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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Our Good Members

Holly Harrington
Arianna Pascarella
Coryn Lee Bourgeois
Andrew Jaeger
Jalene Plamondon
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Shawn Meade
Terri Forman
Juanita Williams
Fayrooz Neil
Abby Wambaugh
Jonathan Coia
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Brad James
Mary K. Sandford
Dori Melton
Laura Waters
Kara Salmanson
John DeVoist
Kitty Torres
Miles Griffis
Sonja S
Greta Kahle
Nita Sweeney
Erica B
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Elisabeth Cederstrøm
martine
George Thomas
Declan Hier Harron
James Kell
Bronwen Hyde
Caitlin Aamodt
Megan Gauglitz
Danielle Perez
Jeanette Sonner
Callie Dixon
Maria Thaut
Laurie Morin
OLOnline
Michelle Jones
Saffron Gamble
Joanne R. Bongiorno
Kaitlyn Mallett
Yuli Ban
Kyle Putnam
Rebecca Steinhoff
Eva
Mike Garner
Derek Kraus
Laura Deter
Glen Downton
Cass Adair
Isaac Aggrey
Arthur HP
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Neville Bezzina
Jennifer Thompson
maddiemaia
Kelly Salzo
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A Bstn
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Jean
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amy
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Julia H. West
Dave Tschanz
David Schwartz
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Belle
Jennifer
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Aubrey
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Gina Vattuone

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

At 59, I started writing more seriously than ever. Who would have thought that new, significant, life-changing habits could form so easily though writing every day? So often I hear people say how difficult they found writing at school. What a struggle to fill a page. I did too. The difference was that I did not have the freedom to write what I wanted to write. It had to be contrived and word-perfect. No wonder the page remained blank. Not with 750 Words. Have you ever tried to think of nothing? Try it. It is impossible. So, just write about your thoughts if nothing else. As the rhythm takes form the ideas will form and 750 words becomes an easy minimum.

Testimonial Note from Keith Haines on Sun, Apr 08
1 cup
Improve the patronage features

Not sure how to improve, however I needed to schedule a vacation, and it says this feature is only available to members. So I click that link and it says I’m a lifetime member, but I don’t see how to schedule a vacation anywhere. I know from other testimonials that the feature exists, I just can’t get to it. Help, please? Thanks! PS, please use Batman @ reelgrok.com to communicate with me for now. I’ll fix that soon so that I have my old email address. Thanks again!

New Feature Vote from Mike Shields II on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup
Перевод сайта

Пожалуйста переведите сайт на русский язык!! Мне он очень нравиться и я хочу продолжать им пользоваться. Но есть огромная проблема, я не знаю английский язык. Даже с помощью переводчика гугл, мне не все понятно. Если у вас в команде есть русскоговорящие люди или есть друзья кто бы смог помочь сделать это, попросите их пожалуйста. Спасибо за сайт!!!

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Apr 07
1 cup

1 week without 750 words made me feel so miserable. I couldn’t keep track of my emotions, somehow i couldn’t figure why I hadn’t gone for a run all week, and I felt I wasn’t in touch with myself. It’s such a beautiful space and I feel free here. The fact that you don’t HAVE to edit and re read your work somehow makes you judge yourself less. I’m grateful this website exists :)

Testimonial Note from Rabhya Bajaj on Fri, Apr 06
1 cup
Improve the daily reminder email
New Feature Vote from Shar on Fri, Apr 06
10 cups

9 days ago I was able to regain my 500 day streak. I would have had 1000 days if I hadn’t missed just one day over 500 days ago.

I could be disappointed about that, but what it shows me is that I can stick to things despite set backs and regain what was lost, even if it takes a while. I know I can get that Flying Squirrel as long as I manage my time and energy well.

Thank you 750 words for showing me that things are possible with perseverance. Oh and for helping me see that I can actually acheive a dream. (I became a published author last month!) Thank you for showing me how a little bit every day can add up to a lot. Here’s to reaching that next level!

Testimonial Note from Mary Jane Boholst on Thu, Apr 05
2 cups

I am surprised and pleased to see that I can write ONE MILLION WORDS! A mega Flock! WAHOOOOOOO!!! More badges please!

Testimonial Note from Mazarine on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Please please please have badges every 50 days or so! I’m 5 days off of my 100th day and I’m worried that without the carrot and stick I’ll slack off! Sad but true. Those little badges are so incentivising.

New Feature Vote from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I have written a little over 100,000 words in the last 3 months. In the beginning it was an outpouring of mental anguish and strife. But as I verbally pooped it all out it was like ridding myself of a type of pollution. I now have got to a point whereby I am ready to be creative again solely because I have finally cleared my mind of the stored up negativity I need to clear but didn’t previously have an outlet for. There are still irritations on a day to day basis. What I am writing is certainly nothing stellar, often circular and really tangential, however, it is allows for so much sanity. I somehow almost feel lighter as a result of it. So for that it is amazing. It only takes me 15 minutes a day to write my words and it is the best and cheapest therapy ever. I am finding at the moment I am writing too late at night but don’t want to miss a day so sometimes rush to get through it without touching the baseline of what needs to be said. Even though the schedule probably needs to change a bit, it has given me a new discipline and that has expanded to other parts of my day. I’m really grateful for it. It has been wonderful.

Testimonial Note from alison neri on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup

I lost my mom to cancer on January 4, 2017 and was absolutely devastated. I had used 750words.com in the past but had given up the task of daily writing long ago. I didn’t write about the process of grieving the loss of my mom until July 2017, some six months later when I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Now 270 days later, I’ve written every day since and have come to understand my own grief better as well as the world around me. I’m thankful that this site exists and hope to continue writing another 270 days.

Testimonial Note from Mathew Jonce on Wed, Apr 04
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Danielle Pitter on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

It’s lovely that the site has badges whatsoever, of course. But more could be quite helpful! I also use Khan Academy and they have all kinds of points and badges and they really tap into what motivates people. It’s like getting that gold star/sticker on your assignment as a kid – what a kick! It still tickles us, no matter what age. So more, could be quite groovy. Thanks for a great site!

New Feature Vote from Astrid Mandelbaum on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup

Thank you 750 Words. I’ve written on and off for fifty or so years. Let’s be honest, more off than on. My problem was getting habit going and sticking to daily writing. These pages have got me over that hurdle. Thank you again.

Testimonial Note from n Sebastian on Mon, Apr 02
2 cups
Improve the Today page

Can we bring back the old font (that used to be on the stats page and a few other places)? It was awesome! What happened to it?

New Feature Vote from Jackie Mederi on Mon, Apr 02
1 cup
Make frecuently used words be configurable so it ignores irrevelevant words

There is a interesting feature that I would like to see in the site. I would like to be able to ignore common linking words from my frecuently used words cloud. I do not find relevant that the pronoums are showing there because they mean nothing by themselves. Instead the could be considered a sentence as in “la mesa”, “el pollo” or just plain ignored (probably easier to implement). As it could be guessed by now I write my words in Spanish and this is a feature that varies from language to language, that is why at first it could be easier just to allow the interested user to say which words should be ignored when building his cloud.

New Feature Request Note from yoMismo on Sun, Apr 01
2 cups

Write and keep on writing! 750 Words is simply – at least on the face of it – a simple cloud-based way of writing without distractions.

But there is more to it. The fact we get buttons for not allowing ourselves distractions (..wait.. I think I heard the kettle boiling.. be right back.. Wops: distraction!) provides a motivation for us to keep on plugging away, rain or shine.

But the real groove happens when you sign-up for email alerts and most of all, the monthly writing challenge. It helps keep you focused. (Check the website for more info on those bells and whistles.)

But how about the actual writing bit? That’s the real challenge, but that’s also where 750 Words REALLY comes into its own. The fact that you can’t edit your work after the day is done may seem like a limitation; but it’s a limitation of genius. Allow me to explain: you’re stuck for inspiration on a given day, but you can still go back and copy and paste your previous day’s work, (or any other day for that matter), pasting it in and editing, adding and writing as you please. It’s YOUR space, after all. No more writing a paragraph and going straight back to perfect it and er.. oh my.. what was my original thought again? – we’ve probably all been there. With 750 words simply click on the original, unmolested prior day’s work copy and paste and even print it out if you wish.

The thing about writing is to create a system that cuts confusion down to a minimum. On those days where I’m editing a prior entry, one trick I use is that on the top of my new day’s entry, I make a note in capitals that I’m editing the previous day’s writing. That way, when I get to download my work into MS Word, I don’t get confused.

Using my method in 750 Words means that you need never face writer’s block again. That’s the theory, anyway; it’s up to you to make it work, but with 750 Words you never walk alone! Happy writing and don’t ever give up!


If I get any positive feedback or comments, I may just do a Part 2, highlighting another amazing feature that 750 Words can do for us!

[This entry composed and edited and corrected on 750 Words . com by John E. Ruffle, April 1, 2018]

Testimonial Note from John E. Ruffle on Sun, Apr 01
2 cups
Improve the daily reminder email

I’d love to have the option to get a reminder if I haven’t started/finished my words that day!

New Feature Vote from Luna Snow on Sun, Apr 01
20 cups

After 800-odd days of daily writing, my journey with 750 words has come to a close. I would have continued, but to be honest I got tired of pestering Kellianne to repair my broken streaks, since I now write longhand every morning and don’t always get around to writing on the site. But I am so, so, deeply, overwhelmingly grateful for Buster and Kellianne for creating this site. It did exactly what it intended to do: cement within my consciousness a daily writing routine. The last three years have been a rollercoaster ride, and the only habit I did every single day without fail (save for a few broken days) was writing on 750 words. When I felt great, I wrote on the site. When I was in the depths of emotional hell, I wrote on this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for giving me a space to express myself and be creative even in the worst of times. This site is a blessing for so many lives, and I am so glad that I was a part of it. Farewell, 750 words. You have forever transformed my life. I am eternally grateful. I love you!

Testimonial Note from Wyn Evans on Thu, Mar 29
1 cup
Export to Evernote

I often cut and paste some of my writings to Evernote so that I can reference them later. Perhaps if you had a way to export each post to Evernote that would be helpful to me and others

New Feature Request Note from Dan Colachicco on Mon, Mar 26
1 cup

Just love this site. It gives me incredible clarity. I have been writing here for years and it is always interesting to go back and read different things I have written at different times. Like a journal of my life and what was in my head at the time. Thank you for keeping this site going.

Testimonial Note from Dan Colachicco on Mon, Mar 26
1 cup
Night Mode

make the website comfortable on the eyes at night, similar to Reddit Enhancement Suite’s Night Mode.

New Feature Request Note from lyz on Sat, Mar 24
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Terso Larso on Fri, Mar 23
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I would suggest allowing us to schedule more time off for those of us who travel for long periods of time without connection to the internet :)

New Feature Vote from Jo Hornsey on Thu, Mar 22
18 cups

Over 365 consecutive days, I wrote half a million raw, truth-searing words. 750words.com was with me every step of the way.

What started as a journey to write my first work of fiction turned into a quest to write to heal. I used writing to explore my identity, question my internal programming, and recall all the things that are good about me.

It wasn’t easy. Every morning, even on the weekends, I’d wake at 4:30am, make some tea, then start writing before 5am. But as I got into the rhythm, and as I started collecting those cool badges, I found that my commitment to writing daily was becoming a can’t miss habit.

I’ve grown more bold in writing what is true for me and I’ve since published some of my words. Some have applauded my truth; others recoil. Doesn’t matter to me because I finally feel in control of my narrative and words.

There are 11 lessons I learned writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days:

Lesson #1: Mix spontaneity with the structure
Lesson #2: Honour the in-between stage
Lesson #3: Writing is a form of activism
Lesson #4: Remembrance is a sacred act
Lesson #5: Saying no is a spirit-rich experience
Lesson #6: Words can heal your lineage
Lesson #7: Rest is a revolutionary act
Lesson #8: Question your internal oppression
Lesson #9: There’s gold in the gloom
Lesson #10: Your eat pray love moment can happen in your own home
Lesson #11: Words are holy

Full article at http://bit.ly/2GgHtfU

Thank you Kellianne & Buster for keeping 750words.com simple, and fun to use. The badges along the way kept me incredibly motivated to reach my 365-day goal!

Testimonial Note from Ren Hall on Wed, Mar 21
1 cup

Dear Writers,

750 Words motivated me to write more than 150,000 words in the span of two years.

The minimalist design my soul, and the writing empty my mind.

I started writing on Medium, because when you write 750 words every day, an article seemed like a piece of cake.

Here is an article I wrote about writing where I mention how using 750 words helped me become a better writer and other tools I use http://bit.ly/2Irh1hY

Cheers,
Michaël

Testimonial Note from Michaël TRAZZI on Tue, Mar 20
1 cup

I consistently kept a journal for years and could go months and months without missing a day, but as my adult (and mothering!) responsibilities grew I fell away from it. In the time that has passed, the debate over whether I should use a digital or handwritten format had really become more pressing— technology is everywhere! I have 750Words to thank for just being there, being simple, and having the right small reinforcements built in to make this an easy choice and help me return to my daily writing ways! I’m hooked!

Testimonial Note from Kelly Culver on Sat, Mar 17
1 cup
Student account/teacher share feature

I used 750 words with my students and they loved the privacy while I loved the accountability. I had to have them print their stats or screenshot them to share with me as “proof” of writing. Any kind of streamlined share feature would be helpful!

New Feature Request Note from Kelly Culver on Sat, Mar 17
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Kelly Culver on Sat, Mar 17
3 cups

When I was a kid, oh-so-many-years-ago, my sister once came home from her office job with a plastic yellow “coin”. It had four letters on it – TUIT. She gave it to me and said “Hang on to this. When someone promises you they’re going to do something for you when they get around to it. hand them this.”
I wish I had that coin still. I needed it all those years that I didn’t write that book. I just never got a round TUIT again.
Thank you, 750Words, for helping me build the habit of writing so I could overcome that lack…

Testimonial Note from Sudden Lulu on Wed, Mar 14
3 cups

I’d encourage budding writers to get in the groove and sign up for the monthly challenge. Even if you have to write rubbish, just do it, because it’s gonna boost your confidence. Go for those flying birds and geese or whatever they are, because they will turn you into a writer. Until last month I didn’t know you can sign-up a “daily nudge” email – that really helped me get involved. Then – simply ENJOY.. “We are not alone!”

Testimonial Note from John E. Ruffle on Wed, Mar 14