Add a WordCount Meter to Your Sidebar

Hey, guys! A couple of people have asked me about the Shadow Bird wordcount widget in my sidebar, so I decided to post a tutorial. Before we get started, I’d like to say thanks to AnonymousA for telling me about the widget in the first place!

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

To begin, go to Language is a Virus.

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

Once there, go to the address bar. After, add nanowrimo/word-meter.html, and press Enter.

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

It will take you to the NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter page.

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

Scroll down until you find the “Create Your Own!” form.

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

Type in your novel’s information.

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Clicking “Pick a Color for Your Word Meter” will make this screen pop up. Select the color that you want the progress meter to be (choose one that will match or complement your blog’s color scheme).

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Press Calculate and scroll down until your find this area. Copy the code in the box (Ctrl C).

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

Go to your blog’s customization screen and select widgets.

NaNoWriMo WordCount Meter

Add a Text widget, paste the code into Content (Ctrl V), and title the widget ________’s WordCount. Remember to press Save & Publish!

NaNoWriMo WordCount MeterThen go to your blog and look in the sidebar for your new wordcount meter!

This would be helpful for anyone wanting to share their (Camp) NaNoWriMo novel’s progress, or just show how much they’ve written for any writing project.


22 thoughts on “Add a WordCount Meter to Your Sidebar

    • Loren says:

      Is there a text widget for Blogger? The wordcount widget isn’t made specifically for WordPress. If you can’t figure it out, ask AA — she knows how to make it work for Blogger.


  1. Bella (Book Sweet) says:

    I tried this and it didn’t work… Don’t know if the website’s glitching or not, but no matter what wordcount I put in, it always says NaN% Done! in place of whatever percentage it’s supposed to be. I make sure the wordcount is above the number of words, too. So… I’ll try later, too, but I’m just not having any luck. :-(.


  2. Geeky_Girl says:

    Thats cool! :) I’m still on the plot writing stage of my book! I just can’t get a good plot.. I have a book about 75% done I’m thinking of writing it more and then moving on to the second draft! Do you have any ideas our tips for my writing?


  3. Lana says:

    I may have to use this! I generally use the word meter from Critique Circle because I like how it looks but it seems to not be working for some reason at the moment.


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