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

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Detrick DeBurr
Abigail Schuhen
Novera King
Glenn Yuyama Hansen
Rita Bailey
Jim Matlock
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Lily Marks
Line Hollis
Alexandria
Yifan Mai
Becca Burns
Sarah Mack
Michelle Akin
Rebecca Harris
Christina Philipps
Kevin Lull
Katie Jensen
Rose M McMackin
Lydia Shafer
Joseph Michael Culhane
Chaille Stidham
John Holcroft
Yola Smith
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Russell Dicker
Kyle Shaw
Lorenza Ramirez
Chris Zakharoff
Christina Xu
Jan Morse
Nikki Wood
Brenda Faverio
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Gurgen Tumanyan
AJK
Mattia
Crystal
BrentJB
Lynn Porter
Nancy Grossman
R Michael Gadbaw
Lauren HK
Vanessa Fuller
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Becka Janse
Jen Elliott Ehrhardt
J.O.Shinn
Billye Roberts
Shaun Ryan
Magnus Lebowski
Janet Werther
Alex Cuervo
Aoife NaSolas
Louise Ferndale
G. W. Moore
Odd
Ren Hall
Mike Diamond
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Lisa Whiteaker
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Anthony Merante
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Sallie T
Sophia
Ruslan G
Kyle B Schroeder
Leah VanHoose
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Marc Mongeon
Katie Monroe
Tracy Winter
Jane Donaldson
Sapna Shah- Mitra
Terry Knapp Jr.
Lin Du
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Sally Logan
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Emma Schouten
SHIAN T.
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Katia LeMone
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Cathy Zhang
Jo Gatford
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Julie Benesh
Julia Crane
Kellianne Benson
Noah Potts

Notes of inspiration from members

1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Suz on Mon, Jul 01
1 cup
The Wall of Good Intentions

“The Wall of Shame” is stressful, I’d like to see it replaced with a “Wall of Good Intentions”. Focus on the positive.

New Feature Request Note from Darla Sue Dollman on Sat, Jun 29
22 cups

Today I wrote my two millionth word on this website.

I’ve been up and down and active and not since 2010. I’ve had entire years where I wrote less than 100 days. But I’m in the second-longest streak I’ve ever had, and coming real close to the longest.

Thanks for being a safe space for me to write, to create, to grow. I appreciate it here.

Testimonial Note from Sor Kyress on Thu, Jun 27
1 cup
Improve the writing page

A quick lock screen

New Feature Vote from Carrie X on Thu, Jun 27
3 cups

I’ve been on and off with 750words.com but still love using it for brain dumping purpose. It’s helpful.

Testimonial Note from Mary Le on Wed, Jun 26
1 cup

I invite you all to keep writing. The more you write, the more you heal. Much love to all!

Testimonial Note from Zane Baker on Wed, Jun 26
1 cup

For me, 750 words is sometimes a journal, sometimes just a feelings dump, and sometimes actual writing to work out character bios, plot lines, or scenes.

I don’t like to admit that I need a carrot to get me to write, but I do. I am a procrastinator by nature, but getting into the routine of writing here every day has really helped. I am also a competitor (even when only competing with myself) so I love the badges :-

Testimonial Note from Jen Hupf on Wed, Jun 26
2 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

PLEEEEAAAAAAASE! Please give us an app for iOS!

New Feature Vote from Bianka B. on Wed, Jun 26
10 cups
Improve the writing page

I would really like some basic formatting options in the writing page. Bold, Italics, font size changes, bullets, etc. Nothing complicated. I am really annoyed when I go back to look at old writing and everything is consolidated to one in-line paragraph! Help!!

New Feature Vote from Erica Iannotti on Tue, Jun 25
1 cup
A better mobile site

I blew my streak after storms knocked out our internet for 3 days. A mobile app for android could’ve saved the day. I’m not a speedy texter (i.e. I don’t use my thumbs and have no idea how others do it) but would’ve made an effort to save my streak!

New Feature Vote from Li'l Jame on Tue, Jun 25
1 cup
A better mobile site

I noticed that when using Firefox on my phone to write the line gets back to the beginning every time I hit enter, and that makes the experience extremely annoying. It would be great to a have a dedicated app or a page that is better adapted to mobile devices.

New Feature Vote from Ariadne Marques on Sat, Jun 22
100 cups

Today is a day that I wasn’t sure I’d ever reach: my 1000 day streak.

I know many others have hit this milestone, but it was especially rewarding to me. I find routines difficult as it is and I tend to put off things that I enjoy because there’s so many other things that need attention. Prior to 750words (and particularly, the streak goals) it was not uncommon for me to neglect my writing for days at a time. Unfortunately, for me, writing is like physical exercise. Every time I take a hiatus, my body creaks and groans and my normally easy routine is a slog. The same happens mentally for my writing.

Thanks to 750words, though, I’ve got a reason to put my butt into a chair every day and tap out the words. It’s not always writing that furthers a story; in fact, I’m often just dumping the bilges or venting or writing down some thoughts about the day. Still, it keeps writing at the forefront of my mind, where it needs to be, and it keeps my commitment going.

So, thank you, Buster and Kellianne, for providing this outlet. It’s been a huge help to me. Here’s to another 1000 days!

Testimonial Note from NocturnalRites on Tue, Jun 18
4 cups

I found this site early – exactly 9 years and ten days ago I wrote my first Words here. Thanks to the amazing archive system I can see what, where and who I was back then – using the site to rehearse lines for plays, record dreams, download mental meanderings and blow out the cobweb infested reaches of my cognitive causeways. Since then I have completed my bachelor of creative writing degree, had three stories published and somehow become a spoken word performer, an activist song writer and a professional story teller along the way. And I’m only getting started! I have 750 words to thank for keeping me disciplined (from time to time) and for being my silent, non-judgemental writing partner across this crazy decade of literary indulgences. Big Thanks to Buster and Kellianne for keeping it going all these years. Same to everyone who donates and participates. I look forward to my continued visits to this amazing platform, as do the many, many people I have sent here over the years. Here’s hoping the site remains a force for the written good for countless pages to come…cos I’m gonna need it to finish this year of honours, then maybe the PhD that follows. Keep writing people, cos writers are thinkers and writers are feelers…both are desperately needed on this beautiful ball we call home!

Testimonial Note from Mark Gerrett on Tue, Jun 18
1 cup

Sadly, an eldercare situation came up yesterday, and I simply never got back to my computer to finish the words I started here earlier in the day. As a result my 48 day streak was broken (sad face). I’ve been a member for 2 months, going on 3, and I lost my first challenge exactly the same way. But last month I made it, and needless to say it felt like a huge victory to successfully complete the challenge for the first time. But even if failing the challenge again this month (and once again due to a stupid mental lapse) is frustrating, I’ve found the (mostly) daily routine of 750 words to have made a huge difference in my relation to my professional writing. Much of what I write here on the site isn’t words that go into my lectures and articles, but the habit I’ve been able to build here of putting words down freely has definitely made my other writing feel less fraught, and I’m experiencing a lot less writers block overall. Thank you 750words! I’m so glad you exist!

Testimonial Note from Sally Logan on Tue, Jun 18
1 cup

I have to be honest and say it motivates me by making me feel a little guilty when I get my notification. I need to work on keeping a flow going but it encourages me to write about any old blah in my head sometimes. Looking forward to when I actually start writing before I get notified

Testimonial Note from Katherine Vickers on Fri, Jun 14
6 cups
Offline mode

I sometimes try to write “offline” (tether to open the website, then disconnect while I’m writing) but auto-saving error messages pile up at the bottom of my text when I do this. It would be great to have a better offline interface, either through eliminating the multiple error messages when the internet is disconnected (one is fine) OR … if there were a 750words desktop app that worked offline, that would be dope! (PS: currently using Firefox/Windows).

New Feature Request Note from Emogene on Thu, Jun 13
1 cup

I use this site like a journal, and find it incredibly helpful to empty out my brain of all my worries and fears each day. I feel calmer and more centered after writing.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Thompson on Tue, Jun 11
1 cup
Improve the Today page
New Feature Vote from Brittvanc on Tue, Jun 11
1 cup

I’ve had trouble getting motivated to write, but this site has gotten me excited about putting a story together, one bit at a time.

Testimonial Note from Timothy Lustache on Tue, Jun 11
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from I'jaaz M. Tello on Mon, Jun 10
1 cup

I’ve always been an avid journaler, and did morning pages for a while as well, but for whatever reason I’d been doing less of it in the past couple of years. It’s wonderful to be back in the habit of getting my thoughts and feelings down. I’m using three metadata tags in most of my posts: mood, creative fulfillment, and projects. The first two are on a scale of 1-10, sometimes with explanations. Projects is just a list of which of my many projects are at the forefront of my mind. Then, if one of those projects involves writing, I do a little of it even if it’s not one of my top priorities in the rest of my day. That way I’m making little bits of progress in a way that feels good and low-pressure. Thank you so much!!

Testimonial Note from Mattia on Sun, Jun 09
5 cups
Improve the daily reminder email

I actually prefer the old reminder e-mail where it told you that you should write 750 words a day. It’s more imperative.

New Feature Vote from No Name on Sun, Jun 09
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from pascale giordano on Sun, Jun 09
10 cups

The reason I stay with 750 Words is because this is the reason that I make sure that I write. I purge the things that clutter my mind doing the day and set a plan for myself to get things done. Another reason is that the site has taught me, in a very practical sense, not to stop. I loved having a one hundred thirty six day run but, what I love better is the realization that as great as it is to rack up a long string of consistent days the most important thing is that even after a missed day and having to start over, starting over is the key!

Testimonial Note from Alexander Smithson on Sat, Jun 08
4 cups

What would I do without this site? I would not be able to start my day. I would not be able to decipher all the extraneous bullshit that flies around me like a dirty storm. I would not have a voice or a platform. I would not be fully human without this place. It inspires me, it makes me whole, it creates my day and clears my path ahead.

Testimonial Note from Mitchell Smith on Sat, Jun 08
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Miffy Roo on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from Miffy Roo on Fri, Jun 07
1 cup

I have found the best outlet to self-reflect. Checking in with myself everyday has become such an important part of my daily routine.

Testimonial Note from Sholenny ferreira on Thu, Jun 06
4 cups
A better mobile site
New Feature Vote from JD Weakley on Tue, Jun 04
1 cup

I love this site, been on and off it for 2013, much better than anything else out there like it. I love getting my words out, looking at my stats. I get to clear my head and I can go back years later and look at what I wrote and thought. Thanks for all your hard work 750 words!! :)

Testimonial Note from Emmalene Umar on Mon, Jun 03