It’s no secret. I’m known as the blogger who has atrocious spelling errors, poor grammar, and poor punctuation. At first, I was always embarrassed about it. Later, it got so I did my best and moved on. Being such an active person makes me have to let some things go….and the editing of the blog, I let go. Yes, I tried but I didn’t agonize over it. I got to the point that I could either re-read and re-read again and again and still not have it perfect or I could move on and write another post. So often for me, I get called away mid writing and I end up thinking a post was complete but actually I needed to proofread it.
My errors have been so bad that people have commented about them in the comment section. I’ve let that all pass. Admittedly, I’ve known it was bad.
Well, Kayla came to the rescue not so long ago…
It’s an app called Grammarly. I love it. I love it a lot.
I think you all have unknowingly been appreciating it too!! I’ve had it for almost a month now and I really think the quality of the punctuation, spelling errors, and editing flaws has improved immensely! Have you noticed it? It’s okay if you say YES! I know it’s been really bad in the past.
The program is super easy to use. It’s more or less an advanced version of spell-check. You have to use Google Chrome as your browser for it to work…that’s the only catch. You can find the app for Grammarly HERE.
So what does it do? Let me show you…Here are a few errors that the program has caught in just the writing of this post. Some I might have caught by re-reading, many I wouldn’t have.
In the first sentence of this post, I wanted to write the word atrocious. I had no idea what the real spelling was. I typed something I thought was close. The program underlined the word.
I hovered the mouse over it. The program gave me the proper spelling and I clicked it.
The word changed.
That’s much like regular spell-check. It seems to catch so many more things though.
Did you know proofread was one word?
Did you know spell-check is suppose to have a hyphen?
Here is something I often do…I typed in a similar word. I typed ‘as active’ but meant to type ‘an active’. Regular spell check wasn’t catching that for me.
I have LOTS more commas now.
I’m spelling more words correctly.
I’m not writing the same word twice.
I honestly feel like I have a secretary helping me. I know I’m not going to be perfect but I feel like my grammar and spelling are going from a D+ grade to a B. I can handle a B. Getting a B wasn’t embarrassing. Getting a D+, that was embarrassing.
The Grammarly App is entirely free for Google Chrome users. Again, you can find the app for Grammarly HERE. I highly recommend it.