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One of the most intimidating aspects of blogging is the fear of being judged for grammar and spelling. In a world where we claim “don’t read the comments,” it’s scary for a blogger to put their thoughts out there, knowing that they are just one comments section away from being ridiculed and belittled. Some of my most eloquent friends are, by their own admission, bad at spelling. Confession: sometimes, I am terrible at spelling. But here’s the thing, I am REALLY good at proofreading. In fact, it’s part of my part-time day job responsibilities. For those who want a little extra spelling and grammar check, there’s Grammarly. Best of all, it has a free option, perfect for every blogger.
What is Grammarly?
Grammarly is an AI proofreader. You can download a browser plug-in that checks your spelling and grammar as you type and highlights errors (super helpful if you write blog posts in the WordPress user interface, like I do). You can also copy and paste your work into the in-browser website to check errors after writing (if you draft your work elsewhere, like in Scrivener or Microsoft Word or a Google document).
How Does Grammarly Work?
Through the power of AI, Grammarly’s algorithms run your text through the checker, identifying spelling, grammar, and even usage errors. It’s an incredible resource for bloggers, writers, students, and anyone who wants to be a more effective and powerful communicator.
How Can I Get Grammarly?
Grammarly has a FREE version and a paid version. The free version performs critical checks – it’s going to help you avoid major spelling an grammar errors. The paid version includes the following, per the Grammarly website:
- Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure
- Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Genre-specific writing style checks
- Plagiarism detector that checks more than 16 billion web pages
Finally, the Grammarly blog features fun writing and grammar tips to help everyone become a better communicator: it’s a fun resource.
I find Grammarly to be one of my favorite blogging resources: find other resource recommendations here!