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Blogging tools can be lifesavers.
There is a broad array of tools available. There are ones that help automate processes, which can free up some of your precious time. There are also tools that make you appear as though you are a graphic designing pro (I’m lookin’ at you Canva).
But today, I wanted to share one of the newer ones in my array of tools. I mentioned it briefly in my recent post reflection on my third blog anniversary.
It’s a writing app.
Grammarly is a writing app that is a grammar checker, spell-checker and plagiarism detector.
I don’t know why I didn’t add it sooner.
This writing app is free, so I didn’t have a good excuse.
And that means that you don’t either!
I’ve made public apologies, via this blog, to all the editors out there. In the past, I’ve audibly gasped when I’ve stumbled upon a spelling or grammar error in a bestseller.
However, I had to tuck my tail between my legs when I began writing publicly. I would proofread…and proofread again. Hit publish. And then I would come back a few days later to reread my work and be horrified by errors that I had put out as complete and flawless.
Now, I know I talk openly about my flaws and my journey of personal growth.
I like to have command of the English language.
Even if I purposefully choose to use slang occasionally.
Mistakes…Let me count the ways.
When I first got the writing app, I went through the majority of my old posts especially the ones that people still return to and ran them through Grammarly.
Yes, I know you’re surprised too. Sometimes things had slipped past this agile mind. Often my mind moves more quickly than my fingers type. Sometimes I catch the fact that I have left out random words that I am sure that were there.
Other times I don’t.
Now that I have Grammarly in place, I check each document before I hit publish! The free version of Grammarly includes critical grammar and spelling checks.
However, they also have a premium plan which gives you advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure. That plan also includes vocabulary enhancement suggestions, genre-specific writing style checks, and a plagiarism detector.
I will tell you that I have had errors that fell under this category as well.
I’m aware some of you who read my blog are English majors.
And don’t think I don’t know that you are sitting there shaking your head in agreement because you saw them, but didn’t want to point them out.
You all know I’m a math and science girl (with a creative streak thrown in)!
And a girl has to get help where she needs it.
And now I have it.
The cost for the premium plan is $29.95 USD per month.
But you can pay quarterly or annually and save money!
The quarterly subscription breaks down to $19.98 (billed as $59.95) USD per month and annually it comes out to be $11.66 per month (billed as $139.95) USD.
You can sign up for
p.s. – You don’t have to use it only for blogging. It also works great for making sure those e-mails you send out are representing you in a way that would make you proud.
Let your light shine!