I had heard about it the year before, but never really did anything with it.
I wrote two or three novellas last year, so won. I forgot to check the box that associates the project with NaNo and didn’t realize it until somewhere around April or May.
While I made progress and wrote every day, I didn’t remember to track my progress every day so I missed out on a lot of badges.
This year, everything is set up on the NaNo website, that box is checked, and I have a reminder at 10 pm every night for the entire month of November to remind me to go enter my progress.
I’m getting those badges if it kills me.