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

Zach French
taj johns
Sarah E. Ives
Jack Morrish
Jamin Warren
M. Rhys Wagner
Darian Perry
Valerie Whiting
Sue Bassett
Jodie Sinclair
Krystina Wilkinson
Freddy Hiebert
Deirdre Conner
Cristina Williams
Dylan Thomas
Nikole Langjahr
Angelo
Lisa Nickele
Tomoki Yasuda
Annette Turducken
Yi Zhang
Philip Acree Cavalier
Henry Chinner
Jessie Braun
Jenny Kessler
Danny Rerucha
Julian
Katherine Walcott
James Kell
Heather Stang
John Minnick
Jennifer Fletcher

Notes of inspiration from members

2 cups
Clearer navigation

I sometimes find it difficult to find certain pages (I love a stat). Particularly the one which shows my current points score. Perhaps it’s just me, but I think the navigation could be clearer.

It’s not bad, I feel it could be better. Just a thought.

New Feature Request Note from Mike Bainbridge on Sun, Feb 05
2 cups

Writing is like everything else, you need to practice and get into a routine to get improve. I heard a quote recently which went something like this: “Just because you have a gym membership, doesn’t mean you’ll be in the next Olympics.”

750words.com has become a place to me to get into a routine and practice every day. I know I’m getting better and seeing this improvement is making my life better. I really feel as though I’m achieving something worthwhile.

Thanks.

Testimonial Note from Mike Bainbridge on Sun, Feb 05
1 cup
New Page Option

Having a tab for a new page if you want to write something new or different that is unrelated to what you just wrote? Perhaps that’s just a preference thing, but I always like starting fresh when I write one thing of my chest and something else takes its place and I want to write more, but start from the beginning.

New Feature Request Note from Savannah Gentry on Sat, Feb 04
1 cup
Green and blue stars?

What do the green and blue stars next to a writer’s name mean?

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sat, Feb 04
20 cups

Since joining 750words in November 2015, I have aimed to write every day. However, I haven’t quite made it – but hitting 97% of days and being just over half a million words is close enough thus far.

I use the morning words idea, but keep that part short. Then ‘the rest’ I use to hash out ideas for articles. I usually formalise one article every two days or so, which has kept my blog posting list well ahead.

750words also helps me tease out my thoughts for peer-reviewed academic articles and for my PhD (just starting).

All in all, THANK YOU, Kellianne and Buster. You have provided me with the space to write every day. This has allowed me to understand that it only takes a bit over a year to write half a million words, and that I have tenacity… which has now segued into doing my PhD.

Mwah, mwah.

Testimonial Note from Sam Young on Sat, Feb 04
1 cup

This cup is for quick help and support from Kellianne about an issue in my account settings. :-)

Testimonial Note from ramarameti on Fri, Feb 03
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from rhiannon lewis on Thu, Feb 02
1 cup

I love 750 words! It’s a way to be committed to my goal, to write every day. The plain page with no distractions is awesome.

Testimonial Note from MARGOT GOBETTI on Thu, Feb 02
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Once you’ve been around a while, the stretches can get long. It’d be nice to still have goals other than “another day” and “more words”.

New Feature Vote from BD Wilson on Thu, Feb 02
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from lorenzo santos on Thu, Feb 02
6 cups
An iPhone/iPad app

OR a better mobile site? I just want to be able to write in bed or when a compute isn’t near. I’m trying to develop better habits. Thanks for doing what you do

New Feature Vote from Hanna on Wed, Feb 01
3 cups

Today it’s been 547 days in a row and I really really didn’t want to write. I have a fever and am dealing with some family bull and I was just not having it but I did. I DID IT. So far I’ve written through a car accident, family illness and stressful days. This site works. Thanks so much.

Testimonial Note from Elizabeth Jeffcoat on Wed, Feb 01
1 cup

I’m trying hard to just write, and it’s helping.

Testimonial Note from khlilshwagmonkeybaby on Wed, Feb 01
1 cup
Choose a badge

I’d love to be able to choose a non-streak badge to display during the long stretches between streak badges. For example, I currently have The Albatross but it’s going to be over two months until I get to the next streak badge, so I’d rather display The Early Rooster or one of the Flock badges in the meantime.

And more badges to earn in general would be awesome. =)

New Feature Request Note from Chaos on Wed, Feb 01
1 cup
A better mobile site

I’m splitting hairs…this site is great. A more frictionless mobile experience would be great. But this site is already fantastic.

New Feature Vote from Jack Bates on Wed, Feb 01
1 cup
Offline App/Tracking

I’ve gone on vacation where WiFi access is spotty and lost my writing streaks because I don’t have internet access – and there seems to be no way around this! Maybe a premium option where members could show that they have written offline and this syncs without losing progress! Thanks <3

New Feature Request Note from Sophie on Wed, Feb 01
3 cups
More badges for accomplishments

Theme/mood/vocab badges? Things based on the analytics. And maybe an option to show/hide content badges?

Also maybe horses of many colors for those who complete multiple month challenges—separate from the longer bird badges. So right now I’m a Pterodactyl, I wouldn’t need all those horses, but let’s say each calendar year gets a different color horse, or a different color for each month. If by year like car tabs, it could be “Member earned four golden horses this year!” or if by month: “Member has been a golden horse for two of the three Aprils she’s been a member.” But that would only apply to people who do not have a longer streak.

New Feature Vote from Reidun Saxerud on Tue, Jan 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Briony on Tue, Jan 31
1 cup

Writing each morning has been one of the best things that I have ever done. Much joy and love have shown up in my life. Thanks for creating this. Best Therapy Ever!

Testimonial Note from Dianne R Wright on Tue, Jan 31
1 cup

Writing here every day gives me a clarity that is extraordinarily valuable. With all the clutter in my mind, filtering it to my writing here has made me happier, more focused and more productive. Thanks for this great site!

Testimonial Note from Dan Colachicco on Mon, Jan 30
1 cup
More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Veto on Sun, Jan 29
1 cup

Writing today made me aware of a sadness deeply buried in me. I’m crying and I’m sad, really sad. But I feel a lot more alive than before. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to reconnect with myself.

Testimonial Note from Marie-Michèle on Sun, Jan 29
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

Being able to write on a smartphone, maybe even offline with a function of uploading upon having internet access would be just Fantastic :)

New Feature Vote from Dmitry on Sun, Jan 29
1 cup
Improve the writing page

I’d love a much more enhanced text-entry and saving system. Thanks!

New Feature Vote from Darin Cavallero on Sat, Jan 28
1 cup

In a way, doing 750 words is an inexpensive form of therapy. I’ve learned lots of things about forming new habits as well as how I behave and respond to things.

Testimonial Note from Dave McGurgan on Thu, Jan 26
1 cup

Hello fellow writers,
I have been here for 11 months, sporadically writing, a bunch of slashes and a few ’X’s’ – a little like my bowling results! But today, I noticed my points hit 40 for the first time which means I’m being more consistent. I have yet to hit 30 days in a row. So that is my next goal!!

Testimonial Note from Diana Dee on Thu, Jan 26
1 cup

I started with 750Words in 2009, but then left for a while. I felt I lost my muse. Recently I remembered just how helpful having this site was, so I returned. Having a site that is easy to use, without lots of hoops to jump through, encourages me to use it every day… thoughts, notes, ideas, rants, raves, a little bit of everything.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Jan 24
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Daria Space on Mon, Jan 23
61 cups

Some of my most cherished moments in writing are not the verbal insights that arise, but the silences that follow. It’s taken over 7.5 million to unlock these silences, and there are many more to come. Now my writing practice is shifting, and it seems to be time to move on.

I’d like to leave you all with a parting dare: break a habit. Not necessarily a bad habit—it could be something you automatically do that you don’t really need to. Try leaving that undone. Look in a place that you usually overlook. Break a habit. See what happens.

Remember, one way of breaking a habit is to start a new one. Commitment to writing can sometimes feel estranging, boring, or even threatening; more extraverted actions often seem more tempting or significant. But really, writing can move us closer to the world: it can make us deeper listeners and keener observers. So if you’re looking for a sign, here it is: keep going, day by day. Keep writing. See what happens.

Testimonial Note from River Seeks Ocean on Fri, Jan 20
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I love this site! I just think it would be even more encouraging if there were badges in between some of the higher-level ones. It seems like a big jump to go from 100,000 to 250,000 words, for example. Or from 200 days to 365.

New Feature Vote from alison luby on Fri, Jan 20