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 have gone through phases where I have written 750 words everyday and also phases where I have not. Those periods when I was writing frequently gave me a clearer mind and more creative ideas than when I wasn’t, when I tended to be more stressed & had too much going on in my head. I’m back now, this time for good…

Testimonial Note from Natalie Yan-Chatonsky on Mon, Jun 30
3 cups

I discovered this site a year and a half ago, but I didn’t truly use it until this year. Deciding to actually start using this site was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only is my head clearer, but my muse is more active than she has ever been. The badges are what got me writing at to begin with, but my love and need for writing is what helped me to continue.
Thank you for this site. Thank you for helping me to open up, express myself, and create. I owe this site a lot, and I look forward to paying it back.

Testimonial Note from Avery on Sun, Jun 29
9 cups

I have cleared my mind this month, every morning I have written to empty it out. My mind is completely empty now as I have achieved the NaNoWriMo badge yesterday, just three days before the end of the month. Fifty-thousand words in 27 consecutive days!

As of two months ago, I was unsure if I could write 750 words for ten consecutive days, but now the NaNoWriMo is mine!

This site is incredible, it has changed me, and I am so grateful for it.

Testimonial Note from Michael Dean on Sat, Jun 28
1 cup

Sometimes it might all be gibberish, but this site has kept me writing consistently for over a month now, and that’s something I haven’t managed to do on my own in years, no matter how badly I wanted to. I’m exceptionally grateful for the existence of this site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Jun 28
6 cups
More badges for accomplishments

And if you can’t find ways to incorporate new badges, maybe allow us a count on the badges to see how many times over we could have earned the badges. Or, if nothing else, allow us to erase our badges and start all over again in collecting them all.

New Feature Vote from Matt J. Marlieu on Sat, Jun 28
2 cups
A way to buy back a missed day?

I’m tired of seeing folks ask for new badges. Badges are great, but what would be super cool would be some way to save up (maybe the cups of patronage?) or store a credit or something of some sort to buy back a missed day.

Something so if you honestly accidentally miss a day, you have a chance to fix your streak (retroactively). Maybe the stipulation would be that it wouldn’t add the day to your streak, but it would at least allow you to keep going on the other side without having to start over at 0 again.

New Feature Request Note from Jem Bijoux on Sat, Jun 28
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments

As I mourn the fact that this month I done screwed up and probably lost all chance of ever getting my Space Bird badge, I’d like to request other badges to brighten the long dark teatime of my soul. And to ease the humiliation of my self-imposed punishment…

New Feature Vote from H. C. Born on Fri, Jun 27
1 cup

This practice has helped me clear my mind, prep for my courses, think through best teaching practices, and prepare the way for my own writing projects. Thank you, 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Alyssa Samek on Mon, Jun 23
1 cup
A Mac Application

I would gladly pay for a mac application of this site, where I could write offline when I need to. I think it would rival any top journaling app with it’s text analysis.

New Feature Request Note from Jon Samp on Mon, Jun 23
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Jon Samp on Mon, Jun 23
1 cup

Daily pages and coffee will change your life!

Testimonial Note from Jon Samp on Mon, Jun 23
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Hyejeon Jeon on Mon, Jun 23
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from A. O. Juarez on Sat, Jun 21
4 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

I spend most of my time in front of a mobile device instead of my computer courtesy of l’enfant lately, so being able to type up the morning pages on my iPad would be beyond keen.

New Feature Vote from Helen Kaelin on Fri, Jun 20
1 cup

I have always found that my thoughts seem to “accumulate” over time and that if I don’t write them down or tell them to someone, it feels as if I can’t remember anything. My brain flits from topic to topic without stopping, and sometimes it takes me days to do something as simple as “go to the grocery store” because I forget.
This got sooo much worse after I had my first child. I love her dearly, but it feels like she took half my brain with her when she exited my womb. It was so bad I even talked to the doctor about it, resulting in meds and a headscan. None of it worked.
I am finding as I returned to my Morning Pages in spits and spurts, however, that when I can do a “brain dump” and leave all of my backlogged thoughts on these pages that my mind seems to lighten a bit. I have better recall and better attention, and less irritation when dealing with my baby. I’m going to continue with it and see if that trends continues or (hopefully) grows exponentially until I return to my pre-baby ability to recall things.
Thank you for offering a site where I can type out my thoughts, otherwise it would never get done. Writing things out by hand would have killed me.

Testimonial Note from Helen Kaelin on Fri, Jun 20
2 cups
50 Day Badge

I think that there should be a badge between 30 days and 100. I’ve been watching for the last couple days and sadly just realized that I’m not getting a badge for this achievement. Kinda sad really!

New Feature Request Note from heidi iffland on Fri, Jun 20
1 cup

Thanks for creating a beautiful web app that has transformed the way I write.

Testimonial Note from Aaron Dowd on Thu, Jun 19
2 cups

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve come this far with my writing, but I can look at the stats and see what I’ve accomplished. I’ve never written this many words in this short timespan before. And I always seem to drop out of a monthly challenge five days into it. Because I knuckled down and stuck with it, I was able to write a great first draft of a publication on time and in good order, something I often struggle to do. 750words has transformed my writing practice and, as an academic, that is the key to publication success. I’m taking all of my research notes and putting them to good use. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer M Kerner on Thu, Jun 19
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love me those badges!

New Feature Vote from Steven L Johnson on Wed, Jun 18
1 cup

Hi, I am using instead of using the pen and paper counterpart I used to.. Back in the old days I would have to search through as many as five different journals to find a single entry, and there wasn’t an index or summary of any sort. This is much cleaner. If there is a little niggling of something not working I’d say its the eternity tab for me. I don’t show up under the relationships/money section or in the section that counts adverbs. (I use the word ‘really" a lot) I’m enjoying everything else though. Thanks a lot!!

Testimonial Note from Theresa Reed on Wed, Jun 18
1 cup

I signed up for the June challenge, but the egg has attachment issues and couldn’t stand to see me move on. Here’s my donation for its failure to let go. On to July!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Martin on Mon, Jun 16
1 cup

750 words is helping me discover depths in my souls i have never ventured onto before. i’ve always enjoyed writing down thoughts and keeping journals but most of the entries i make are cut short by my laziness to find answers. here, i can’t just start with a question and leave it there, that wont make 750. i have dig deeper and deeper and examine my subconscious to get those 750 out. and in the process, i find things that help lift my spirits up. it’s a vision quest in a way. and after i am done with daily journeys inside my heart, i come out enlightened and maybe wiser(?) but definitely better than when i started. Thank you 750 words! and more power! Happy Writing!

Testimonial Note from Bentham Hurtado Jr. on Mon, Jun 16
1 cup

This site turns a simple concept into something that is amazing and fun. I use it as a great place to let my thoughts wander and to clear my head after work. Everything seems clearer when it is written down instead of floating around in my head. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Danjammin Douglas on Sun, Jun 15
1 cup
Other Languages?

I’m wondering if you write in another language such as Dutch for example, these words also ends up in the stats?
I also would like to know if there are people writing in other languages and who they are?
Is that possible to find out?

New Feature Request Note from Isabella Vanremoortele on Fri, Jun 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from KMR on Thu, Jun 12
1 cup
More badges

I am on the same train as all the folks wanting more badges—I got every one I could a long time ago—ooohhh I love badges!

New Feature Request Note from Kay Vreeland on Wed, Jun 11
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Dr. Darren Garside on Wed, Jun 11
3 cups

750 words is wonderful. In almost all ways. But not so great maybe at keeping features current? I am racing to get out of town and trying to schedule time off and I can’t and I don’t know why I can’t. No link, no info, no way to keep my streak I guess. Makes me really sad. I work hard to not lose my streak and I think scheduling time off is critical when it just isn’t possible to log on.

Testimonial Note from Debra Lynn on Wed, Jun 11
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to be able to use my iPad when traveling so I can meet my challenges more easily – not sure if I’ll need to carry my laptop or not! But I LOVE this site and will do whatever it takes to meet my challenge!

New Feature Vote from Sonya Harrell on Wed, Jun 11
1 cup
Space Bird Tee

After you unlock the mighty space bird you unlock the ability to buy a tee with its likeness on it TO SHOW OFF HOW AWESOME YOU ARE. Seriously the space bird is really cute.

New Feature Request Note from the Whippersnapper on Tue, Jun 10