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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Notes of inspiration from members

9 cups

Hi, Been here forever. Love the place. BUT for the life of me WHERE is the sexual content in my today’s writing???
Maude’s Farm 9

A happy place to live for everyone did happen down on the farm.
Marni and Kevin’s home was a kit so it went up fast. They now were about to move into that home.

Linda and Carla were both in Mr McCone’s class. Busy girls they were two of the top teacher helpers.

It was obvious that Ray and Susan were becoming closer. Their pain from his loss of his wife, Her loss of a marriage was slowly mending.

No one noticed Harold and Maude becoming closer. It was thought at their ages they were just seeking companionship. That was fine with them because they would announce on the night before Christmas their love for each other.

Christmas school vacation came with many festivities. The locals yearly had sleigh rides. This year was no exception. Bundled up in their warmest the whole crew went on the rides. Carols were sung, hot chocolate and cookies was consumed.

Christmas Eve was celebrated at Grannie Maude’s house. This Christmas Eve everyone told of an event happening in their life. They were to write it on a paper, fold and write their name then place it in Harold’s new cowboy hat. Harold was oldest so he got to pick. He swirled the papers around then chose.

“Marni, you are first.” said Harold.
“ Linda remember last month when we asked you to stay with Carla instead of coming home after school?”
“Yes, Mama.”
“Your Dad and I were at the doctors office. In six months there will be a brother or sister addition to our family.”

Harold swirled the papers around then chose.
“Linda is next”

“ I am now helping other students with American Sign Language.”

Harold swirled the papers around then chose another name.

“ I was offered a part time job at the bakery in town. I am seriously thinking of taking it. With Carla in school and Grannie Maude not really needing me at the farm I’m thinking it’s about time I get out and meet some new people.”

Harold swirled the papers around then chose a name.

“I’m getting married next year. Not sure of the month but it will happen.”

What everyone shouted. Harold set his hat down and put his arms around Maude saying: “It’s about time we were wed. I’m over here everyday for coffee and most meals. We belong together.”

Picking up his hat he swirled the notes again.

“I have a two part announcement. I have been offered the position of Principal at the school. I may or may not take it.
My other announcement is a mutual agreement between Susan and I to be married.
Darling your engagement ring in under the tree.”
He went over to the tree, picked up a small box and presented the ring to Susan.

“The ring was Mothers and Dad and I agreed you should be wearing it. Hugs and congratulations went all around the room.

Picking up his hat Harold swirled the notes again.
“Kevin, you’re up next.”

“I have a permit from the city to renovate that old run down farmhouse into an office. It seems it was originally well constructed. Next Spring we will start the remake of our Real Estate Office.”

“Carla you are next to last.”

“I am pleased to say our school has a collection of give-a-books for our library. We also have started a collection of give-a-books for other schools.”

“OK that’s it lets sing now.” said Harold.

“Oh no you don’t get away without telling your message.” cried Maude.

“OK,OK. I’m next. I also had a doctor visit. I was a bit worried about some itchy skin patches on the back of my neck. Doc Quinlin had them examined and I was told I am well. He told me to wear a hat that covered my neck. Maude got me this hat for Christmas.
Ain’t it a dandy?” hooted Harold.

The year came and went again it was Christmas Eve. Linda had a new little brother. Her parents were doing well.

Maude and Harold were married and living in Harold’s house.

Ray and Susan were also married and living in Grannies farm.

Carla got up and started singing then everyone joined in:

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la la la la
’Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la
Troll the ancient yuletide carol
Fa la la la la la la la la
See the blazing yule before us
Fa la la la la la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la la la la la
While I tell of yuletide treasure
Fa la la la la la la la la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la la la la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la
La la la

Ending the Beginning.

©Julia A Knaake

Testimonial Note from Julia Crane on Sat, Oct 24
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Matthew Martin on Sat, Oct 24
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Virak Ngauv on Wed, Oct 21
1 cup
I missed two days in October. TWO days. Yesterday I just completely forgot amidst the rest of life, so I decided I better fess up to the Wall of Shame commitment because yes, 750 words has made me a more dedicated writer. I still write by hand as a writing practice, but writing on my keyboard with 750 words has made a difference which I know will get better and better and better. Wall of shame debt paid and I will continue to write, to carry on, and know November will be a complete month. And there are only 30 days so there is that, too. :-)
Testimonial Note from Julie JordanScott on Wed, Oct 21
10 cups

Yesterday, I got a 2 million word badge and today I got my 2000 day badge: The Great Griffin. That represents a lot of complaining and clearing my head before getting started. And sure, it involves some vacation days and cheating. But I am forever grateful for the habit of 750 Words and the $$ it has saved me in therapy. Every day, if you show up and do the words, you add to your numbers. That’s the only trick. Seat of the pants to seat of the chair. Best of luck to my fellow writers and thanks to Buster and Kelianne for this great site.

Testimonial Note from Douglas Moe on Tue, Oct 20
9 cups

750 words seems just enough to sort through my thoughts to then move forward with what I want to be doing in the day. This site has helped me tremendously. :)

Testimonial Note from Johanna And on Tue, Oct 20
2 cups

A ‘thank you’ is in order.
I have been using this page on and off for several years. I have never been the one who managed to write every day. Too much life. But writing have always been part of me and in this page I find a system, where I can put that need for text. For that conversation with myself. Most of my writings are like this – conversations I have with myself.
However, it is also an important engine to keep writing on longer projects. Lige so many others here I was always wanting to write a book. This page actually helped me keeping at it and breaking it into so many small portions of text that it actually ended up being a book. And actually – yes – becoming a book. I just signed my contract with the publisher. So thanks for that!
And I will continue, with the conversations and the next book…

Testimonial Note from Andreas Matjulski on Mon, Oct 19
50 cups

I use all my cups, because I’ve lost them all. Since January 2018 I’d only missed one full day of writing— the day my Dad died. Until October 12, 2020. I don’t know if it was the trip and scheduled time off, or that we were off schedule a bit, but somehow I managed to go to bed and didn’t even remember I had not written. That has never happened. My streak came to an end and I didn’t even know it until the next day and there wasn’t an X in the box. Here I am, starting over again. The silver lining of this? I no longer have a precise day count since the day my Dad died. My streak was the count of how many days I’ve lived without him. It is freeing really, to not really know how long of forever it’s been since I heard his voice, since that last day. It’s okay and I’ve paid my $10 and will forgo my treat. I’ll spend November getting my name off the Wall of Shame and I’ll start to earn my cups again.

Testimonial Note from July MS Sadowski on Sun, Oct 18
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I like the ones that aren’t just about days-written-in-a-row. Like, the speed typing one. Maybe a badge is needed for flowery speech, or good spelling or for the mood of the writing.

New Feature Vote from Joline Tara on Sun, Oct 18
1 cup

I never believed that a daily journal would add much value. I started on this site to become a better writer. What I’ve discovered is different. Writing every day is relaxing and allows me to think through and process through things that are important to me. It is invigorating and helps me start my day feeling refreshed and ready to go. The badges and monthly challenge are motivators. I’m now on a sixty day streak and have formed a positive daily habit. While others are commenting on new functions or badges, I like the site as is. Simple and easy. Thank you for creating a way that helps me start my day off right!

Testimonial Note from Lewis Flax on Mon, Oct 12
2 cups
Improve the homepage

A dark mode setting for the entire website to help reduce eyestrain when using the site in early morning or late at night.

New Feature Vote from Chi V on Sun, Oct 11
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Maybe people who are returning to write after missing a day, to encourage them for their progress. Special badges for people who have been members for at least a year or so. People who are writing insanely long entries. People who are significant donators. Maybe a referral code for other people to get an additional free month of use from 750 Words, so that the both of them can each get a free month’s use (the badge can exist for people who have been successful at referring others to use 750 Words).

New Feature Vote from Chi V on Sun, Oct 11
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments

It would be cool to see how many times I’ve earned a particular badge so that I can understand my habits better. I know that my highest streak badges is the 30 days one, but how many times do I only get to 15 days before that? This could be done by just adding a x# icon on the corner of the badges (for example, if I have reached the 30 day badge 5 times, then it would display a little (x5) note on the badge)

New Feature Vote from Camille Dent on Sun, Oct 11
1 cup

It has helped me calm my mind and organize my thoughts in this time of great anxiety and uncertainty. Thank you so so much for what you do

Testimonial Note from Will on Sat, Oct 10
15 cups

I love this website, but I am in mourning today. I wrote last night, and I write in Pages then transfer to the site, but I forgot to transfer it last night and my 897 day streak ended. Ah, well, back to it today. Stay safe, everyone.

Testimonial Note from James O'Donnell on Fri, Oct 09
4 cups

750 Words has motivated me to start a daily writing habit again. I’ve signed up for two months of challenges and flubbed both of them! But I am undeterred! Just because I missed a day or two and owe money doesn’t mean that my quest to write 750 Words a day is over! Whatever happens during the month, I still will show up and write.

Testimonial Note from Erlinda Legaspi on Tue, Oct 06
2 cups
Customizable Badges and Goals

I love this site. I also know that as soon as there is a pressure for me to do something everyday, I freeze a bit. This is great for getting me past that, but I’d also like to be able to set my own goals. Right now, 3x a week is my goal. I understand the goals for everyone need to be uniform but it would be nice to be able to measure my own goal privately – or even publicly!

New Feature Request Note from Lesley Thacker on Sun, Oct 04
1 cup
Creative journalling options

I love the clean simplicity of this site but I often wish I could have italics or bold. Like not a million things where one would get carried away with formatting and distracted from the task but enough so that a writer could feel expressive as I did when I wrote long hand. I tire of ALL CAPS. Also I’d love to be able to incorporate the occasional photo or drawing.

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Frida on Sun, Oct 04
1 cup
Creative journalling options

I love the clean simplicity of this site but I often wish I could have italics or bold. Like not a million things where one would get carried away with formatting and distracted from the task but enough so that a writer could feel expressive as I did when I wrote long hand. I tire of ALL CAPS. Also I’d love to be able to incorporate the occasional photo or drawing.

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Frida on Sun, Oct 04
1 cup

Thank you, Buster & Kellianne!.
Even though I joined long back, I started using from last month. I see lot of changes in myself because of self reflection. Thank you again Buster & Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Reddy on Sat, Oct 03
1 cup
Highlighting and highlights page

It would be awesome if we could highlight some of our ideas on the writing page and have that show up on a special highlights page that has all of your highlights dated and in one place. It would represent a collection of our best moments and or ideas and we wouldn’t have to look back on past writings as much

New Feature Request Note from Kuanchi Liao on Sat, Oct 03
1 cup

I have been doing my morning pages on paper because I’m doing The Artist’s Way course, but I keep coming back to 750words as a place to doodle, compose drafts, or play around with words before I send them off somewhere.

This is where I learned the value of free writing, and I’ve been doing it for I think 13 years. Thank you, Buster & Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from William on Sat, Oct 03
1 cup
How listening to Music can make people feel better

People can list their favorite albums or songs which have a significant impact on their lives and bring back wonderful memories.

New Feature Request Note from Nicholas Arietano Jr on Fri, Oct 02
1 cup

I started on this site in April, in the middle of the initial pandemic fears and shutdowns. It’s been a life saver in many ways. It just helps to unload some of the junk in my head on a (kind of) daily basis. Thanks for providing the platform!

Testimonial Note from Missy Bedell on Fri, Oct 02
1 cup
Welcome back badge

A badge or series of badges that would be awarded to people who’ve fallen out of the habit of daily writing (after having already established it) and then come back for a determined number of consecutive days/weeks. I’m happy to be back after a long period of pandemic essential worker frenzy and it would feel good to have the positive reinforcement. That part works shockingly well, almost embarrassingly so. Like getting stickers from the teacher! I appreciate all that you do and I hope you and the 750 community are as well can be in these difficult times. xoxo, jen

New Feature Request Note from Jennifer Frida on Thu, Oct 01
1 cup

I am so grateful for this site — which I heard about in the strangest way. I heard Buster interviewed on the Next Big Idea podcast about his book, “Why are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement.” Toward the end of the interview, he mentioned 750 words. I have tried doing morning pages a la Julia Cameron for years, but writing them by hand, and in the morning, always proved a barrier for me. 750 Words has allowed me to tap in and build a more consistent writing habit. I’m four months in, but this is the first time I’ve completed a monthly streak. One of many, I hope! I’ve since recommended the site to many people. Thank you Buster and Kellianne for this labor of love that is enhancing the lives of so many people.
PS — I miss Berkeley. . .

Testimonial Note from Kandoux on Wed, Sep 30
1 cup
Improve the writing page

By allowing people who actually pay their monthly fee but don’t have access to their page therefore not being able to write. I have sent many messages through, asking what is happening? Please contact me so I can start writing again! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Feature Vote from Barb McGuire on Mon, Sep 28
5 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I think this is a great idea…for a bit of a different reason…

I am likely one of the least competitive people going. I would make a lousy salesperson, even though I can do a credible job of helping one of my candidates decide to accept an offer from the company for whom I work (I’m a Sr. Technical Recruiter).

That said, whether the Badge is displayed or not, I do like the idea of attainable goals. I teach, on occasion, and one of the concepts I teach is SMART goal-setting. I think it would be cool if 750Words could have extra badges…that would be a stretch, and attaining the Badge would give that warm little glow…

Thanks for considering

Bill Wright—Albatross—heading for Turquoise Horse currently

New Feature Vote from Bill Wright on Sun, Sep 27
2 cups

I am very happy that I found and joined 750 words. Though I somehow managed to miss a few days in September and lose the challenge, I find myself coming to the site on mostly every day and starting my day with a 750-word journal entry. It helps me to get my mind focused for the day and meet my other writing goals.

Testimonial Note from Mustang Patty on Sun, Sep 27
1 cup

I have been a member of 750 since 2013, at one time i wrote for 364 days straight. I missed that one last night. I grieved, I left for a while, and then I realized a year straight was the only award I hadn’t achieved. One must always have a goal. I am back, my goal, write.

Testimonial Note from Sharon Campbell on Sat, Sep 26