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I have been blogging since 2011 and I have always had the urge to review and check one last time before hitting that publish button.
What if I have some mistakes? What if I have misspelled some words? Have I had my punctuation in the right place? What about grammar, did I do it right this time?
These questions haunt every blogger if they are serious about their content and are writing original pieces of work from scratch. A few years back I also wrote a Checklist that I have pinned on my desk which allows me to review all the important checkpoints on my post. That did help me a lot, but of course, it was a manual process and would take me so much time.
Then I found Grammarly!!!! This is an online tool which helps you to check your spelling, your grammar and also detect any plagiarisms, how cool is that? They offer a money-back guarantee if you do not like the tool (which I seriously doubt), so go ahead and give it a try. Here is how I went about using the tool.
Sign Up Process:
Nothing complicated in this, as any other service, just use your email address to sign up at Grammarly dot com. I chose the Premium plan for a month since I was doubtful if I will be using the tool continuously, but here I am, still using the clever little grammar checking and plagiarism tool even today.
Get those Apps:
Once you sign up, I would highly recommend you to get at least one of those apps installed on your laptop. I am using the Chrome extension app, they are really helpful for you as you go along. Grammarly provides 3 different apps – Chrome, MS Office & Windows App. You can pick and choose based on your preferences.
The Chrome app is just like any other extension for your browser which will help you easily access the tool on the go. Once installed you should see a small Green icon on your browser next to the URL like in the screenshot below. You can set your preferences, as you can see, I am currently on my website in the chrome browser and it automatically switched ‘ON’ for the Grammary and Spell check on my site.
How does Grammarly Help a Blogger?
Now, I wanted to test and see how this tool performs as advertised. So here is a little test that I did, and it is quite impressive.
I clicked on the Chrome extension, and selected ‘New Document’.
Once there, I started typing my content and here is what the tool identified and provided hints at all the on-purpose mistakes that I did.
So, as a blogger, all I have to do is, write my post and then copy and entire content onto this tool and voila…all my mistakes are highlighted and easily correctable.
But hang on, there is an even easier method to do it. Now what can be easier and more automated than this you might think.
As I am writing this content on my WordPress, Grammarly is continuously checking and highlighting all the mistakes or suggestions that it can think of!!!!
Let me take a screenshot of this post itself and copy it down for you to see. As you can see below, in the very first few paragraphs of mine, it pointed out 3 mistakes which I quickly corrected by using its helpful drop-down menu. All I had to do was move my cursor on the red underlined word and Grammarly provides all the possible correct annotations. As simple as that. For this post alone, I have corrected more than 15 words with the help of Grammarly. Else I would have to read through the post again, maybe copy onto Word and see for suggestions. Don’t you think this is an awesome tool for us bloggers?
What is in it for non-bloggers?
You may not be a blogger, but a writer for a leading newspaper or a journal. What if you use more of Microsoft Word than any other tool for your writing? Of course, Word provides its own dictionary which will prompt you for the mistakes.
But hold on, Grammarly provides it’s MS Word App (as you might have seen in my screenshot above). All you have to do is download the extension and you will see the option enabled in your MS Word.
Once installed, you will see a similar suggestions “window” at the right side of your document where Grammarly will list out all the contextual, spelling, grammatical and Punctuation suggestions for your article.
I personally think it is a great value-add for all of us writers to be sure that we make sense of our own writing and it is easily understandable by our readers.
Of course, all good tools and services come with a price, but I also believe you get what you pay for. So I went ahead and signed up for a Premium account with Grammarly knowing well that it is a tool very helpful for bloggers and it has made my life easy so far. I have no regrets and I always have the option to stop the subscription since I pay on a monthly basis.
But paying a small amount of $29.95/month is worth for what features you get from the tool. It saves so much of your time that you will realize its benefits when you have more time to spend on actually promoting your article than writing it!!!!
Once you start liking the tool, I am sure you would like to save some money on its subscription by choosing the quarterly or an annual plan.
Grammarly Premium is available through three different subscription plans:
- Monthly: $29.95 /month
- Quarterly: $59.95 /quarter
- Annual: $139.95 /year
So why wait, Go ahead and Sign Up for Grammarly by Clicking Here. You will definitely love it.
Over To You
I am very much interested to know what you use to do spell-checks or grammar checks for your blog articles. Is there any other tool as friendly and easy-to-use as Grammarly? Do let me know your thoughts and hopefully my Grammarly Review has helped you to know exactly how we can benefit from the tool. Looking forward to your comments.