Things I Noticed About NaNoWriMo

Hi, how are you? I wish that you’re fine.

It’s 10pm on November 30 here and I’m so sleepy. I have this rule in which I shouldn’t write blog posts late in the night, but I’m disobeying that ’cause I should somehow blog something for November. (Sorry for skipping October.) It’ll be December in two hours.

Anyway, be warned that this blogger is tired. Outside of the online world, I tend to mumble when I’m extremely exhausted. I “sound” the same in writing when I’m tired. People hate it when I write like that. But let’s try to proceed as usual.

I became one of the winners of NaNoWriMo 2014 this November 27. It’s my second NaNoWriMo win. In one of my log ins, I read that the NaNoWriMo website had a “makeover.”

There are a few changes I noticed.

The design is neater. There are fewer elements on the homepage, helping the user focus only on the key functions of the website (like signing up, etc.).

The website offers more badges. Users get virtual badges with every progress that they make. We used to get badges only for creating a novel, adding writing buddies, etc. Now, we get badges for writing 25,000 words and more.

I didn’t test this, but I read that our word count can now be updated via Mobile Web. I tried to update my word count via my smartphone last year, but the site won’t respond. I hope they changed that for all devices.

Our novel stats now show the day on which we won. The novel stats used to simply run out of numbers once the user has reached the word count goal.

There could be other changes in the website, but I didn’t have time to explore and observe enough. For example, I didn’t go to the forums this year. I didn’t read the pep talks either. (I was also studying and working while writing my novel, so the schedule was pretty tight.)

Based on the only things I’ve seen, the NaNoWriMo website has gotten better. The only thing that I didn’t like was how the Winner Certificate no longer states the date on which the user has won, but that’s not the website. The logos in the website have become neatly arranged far away from the text, helping the user focus more on each of them.

When I say good things about organizations, people think that I’m working for those organizations. I’m an independent author and I don’t write for anyone except you (there would be no one to write for without you). When I say that an organization is good, I mean it. In this case, the website is good. 🙂

Anyway, here’s what the NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner Certificate looks like. It’s beautifully designed and I appreciate the effort that they’ve put on all those drawings.

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Have you been participating in NaNoWriMo also, or a similar event? What are the changes that you noticed from the previous event?

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