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

Dawn Svenson Holland
marcia shannon
Gavriella Roberta Delgado
Erin M.
la hoy
Katie Monroe
Tracy Winter
MaryJo Wood
Terry Knapp Jr.
Coffee Monster
Judilynn Lumpkin
Rachel Richardson
damian golfinopoulos
Amy Todd
Johanna And
Cathy Zhang
Joshua Biggs
Dr J
Kate Sanders
Crius Uranus
Adam Summers
Linus Édouard Delacroix
Penny Robinson
Tina Roy
Christine W
Stephanie Ice
Stephanie Beach
Jua Rountree
Dina Ranade
Genie Gratto
Ti Locke
Allison Frey
MG de los Angeles
Eric Brunts
Michelle Braiden
Lily Chien-Davis
Morgan Senkal
Jonathan J Martel
Charles Rice
Stacy Fischer
Annie Aaroe
LeAnne McDaniel
Sande ☮️ 🎶 ☪️
Laura Boren
Jeannel King
Michael J Cahill
Nicholas Kiddle
Lisa Peterson
Jeremy Wong
Ann Miller
Detrick DeBurr
Riva Gordon
Jason Kuang
Charlotte Hawks
Cynthia Reed
Mustang Patty
Jorge Shaft
Johnathan Cody
Dagny R Deutchman
Victoria Lee
Carrie Smith
Lynn P
Anais-Luna Balsells
KF Latham
Fliss Morton
Sharon Steen
Chister Fremh
shelley kingma-kitchen
Eda Chen
Velma Garnes
Amy Austen
Conrad Greiner-Bechert
johnny dangerously
James Darraugh
Ms. T
Ryan Pemberton
Alexa M.
Carmen Rising
Margo Marshall
Kim Funk
Jessica Arjet
Katrina V
Julia Williamson
Matt Yaeger
Pat McNutt
Kate Mulcahy

Notes of inspiration from members

58 cups

Dear 750words idea authors, implementors, site owners and all writers family!
Thank you so much for the possibility to be active, systematic, creative and well-minded all the time with you!
This time my streak was 222 days and now I will continue my practice on my own page, in Latvian.
Thank you once more and keep doing it! You are great!

Testimonial Note from Igors Trofimovs on Mon, Jun 21
1 cup
Writer block solution

I have trouble getting started. When I know the topic that I’m going to write, it is easier to start typing the 750 words.

Is it possible to enable adding a note for the next 7 days or 10 days so I can quickly add thoughts that I need to write about?

Currently, there is no way to enter a note or type content for future days. I understand this could be part of the design to focus on today.

But it will help people like me to allow a note or 30 words for future days.

Let me know your thoughts.

New Feature Request Note from Ulrich on Mon, Jun 21
1 cup

I don’t always know the way forward in life. I don’t always know if I’m making any kind of progress at all. At times like these, it helps to get back to basics. Write. Every day. Literally anything. This site has been helping me do that for a long, long time now.

Testimonial Note from Norvell Hedges on Sun, Jun 20
31 cups
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Tiff on Sat, Jun 19
3 cups

The way three cups of coffee (if I drank coffee) might have kept a day going, so does 750words keep my brain connected to my pen (if I wrote with a pen). I am lighter than I was before and more frail (if I were frail) but nonetheless writing is as good for the soul as it ever was.Thanks for building and maintaining this corner of the webby world.

Testimonial Note from Caroline Ledeboer on Fri, Jun 18
10 cups
Your encoding is still broken!

Dear family and other good people here,

Please fix the encoding bug. I’m desperate: more than seven days already all my Cyrillic text turns into ???? once it’s saved and the page is refreshed.

Afterwards, I hope you can help restoring the content. The streak is fine, but the content is “?” everywhere.

New Feature Request Note from Crius Uranus on Fri, Jun 18
3 cups
More text analysis

GIven how much has changed on the AI front, I wonder about GPT-3 and other language processing models having an impact on the sort of therapeutic work we have all been able to do here, Buster. Lots that could be teased out on this and it could dilute and otherwise perfect site, but just brainstorming a bit this morning and tossing 3 cups your way.

New Feature Vote from Eric Nentrup on Tue, Jun 15
1 cup

I’m here on one of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands looking out over a gorgeous sea. This is the kind of place where people come to clear their hearts and minds and to find peace. This morning the island is having it’s way with me and I am grounded and comfortable. But amazingly, this site is a peaceful getaway for me everyday — even when I’m not slathered with mineral based, reef friendly sun screen. Because of 750 words, I wake up wherever I am and find my way to clarity by opening my computer in my own home, a Holiday Inn, or this little bit of paradise. It’s a powerful reminder that peace is within me — independent of my environment. Thank you for providing me with such a friendly and supportive platform for relflection.

PS: But this is still pretty nice. xoxo

Testimonial Note from MamaJane on Tue, Jun 15
25 cups

Thank you so much to Buster and Kelli Anne for fixing all those streaks when the site was down! I was nearing my thousand day streak (for the second time, after messing up not long after achieving the first), and I was so concerned when I couldn’t log in to write that night.

I depend on this site every day to dump all the stuff in my brain so I can go to bed with a clear head, and not dwell on the day. Someday I will want to look back over all I wrote during the pandemic, but I am not ready to look at that yet, just as hope has returned and vaccines have made a difference. But thanks to this site, I know it will be there when I am ready. Thanks so much!!!

Testimonial Note from Rebecca Rose on Tue, Jun 15
10 cups
Hover Titles

I would love otbe able to give a title to each day’s writing—say, one or two words. Then, I could log in and hover the mouse over any of the days of the month and the title that I gave it would appear. Or is this what tags are for? Except I want unique titles, not reused tags.

New Feature Request Note from Joline Tara on Wed, Jun 09
5 cups

Just to say THANK YOU for restoring my streak after the outage.

Testimonial Note from Ingeborg Kooiman on Wed, Jun 09
2 cups

This is a big thank you to Buster and Kellianne for dealing with the server error last evening (6/7/21) from both a technology and an “oh god I can’t write my daily words what’ll happen to my Monthly Challenge/Pegagus/Double Flock” goals.

You guys are just the best. One of the big reasons I came back after four years of pretty much hit-or-miss participation.

A deep sigh of relief and a huge thank you.;…

Bill, high above District X where the NON-X-Men mutants hang out…

Testimonial Note from Bill Wright on Wed, Jun 09
17 cups

I am an amateur writer, and one day I hope to become a published amateur writer. 750words has given me that boost I needed to gain the habit to write every day. I have many projects close to finish now thanks to this site.

Thank you 750 team!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Jun 09
1 cup
date box of displayed page in different color

When looking back at entries, I would like to see the box of the date that stands for the date of the words currently displayed. I mean, there are 28/30/31 green boxes at the top. I click on one the third box to show words I wrote on the 3rd. I’d like the 3rd box to be shown in a different color. Just so when I want to go to the next or previous day, I know which box I’m currently at and which box I have to click. Less trial and error. I suck at counting boxes. Know what I mean?

New Feature Request Note from Kate Evangelista on Wed, Jun 09
20 cups

With today’s outage, I remembered again just how much I value this site, and what it does for me. I have written 3.9 million words here, and going strong. It has kept me alive, through five long years of the darkest days of my adult life. If I died of this depression, what would happen to my streak? Thank you for gently urging me on, without coercion, just by being there, by inviting instead of compelling. I literally couldn’t have done it without you.

Testimonial Note from B S. on Tue, Jun 08
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I’d love to see more badges that reward or challenge you to do something specific in a given week or 10-day streak, like using a specific set of words in your entry each day or writing a letter to someone every day for that period of time. Something that’s motivating between the longer stretches of streak-achievement badges.

New Feature Vote from Stephanie C on Wed, Jun 02
20 cups
More badges for accomplishments

I love these! The first that come to mind are breaking up some of the longer increments of streaks — say, between 500 (how can there not be a badge for 750 days, amirite?), and some between 1000 and 2000, for example. First, though, should be a badge for those people who have managed the incredible 3000 days. They deserve it!

New Feature Vote from NocturnalRites on Tue, Jun 01
50 cups

Today marks my 7th anniversary with 750Words! It’s hard to believe, though from seeing the streaks of others, I know there are many here who have been here even longer than I. It seems impossible, and I still have almost another year to go before I can manage to achieve Gryphon status.

750Words has served several different purposes for me. It’s the best place I’ve yet found to experiment with rough drafts, a great way to write down an informal diary if that’s all that’s occurring to me for that day, and (once in a while) a sanity-saving way to vent and get things off my mind. Most of all, it keeps me writing something, no matter what, and in the end, that makes the biggest difference of all.

Thanks so much, Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from NocturnalRites on Tue, Jun 01
1 cup
Exchange cups for a free month

My suggestion is that after so many cups are achieved (say 20), the user gets a free month of 750Words. Alternately, this could be a free month after a certain badge is achieved, maybe the 100 Day badge.

New Feature Request Note from Scop Wallace on Tue, Jun 01
1 cup

Words don’t come to me very easy so I thought trying creative writing might help.

Testimonial Note from Sally Carver on Tue, Jun 01
8 cups

I am an egg again! After 174 days, the holiday weekend changed my routine and I completely forget about writing yesterday. The streak (POOF!) is gone. An opportunity—is this a longevity exercise or a valuable thought project? It is both, really…the daily writing and the 750 word limit generates the insight. Certainly, every day is not a gem, but within those pages are diamonds, generated by this daily exercise. I start again, today was day 1 and I’ll pass my former streak on Nov 22. Onward!

Testimonial Note from DaveD on Mon, May 31
1 cup

Very positive feelings about this possibility to write freely. I feel good even when I think about this site.

Testimonial Note from Timur M. Atnashev on Mon, May 31
15 cups

I discovered 750 words, thanks to the recommendation of a good friend, in January of 2020. Little did I know the year that was ahead for all of us. I think it ended up being a place where I poured my daily concerns and the anxieties of being caught up in a global pandemic. It was (and is) the daily ritual that got me through it. I’m not ready to go back and read through all that I wrote, and frankly, most of it is a lot of mundane drivel. But, it’s mine and clearly writing it helped me get through it all. After 365 days, I took a well-deserved break and then I restarted again on my birthday in March, intending this time to carry on. After all, I’ve kept up a daily photo photo project since May 2008, so surely I can do this too. Thank you for this space in which to do it. And for being that spot of discipline in my life. And please make more badges, I find them very motivating.

Testimonial Note from julochka on Sat, May 29
15 cups

I wanted to use half my cups of patronage to recognise my first year of writing with this site. When I began during the the end of the first lockdown here in France little did I know how incredibly useful simply writng each day would be. I’ve vented, been pleased and proud, planned my exercise classes, written recipes but above all had a disciplined routine when all has felt as if it’s been falling apart around me. My heartfelt thanks and here’s to the Space Bird, my next goal.

Testimonial Note from Kate Sanders on Fri, May 28
1 cup

I found 750 Words through a writing workshop friend back in 2018. I wrote here and there, but the press of caring for my mother at the end of her life made it very hard for me to commit to daily writing. She passed away in February 2020 just before the first wave of COVID hit the US. It wasn’t until summer or fall that I even remembered I had a 750 Words account. In January 2021, I started writing every day. I hit my 100-day mark yesterday, and I am so grateful for the personal motivation this website has given me. It was really hard to start working out again, and there were some terrible days when I didn’t want to write or do anything at all. I pressed through, though, and I now am looking forward to reaching 200 days and 200,000 words. My mother was a writer and artist, and she always liked to remind me that ALL writing is good because it is practice. Thank you, 750 Words and Patricia W. who led me here.

Testimonial Note from Merry Belford on Wed, May 26
1 cup

I love this site. I have been on and off for years. It’s so refreshing to be away from the mainstream, corporate-run internet and to just be able to pour out my heart and thoughts on something that is run by ordinary people! Keep up the good work!!

Testimonial Note from Jeff Marshburn on Tue, May 25
5 cups

I am thrilled to be heading towards my 100 days and 100,000 words badges! I am grateful each day when words come out that are just plain old human wonderings, pains, lessons, moments of joy, memories, as well as random chore lists that sometimes insert themselves. These things are all getting out! Not clogging me up! The relief I feel is immense. And putting in the daily time of building this habit is helping pave roads of imagination, introspection, activism and forward movement as well. I am a fan, let it be known. Thank you!

Testimonial Note from nancy s on Tue, May 25
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Davoud Ratsgou on Mon, May 24
10 cups
Formatting Options

I think it would be really nice if we could italicize (or bold or underline, although I’m mainly concerned with italicizing) from the writing page, either through keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+i, etc.) or highlighting and selecting. Sometimes I use this to write stories, and without that, I’m forced to put in a mark that counts as a word whenever I’d like to italicize something later—or just hope I remember when I proof!

New Feature Request Note from Caitlee Martindale on Mon, May 24
1 cup

I am developing arthritis in my writing hand and I could barely write three paragraphs, let alone three pages. So glad this exists so I can get morning pages out of my head in a safe and private way without causing myself any physical pain! <3

Testimonial Note from Marni PC on Sat, May 22