Most people think the hard part about blogging is coming up with blog topics. This isn’t the hard part. If you’re a decent writer, you can make an interesting blog post about a cup of coffee. The hard part is proofreading and grammar.
With the amount of noise from blogs increasing exponentially day by day, being a witty writer is not enough anymore. Your biggest fans (i.e. your mom and dad) may forgive the occasional typo. However, that same typo will cause a casual reader to write you off as a fly by night amateur not worth following.
The obvious way to overcome death by a thousand typos is to have a quality copy editor review your blog post before you publish. As we all know, unfortunately, this is a luxury most independent bloggers can’t afford.
That’s why I recently signed up to try a new product called Grammarly to help automate the tedious task of proofreading my blog. Grammarly is an online software tool that goes beyond the basic spell check you get in WordPress or within your browser. For example, Grammarly finds these often difficult to spot mistakes:
- subject-verb agreement
- bad word choices with synonym suggestions to improve readability
- style mistakes such as run-on sentences and comma splices
- plagiarism detection & citation help
Grammarly even has a Microsoft Word plug-in if you write your blog post offline before you publish. In addition, one of the features that I love is that, over time, it learns your most common mistakes and then helps you understand how to avoid them.
I started with a free trial to decide if I want to pay to use it as my full time proofreading buddy. You can start a free trial using this link. By the way, the free trial requires a credit card, but I think it’s worth it.