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
More badges for accomplishments

I would love to see more badges in general, particularly for mid-level accomplishments. Wanting to earn the cheetah and the hamster and the flamingo got me to commit to a ten-day writing streak, and I’m currently working towards an Early Rooster (having already earned my Night Bat). It’s a fun way to create incentives to write daily — people love to collect! — and I know it has definitely helped me write regularly. Forty-six day streak!

New Feature Vote from Cristina Rosales on Wed, Feb 19
1 cup
Optional writing prompt

Under “Today” tab, one of the options would be a daily writing prompt or a writing topic suggestion. Past daily writing prompts can then become part of a cluster of suggestions that clients can click on to get their writing juices started.

New Feature Request Note from Karla Zepeda on Wed, Feb 19
1 cup
Graffiti Wall

Members can post interesting lines, fragments and phrases they wrote when using 750words.
Many people feel at a loss for words and seeing very brief samples of others writing can inspire others to write

New Feature Request Note from Marc Tretin on Wed, Feb 19
1 cup

It’s a daily habit and a compulsion I can finally be proud of.

Testimonial Note from Michael Steven Martin on Tue, Feb 18
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m returning again to my beloved 750 words. More badges for lower-level accomplishments (between 10 and 30 days?) would be amazing.

New Feature Vote from Alyssa Samek on Sun, Feb 16
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 16
10 cups

10 cups for a million words and (in two days) a 1000 entries here at 750words.com

(well some of those days were scheduled off but anyway the number has some significance and I’ll reach the true million words soon :)

Testimonial Note from Jorge Sanz on Sat, Feb 15
1 cup
Badge for 750 day streak!

I’m four days to four hundred days of 750 words. I will celebrate by suggesting a badge for 750 days. Call it an infinity loopy and make it look like snoopy.

New Feature Request Note from mkpladsen on Sat, Feb 15
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Fri, Feb 14
1 cup
Improve the homepage
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Thu, Feb 13
2 cups
Custom settings - language and goals

1. It has to do with stats and language interpretation. Many members use more than one language, one of them being English. The system does not recognise them, unfortunately, and stats based on the interpretation of a non-English text don’t make any sense. We could have an option to mark each daily entry as written in English or in another language. It could be a little window on the writing page allowing to switch between languages. This window could be added to one’s page by editing custom settings.

2. Goals: Statistics again. Such as how fast you write. Some of us sit down to write more than once per day. So: often there is a break of several hours between writing sessions. This completely destroys our statistics as to the number of words per minute. This could be solved either by not including those long breaks in the statistics, or by allowing us to switch off some of the stats in accordance to our goal (switch off the words/min stat completely for a given user).
For example: my goal is not to write fast but to write a lot. A more advanced feature would allow us to set our own goals: For example: write a given amount of words in a month, etc.

New Feature Request Note from Bogusia on Thu, Feb 13
10 cups

I made it to a million words! Woot! I wonder if I said anything?

Testimonial Note from Dianna Goodwin on Thu, Feb 13
5 cups

I am actually a professional artist who turned to painting as a student because my English teacher put so much energy into redlining my spelling that she forgot to tell me that I had a gift for writing. Now in my sixties after a successful art career I have rediscovered the joy of writing again. Thanks for the site and the energy I seem to be getting from the others writing everyday. It is so nice to realize that a writer writes. That’s the long and short of the job description.`

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Wed, Feb 12
20 cups

Today= 750 × 750
I have written 750 words on 750 days. That’s pretty awesome. I love the brain dump that leaves me feeling clear. While all good habits are challenging to create – this one is so totally worth it. Don’t forget the other two basic tools of the Artist’s Way: the artist’s date and walking. Take your self on a two hour date (alone…no friends or husbands or pets) and do something to fill your well (bowling, see a movie, go to a play, visit a museum, color at the park, photography at the beach, buy stickers and stick them). Take your artist on a 20 minute walk each day and look around, notice the details, feel the breeze (it’s 85 degrees here in Southern California today…sorry to the rest of you experiencing cabin fever). I’d also recommend actually going through the Artist’s Way either alone or in a quad (4 people together). I did and I experienced recovery and discovery.

Testimonial Note from Amy K. on Wed, Feb 12
3 cups

I started using 750 words about a year ago, in fact in 10 days it will be my one year anniversary! YAY! What Buster and Kellianne have provided for us to use is fantastic, and they are fantastic people. Just the other day I had a question I needed answered because I noticed something was not the way I thought it was supposed to be; so I was looking for a simple answer. They responded by fixing the issue quickly and allowing me to be able to continue my writing. I love using this site and have had so many ah-ha’s and inspirations come from using it. I know that with the help of this site I can accomplish all of my dreams by having a place just to simply write. Thank you so very much for creating and upkeeping this site in the great form that it is in.

Testimonial Note from Jessica Marie on Wed, Feb 12
1 cup

I first started writing on this site in July 2010, made it 185 days, got sick one day in January 2011 and forgot to log in. I was so disheartened that I’d broken my 185 day streak that I wrote only sporadically for a few days, then didn’t log in again until October that year. By then, I was miles deep into an MFA program, and I stopped caring about breaking streaks or competing with others and myself. It became all about the writing, the practice of writing. If I missed a day, it didn’t matter, because I was studying writing, and all I did all day was write. The way I used this place changed. I do love the idea of the badges, the stats, the streaks. I feel accomplished when I realize that I type faster than the average bear, write more than the average donkey, am almost indistractable (is that a word?) once I get going. But what I really love about this site is that it feels like a safe place for me to come and dump off all the excess baggage that keeps me from doing my “work,” whether it’s the work for which I get paid or my own writing. Some days it’s harder to come here than others. But since I started writing here again Jan. 1, I’ve broken through some emotional/mental barriers, found topics for poems, worked on a novel in progress, figured out how to get healthier, recognized why I’m so sad, all while writing 750 words (that usually end up turning into 1,000) daily. I’ve started looking at the statistics in a different way, started using them to think about diction, about my moods (severely introverted lately – thank you Snowmagedon!). This is a great site. I have two cups of inspiration left. I’ll write more in a week. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne. You’re actually helping me to save my own life.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Marie on Wed, Feb 12
1 cup

I absolutely adore this website. It has given me a space to look at my life and to write what is in my head. I have recently started on a new bout of medication and this website has helped me to come to terms with that. It is the only website that I contribute to everyday, and will happily continue to contribute financially. Thank you so much.

Testimonial Note from Lisa McCarthy on Wed, Feb 12
10 cups

Today I have reached a personal milestone: I have written one million words since starting on this site over two years ago. And to celebrate this feat, I am donating ten cups of patronage to the site. The exercise has completely changed my sense of purpose. I now know that it is possible for me to become a creative writer. I could never have formed such a vision before I started on this site and now have a habit of doing it first thing after waking up. My typing skills are still rubbish but that doesn’t matter. I simply go through it at the end and correct all the typos. And this is what i have learned by this experience: form the habit of getting up early to do the page. That’s when the creative source is most readily accessed. And then, don’t stop at 750 words a day. Make a thousand words daily the minimum. It soon mounts up and before you realise it, you are soaring through the badges to Space Bird. As a famous statesman once counselled, “Never give up! Never, never, give up!”

Testimonial Note from Warwick Paul Onyeama on Mon, Feb 10
1 cup
re-up patronage reminder!

Just something on our page to let us know when the patronage expires so we know when to re-up—thank you!

New Feature Request Note from Cindy Kay on Mon, Feb 10
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

A 750 Day badge would be especially fitting! 750 days of writing 750 words :)

New Feature Vote from Ivy Paul on Sun, Feb 09
1 cup

I’ve never been able to maintain a decent streak.. and in fact haven’t been here in quite some time because I heard it was going paid and thought, surely for my infrequent needs I can just type somewhere else, right? Well. I haven’t been writing much and today had a urge, and came back, and dumped my brain. It felt so good, I feel so much better. And then I read that I have a free lifetime membership?! Amazing. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Maggie B on Sun, Feb 09
1 cup

In the past, I always told myself that I would write everyday and put my ideas on paper, but I never did. 750words has helped me get my thoughts down, which in turn has made me feel more organized and sure of myself as a writer.
In the last month, I have written more than I have in the last year, thanks to this site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 09
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

A phone app would be amazing! I can never seem to get the site to save my words right when I’m writing on 750 Words using my phone’s browser, and since I only use my phone to write when I’m in a “last minute, oh crap” situation, it just stresses me out. Plus, a mobile app would just be more elegant and could have more of the site’s features built in. I would even be totally okay with paying a one-time fee to buy the app. Less okay with a monthly fee because I tend to do 99% of my writing from my desktop, and it wouldn’t be worth it to pay monthly for an app subscription. If having a monthly 750 Words subscription got you the app free, though, that would be totally cool as well.

New Feature Vote from Amy Lynn on Sat, Feb 08
1 cup
Secure server for writing

More security is always better in my book! (and i know from personal experience that even the smallest sites get hacked)

New Feature Vote from eli_digs on Sat, Feb 08
1 cup

Day 800! I must make myself a badge for that one! 800 days. 750words has all the society, the accountability, the welcome, and the —well the words every day to keep me writing. Thank you!!

Testimonial Note from Kay Vreeland on Sat, Feb 08
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

please please please :)

New Feature Vote from Tanja Pislar on Sat, Feb 08
1 cup

750 words has been a wonderful because it gives me feedback on what I have been thinking. It’s been surprising because it says I am an extrovert in my writing, but really I feel like an introvert!

Testimonial Note from Duylam Nguyen-Ngo on Fri, Feb 07
10 cups

I’m a recovering control freak… at least, according to my experience here. The first few times I broke a streak were just plain horrible: I had failed, AGAIN!!!! A couple of months ago I broke a streak, shrugged, started to type without quite realizing that’s I’d forgotten something… COOL!

Definitely worth a few cups of patronage.

Testimonial Note from Nancy Carlzen on Thu, Feb 06
1 cup

Using this site on and off for the past few years has yielded several benefits:
1) I have become used to the fact that writing is part of a daily practice. It is a ritual for me that is no longer daunting.
2) I look forward to putting down whatever is swimming in my thought process. The best part is that the compartmentalization and self-editing controls are temporarily turned off for me!
3) My brain feels better—sometimes it’s hard for me to verbalize my thoughts in speech, but having a platform to come back everyday is very therapeutic.
Thanks so much!

Testimonial Note from Darth Müller on Thu, Feb 06
1 cup
Line breaks properly preserved

I write a bit of poetry as part of my daily writing. The line breaks (which are necessary in poetry) aren’t preserved in previous day’s pages. It would be great if they were preserved properly.

New Feature Request Note from Joanna Holman on Wed, Feb 05