A daily word counter

One of the ideas I wanted to build in 2024 was a daily word counter to track whether I had written my two hundred words of the day.

I made a Mac menu bar app1 that displays the word count below the running date—say, 240227, for today—and shows the ✍🏻 emoji until I’ve passed the two-hundred-word mark.

As I mentioned last week, I write daily within a fuzzy timeframe. As the app doesn’t know when I wake up or go to bed, I programmed it for the day to start and end at 6 am.

If you’re curious about why I write daily and how I do it, you can learn more about my writing habits.

  1. I used a developer tool called Raycast to build what Raycast calls “menu bar commands.” You can find the documentation here. The menu bar app also tells me how many words the current daily file has, which I would archive to start a new one whenever I go beyond 7,000 words. 

February 27, 2024
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