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

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I love this site. It is something that I look forward to everyday and has gotten me back to writing my morning pages that I used to do years ago (although I don’t always do it the morning). I think Buster Benson is brilliant for doing this and I just love the way he’s put it all together. It’s the little things like the rewards of different icons, and the encouragement built into the site. It’s sweet. Kinda tells me the kind of person Buster is. It’s so nice to be part of this remarkable community. I cannot express to you, Buster, the gratitude and appreciation I have for you for doing all this.

Testimonial Note from Richard Bienvenu on Sun, May 09
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buster: Thanks for the great site. I was in an illustrated journaling class and mentioned your site. The instructor loves the morning pages but found the charts I told her about fascinating. She couldn’t write the URL down fast enough. Expect another member.

Thanks for a great site.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 09
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New Feature Vote from Ebun Omoni on Sat, May 08
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You will feel a whole lot better 750 words from now.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Doug Dawson on Sat, May 08
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Thanks for the opportunity to support this charity.

Double Down on Charity Note from Doug Dawson on Sat, May 08
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There’s my donation done for falling off the monthly challenge on the first day! ;)

I feel totally different after a whole month of writing in the morning. I’m getting all of those harmful thoughts down into words, and now I feel like I don’t have to think about them any more and I can get on with happy, productive stuff. To think I never knew why I had gardener’s block! This is an amazing brain-happifying tool, and I’m really glad I’ve discovered it and can use it to feel better for the rest of my life.

Thank you for being so awesome, Buster. I hope your wife and future child are doing okay.

Testimonial Note from Lottie Lodge on Sat, May 08
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More badges for accomplishments

I have to say I LOVE the badges and find them really motivational, not to mention just plain fun. I’d love to see more, plus a page that lists the possible ones so I know what to shoot for.
Thanks, I love the site!

New Feature Vote from Joanie on Fri, May 07
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Writing every day is a wonderful process. Having a private space and a shared challenge gives a little bit more incentive. This is like a cup of coffee for the soul. Thanks, Buster!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Chris Campbell on Fri, May 07
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Over the past 39 days, 750 Words has become a definite sort of purification ritual for me.

I write down those things that my brain gets stuck on, like to-do lists and situations that bother me, self-criticism and frustration — because of this, my thinking is clearer because I’ve purged myself of negative thoughts. I also write about plans for the future, childhood memories that have come to mind suddenly, plans for projects (I’m an art student)… I love that there’s no format or requirements or expectations. I’ve never gone back to read what I wrote; it’s writing just for writing’s sake. I always feel more centered after I do my 750.

Testimonial Note from Theresa A. Zeitz-Lindamood on Fri, May 07
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I was monitoring my Facebook application privacy settings and noticed that 750 words came up as an application that I authorized to use with Facebook. I have never logged onto 750 words with my Facebook account, nor have I ever authorized Facebook to use info from 750 words. I’ve been trying very hard to to not link Facebook with 750 words because I dislike FB’s shady practices lately with regard to privacy. So I am wondering how this happened?

New Feature Request Note from Monica Smith on Fri, May 07
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When I find something new I usually give it a trial run to see whether it’s worth me putting time or effort into it. I wrote 1500 words my first day, then midnight rolled over and I wrote another 2000 before 1am. There was no trial with this, those were my first two entries and it continued for a 60 day streak. I love this service. I can 100% imagine doing this the rest of my life.

Unfortunately, tomorrow I leave to go to Europe for two months. I probably won’t be near the internet. I have a diary which I’ll write morning notes in. But it won’t be the same.

So, I have two cups for the two months I won’t be writing for. I said it before, I’ll say it again, I wish the best for Buster. Let’s hope for a safe trip.

Have fun.

Testimonial Note from Jason Greenman Cosgravey on Fri, May 07
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Since I found 750 Words, I have written more than I ever have in my life at one time. Shortly after getting my penguin, I made a contract with myself to finish one of the novels I have been “working” on for years now. Today is my 50th day of novel writing, and I have over 75% of my goal complete.

While I use 750 Words as a bounce board, a place to contemplate and complain, or just to record my daily happenings, it has mostly been a way for me to motivate myself. It serves as a great writing warm-up, and sometimes a much needed distraction. When I finally get that Phoenix badge, I will probably run around the house bragging – just 39 more days!

Thanks so much Buster for this great service!

Testimonial Note from Chris 🌈 on Thu, May 06
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A better mobile site

If there is not going to be a Blackberry application than it would really help to be able to use the mobile site. I cannot currently access the site and there are times when blackberry would be easiest way to get my thoughts down.

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Thu, May 06
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More badges for accomplishments

I’m a little concerned that my competitive nature will lose a bit of the edge that unlocking badges has provided as incentive. That if I start to feel I’ve unlocked all I can that I would lose one of the motivators, but then I’ve only been on 64 day streak so there may be more coming that I’m not aware of existing! I’d also like to know the reason for some of the ones I have unlocked. Not sure what the ‘Inspired’ one was for accomplishing!

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Thu, May 06
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Wed, May 05
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There are so many ideas that gallop through my mind each morning, like so many little energetic offspring and all of them demanding that I pay attention to them.

750words is a way for me to tame those little buggers, to get them to politely sit down and wait their turn. it’s a relief really.

I have never written so consistently as I have with this application.

Thank you buster. You’ve made a difference.

Testimonial Note from Lisa Courington-DePass on Wed, May 05
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More badges for accomplishments

Here are my votes!
*A bagde for something between 30 days and 100 days. It’s the frickin mojave desert between 30 and 100.
*A badge for writing 1500 words (credit for doing twice as much.)
*A badge for morning writing

Thanks for listening!

New Feature Vote from Lisa Courington-DePass on Wed, May 05
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For me, 750 Words is a place to dump all the little stuff – the nagging issues, the day’s annoyances, and even the little nuggets of good that occur. Once I get the small things cleared out, I can focus on my work and big goals I have.

Just writing things down gets things out of my head and gives me the mental space I need to get my life going.

Testimonial Note from Chris R on Wed, May 05
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Person Search

Since now there are lots more people using the site, and we have the ability to follow our friends and favourite writers, we have to stalk the Today page and scan it for people we know in order to follow them. I feel that it makes more sense to be able to search for names, and to be able to click “Follow” on the stats pages of others. Thanks so much for reading!

New Feature Request Note from Lottie Lodge on Wed, May 05
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I wandered unintentionally into an 826 Los Angeles kids’ stand-up comedy show a little while ago, through the back of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. I had to hold on to the wall because I was laughing so hard. So, with that in mind, I’m happy to that a project I love (750words) is supporting kids in projects they love at 826 Seattle.

Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel Juarez-Carr on Tue, May 04
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I can honestly say that coming on this site and just writing whatever words and thoughts come to my head for those 10 minutes has kept me sane during finals this semester. (Good thing Professors can’t read my entries ) It is also the first time I have kept a journal of any sorts up longer than a week and is a good place to sort out ideas and plans for the day. Phoenix here I come!

Testimonial Note from Dara Diahann Lohnes on Tue, May 04
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I plan on getting this back :D

One Month Challenge Bounty from Dara Diahann Lohnes on Tue, May 04
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This looks like a wonderful idea!

Double Down on Charity Note from Laurel Bowman on Tue, May 04
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To all the good people out there, keep writing! Writing’s awesome, and especially when you have no idea what it is when it’s flowing out your fingers, and then you go back and read it and smile at its coherence (or lack thereof). Well, here’re more cups to the bounty for this month! The pot must be getting quite big now, no?

One Month Challenge Bounty from Liew Shi Xian on Mon, May 03
1 cup

from my April Challenge Bounty: one for me, and one for my homies. That’s alla you peeps, btw.

now win it!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Jon Drucker on Mon, May 03
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I have a writing discipline problem, and 750 has helped me keep at it even when I am tired (like right now) and rationalizing that I can write tomorrow. To date I’ve gone 33 days in a row, mostly in the late evenings, clearing the junk outta my head and sometimes better. This site is my anchor to Robert Anton Wilson’s creed of Do It Every Day.
I’ve also been inspired to reconsider my commitment to my own writing goals, and I realize that doing this in the morning will be as much of a commitment for me as doing this for another straight month. So thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jon Drucker on Mon, May 03
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More badges for accomplishments

A badge for completing a certain number (2? 3? 5? 6? 10? 12?) of One Month Challenges? Or one for writing every day for one whole year?

New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Mon, May 03
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Wow! It’s a thrill to have completed a One Month Challenge. Good luck to everyone writing in May, and adding this bounty to those writing in June!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Mon, May 03
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A Website Widget?

I’d really love to have a little HTML/javascript widget for my site, to both promote 750words and show off my writing stats. Ideally it would say something like “Carl as written a total of XXX words, and is on a XXX-day streak”, followed by a link/logo. It should also be style-able with Custom CSS to blend nicely with whatever site it appears on.
I’d do it myself, but don’t know enough javascript.

New Feature Request Note from Carlos Mohammed Smith on Mon, May 03
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750 Words saved my sabbatical! I recommend this site to all my graduate students now. Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from C. A. Platt on Mon, May 03