I thought I would share a little more about my discovery of using the NaNoWriMo site to track writing projects at other times throughout the year.
This is my current graph. As you can see, I wrote another 1,800 words tonight, which I'm quite pleased about.
I really like that I can see a graph of my progress over time, instead of just the little meter in my sidebar. It gives me a feel for how I'm doing. I also really like that it shows me a goal word count for the day, just like it did during NaNoWriMo, and that the daily goal automatically adjusts to what I would need on a daily basis to get to my overall goal by the end date.
I'm writing more than that, as you can see, but I set a fairly generous goal. I'd actually love to be done with this draft sooner than the end of January.
I did find that I had to create a new project to track it outside of NaNoWriMo. I was unable to change the parameters of November's goal, and couldn't add a new goal on to the same project. So I created a totally new project with the 90,000 word count goal, and just added all the current words (minus the extra stuff I wrote for short stories and novellas in November) at once to show where I'm at right now. Better than doing math every day when I report my word count for the day.
While I like the meter to show my current word count in the sidebar of the blog, I'm really enjoying using the NaNoWriMo site to track progress over time. Maybe eventually I'll find a way to do everything with the same system, so I don't have to report in two places (and manually insert the code for the sidebar meter). For now, though, this is working for me.