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

1 cup

So bummed – I broke my streak yesterday – I’d blame it on the holidays but I had time during the day and simply forgot. I generally write first thing so I didn’t think about it during the day – went to a family holiday party, came home around 1 am and then remembered – only 1 chance to never miss and I blew it. Oh well, what can I do. I love this site, but as simple as it is there are few things I just don’t get – like the cups – and the following – why follow someone? in any case, love the points, the badges the safe space to write, I love counting the words and the attempt to interpret mood, etc. All great stuff. Thanks

Testimonial Note from Vienna Castellaw on Wed, Dec 25
1 cup

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Sydney Australia. 🎄 Christmas Is Here 🎄

Testimonial Note from Ms. T on Tue, Dec 24
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’m back after a few years away from 750 words. It’d be nice to see my past badges back and also accumulate new ones as I begging using 750 words again. I was a former member for over two years and loved getting badges. Please give returning members incentive for badges again as they write on 750 words.

New Feature Vote from Carol Factor on Mon, Dec 23
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Meli Kimathi on Sun, Dec 22
5 cups

A year ago I went to a family gathering so distracting I forgot to write my words that day and broke my streak. Upon realizing this the next morning, I felt so disappointed — a feeling of empty sadness I can barely describe! A year later, I just earned my 365-day pegasus badge. I just had to commemorate this with a note. To anyone who breaks their streak this year due to an overly-busy Holiday season, you have my empathy! To everyone else, make sure to set reminders if you have a tendency to write half-consciously before bed on busier days like I do!

Testimonial Note from Victoria Okay on Sun, Dec 22
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I write in Chrome on an iPad, and the margins for writing text are just a bit too wide – there are a few characters off the edge of the page for some reason. It would be satisfying if the writing page felt a bit less archaic.

New Feature Vote from KJ Nichols on Sun, Dec 22
5 cups

For me This site is mainly to practice skills and when I started I wanted to write every day but life got in the way, I got busy and I stopped.

Recently Ive started writing again after a long period of not. But this time its to help calm me down after getting anxious. Its a safe place to write out your thoughts.

Thank you

Testimonial Note from Joni Smith on Fri, Dec 20
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love the opportunity to be able to write my notes whilst commuting

New Feature Vote from Joni Smith on Fri, Dec 20
1 cup

I am able to get clarity on my life and restore myself. I view my time spent typing 750 words daily as a part of my self care routine. I appreciate this website and love getting badges!

Testimonial Note from Mary Draper on Wed, Dec 18
1 cup

I haven’t always been good about writing here, my account stretches waaaaaaaaaay back. But it’s a clever, enouraging site, and it is fun to see people with their amazing badges of hundreds of days and milions of words. This place does something write for keeping us going, and being gentle when we don’t. It feels like a perfect mix of support and autonomy, community and privacy I can’t wait to see what comes with the new changes! Well done!

Testimonial Note from Carli Schultz on Sat, Dec 14
1 cup

Why was I suspended? I HAVE BEEN A PATRON EVER SINCE MY FREE TRIAL RAN OUT. I have been a faithful member, and have written every day. Today I am not allowed. THIS IS SO WRONG! You took my money and will not allow me to write. I am really angry. There’s no way to contact whoever monitors this group. I am losing my money I paid, and losing my input for today. I won’t be back, and this is stupid.

Testimonial Note from Charlene Marolf on Sat, Dec 14
1 cup

I am not able to write today. I don’t understand, as I have paid my money. I am so upset right now. I have been a regular writer, and have written every day, but today it will not let me. I don’t uderstand. I cannot find anywhere else to contact whoever manages this, but I have paid my money. THIS IS WRONG. WHY CAN I NOT WRITE? i HAVE BEEN A PATRON EVER SINCE MY FREE TRIAL WAS OVER.

Testimonial Note from Charlene Marolf on Sat, Dec 14
3 cups

I’ve been writing on for a couple of years now, with varying degrees of success. But recently, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear and my whole mindset has changed. Between this site and habit-building, I’m loving writing – even when it’s more of an effort to get the words down.

Best of all, though, my anxiety is lessened and I’m coming up with more ideas and thinking more deeply, thanks to this site. I won’t be breaking my streak again. And at some point, my words will become a novel…

Keep writing, writers!

Testimonial Note from Vicky Quinn Fraser on Sat, Dec 14
26 cups

Hey, I’m Michaël, and I’m addicted to this website (wrote half a million words in 3y).

Everyday, I write a short summary of the 750 words from yesterday. Likewise, every week, I summarize the past seven “daily summaries” into a short “weekly summary”. I do something similar every month, season and year, extracting positivity from my daily journaling, forcing my future self to remember what actually mattered.

I’m so grateful that this site exists and that I developed this writing/reviewing habit.

I would love to talk to all the other awesome writers on this website. If this note of inspiration motivated you to do more reviewing, shoot me an email at [email protected]

Testimonial Note from Michaël TRAZZI on Fri, Dec 13
1 cup

Yesterday, I earned the 1000 day streak badge thing. It was quite exciting. It felt appropriate to write one of these testimonial notes at this juncture.

Testimonial Note from Satan's Clown on Thu, Dec 12
1 cup

I found your site several month back now and I used it for a month or so off and on. I struggle with making this a habit. I really want to but have a hard time making it stick I guess. I can’t remember you having a strict $5 a month membership back then so I am guessing this has changed possibly. You say it is “super cheap” and yes I suppose 5 bucks is super cheap in many ways but when you use is a little here and a little there and come and go because you struggle to do it in the first place $5 is a deterrent. It seems like everyone for every little thing in every little app or program wants to get paid by the month now. It feels like I should just start having my pay setup on auto pay to all the various apps and programs I want to try to help make my life fun, interesting and better … love to do that but pay only goes around the block so many laps if you know what I mean. On the other side I know you should get paid for your website as well. Why not a lifetime membership option? I though you had a donation option and not just a “day long” or whatever the 1 cup 2 cup things are. I guess in the end it is your website and your choice to charge and my choice to pay it or just grab a legal pad of paper and write there on on a word document on my local PC even. I wish I could be an everyday user and it might be rewarding to me and $5 every month might seem super cheap but as it is now I might write a couple times here and a couple times there trying to come back and before I know it a month has passed so quickly and you have another $5 from my account again …

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Dec 06
1 cup

Can there be an app so that typing on the go can be easier?

New Feature Request Note from Tracy Perthuis on Wed, Dec 04
2 cups
Secure server for writing

Maximum security please :)

BTW I rly like the encryption system that uses

New Feature Vote from DM on Tue, Dec 03
3 cups
A better mobile site

Yas please. Mostly the login & writing experience. Not too worried about the rest

New Feature Vote from DM on Tue, Dec 03
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d like to be able to give each day an optional title.

Sometimes I want to find a particular entry days or weeks after writing it, if I’m forgetful and don’t copy the contents out on the day I write it. Finding it currently tedious. It would be nice to have a way to tell what’s in each entry, like a user-supplied, optional title.

Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Aspen Richter on Sun, Dec 01
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love striving for badges! Just got my NaNoWriMo badge and going for others next.

New Feature Vote from Sky Matsuhashi on Sun, Dec 01
51 cups

I started using 750words as a way to write out my feelings and thoughts for each day. Two years ago I completed NaNoWriMo. It’s been 3-4 years of writing nearly everyday. Now, it’s time to take a break from the streaks. I’ll be back.

Testimonial Note from Yvette Zavala on Sat, Nov 30
1 cup

750 Words has already been a true blessing for my creative life. I’ve noticed how my creativity gets loosened up, or I can just write off whatever is blocking me at the time. It’s also really neat to try and make writing daily a habit. I haven’t been on a streak since day one, but I keep coming back.

Testimonial Note from Maja Minnaert on Fri, Nov 29
1 cup

I just hit two years of consecutive writing (give or take the odd week of vacation). 750 words and the badge/reward system has kept me motivated to do a daily writing practice in a way that physical journals never did. I recommend the site to people frequently and appreciate all the hard work Kellianne and Buster have put into it (and Kellianne’s willingness to fix my brainfart moments when I can’t read a calendar). Here’s to another 730 days!

Testimonial Note from Shadowsinger on Thu, Nov 28
1 cup

Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for this site. It has let me rant, cry, laugh and wonder in my own time, in my own way, everyday. Thank you for always being up and running. Every time I log in, this site is working and ready to listen to my words. For that, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am especially blessed. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Barbara Wissmann on Thu, Nov 28
1 cup

Lets me get everything out when it feels like thoughts are swirling around my mind and overtaking everything: my focus etc.
Totally recommend!

Testimonial Note from Amy Marie Ansell on Wed, Nov 27
1 cup
750words Map

I can tell from the timestamps that members/writers are all over the world. Would love to know the geographic breakdown of your members. Could you have a world map showing how many members are writing from each continent at that moment

New Feature Request Note from Angela McOrmond on Wed, Nov 27
8 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

A mobile app. pretty please!

New Feature Vote from Siri P on Tue, Nov 26
12 cups
Streak Freeze

Similar to other programs such as Duolingo, as you accumulate currency by continued use, in this case “cups” by continued writing, you could use those cups to buy a “streak freeze”, which preserves your streak for one day if you miss and didn’t schedule time off. This is something you can purchase at any time, and then it is stored and applied automatically if you miss. After using it you can purchase another streak freeze whenever you accumulate enough cups again, but you can have only one at a time to discourage frequent missed days.
For many of us, the idea of a “streak” is very motivating and it can be hard to get back on board if you accidentally miss a day after a long time. Life happens! The idea of having an extra cushion is comforting. :)

New Feature Request Note from Cindy F. on Tue, Nov 26
4 cups

Thank you, Buster and Kellianne, for making this site possible. I’ve been a member for nearly 7 years, and 750words has been important to me through many good seasons and some difficult ones.

My participation has been sporadic at times, but I keep coming back because this venue is a great value. I have used it to:

  • Process my thoughts and experiences
  • Practice writing
  • Work out problems that require focused thought
  • Draft countless emails
  • Draft blog posts, articles, and book chapters
  • Sharpen my use of language
  • Vent frustrations that are best left unspoken
  • Acquire (or re-acquire) daily discipline

Thank you for providing this place. It has been a great encouragement to me.

Testimonial Note from William on Tue, Nov 26