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

12 cups

Thank you Buster! We appreciate your creation and showing it is what patronage is all about. What you have done with this site truly is inspiring and you have done a most excellent job. A million thanks!

Testimonial Note from Adam Patrick Morris on Mon, Mar 22
1 cup

Another 750 words written today. I can’t think of a better testimonial than that.

Testimonial Note from Jack Baty on Sun, Mar 21
2 cups

In January, I started writing because it seemed like fun, and anytime I’ve taken a Buster idea and run with it, it has made my life better. Things were rocky and weird and I was tired of unloading everything on hapless bystanding friends.

And along came a love affair with 750words. I’ve been preaching the gospel to anyone who’ll listen, anyone whose brain is too noisy to get things done, writers, artists, office people, students, everyone.

I’ve missed two days since then — one in the beginning, before I realized The Gravity Of Said Decision, and one in February’s Challenge, which was crushing. But every day I write, I take the mental chatter down a notch. And that, to me, is a gift more precious than I knew I could give myself every single day.

Plus, it’s gotten me in the habit of being early for work, so I can sit down and write first thing. I’d been trying every trick in the book for that one, but it was 750words, of all things, that made it happen.

Testimonial Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Sun, Mar 21
1 cup

Thanks, Buster.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 21
1 cup
All-time points

I’d like to see my all-time point score and not just this month’s score. And maybe even a global scoreboard averaged over how many days I’ve been on the site to give a ranking on where everyone is. Just more game stuff to keep it interesting when I miss my monthly goal and have to wait until next month to join in the fun again.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Mar 21
1 cup
Usernames instead of real names

There would be an option to input a username instead of just using the name pulled from Facebook. I do not really want my real name on all the various lists, but I wouldn’t mind putting up a username.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Mar 20
1 cup

A great idea, elegantly executed. Carry on!

Double Down on Charity Note from D McM on Sat, Mar 20
1 cup

What a great idea and well-implemented site! Thank you for encouraging and inspiring others!

Testimonial Note from Zhan Li on Fri, Mar 19
2 cups
More stats on the Eternity page

I’m a sucker for stats. It’s part of what attracted me to 750 words originally, though I have to admit absolutely everything else added to it and continues to keep me coming back for more.

New Feature Vote from Shane Fera on Fri, Mar 19
1 cup
Some sort of Export/Backup

First and foremost, thanks for creating such an awesome application!

I’ve seen a few patrons request an export/backup feature and I agree with them. I hope that 750words stays around forever and that the uptime increases, but it’d give me peace of mind to know I had a copy of every entry.

New Feature Request Note from Ebun Omoni on Fri, Mar 19
1 cup

A wise friend once told me “Your relationship with others is a reflection of your relationship with yourself.” 750 words does just that – reflects your relationship with yourself. Lets see if I can keep my “1 day streak” going!

Testimonial Note from Zeenat Arsiwalla on Thu, Mar 18
3 cups

I am delighted to have found this site and glad to be in a position to help support it. 750Words provides the most supportive yet unobtrusive framework to encourage daily writing I have ever encountered. Thanks Buster! I hope these few cups help keep it running.

Testimonial Note from Doug Dawson on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup

There’s probably some connection between 750 Words and this, my new photoblog project, in which I’m posting a new iPhone picture every day for a year. I started them around the same time, at any rate. And both seem to me to have something to do with creativity and discipline, or the intersection of the two: Creative discipline, maybe, or disciplined creativity, or something. Anyway, take a look if you’re so inclined.

Self-Promotional Note from Bill Barol on Fri, Mar 19
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

Love the badges – keep ’em coming!

New Feature Vote from Christine Heflinger on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup

This site has helped me begin my day with writing. Which lead me to write more later in the day for work. Which leads me to come back the next day. Thank you for creating the site, I appreciate it!

Testimonial Note from Jennifer Woolard on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup

This is just a wonderful site. I’m so grateful to have found it!

Double Down on Charity Note from Annegret on Thu, Mar 18
1 cup

I am so grateful to 750 words for appealing to my competitive nature, but anonymously. This site rocks my socks and a side bonus is lots of my writing ends up being about gratitude. Thanks for improving my everyday.

Testimonial Note from Beth Anne Royer on Wed, Mar 17
1 cup
Logging in Clarity

Basically, I have a problem. As I regularly run Google and Facebook at the same time, sometimes 750words decides to log into the wrong one (I only use one). Is there any chance that the likelihood of this happening could be reduced or the account one is logged into could be displayed?

New Feature Request Note from Matthew Harward on Wed, Mar 17
1 cup

Glad to have this site. Although I started writing again without its aid, I can safely say that the stats and challenges are a strong motivating force.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Wed, Mar 17
1 cup

750words got a foot in the door to my innermost vault. what an adventure. thank you buster!

Testimonial Note from Julia Ogris on Tue, Mar 16
2 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Joshua Blaise Leners on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup

Like many others on this site, I love writing and consider it my talent…but I can never seem to make myself ACTUALLY write. 750 Words is a clean, simple, quiet place to clear my mind of the bits and pieces of my day and life, so that I may then get down to business. Instead of a chore that ends up sidelined by procrastination, 750 Words makes writing a few pages every day a fun challenge.

Thanks, Buster!

Testimonial Note from Jodi Bullock on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup
More stats on the Eternity page

A word cloud that does an analysis of all my entries.

New Feature Vote from Darby Michael MacInnis on Tue, Mar 16
2 cups
A better mobile site

I had no idea a mobile site existed, but it would be awesome for those days when I’m traveling or on the run and can’t necessarily get online via my netbook. I checked it out, but I’m unable to log-on right now on my blackberry via facebook. Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup
Jumping on the SSL Bandwagon

Just would like to throw my hat in as a request for this one as well.

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup

750 Words, has already had a huge positive effect on my writing. I have never been one for writing long letters are being able to write a diary or journal, but through &50 words I have captured the essence of the days I have written about and also written some great letters to my family and my partner.

I also think the cups of patronage idea is brilliant, give to charity & support the site at the same time and all for $4 or £2.71 as we call it in my neck of the woods.

Testimonial Note from Darrell Jones on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup

Thank you for all your hard work on the The closest I’ve been able to come to putting into words how useful your site has been is ‘cathartic’. It has amazed me how I can start out thinking I’ve got one thing on my mind, but as I allow my fingers the freedom to type something entirely different will stream onto the page. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Pamela Dulaney on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup
Secure server for writing

Buster has DONE IT! What a great app. The world is truly a better place with In the same way that cycling has eclipsed running as my favorite form of exercise, eclipses morning pages because there’s JUST ENOUGH geekery involved in the practice to stay hooked. Not too much technology…just enough.

Morning pages are a great tool, and one that’s too easy for me to forsake. Your implementation of it here is a soothing ritual and an exercise that yields returns in my own creativity, peace of mind, and dare I say even, cognitive development.

So. Thank you, Buster. May this be one in a long string of successful projects to which you put your shoulder, and may your development of 750 only continue on the up and up.

My vote for security (via SSL on YOUR server)as well as) a request to have Google Docs sync/backup of posts. I’d love to have a folder in my GDocs account that, someday, is full of my chronicled life (albeit not interesting to anyone but my descendants).

Again, thanks and best wishes!


New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup

I’m writing again! I put my pen down a few years ago and focused on the needs of my children and the swirling schedule of activities. My calendar is still overflowing – but I’ve been trying to scratch out some time and space for ME. Thank you for the daily kick in the butt – I love seeing my reminder email at 5 am. I know I’m going to fit at least 750 words into my day.

Testimonial Note from Gina Munck on Tue, Mar 16
1 cup
Back-up/sync your 750 words

I am very much enjoying using 750 words! It has positively changed my writing habits, and for that I am thankful, Buster.

It would, however, make me feel safer if there was a way to back-up/sync automatically what you write with a DropBox account for example. Or maybe have an automatic email service sending you a copy of your latest entries. This way if something goes wrong and you haven’t downloaded your .txt file for the month, all your work will still be safe!

New Feature Request Note from Eduardo Santos on Tue, Mar 16