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
Jennifer Barrier
DaleSnow
David Michaels
Bart Post
Gary Chou
Jesse Bowline
Suzi Steffen
Steve Fife-Adams
ramarameti
Kaimipono Wenger
Liz Zélandais
Katherine Holmes
Barbara Stevens
Yvette Keller
Barbara 'Birdy' Cox-Diamond
Jim Sharp
Janna Marlies Maron
Francis Floyd Occena
Paul Schingle
Donna Grace Noyes
Steven Goldman
Derrick Woolfson
Erik Kastner
Dan Mertz
Julie Hughes
Hal Tepfer
Mary Lee Luskin
Bill Archibald
Dodo
Betsy Devine
Nancy Carlzen
Austin
Nan S
Liz Demaree
Carla Weiss
Marc Majcher
Erin Brown-John
Anne Dunham
Nils Davis
Carmen Isáis
Chris Cooper
Shania Hougher
Nicole Poweleit
Dave Beck
Liz Flynn
Carl Yirka
Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
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Holly S
Joel Bradshaw
Julie MacAller
Heather A Sparks
Leah Givens
Kelly Gammon
Michaël TRAZZI
Adrian Parsons
Lew Geer
Sherilyn Lee
Daniel Russo
Ted Strutz
Maja Ilisch
Aaron Webb
Joey Mangano
B Stagner
Pamela Dulaney
Elizabeth Rian
James Matsuzaki
Bryan Tocarz
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Michele Stankowski
Amina Omari
Neha Mediratta
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Kimberly Rose
Laura K
Lisa Kuchy
Kevin Albers

Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sat, May 25
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sat, May 25
2 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Kira Sparkles on Sat, May 25
1 cup

I sometimes feel I write mostly negative things, but that often means I don’t need to speak them.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sat, May 25
1 cup

Being able to do one thing every day means that I am able to do two things every day, and three, and four. 750 Words is good for forming habits.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Fri, May 24
1 cup

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this site. I’ve had more stuff spill out in my writing that I haven’t been able to extract out of my subconscious after years of ponderings. After blowing a 30 day streak, I did “dust myself off and keep going.” I need this site for my mental health. Thank you for a wonderfully executed (and fun) site that allows us to do this daily brain purge privately.

Testimonial Note from Li'l Jame on Fri, May 24
1 cup

Yesterday I wrote a total of 4,000 words for work and pleasure. This would never have been possible without 750 Words and NaNoWriMo.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Thu, May 23
1 cup

750 Words has taught me that I have to write, that I love to write.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Wed, May 22
1 cup

I have learned not to underestimate the benefits of clearing my mind each morning.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Tue, May 21
1 cup

I’m getting started with my day fairly late, but I’m writing here first because—priorities.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Mon, May 20
10 cups
tracking mindsets-feelings thru time

i really appreciate being able to see the “mindset while writing” and feelings for every day. it would be cool to see how those track over time.

New Feature Request Note from chakkamoru on Sun, May 19
1 cup

I like spending time with just myself as I write in my journal.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sun, May 19
1 cup

I can’t pinpoint what’s so magical about 750 words as a length, but it’s always exactly right, day after day.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sat, May 18
1 cup

Recipe for the perfect morning: Wake up, make tea, write words.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Fri, May 17
1 cup

I’ve never written a Cup of Patronage note before. I joined the site about eight years ago, back when it was free. I liked the idea, sometimes I liked the actual writing; mostly I was frustrated because I could never be consistent in writing. I couldn’t be consistent in much of anything, actually, except in falling back into depression whenever I accidentally destroyed, through carelessness or indifference or ignorance or some mysterious curse, something I really cared about.

But ‘years of failure’ is kind of a pathetic note to start on. Let’s start over, not with where I was when I registered on this website, or where I was a few years ago, but where I am now:

I’d never written one hundred days in a row before last week. Until last year, I never knew that undiagnosed ADHD was the majority of what was crippling me in school, relationships, work, and interests. I’ve never been free truly free from depression for three whole months in a row, not since 2013. I still struggle with consistency, but writing on this site is part of my morning routine, my treatment, my life—and it helps. It helped me to figure out that I was depressed, back when I was a lonely and confused college freshman. It helped me to learn how to write quickly, even if that writing isn’t always very good. It continues to help me to become a better writer, a freer writer, a more interesting writer. It forces me to think about whatever failures or challenges I’m currently trying to run away from in my life.

I owe this site a lot. On the 750words.com servers are 560k words tracking my life and my mental health over eight years, which is a pretty nifty resource for when I want to time travel back to a younger and more confused version of myself. Even the inconsistent writing practice I’ve done here has helped with two novels I’ve drafted and a dozen other stories I’ve started. I used to promise myself that I’d be a less cheap person and become a patron of this site if I ever wrote a successful novel. The truth is—I don’t have to wait till I finish writing something good to declare victory from my ‘morning pages’ (ha! mostly ‘dead-of-night pages’). The victory is that I’m back in school, not hating myself and my life. The victory is that I’ve been consistent in this and a couple of other things for three whole months, which for someone with ADHD is an Apollo 11-level achievement.

This is success. I’m living a success story every day that I get up and take care of my body, mind, and soul. Someday I’m going to break that lovely writing streak, I feel sure—an emergency or sickness or laptop crisis will get in the way. When that day comes, I don’t think I’ll mind so very much. I’ve finally learned, finally proved to myself, that I can just get up and do it the next day, streak or no streak—because writing matters to me. Putting a little of my overwhelmed mind onto the page every day matters to me.

Words don’t really seem like enough of a ‘thank you’, but it feels like the right currency for this site. You have my unending gratitude, Buster and Kelliane, for creating something that’s truly been a major help to me.

Testimonial Note from Emily on Thu, May 16
20 cups
Improve the writing page

I want to be able to double space the page. If the page is double spaced I would be more inclined to reread the page and turn the Gibble I typed into mostly correct
English.

New Feature Vote from Marc Tretin on Thu, May 16
1 cup
Pay-as-you-go Subscription Model

The monthly subscription model means you either maintain a 30-day streak or you don’t get your money’s worth. In ways, it’s a good incentive to make the most of the service, and those keen on maintaining a streak, for example, are positively reinforced by this scheme, but not every user wants to use the service in the same way.

Some people don’t have the time to commit to the service every day. Some people purposely only want to use the service infrequently (eg. for weekly reflections or as a dream journal). Some people actively dislike the stress associated with maintaining a streak and purposely avoid maintaining one. Also, a sudden change of personal circumstance could cause a change in habit in anybody’s use of the service.

It feels that, just because some people work at a different rate to others, they would end up paying more for less. Personally, I don’t like the pressure of needing to assume a certain behaviour as a user in order to capitalise on what I bought, and I’d wager I’m not alone in this.

Personally, I would much rather pay a small cost per entry as and when I make them, or purchase a bulk quantity of entries (that aren’t restricted to certain dates) in advance and consume them as I make entries. I wouldn’t even mind if the average cost per entry was slightly higher to accommodate for the probability of larger word dumps per entry or the higher uncertainty surrounding user loyalty (this is a business, after all!). That said, offering new subscription models may expand the range of potential customers even if they interact with the site less regularly; I, for one, have been aware of 750 Words for roughly two years, but resisted creating an account for a long time for the very reason of not being sure if I would suit the subscription model. I’m still uncertain if I will stick with the service because of the current subscription option, but I thought to highlight the concern in case it makes a difference.

New Feature Request Note from F Ziegler on Thu, May 16
10 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I’ve been around here a while. Would love to earn some more badges beyond the word count ones. Something more interim. I’m close to 500,000 but one million will take a few more years I think.

New Feature Vote from KAdams on Thu, May 16
1 cup

750 Words pairs nicely with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because the daily word count goal is a bit over twice as much as 750. Now 1,667 words doesn’t seem that formidable.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Thu, May 16
1 cup

Since returning to my daily writings in January 2018, I have not faulted in my daily writings and or submissions…

750words has helped me in keeping my daily journaling habbits from falling away… & within my many other writing adventures… I have learned that 750words has given me not only the drive and discipline to continue writing… but has also taught me how much my writing was missed.

Rule 1 #
If you dont have anything to write about… write anyway… copy down a meme, a verse of a song, an article line in a newspaper and write how and why it has affected you or caught your attention… writing inspirations are everywhere… they aree even in our day to day conversations and meetings with people…

Rule # 2 there are no rules to writing, in sitting down with a penn and paper, a computer or a tablet words will start to flow and soon your writing habits will become automatic.

Rule # 3 not everyday day that you write will be an easy one.. some days life will get in the way.. some days we will find we will have little to write about … but in the enf the fact that we chose to write is all that counts.

Testimonial Note from Ms. T on Wed, May 15
5 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

An ipad app would be great especially for when I travel, since I don’t bring my computer with me. This would really help with consistency!

New Feature Vote from Jessica Hodgson on Wed, May 15
5 cups

When I finally get this novel finished, I will thank 750words in the acknowledgments. Most of it was written here first!

Testimonial Note from KAdams on Wed, May 15
1 cup

When I wish to complain, I know exactly who will listen.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Wed, May 15
6 cups

Just completed my second 100 day streak. Smiling. Something happened this week while writing. I really let go & it’s because I feel totally safe in the privacy of this space. I write my mind. It’s like singing in a magical cave. I get a lovely echo of my thoughts. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from LaFemmeEnRouge on Tue, May 14
1 cup
Offline Mode

Sometimes internet is unreliable. Sometimes my WiFi shuts off and back on. My stats are waaay thrown off and it counts as a distraction (but I’m innocent, I promise!)

It would be great if I could use 750 Words offline. Not sure it’s possible, but I think it’s something worth looking into.

New Feature Request Note from Patrick on Tue, May 14
1 cup

On the rare occasions that writing 750 words feels like a chore instead of a pleasure, I still notice that I have a clearer mind afterwards.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Tue, May 14
1 cup

I have been all over the place with 750words, I have written highs and the lows but I have to keep reminding myself that what is most important is that I have written. I have found it almost like a diary and hope that in the long run that will improve the quality of the rest of my writing. Sadly, I have not written for the past week and really missed it. Hopefully next month I will have the guts to go for the challenge of writing every day. Keep writing!

Testimonial Note from emma on Tue, May 14
1 cup

I’ve learned a lot about myself by freewriting, mostly good things, too.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Mon, May 13
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Tove Lindgren on Mon, May 13
1 cup

I’m glad that my years’ worth of personal writing is safe and secure on this site. It’s a gift to myself.

Testimonial Note from Kelly L on Sun, May 12