Most bloggers have to be their own copy editors. Most bloggers do not have the luxury or the time to have someone double check their work. In the fashion blogging space, many bloggers become bloggers, not for the love of writing, but the love of fashion. In other words, many fashion bloggers become writers by circumstance. You know, because blogs mostly come in written form.
I personally have been criticized for my lack of proper grammar, and, I try, but I always find it difficult to copy edit my own work. I'll catch some things, but some things my brain will not see for some reason or another. Like looking for sunglasses when they are on my head. That kind of thing. It can be embarrassing at times, and at times I just want someone to cut me some slack. It is hard churning out content day after day by myself.
It is even harder proofreading writing I've been staring at for hours.
Check Your Grammar in Seconds
That's why when I found Grammarly, I knew this tool would not only be helpful to me, but to other bloggers out there. Grammarly is a cloud-based software that helps correct your grammar (and checks for plagiarism, just in case). Just copy and paste your text into the editor, and in seconds it will run more than 250 grammar checks, highlight your grammatical errors and give you suggestions on how to improve the text. Grammarly even has settings for various types of writing; academic and business writing, creative writing, and even personal writing.
Grammarly is such a powerful software that even universities make it available to their students. Which ones? Toptenreviews.com cited the University of California Davis, the University of South Carolina, George Mason University, Arizona State University, and the University of South Florida (not to mention all of Virginia’s community colleges) were using Grammarly as of 2013.
So if Grammarly is good enough for colleges, it should be good enough for me to use on my little blogs.
However, there is a catch with Grammarly. The software does cost money, $29.95/month or $139.95/year. If you have written something that needs solid proofreading, Grammarly does offer a proofreading service where you can have a human copy edit your work for an additional fee based on turn around time and length of the text.
I personally believe that the software is worth investing in to give your blog a more polished feel. Hey, if you put your effort in producing excellent photos, why not put a little effort in having great grammar?
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