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 two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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Rollovers on the stars and badges and things

I see all these cool little notations next to names… Blue stars, green stars, little pie charts variously filled, and of course the badges… but I can’t rollover them and see what they mean. I know they are there to inspire, and goad progress, but they are cryptic. I’d add rollovers to them to at least say what they represent / why they are there (lack of them = particularly frustrating when they are next to my own name… though “frustrating” certainly over-states the issue). Bonus-better would be to be able to click-through on them to a description of what they are (for each… or a lightbox with the description or whatever). Of course… I got over-curious and used “inspect element” to see what the stars were about… but I still don’t know what the pie charts are. (((All that said, keep up the awesome.)))

New Feature Request Note from Jamie Perez on Sat, Oct 25
1 cup

Today, floating with the balloons in a blue sky = One Million Words milestone passed!! Oh dear One Million Badge, where are you? But very proud and very grateful to 750words for staying with the project! Yayy all of us!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Fri, Oct 24
10 cups

Been gone so long… but now I’m back. Three days in a row doesn’t seem like much right now, but I’m focusing on how much it might grow into.

Testimonial Note from Liz Flynn on Thu, Oct 23
1 cup

some people think that it can be a waste of time to write here 750 words of really dump in place of writing a novel.. hmm.. novel with 750 words a day – I must consider it! :) but I personally feel that writing here has different and very special part to play in my life: I discover myself, I can talk to the darkest and most denied part of my personality – the one that influence each and every step I make, but stays covered – which is the ego; the emotion(s) that constitute our very vision of ourselves; my 750 words have made a tremendous transition through last 2 yrs – at the beginning I was not able to write one single sentence – I was feeling so retracted! but in the meantime I realized that anything that refers to me does not need to be wrong, it just is, and I want to know it and freely decide how my life should look like – thank you for that :)

Testimonial Note from Ania on Wed, Oct 22
5 cups

Tonight I needed to write a 500-800 word blog post for someone, and with my 639 consecutive days of Words on this site, I was able to accomplish the task more easily and more fluently than I would have been able to before. I am eternally grateful for 750 Words. Thanks again and again, Buster and Kellianne. Peace and blessings to you and to all the incredible writers in our community here.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Mon, Oct 20
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Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Sun, Oct 19
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Lisa on Sun, Oct 19
1 cup
Improve the writing page

autocorrect and spell-check like word has!!

New Feature Vote from A. O. Juarez on Sun, Oct 19
3 cups

After years of committing to a daily writing ritual with the help of 750words.com, I am confidently ready to complete NanoWrimo next month. I’d love to be writing buddies with others (author: younggyrl). Thank you 750words for helping me become the novelist I’ve always dreamt of being.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it – Toni Morrison

Testimonial Note from Charlotte Young Bowens on Sat, Oct 18
3 cups

This site has helped me return to writing after a lengthy break. Although I’ve been a member almost since it started out, it is only more recently that I’ve come to appreciate the true value of having somewhere private to ruminate, think, dream, vent, rant and express my thoughts and ideas. Visiting this site each day has helped rekindle my writing aspirations.
Thank you for providing such a valuable resource!

Testimonial Note from DD Scribbler on Fri, Oct 17
1 cup

Getting better at noticing is all we can do. That is the path that carves itself. If you don’t notice all you can, you can’t learn as much as possible from your experience. That is the accumulation of wisdom, using maximum noticing to aid maximum learning.

Yo Facebook, I’m really happy fo you and imma let you finish, but 750words.com has some of the best badges of all times. OF ALL TIMES.

Testimonial Note from JOSEPH RODINI on Thu, Oct 16
4 cups
Unique Word Count

I’m blowing all 4 of my cups of patronage on this: A unique word count feature would be an awesome part of the eternity data as well as the daily feedback. It’s pretty self-explanatory: It would simply count the number of unique words used in a given entry and perhaps compare that with the existing corpus of a given writer. The feature would count unique words since account inception and it would be neat to have a badge or two- say something like 5000 unique words 10,000 unique words, and 20,000 unique words. It would be neat to see how many new words were contained within an entry.

I recently saw some stats on David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and it talked about the number of unique words contained in that tome. It would be super neat to see how my writing stacks up to his.

I love this site and writing like this. It has completely reawakened my spirit and joy in life.

New Feature Request Note from Owen H on Thu, Oct 16
5 cups

750 words has changed my life. At first, it was a struggle. 750 words? EVERY day? I couldn’t manage to do it for one day. Let alone three. But it gave me both a place to learn to appreciate a dialogue with myself and motivation to keep moving through challenges. Now, I’ve written 750 words for 550 days in a row! And I NEVER could have done it without 750 words. Never! I’ve become better friends with myself. I’ve become more more honest and authentic with myself and others by seeing my voice as more valid. I’ve even worked much faster (writing proposals, blog posts, press releases, etc. have all gotten easier).

I talk about 750 Words to everyone who will listen. It has changed my life.

Testimonial Note from Teju Ravilochan on Wed, Oct 15
1 cup

The best I’ve accomplished in uninterrupted sequence is Albatross. I had the slip because of silly circumstances and quit. For long.
But now I’m back. And I want to really achieve the next badge. The Pterodactyl.
Also, I’ve been meaning to donate something to this site that helped many and have been postponing it for long. Today, I’ve corrected that.
I would like to thank the creators of this site for the inspiration they provide to those who strive to write on the constant basis.
750words.com is the best mind cleanser that I’ve ever used.
Can’t thank enough.

Testimonial Note from Geniyat Issin on Tue, Oct 14
1 cup

I just want to say that I love this site. It’s one of my favorite sites on the internet. I’ve been coming back to it over the last four years. I really appreciate the design, the fact that it exists, and that you two keep it up and running. Thank you very very very much!

Testimonial Note from Chris Lambert on Tue, Oct 14
1 cup

I’m at a point where daily writings are just so routine, like brushing my teeth. It’s a habit that I’ve incorporated into my life. I’m happier for it.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Mon, Oct 13
2 cups

After several months of trying, I finally managed to complete the monthly challenge in September. Oh, the sweet victory of seeing that turquoise horse.

The act of writing every day gives me clarity, even when it’s difficult. I find that I use it to complain about the things that are bothering me or to plan my day but no matter what I use the words for, when I see the green happy message that I made it another day and look at the row of X’s, I feel happier and more at peace than I did before.

Thank you so much for this site.

Testimonial Note from Alice Stuart on Sun, Oct 12
1 cup
Members' Forum

Inspirational notes are helpful, but it would be great to see the list of the threads and take part in discussions.

(I am in my first month of writing 750, but love this site)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Oct 12
1 cup

It has only been a little more than a week, but I love this site. It is so simple to use and motivates me everyday. I immediately signed up for the month’s challenge. I broke my streak four days in, but I won’t let that discourage me! I figured by this coming up month I will have enough dedication and discipline to complete it.

Testimonial Note from Ashley Toaddy on Thu, Oct 09
1 cup

I was traveling for the past 2 weeks and out of internet range. I am a dedicated 750 word writer so kept up with longhand writing the old fashioned way. I LOVE 750words.com even more after 2 weeks of pen and paper. Thanks for making 750 words available, easy, resourceful and so much less messy!

Testimonial Note from Sues Sulley on Mon, Oct 06
1 cup

I started writing 750 words almost two years ago during my first semester of graduate school. Since then, I’ve written stories, poems, papers, and a 100-page thesis! I’ve also written through heartbreak and life’s struggles. Writing daily has helped me in every area of my life. Thank you, 750.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Bernhardt on Mon, Oct 06
2 cups

I really don’t know where to start saying thank you to Buster & Kelliann. I have found that it helps me become more disciplined. I am motivated to make sure I come in and do my 750 words when I’m in participating in the challenge. And even when I’m not, I find being able to come here and write my words without judgment, and in privacy anytime I need to be invaluable. I think I’ve become a better person for having this resource that Buster and Kellianne provide us. So plainly and sincerely, Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Sylvia Méndez-Morse on Sun, Oct 05
1 cup
A Million Word + A Thouand Day Streak Badge

I’d like to see a Million Word Badge. I know there is one for 500,000 and it isn’t listed under badges, so perhaps there already is one and I just don’t know about it… I’d also like to see a thousand day streak badge. It’d be nice to have another badge to earn. :) Though seeing the thousand day streak on this site when I eventually reach it, if ever, would be incredible nonetheless. Thanks for all you do!

New Feature Request Note from Clara Miller on Sun, Oct 05
1 cup
Ability to re-earn badges

I’ve taken an embarrassingly long time off of writing and I’m finding it hard to get back in the swing of things. So if I could re-earn x-in-a-row badges I feel like it would help motivate me to continue writing more. Every time I’ve tried to come back to writing I stop after a few days. Having the little badge pop up every time I hit the milestones again would really help me stick with it.

New Feature Request Note from Emma Lynn on Sun, Oct 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Marika Fernandez on Sat, Oct 04
1 cup

This has accompanied my morning cup o’ coffee and routine for a month now and I absolutely love it. I had previously had a practice of writing my morning pages for many months running and it was good. The differences here on 750 Words are very beneficial. Particularly the fact that I can type about three times as fast as I can write by hand. This site is wonderful and I am grateful to have been turned on to it!

Testimonial Note from Joseph Michael Culhane on Sat, Oct 04
1 cup

I write, seeking silence, seeking to go past the small mind and come to the space where I can hear the whispers of the big mind, feel the peace and joy. I write to get to the point where inspiration comes, not worry. I write to move forward and up. I write to be clean. To leave behind the worry and the sorrow.

I write because it is my goal and it is measured and there is some discipline and structure to using 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 04
25 cups
A better mobile site

Show the writing streak and your personal badge prominently!

New Feature Vote from Juniper Nichols on Fri, Oct 03
1 cup
A better mobile site

I like the X’s on the full site that shows your current streak. I’d love this to show up on the iPad/iPhone mobile version of the site!

New Feature Vote from Juniper Nichols on Fri, Oct 03
2 cups
German language

I am using 750 words since four years now. Not every day, but I am getting closer to it. It helps me a lot building a solid writing routine, as this is what I want to do as long as possible in my life. Maybe it would be a good idea to roll out the site in an additional language? In Germany we have many potential writers, whom this site could help starting to write more frequently. Think about it! :-)

New Feature Request Note from Bernhard Lermann on Wed, Oct 01