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For anyone who does not know, I am originally from Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up on the Avalon Peninsula in a small fishing community of about 300 people. For those who have not been so lucky to personally speak to a Newfoundlander then you have missed out on a conversation with a lack of grammar. “Whadya-at”, “how’s she goin”, “stay where you’re to tell I comes where you’re at”. No, I am not kidding. This is the type of speech I grew up learning. To say that I am proud of my home province is an understatement. But, despite all of the English Courses in University, there are still some things that will stay with you forever. Unfortunately, this makes blogging a somewhat difficult task for some. Grammar and spelling are one of the most important factors in each post. It does not matter if you have the greatest content and most beautiful feature pictures. If your grammar and spelling are incorrect throughout your blog then it will turn your readers away.
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Grammarly has significantly changed my blogging life. Before I started using this “tool”, I would take an hour to reread my work and edit. Scanning through each and every then, than, their, and there right down to the placement of a comma. Thankfully, Grammarly has cut down my spelling and grammar check time. I still edit and pay attention to sentence structure but just not as much as I have done previously.
Why does poor grammar and spelling negatively affect me as a writer?
- It makes readers question how reliable your posts actually are.
- Your readers will pay more attention to the improper spelling and grammar than the content.
- Decreases the credibility of your blog.
- Poor communication.
- Bad first impressions.
Those are just to name a few.
What is Grammarly and how does it work?
Grammarly defines itself as “the world’s leading automated proofreader. It checks for more than 400 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations”. Basically, it will proofread your work, point out mistakes, and give suggestions on how to fix the problem. Once installed, it will automatically check your work as you write. When there is an error a red line will appear under the word. Once you scroll your cursor over the highlighted word, the suggestions will appear above in a small text box. You then click on which suggestion works best for you. It is a super easy application and makes blogging life less of a hassle for you.
How do I find and install Grammarly?
Installing Grammarly is super easy! All you have to do is go to the Grammarly website through whatever web browser you use most frequently. If you use multiple web browsers you can install Grammarly to each. From here, you create an account and click install. Grammarly will automatically start to work and will require no extra steps by you. The best part is that you can either choose to use a free version or opt to purchase a premium account. That is completely your choice.
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Once Grammarly is installed, you will now see a small green circle with a G in the center. The icon will be located at the top right-hand corner of your web browser. This is how you know that Grammarly is properly installed and ready to do its work.
Now I know… this is a pretty hard topic to speak about. I bet you are examining every word for grammar mistakes in this post. I assure you that to the best of my knowledge, everything is correct. We will leave it at that.
You’re worth it.