daily writing. Love it. :)

Testimonial Note from Robert John Ruthven on Fri, Aug 01
3 cups

If I didn’t have this, I wouldn’t know where to vent? I do have a diary, but coming here, there’s just something more satisfying when I type out my thoughts then when I use paper and pen. This is a great release, plus, I get my NaNoWriMo novels done here. Writing every single day, I get things out of my head and that’s my goal. Feels great for the moments I’m actually writing here.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Fri, Aug 01