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

John Wayne
Ricky Dub
Melissa V
Michelle Greene
Perrin Rynning
Barbara Ollis
Ria Loader
Matthew T.S. Rousseau
Brit Anbacht
Jeff Arcuri
Sophie Lippert
Erica Marshall
Shan Lawson
Greg Bloom
Kathryn Randall
Marian Darlington-Hope
Craig Overmyer
Lee Rusch
Victoria Cousins
Patricia Livermore
8 Gianfortoni
Jasmine Meng
Jay Natoli
lori howell
Noora Anwahi
Tony G
anthony hoang
Christopher Wilson
Marilyn Green Faulkner
Niamh Arthur
Steve Tannenbaum
Cass Adair
Shea O'Donnell Root
Leah Meadows
Meryl Walker
Crystal Babb
Jenny Reed
Sturdy Knight
Deanna Yerichuk
Greg Belote
Lexie Heart
Emily Stainer
Adam Holwerda
heidi iffland
Amy Forbes
Sharla Brown
Sean McPhail
tessa g. kelly
Rebecca Little
Corinne Flammer
Hillary Nicole Mellema
Matej Ken Matsunaga Sedmak
Sean Jacke
Atosa Melody Babaoff
Lisa Strange
Rita Lynn
Melissa Gold
Andi Lim
Noko Rose
Tina Bea
Ginny Washborne
Sylvia Mendez-Morse
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Sofi Kusk
George Abramson
josh lucas
Juliet L. Minton
Stephen M. Paulsen
Marco Reeves
Jane Johnson
Ronald Gilbert
Dylan Enright
Gabriela Matic
Jacqueline Horani
Colin Mason
Beth Albright
Chister Fremh
Charley Jolene Reese
Carly Bannister
Heather Kelly
Melanie Montaño
Juan Santiago Pereira
Dani X

Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups

I’ve been using 750words for over a decade now! Never consistently but it has always been there for me when I just needed a place to dump my thoughts. I’m finding lately I want to write more and am glad that this platform exists to help motivate me!

Keep writing, take a break, come back, write some more…just keep going!

Testimonial Note from Stacy Kathryn on Thu, Mar 04
5 cups

I have been using this site for over five years now. It has seen me through the loss of my son, the loss of my mother, the loss of my beautiful daughter-in-law and the loss of my marriage. This site is one of the reasons I am still sane (more or less). I still have a childish love of giving myself the equivalent of gold stars, and this site fulfills that need and at the same time has piloted me through some dark valleys. Thank you for this service

Testimonial Note from Connie Coin on Wed, Mar 03
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Wed, Mar 03
1 cup

My first diary was a gift from my father for my birthday when I was turning 9 years old. It spawned years of consistent journaling… then puberty hit, life went into fast forward and I stopped the practice. I would constantly buy journals promising myself I would start again but NOPE. Procrastination and inconsistency had a good grip on my life.

Fast forward to present day… I am going through the hardest thing I have ever endured: my husband was diagnosed in 2018 with ALS and his health is steadily declining.

There are so many emotions that come with this situation and though I have a magnificent set of humans that support me emotionally, I found myself crying by myself more often than not. My sister mentioned this site. At first, I thought I prefer writing by hand but had to question that gumption since I hadn’t been journaling at all for years. I decided to give it a shot. I just completed my first month of 750 words in February.

This site has been such a blessing. It is the only thing and I mean… THE ONLY THING that I have autonomy over in my life. It is the one thing I do consistently and I am so very grateful for this platform. It allows me the space and privacy to have emotional diarrhea and affords me a feeling of accomplishment and peace each and every time I do it.

My initial motivation in writing this was to get a badge, lol… but truth is, I truly hope that my message touches you if you are grieving and/or are in a dark place in your life. Here’s to hoping that it gets better (as they say) but in the meantime, get it all out of your system… be a self-cleaning oven.

Testimonial Note from Kathia Abba Gana on Tue, Mar 02
100 cups

Today is my 10-year anniversary of starting to write at 750 Words! Coffee all around! : )

Over these 10 years, I’ve written 1,332,016 words. That fact alone is a huge lesson for me. It is a testament to what I can do with a little bit of (sometimes) consistent effort over time. I’ve only written here 43% of the time for the past 10 years and I still managed to write over a million words. If I had tried to explain that to myself 10 years ago, she would still be laughing.

For the heck of it, I went back to the first entry I ever wrote to see what was going on 10 years ago. I love that I can go back to any entry from the past 10 years and pull it up (and export it for good measure!) Thank you!

I love that I can search 10 years worth of writing for a particular phrase. Not too long ago I did that and found everything I thought would “light me up” for the past 10 years. It was insightful. Again, thank you!

Because I can : ), I’ll leave you with a line from what I wrote 10 years today. The sentiment is as true today as it was then, if not more so.

“It’s feeling like reading about 750words today wasn’t an accident, like it was a piece in this cosmic puzzle I’m living, a big, important edge piece maybe.”

Thank you, Friends! Keep writing : )

Testimonial Note from Kelly Gammon on Tue, Mar 02
1 cup

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how liberating this way of writing is. I’ve been here about 4 months now. I’ve unearthed new depths of honesty with myself, about the way I feel, and about what I truly want. I love data, so getting to see things like how many words I’ve written, where my mind is at, what my thematic key words are- it all gives me an insight that doesn’t come when I do my annual reading of all my journal entries for the year. Plus being able to tag my writing and then do keyword searches has helped me learn how my thoughts have changed over time; likewise I might think I’ve been stuck on something but then a search tells me how much movement there has been. This writing practice has been a great anchor for me, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

Testimonial Note from danielle jellykins on Fri, Feb 26
1 cup

Does anyone have any tips for how to write in a “Certain” manner? I am “Uncertain” almost every single day. I wonder if contributing factors are questions marks, and the word “maybe.”

Testimonial Note from Patty Lee on Mon, Feb 22
1 cup

I love this site. 52 days and going strong!
I still need to have some kind of contingency plan in place in case I miss a day, as I don’t want to beat myself up about it.
I never thought I would be in a position where I was enjoying writing again and writing regularly without having to grapple with the incessant inner critic telling me that it’s not good enough.
Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Tolbee on Tue, Feb 16
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

It would help me to write ‘on the go’ if ideas come to mind and then I could revisit them later.

New Feature Vote from Tolbee on Tue, Feb 16
1 cup

Writing is the first thing I do every morning. It’s like a form of meditation for me. Doing this one thing every morning clears the mind of clutter and sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Testimonial Note from jennifer hillaby on Mon, Feb 15
1 cup

It’s been very here cold with subzero temperatures at night so I decided it would be a good week to challenge myself to reach for the penguin badge. After all penguins are cold weather birds. I arrived at that at few days ago. Tonight we’ll see -20 F, and then a warm up will begin. That inspires me to aim for a flamingo! I enjoy the badges more than I thought would and I’m grateful to be journaling daily. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Lolo H on Sun, Feb 14
10 cups

If you asked me to name the most romantic species of bird I could think of, I can promise my mind wouldn’t go immediately to the rooster. (Actually, now that I’ve posed it, I’m low-key wondering what the answer to that question is. The loon? The turtledove? The swan, maybe? Thoughts, anyone?)

Regardless, I was so, SO excited to see a bright red rooster appear like a vision in my collection of badges this Valentine’s Day morning, looking more cheerful and full of zeal than anything has a right to before nine in the morning. (ANY morning, mind you, Valentine’s Day aside.) In case it wasn’t clear as glass by now, let me assure you: I am NOT an early morning writer. Never have been. Never, EVER will be. In college, I would happily stay up until half past three in the morning making an essay pretty if it meant I didn’t have to set my alarm for six AM to tackle the same task. (Yes, yes, I know – my logic was a little flawed. But such was my thought process back then.) I’ve been steadily nabbing the badges that 750 Words loves to torment and prod us with, though, one at a time – and I wanted that freaking overly cheerful rooster. Fiercely. I’d gotten the Night Bat without even breaking a sweat. Nocturnal writing comes naturally to me, and while I was very happy to have it, I didn’t have to stretch for that particular winged creature. The Night Bat came when I whistled for him and landed contentedly in my open palm, munching a piece of fruit.

The Early Bird, on the other hand, has been taunting me since I first started writing my pages here. I came close a number of times, within a couple of early mornings of success – only to drift back to sleep for “five more minutes” or stare blearily at the blinking cursor for just a few minutes too long. I would let the idea go for a while in pursuit of other things, then drift back to it, annoyed and frustrated that this badge stayed just out of my reach.

Well, early this Sunday morning I am delighted to say I have FINALLY bagged that stupid rooster. He’s mine. MINE!! He will mock me no more! No, he’s no Flying Squirrel, no Great Gryphon. A long way from either of those giants, but I’ve been snatching at his tail feathers for a very long time nevertheless. Small though the accomplishment is, seeing that rooster appear gives me a spark of hope that maybe I CAN wrangle that Pterodactyl I’ve got my eye on next. Maybe I can lasso a Pegasus, snare myself a Space Bird. Who knows – maybe one day I’ll get to ride a Gryphon. If I give up tomorrow because it’s hard, because I’m too tired, because I don’t think I’ve got the words in me, because I’d rather drown all of my doubts in a movie or novel someone else has sweated and worried over, I’ll never know what I’ve got in me, will I? And neither will you, if you’re still reading this far.

Keep going, you guys. No, seriously. Go. Type. Outline. Ramble. Do one more character sketch. Make that grocery list. Whatever it is you’re doing. Keep reaching for that next writing goal dancing just in front of you, and the next, and the next, whatever your personal reasons for showing up in this wonderful space every day. Trust that those reasons are valid and your time doing these words will be worth it. Trust that they matter. I know how hard it is some days to believe you have something worthwhile to say, or that you have the ability to say it well. Show up anyway, put your fingers on the keyboard anyway, because that spiteful little voice is full of lies, and its only purpose is to hold you back. To keep you from taking creative and personal risks. You are so much more capable than you think. So go prove it, to yourself if no one else.

And happy Valentine’s Day one last time, while I’m thinking of it. There’s so much needless emphasis put on one single kind of love today, and one way of expressing that love. If that’s what you’re celebrating, that’s great. That’s wonderful. But if it’s not, be assured that you also have a vibrant and active community here who loves you dearly and is cheering for you, clicking our keys in solidarity as you add one more X to your row of boxes for the month. Thank you, thank you, to the wonderful people who make that solidarity possible for each one of us.

Now I’m off on a Pterodactyl hunt, and hopefully to manage some actual fiction before bedtime rolls around. Wish me luck, ladies and gentlemen! I’m sending all my love and hope and good fortune with you today, too.

Testimonial Note from Amy Roth on Sun, Feb 14
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

An app on the phone would make journaling easier because you could post entries straight from your bead. If inspiration struck you in the middle of the night, you could write it all down without having to get out of bed and then go back to sleep.

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sun, Feb 14
5 cups

I love this site! It is such a great place for brain dumping. Recently I had some issues with my wrist (might have been carpal tunnel syndrome) and I couldn’t write for a few weeks. I could just feel the clutter piling up in my brain, which had been so neat and organized after using this website for nearly a year. Today was my first time in a while doing the brain dump exercise, and I feel so much calmer already. Thank you Buster and Kellianne for maintaining this site!

Testimonial Note from Monti Cello on Sun, Feb 14
1 cup

Today, amid sadness, strife and ongoing uncertainty I did at least one good thing. I hit the 2 million word mark, aptly commemorating the beginning of the year of the ox, a year known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination… so mote it be. On to the next million. Thank you 750 words.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Courington-DePass on Fri, Feb 12
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Intermediate levels between 100 and 200 days, for example.

New Feature Vote from Robin Tanamachi on Thu, Feb 11
3 cups
Improve the writing page

italics and bold

New Feature Vote from Joline Olson on Thu, Feb 11
1 cup

It would be nice to allow italics or bolding, maybe in a little button along the top. I know the point of this site is the simplicity, but I keep running into spots when I need to asterisk instead of using italics. It doesn’t translate onto the word documents I copy/paste onto, so I need to go through them after at italicize. Italics or bolding would be a great non-yelling (ALL CAPS) way to emphasize words.

New Feature Request Note from Al Pas on Thu, Feb 11
1 cup

I like writing. I enjoy doing it and I like the way I feel after. However, it also takes more effort than going on Youtube or Reddit, so it can be hard to start. It was frustrating to think of writing as one of hobbies in months where I only wrote a few times, if at all. 750 gets me to actually do it. The idea of breaking my streak pulls me to the keyboard, even on days where I don’t feel like it. The goal of reaching 100 000 words makes me want to add more to whatever I’m doing.
On this site, I don’t need to be working on the same one long project (hard to keep up) to keep track of my overall word count. I can work on a different short story every day, or multiple, or add little bits to other longer projects, and still have a record of how much I did. It’s motivating. I just copy and paste whatever I did onto the appropriate word document afterwards.
There’s a lot of ideas swirling around my head, and 99% of them will never ever get written down, because it’s so much effort compared to thinking about them. Thanks to the habit of writing every day, kept in place by this site, a bit more of them will reach paper and not be forgotten. I’ll get more practice, realize my own writing quirks to work around, and have a record of old ideas.

Testimonial Note from Al Pas on Thu, Feb 11
5 cups

750 Words has been one of the things that keep me writing every day. I use this platform to launch my daily writing and everything flows from there. I jot down ideas, summarize my plans for the day, and check-in with my state of mind.
In short, 750 words acts as my online journal and I’m happy to have it.

Testimonial Note from Mustang Patty on Thu, Feb 11
2 cups

I’m a terrible journaler (sp?), but a techy at heart. 750words has provided me the perfect middle ground of attempting to stay consistent in a journey of self-love, introspection, and overall wellness and healing that has been such an amazing tool in this season of my life.. Thank you for the work you do, and providing ongoing support for this site..

Testimonial Note from Andrew on Tue, Feb 09
1 cup

I procrastinate often, 750Words keeps me on track. I have become dedicated to writing 3 pages everyday. You will never know how grateful I am that you are here. You are the kind, thoughtful supportive parent I never had. There is no harsh judgment, just a gentle, quiet nudge. There is no anger or recrimination, Just being there, quietly yet with gentle strength. You have no idea how much this means to some of us. Thank you. Writing used to be my most feared subject, it has strangely become my favorite.

Testimonial Note from Deborah Lloyd on Mon, Feb 08
1 cup

With 750 Words, I can start with the simplest recollection of the day or planning out of my day coming up, and then the words just start pouring out, and one thread of an idea for my book — a memoir I am writing — just starts to form. And then there is a torrent of thoughts and meanings that just appear on the page. And that only happens here. There is something unrestricted, yet contained, by this platform that has brought ideas to the surface of my consciousness in a way that no other platform does. So grateful!

Testimonial Note from Simone on Sun, Feb 07
1 cup

Today is my last day !

Testimonial Note from raul on Sun, Feb 07
1 cup
More text analysis

So far it’s a very fun way to look at what I’m writing. I’d love to see some sort of graph over time, too.

New Feature Vote from Caro Bee on Sat, Feb 06
10 cups
More text analysis

I’d love to see more stats in general, more charts! And maybe an explanation of how you reached the conclusions of said analysis.

New Feature Vote from J. Wynona on Sat, Feb 06
5 cups

I’ve been using this website since 2016! For the most part I have very consistent. Previously I had been writing morning pages by hand, but this is even better. It’s nice having a digital version around, complete with stats. And if I use the meta tags, I can even track what I’d been doing or feeling that day! I like using this as a way to dump out thoughts on my mind for the day. Will continue to support!

Testimonial Note from J. Wynona on Sat, Feb 06
5 cups

I’m finally over a 100 day streak, and the habit of remembering to write every day has been incredibly helpful. Actually, I do handwritten morning pages almost every day, so this is my second batch of writing. That’s my excuse when I sometimes forget. But there’s something about it being searchable that really helps me keep track of certain ideas and develop them over time. I LOVE THIS SITE! I tell everyone about it :)

Testimonial Note from Mattia on Wed, Feb 03
2 cups
Offline writing

I’m thinking of a scenario where one would not book time off from writing, would still want to do the daily 750 words, but either because they’re travelling or for whatever reason they do not have a stable connection that would allow them to do so. Let’s say I know I’m going to spend the next two days on a train with no internet connection, or I’m going deep in the jungle, or somewhere where the internet is at the mercy of some mentally unstable dictator who likes to turn it off – I’d still want to keep my daily pages, even if on a word document, which I could then upload the first chance I get. I assume this would have to be based on some honour code, or maybe one could click a button before this situation happens that would allow a bit more flexibility in the uploading of the pages, and it would of course have to do without the stats of words per minute etc. But it would motivate people to keep doing this even when their internet is unstable, rather than losing their writing streak or opting for a time off altogether.

New Feature Request Note from Karl Schembri on Wed, Feb 03
1 cup

I just wanted to encourage everyone to keep going as we hit February and sometimes the “NY Resolutions” sorrow kicks in. 750words has been my private respite from a number of things this year, and I love it for that. Keep going!

Testimonial Note from David Tate on Tue, Feb 02