Well, this is it. The big one. The one that means I and anyone else who takes this on will spend the next 30 days striving to reach the goal of 50,000 words. I'd been getting numerous emails from the site over the past few weeks, saying they were revamping the website, but not to worry because everything would still be there. Well, when I logged in, I found that the new NaNo website is an absolute freaking NIGHTMARE. And no, I don't mean in the Halloween sense. For one thing, the color scheme is light pastel. I can barely read anything. For another thing, it took an insanely long time just to figure out how to register this year's project. There is nowhere that plainly states where you can update your word count. All they have is a "+" sign. I can't figure out how to add an image to represent my project; apparently I'm supposed to drag a picture from somewhere. How does that work? My current avatar is still the same one I used for Camp NaNoWriMo, and it's not suitable for the regular NaNoWriMo (honestly, a cartoon beaver isn't the sort of image I want with my 11th-century medieval adventure story). I'm afraid to try to change it. The "support forum" is more like the comment section of a blog, and there's no give-and-take communication. There's also no Contact Us link, so finally I just looked them up on Facebook and told them (whoever decided that this website change would be a good idea) what I think of the changes (not a hell of a lot) and that it is extremely NOT user-friendly to people with vision problems. All in all, it's much worse than it was before, and for a moment I contemplated just saying "the hell with it, I'll continue the story and forget this headache"... and then remembered that I already pre-ordered my winner's t-shirt (should ship in about 3 weeks). Therefore I have to finish, or I'll feel like a fraud when the t-shirt arrives. Apparently they don't even have the "edit daily word count" feature working yet (if you forget to enter your words one day or make a mistake you can go back and fix it later; right now that feature isn't working). Oh, and apparently the website thinks that 50,000 divided by 30 is 1740, or somesuch. It isn't. The default daily target has always been 1667, so I decided to aim for a minimum of 1700. My first day total: 1720 words. 48,280 to go.