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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Our Good Members

Buster Benson
kate beswick
Marc Tretin
James Edward Hervey
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
Noah Stetzer
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Carol Ladewig
Chris Davidson
Sam Young
Christine Leal Walsh
Miss Tea
Grant Faulkner
Chris A.
Shelby Gibbs
Neeraj Hirani
Nick S.
Ilus Elu
Alison Bartley
Brian Hodson
Mary Warner
Robert John Metcalf
Fuzzy Violette
David Michaels
Bart Post
Gary Chou
Jesse Bowline
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Kaimipono Wenger
Katherine Holmes
Liz Zélandais
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Jim Sharp
Francis Floyd Occena
Janna Marlies Maron
Paul Schingle
Donna Grace Noyes
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Dan Mertz
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Julie Hughes
Bill Archibald
Betsy Devine
Nancy Carlzen
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Carla Weiss
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
Carmen Isáis
Nicole Poweleit
Dave Beck
Brandon Lorenz
Liz Flynn
Adam Bossy-Mendoza
Mira Crisp
Carl Yirka
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Holly S
Joel Bradshaw
Adrian Parsons
Julie MacAller
Lew Geer
Shane Zackey
Spencer Handley
Heather A Sparks
Leah Givens
Daniel Russo
Kelly Gammon
Michaël TRAZZI
Sherilyn Lee
Ted Strutz
Joey Mangano
James Matsuzaki
Bryan Tocarz
Maja Ilisch
Elizabeth Rian
Aaron Webb
Amina Omari
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Michele Stankowski
Kimberly Rose

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

What a wonderful place to check in and self reflect. I have told so many of my colleagues about and though I am just a poor graduate student, this space is totally worth the $5/month. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from tokyomay on Thu, Aug 22
1 cup

I’m about to donate $5 in payment for missing a day in this month’s challenge. But how ever frustrating those days can be, I do love this site, and I love the monthly challenge. Since joined back in April of this year, it’s been so liberating to write every morning despite the occasional debilitating obstacles that life conspires to throw at me — even on the rare days when I don’t make my 750, this site has spurred me to write at least something. Lots of love and respect to the inspiring developers of the site and the inspiring group of writers it has collected.

Testimonial Note from Sally Logan on Wed, Aug 21
1 cup

I stumbled upon this site years ago and developed the writing habit. I completely changed my life and moved. I forgot about 750 words. I started journaling regularly again this year and remembered this site. Here’s to a long streak of writing! Cheers!

Testimonial Note from Leah VanHoose on Wed, Aug 21
17 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from C Freemyer on Mon, Aug 19
2 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from JD Weakley on Sun, Aug 11
2 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from JD Weakley on Sun, Aug 11
1 cup

I just want to use this as an opportunity to say thank you. This site is amazing, and it’s incredible to think it’s been a part of my life for almost ten years now. Thank you both so much for doing this.

Testimonial Note from Calluna ☾ on Sun, Aug 11
1 cup

I just have to say, this site really works for me! I don’t even remember where I heard about it— I had saved the link as a bookmark for a long time before I really checked it out. And then I tried it… I always knew that Morning Pages worked for me, but it was hard to make it a priority and I would fall off after awhile. But because of my personality or disposition, just me saying, on this website, that I need to write 750 words a day, pushes me to do it. And I know I can just get it done in about 15 minutes, so it “sounds easy” to my brain. I’ve found that just pushing myself to do this bare minimum awakens my creativity and gets me to work on other projects. So this is a big win! Thanks for setting this up, providing it, being here!

Testimonial Note from Theresa Alberti on Fri, Aug 09
1 cup

Thank you for maintaining this site. Is there any plan to change the outlook of the website?

Testimonial Note from Anung Ariwibowo on Fri, Aug 09
10 cups

Woo hoo! Just this morning I have made it a 1000 day streak. Flying Squirrel!

I came close once or twice before, but one down day where my emotions blocked me from wanting to write on here meant I had to stop kicking myself and pick myself back up and now I have finally done it! 1000 days! I cannot believe it!

Just goes to show that with a bit of dedication, and daily action, goals can be achieved. Thanks for the reminder Buster & Kelianne!

Now to see if I can transform into the Great Griffin!! :D

Testimonial Note from Mary Jane Boholst on Fri, Aug 09
1 cup

750 words every 750 days.

Perfectly between a Space Bird and a Flying Squirrel.

Only 3.7% of the people who start on this site can keep up a daily writing streak just over two years.

No matter what kind of day I’m having, writing daily is my constant.

Testimonial Note from CDH on Thu, Aug 08
1 cup
Improve the monthly stats page

Мне нравится смотреть статистику.

New Feature Vote from Vladimir Novopashin on Wed, Aug 07
1 cup

Очень хороший сайт! Мне 750 слов помогают в моей работе – особенно при написании служебных записок – я пишу их теперь очень подробно.

Testimonial Note from Vladimir Novopashin on Wed, Aug 07
2 cups

I earned the 1 million word badge yesterday. I’d never have noticed that milestone without this site. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Wed, Aug 07
5 cups
dark mode

a webpage view that isn’t white – even with flux I’ve had to move away from using the site for writing post-head injury as it’s less taxing.

New Feature Request Note from Sasha HR on Tue, Aug 06
6 cups

Nearly 5 years after getting the 100 day streak badge (and some long breaks in using the site) I finally got the 200 streak badge! This time it’s a bit different though. Not long after I finished day 4 I had a bad fall on black ice and ended with a heady injury that continues to impact me significantly. The encouragement of this site and of seeing all the other members writing, not to mention the writing itself, has been an anchor through a very challenging time. Thank you all!

Testimonial Note from Sasha HR on Tue, Aug 06
1 cup

Hello to my fellow members and our fearless leaders.
I am in Orange Park, Florida now. I moved here less than a week ago from the Orlando area. I tell you this as moving, or any change, can cause a crazy disconnect within life. I also had a 2nd heart surgery this year which was another ife interrupter. What has been my continuity? 750words.

When I moved, I had to use my phone as a hot spot so I would be sure and have internet for my laptop. One night I was so tired, all I craved was bed and sleep near midnight. But…the realization that I had not done my words, aghast! I finished it against all my bodily and soulish wishes, and was elated the next morning. This kind of self satisfaction and reward has helped me carry on. This is something for myself. Sometimes I am doing so much for others, I forget about myself.

What is interesting is how this is carrying over to other areas of my life. I have tied it to 10 minutes of daily prayer and meditation, now I am tying it to 10 minutes of daily stretches and yoga movements. All this because of 750 words. I am becoming a healthier me in mind, body and soul.

Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Lynda Elliott Goyzueta on Tue, Aug 06
56 cups

I passed the Million Word mark a few months ago and after almost 4 years, I have decided to step down from this online writing platform so that I can return to writing in my journal the old fashioned way, with a pen on paper. I will miss tapping out my thoughts about the world and about my day to day life. I view these daily words as a form of therapy that has helped me feel grounded in my daily work as a teacher, single mom, and artist. I have been writing in a journal since I was 18 years old, but have never quantified my words the way I did while faithfully logging in to 750 words each morning. I loved earning badges and keeping up my writing streak. It was motivating to see my name listed with all of the other writers around the globe who had completed their words for the day. I am thankful for the support and sense of community I felt with 750 Words. I will be sending good wishes to everyone who diligently logs in each day to write their words. Keep up the good work! The world is made more peaceful and whole when people like you and me take the time to reflect, dream, and transform our lives through writing. I will continue my practice each morning “unplugged” with the retro technology of pen and paper! The best to you always!

Testimonial Note from Monica Harris on Sun, Aug 04
1 cup

I’ve only been here for two days but I feel so much better about who I am as an aspiring writer. Not having to worry about approval, not having to worry about worthiness led to a couple of important revelations about the barriers I was erecting to keep me from writing. 750 Words is a wonderful tool.

Testimonial Note from Robert O'Hannon on Sat, Aug 03
1 cup
Improve the writing page

A way to change fonts would be nice :)

New Feature Vote from Daniela on Fri, Aug 02
36 cups

Like many, many others have said, this site has been integral to my journey as a writer. Life has been bonkers for quite a while (in good ways and bad) and when I finally decided last year to get it together and listen to those who said I should be a writer, well, I signed in to the account I hadn’t used in seven years and started to write here right here. (Not sure if that’s clever wordplay or a stupid non-joke, but I’ll let you, the reader, decide.)

If you had told me last year that I would have a 500+ page novel by the same time the following year, I would have laughed in your face so much, you’d need one of those salad bar sneeze shield things to keep your face dry. Gross, but quite possibly true.

But here I am, doing a first edit on my first draft and loving the hell out of it… maybe not the times when I can’t figure out how to fix the loopy logic in my insane story, but I digress… I owe so much of my success to others who have supported and encouraged and guided me through this journey, and 750 Words is absolutely part of that success.

In the last year, I’ve only missed two days. Though I was thoroughly irritated with myself for a few brief moments, those addicting badges and indispensable stats made me roll up my sleeves, crank up the music, and throw down twice as hard. It makes me so happy to be a writer, and sometime (hopefully) soon, I’ll be on the way to calling myself an author without self-deprecation or my eyes rolling into the back of my head.

All that blabbering comes down to this: You have literally changed lives, absolutely including my own, and I’m so very grateful to you, Buster and Kellianne. Please give each other a hug and know that thousands of us are hugging you at the same time. (Uh, not in a creepy way, though.)

With all the sincerity I can muster, thank you. So much.

Testimonial Note from Lou Friton on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup

It has help me put my words together with ease. I love writing everyday, when I started I did not think that I could do it but now I look forward to it everyday.

Testimonial Note from Terrence Mcgowin on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup

I have my first coffee cup y’all!!!! I have been on this site for just over a week and I LOVE IT!!!! No I have not yet made it to 750 words, nor have I done it every day but I am on the right path! I have always loved writing and always wanted to be consistent with my writing but couldn’t find the right medium. I tried journaling apps but found myself spending too much time tweaking the settings. I have tried paper journaling but I can’t write as fast as I can think (or type). So this is perfect! It’s a beautiful yet simple format that is exactly what I need. Thanks all my buddies!!

Testimonial Note from Jason Ballard on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup

When I first saw the site, i knew it was something I could benefit from. Between work and mental health it’s become important to have a place to get words out of my mind. 750 Words has helped in a way few other site have. It’s a site I’m frequently suggesting to others as a way to build that awareness of yourself and your thoughts.

Testimonial Note from Cawnen on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cawnen on Thu, Aug 01
6 cups

I had a baby 3 months ago and writing these words every day has helped me keep my sanity amidst such sleeplessness and change. Thank you for making this exist!

Testimonial Note from Annamieka Hopps Davidson on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup
Post Titles

Create — or select from Frequently Used Words — a title for the day’s post.

Podcasts commonly title the episode using a phrase stated during recording. For example, “Butterfly Down!” if the episode discussed Apple’s Macbook Pro keyboard.

An option to share the day’s title may make for interesting reading.

New Feature Request Note from Lawrence J on Thu, Aug 01
2 cups

In the midst of chaos, 750 words has been an anchor. Having it by my side throughout my hectic teens and now early 20’s has been a gift. I hope I’ll still be around to write happier thoughts here in the coming years.

Testimonial Note from Narin Lalala on Thu, Aug 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Would love some variety and more badges to work towards!

New Feature Vote from John Woods on Wed, Jul 31
10 cups
Updates on progress

It would be nice if a) you kept with your promises on updates for website (especially for those of us who support it with hard-earned cash); b) you updated community on what’s been done. Because, seriously, there are some VERY simple CSS bugs that haven’t been fixed. There’s never any comments or any interactions with people on feedback/feature request page. There’s very sporadic facebook communication. And now, when you officially announced that 750words is quite a priority in your life… well, 2 months later – nothing. Nothing updated on site. No updates in facebook group. No interaction with anyone.

I am really grateful for safe space to write and this whole website. It does help me a lot. But this relationship with your customers/supporters is too much. You said it yourself: "Anyway. Enough on that for now! Because now that that’s moving out of the intense creative phase, the 2nd BIG PROJECT is 750 Words! I’ve been dying to start working on this again. We mentioned last year that this would be happening, and were a bit overzealous in our timing, but now it’s happening for real! FOR REAL. Seriously.

Kellianne and I have a BIG list of things we know people have been very patiently waiting on for YEARS. Fixing bugs like scrolling on tablets, updating your profile info, and a thousand other strange glitches. Plus… Internationalization! A mobile app! Groups! More badges! And generally making things simpler, faster, and more delightful. Without losing the scrappy spirit of it all, because we are now scrappier than ever."

But apparently it’s land of the dead.

It’s very annoying to not only to not see any improvements but encounter the same bugs that were reported ages ago and could have been fixed in a few hours by a competent coder. But it requires caring and commitment. Do you care?

New Feature Request Note from Roxy on Tue, Jul 30