Word Count Meter

Whether or not you do NaNoWriMo, here’s a word meter that you can use to share your progress! Just enter your current and target word counts (the default is 50000, for NaNo). You can pick from eight colours for the progress bar as well as set the size for the meter. When you’re done, click “Give me a meter!” and the preview and code will pop up beneath it. Then you just copy and paste it in wherever you want it to go.

If you want to change it, just amend the form and click the button again!

Important: Don’t enter anything except numbers, because the form can’t generate a percentage with non-numeric characters. You can’t really blame it; bet you can’t, either.

Comments are now closed on this page due to the ridiculous amounts of spam it was getting, but I do love hearing from people, so please feel free to email me anytime!

Current Word Count:
Total Word Goal:
Size (note):
File type (note):

Sample Meter:

30000 / 50000

Troubleshooting etc:

  1. This form doesn’t work at all.
  2. Then you either have Javascript disabled, or not installed. Or you might need to update your browser.

  3. I keep getting “NaN” for a percentage.
  4. It stands for “Not a Number”. Make sure that you’re not putting any non-numeric characters into the text fields. That includes commas and decimal points, although I have no idea why anyone would need to use decimal points in a word count. Anyway, the form can only calculate numbers.

  5. But I want commas in my numbers, damn it!
  6. Put them in manually after you’ve pasted the code where you want it. That’s way easier than trying to persuade Javascript to do it at my end.

  7. The images aren’t showing up.
  8. Images are hosted on Photobucket.com, so either that’s down, or you’re currently not connected to the internet. Either way, there’s nothing I can do about it, sorry!

  9. The meter breaks when I copy and paste the code into my blog.
  10. Make sure you’re not using a Rich Text editor. If you are, switch to HTML editor. Aside from that, your site or blog layout template might be interfering with the meter (adding borders, etc). I’ve tried to account for that as much as possible, but if it happens, you need to tweak that at your end.

  11. What’s the file type thing about?
  12. The default setting will give you the two rounded parts of the meter as .png files. I like .pngs because they give you proper transparency. But not every browser supports them properly (Internet Explorer sucks), so if .png doesn’t work for you, try going for .gif instead. They look a bit more pixellated, but they work universally. Or should. If they don’t, someone needs a new computer.

  13. Can you make this work with the NaNo widgets?
  14. No.