750 Words V2
NOTES / What's new with V2?

  • What is this? I’ll keep it super simple and just keep this doc updated with the latest changes and news and thoughts happening as V2 is being built. Feel free to add comments or questions.

Latest update: 

  • March: 
  • Added a search box to the account page.
  • Added an export button to the monthly entry page.
  • Added links to metadata on the entry stats page to list all other entries that used that metadata.
  • Added a “protect your streak” option to the account page that will patch your streak for one missed day. Also hinting at future features around scheduling days off and vacation days.
  • Added writing streak to the compose page so you can get a better idea of how many days you’ve written in a row as motivation.
  • Added 2 new badges, the Novella and Book badges for 10K and 50K words written, respectively. 
  • February:
  • Putting the finishing touches on a way for people to get a series of prompts when they first join the site. 
  • January: 
  • Added 4 new badges for simply showing up and writing any number of words. They are triggered at 100 days, 1000 days, 2000 days, and 3000 days. I will likely add some badges in between these, but wanted to get the major milestones in there first.
  • December: 
  • Starting to work on groups, which is a big big request over the years. Basically the ability to pair 750 Words with classes, courses, and other challenges. If you have thoughts about this stuff feel free to leave a comment here.

 

Todos and known issues:

Email support@750words.zendesk.com with any feedback and issues you don’t see listed here.

Recently fixed (please let me know if you are still seeing these problems)
  • July 6th: Entries were not saving properly the first few hours of July 6th
  • July 6th: Safari lagginess issue part 2 (happens when passing 750)
  • Mostly fixed… but not 100% fixed. Will return to it a bit later since I want to make progress on other things, but please report any lagginess you experience!
  • May 15th-July 3rd: Safari lagginess. There’s an issue on iPad/iPhone (and in Safari) where the writing becomes sluggish after a while. Perhaps some kind of javascript issue? [via Jon, Christin]
  • July 3rd update: Pushing the fix to production. Hoping everything is now working.
  • June 29th update: Still trying to figure this out. So frustrating. Now going to take the drastic measures of re-building the writing page up from nothing, to try and find the culprit here.
  • June 11th update: it fixes it sometimes, but it’s still happening… the search continues!
  • June 1st update: Pushed a potential fix to this on Jun 1st, waiting to see if it fixes the problem. 
  • May 23rd: Some of the stats on the front page are incorrect (it might say you have a 0 day streak when in fact you have a streak). [via Evy]
  • There was a save error for a specific badge that prevented saving. I fixed that case but it may come up again.
  • May 22nd: Some people reporting that a stray distraction is showing up at the end of a day’s writing. [via Evy] 
  • July 3rd: I can’t reproduce this. I think there are some ways to make distractions visible to people so it’s easier to know when they happen. 
  • May 18th: There’s no “forgot password” flow for people who forget their passwords. If this happens to you, for now just send me an email at support@750words.zendesk.com and we can work it out. [via Vicki]
  • May 23rd: A rudimentary “reset your password” flow was implemented.

 

Launch checklist:

Things that need to work before launching this to beta testers.

  • Basic site stuff
  • Signing up, logging in
  • Reset password
  • Resend email confirmation
  • Make sure the site works in all browsers
  • Make sure performance is okay on iPad 
  • Migrating stuff from the old 750