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
Christine Degner
SK Gaski
James Edward Hervey
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
Jesse Bowline
Bart Post
Gary Chou
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
Katherine Holmes
Kaimipono Wenger
Barbara Stevens
Liz Zélandais
Yvette Keller
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Jim Sharp
David matthew czukiewski
Francis Floyd Occena
Janna Marlies Maron
Paul Schingle
Donna Grace Noyes
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Steven Goldman
Dan Mertz
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Bill Archibald
Nancy Carlzen
Betsy Devine
Julie Hughes
Carla Weiss
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
Carmen Isáis
Nicole Poweleit
Dave Beck
Brandon Lorenz
Liz Flynn
Lew Geer
Adam Bossy-Mendoza
Mira Crisp
Carl Yirka
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
Adrian Parsons
Holly S
Joel Bradshaw
Julie MacAller
Shane Zackey
Spencer Handley
Heather A Sparks
Daniel Russo
Leah Givens
James Matsuzaki
Kelly Gammon
Michaël TRAZZI
Joey Mangano
Elizabeth Rian
Bryan Tocarz
Sherilyn Lee
Ted Strutz
Maja Ilisch
Amina Omari
Kimberly Rose
Lisa Kuchy
Aaron Webb
Crystal Darby

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup

I discovered this site about a month ago and I am really enjoying it. It really helps me get my thoughts out, and I have been learning a lot about myself. I love the incentives to write every day, to do it early, and to stay on task. This keeps me motivated. I have already recommended 750words to a few friends!

Testimonial Note from Michelle Hennessy on Wed, Nov 13
5 cups

I am very grateful for this site. Mornings are pretty much when all of my insecurities and fears about the day – as well as the mysteries and hopes – are looming large. This site helps me to identify and become more aware of patterns of thinking that gets me to grow and change as a person. It is also good to have a healthy commitment and use of technology – this is so low tech and fun to use. I like that it is just writing and nothing else. Just did 100 days in a row through all sorts of things in my life – good, bad and everything in between. Try it, it will change the way you see yourself and help you with habits, awareness and to see how your mind works. Or you can write the great American novel here all for yourself. Peace, friends!

Testimonial Note from Daniel Topping on Wed, Nov 13
1 cup
Streak Badges on 'Write' Page

I love that we earn badges for streaks, but currently the only way to see your streak badge is to view your name on the “today’s writers” page. I’d love to be able to see my pretty bird right at the top of the page, next to my name. It would add an extra boost of motivation to keep on to the next phase.

New Feature Request Note from Juliette Jacobs on Mon, Nov 11
3 cups
Improve the monthly stats page

It would be really great to have monthly stats in a similar way that we have the text analysis; like ‘this month you focused particularly on relationships’ etc.

New Feature Vote from Jo Hornsey on Sun, Nov 10
4 cups
More text analysis

The text analysis sometimes highlights things that I haven’t even mentioned.

New Feature Vote from Jo Hornsey on Sun, Nov 10
1 cup

I absolutely agree. If I hadn’t of been writing 750 words every day and gotten in the habit, I certainly wouldn’t be doing NaNoWriMo right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Testimonial Note from Lynda Elliott Goyzueta on Thu, Nov 07
1 cup
A better mobile site

I haven’t been a member long, but I am in favor of anything that benefits 750 words. What a wonderful site! And such an encouragement for writers. It has really given me inspiration, so I am behind any decision.

New Feature Vote from Charlene Marolf on Thu, Nov 07
3 cups

Since I’ve started using this site in July, I’ve written for 124 days (with a couple of scheduled days off – thank you for this feature!). It’s helped me clear my head in the morning, tease my thoughts out onto the page, and improve my writing skills. Thank you 750words!

Testimonial Note from Mizz Mu on Wed, Nov 06
6 cups

750 words has changed my life. I use it for ALL my writing needs, not just NANOWRIMO…but I tell ya, you guys are the absolute best :)

Testimonial Note from Shanna Martin on Wed, Nov 06
5 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An iPhone app would be a GAME CHANGER!!!

New Feature Vote from Shanna Martin on Wed, Nov 06
3 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Stephen Brownell on Tue, Nov 05
5 cups
Improve the monthly stats page
New Feature Vote from Stephen Brownell on Tue, Nov 05
6 cups
Monthly recaps

Similar to the daily recaps. I want to see, on a longer timeline, the trends I go through, but more aggregated. What are the names that I refer to more regularly over time? Am I getting happier? Are my concerns changing? Stuff like that but aggregated and trended.

New Feature Request Note from Stephen Brownell on Tue, Nov 05
50 cups

5 million. No, those five million words aren’t often a story, they’re often just the day-to-day blather of someone just trying to get his word count higher, or the somewhat incoherent ramblings brought on by trying to make sense of my day, or venting about the day. But, somehow, over these past ten-ish years, I’ve managed to string together what would be the equivalent of 100 NaNoWriMo novels. Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, for giving me the room in which to do so. I hope I grow in the future, and I hope that 750 words is right there with me to help me grow further.

Testimonial Note from Joseph Mayer on Sun, Nov 03
1 cup

I feel like, the only time I feel like a writer is doing the act of writing. Even when I’ve finished an entry, I read it back and some bits of it is good, but I feel like I’m creating something on this site. It’s housed my creativity and my mental health. I’m grateful for this site; some people pray and go to church. I come here.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Nov 02
1 cup

I feel like, the only time I feel like a writer is doing the act of writing. Even when I’ve finished an entry, I read it back and some bits of it is good, but I feel like I’m creating something on this site. It’s housed my creativity and my mental health. I’m grateful for this site; some people pray and go to church. I come here.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Sat, Nov 02
3 cups

i have never committed to any daily practise until this one, and now i’m at 96 days, 3 full months of every day writing, and i am so delighted and thrilled. THANK YOU 750words for being the catalyst for this fundamental shift in my life.

Testimonial Note from Treasa Levasseur on Fri, Nov 01
5 cups
A better mobile site

I would find it handier to have an offline mobile app, that can save the entries until connected to the wifi, especially when we are in trains and buses, when most thoughts flood

New Feature Vote from Noora Anwahi on Fri, Nov 01
5 cups
Improve the writing page

Greetings the great team behind the site!

I would like to spread a little idea I read and agree upon from another member

I think making it possible to highlight, italicize, and add notes (like as a form of reflecting when reading an old page)..

New Feature Vote from Noora Anwahi on Fri, Nov 01
5 cups

This site has gotten me through some dark times. Times when my mind and emotions were a maelstrom. It helped me unpack these overwhelming thoughts and feelings and read my progress towards peace. It is a way for me to communicate to myself when I think that no one else is willing to listen.

Testimonial Note from Renee Hope on Thu, Oct 31
1 cup

I love this site, and even though it makes me sad when I miss a day or just miss getting enough words down to complete the monthly challenges (which happened yesterday — argh), I couldn’t be more grateful for having such an effective mechanism to get my thoughts out of my head and get my ducks in a row for the day’s tasks. And needless to say, in giving me daily writing practice, it helps me keep my prose style in good working condition. Thank you Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Sally Logan on Thu, Oct 31
2 cups

It would be nice to have the ability to italicize, underline, and bold things. Even just using keyboard shortcuts would be nice.

New Feature Request Note from Simon Ilincev on Tue, Oct 29
1 cup

I’ve been a member since 2012 and I cannot remember how I found this site, but it’s been such a joy. Now, I haven’t used it consistently that whole time, but rediscovering it recently, I’m just so glad it’s still here and still reliable. It’s helped me commit to living a more aware life and committing to a little creativity each day! I hope everyone has a chance to use 750words!

Testimonial Note from Diana Cameron McQueen on Mon, Oct 28
5 cups

Thanks to the steady maintenance of this site over many years, I have been able to write, stop writing, and return to writing as needed. And this year for the first time, I am inspired to join NaNoWriMo. Thanks, 750words! You’ve been a faithful partner and friend, and I look forward to many more hours together.

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Mon, Oct 28
1 cup

I’ve only finished my 7-day streak ever today, but I want to say that I’m very happy that I signed up for 750 words. It was difficult getting to this point, but there’s really no bad or ideal time to start such a useful habit as journaling. Ever since I made it a daily habit of getting all my thoughts and feelings of the moment down onto something external, I’ve been feeling a lot lighter and more focused in how I spend my day and time. Some advice on the approach I’ve taken so far that was really successful for me: use this time also to construct what your perfect day would be and, more occasionally, check in with what your goals for the week, month, and life are (what is your best self like? how do you want to show up for others? what do you want in your life now vs. a day,week,month,year, or decade later?). this keeps the conversation with yourself productive and focused, while leaving some time to be silly or vent whatever it is that you’re feeling or going through. initially, i really struggled with using 750 words because it seemed like such an overwhelming amount to write in a fairly short period of time, but as soon as i redirected my energies outward, towards conceptualizing how i wanted to be as a person, for my relationships, and in my goals, i found myself easily meeting or overachieving this quota. for more tips/inspiration on what to ask yourself each morning via 750words, i recommend checking out brendon burchard on youtube! thank you, 750 words, for existing for people like me who is more comfortable typing than writing in a daily journal. :-)

Testimonial Note from Chi V on Sat, Oct 26
5 cups

Woo-hoo! A new morning pages milestone: today I got my million words badge! Since starting here in 2010, this site has become a huge part of my practice as a writer & lecturer. I’m often extolling the virtues of and morning pages online, on Twitter & to my students – but thought it was high time I raised a few cups here. Thanks for providing a safe space for our feelings & ideas. Keep writing, everybody!

Testimonial Note from Peggy Riley on Wed, Oct 23
3 cups

I continue to amaze myself as I “better my best” with my writing. 750 Words keeps me focused and on track. I was the person who always wanted to write but talked about it more than doing it. Now I write every day, throughout the day and it has grown my business along with my confidence and self esteem. For whatever ails you and all that inspires you, keep writing!

Testimonial Note from Connie Ragen Green on Tue, Oct 22
1 cup

I’ve written here in spurts. I’ll write every day for a couple of months, and then abandon it for three. But I keep coming back. I’m currently at the end of a job, with nothing planned going forward. Coming here every day, writing down what is rattling around in my head, is helping me to find a path forward. Here, I can start to map out my next adventure, write down my dreams, and imagine the possibilities. This has become my sounding board, my safe place to vent, and the repository of my dreams. I would be lost without it.

Testimonial Note from Heather McMillan on Mon, Oct 21
1 cup
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from minori time on Mon, Oct 21
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

writing on this site in my mobile browser is clunky and i’d prefer a tidy app. thank you!

New Feature Vote from minori time on Mon, Oct 21