So there you are typing away at your computer feeling all proud of yourself for FINALLY writing something. You know you need a blog to showcase your expertise, but you have been paralyzed by fear. Today however you put threw Mr. Fear out the door and sat down and typed your shitty first draft. You then revised it to make it as useful as possible. You feel that it is as good as it is going to get. There is just one step left, and that is to check your spelling and grammar. You remember back in college(way back in 2002) when you used good ole Microsoft Word for such tasks, so you do the same now.
I have nothing against Microsoft even though I am a die-hard Apple FanGirl. Way back when Microsoft word WAS the best program to use for checking your atrocious spelling *cough* but not now. Now we have something that is a million times better. What is it you ask? It is a magical program called:
As you can see, there is a free version and a Premium version. I know many of you are cringing at the cost of the upgrade. I know that many of you, especially those of you just getting started are bootstrapping your blog and business. I am here to tell you that the Grammarly upgrade is more than worth it, I mean do you think my grammar and spelling is as good as it appears on the blog? I am here to tell you, NOPE, I use Grammarly to make dang sure that everything is as near perfect as can be.
What is Grammarly you ask
Well at its core it is a grammar and spelling thingie. Its power is that it does so much more than what other great and spelling checkers do. It blows MS word out of the water.
I will be honest with you. My grammar such as where to put commas and such is horrible. My guess is it is a byproduct of being born profoundly Deaf. To the best of my knowledge, we do not stop to “pause” in American Sign Language (ASL). I have no idea where to PUT a comma. If I do put one somewhere, it is a wild guess. My Professors at Gallaudet University was willing to look past that (except for English Professors), so I was lucky in a way. MS Word never actually showed me where to put a comma, so I was commaless until Grammarly. This magical program showed me where to put my commas so that I looked smart(er). Looking smarter is one reason why I prefer it over the built-in grammar checker in MS Word!
The free version is ok. Nothing wrong with it, but the upgraded version is magical in this sense. It will show you what it called advanced issues and show you HOW to correct them. And not only that it EXPLAINS why, so it is a mini English professor.
But How Is Grammarly Premium different from the free version
That is a good question! I thought the very same thing until a friend let me try his premium version, and I was hooked! There are several benefits.
Grammarly premium has a lot more correction capabilities than the free version. The free version just does a basic correction. Grammarly premium, however, tackles difficult grammar issues. Such as where to put those pesky commas.
You know those business emails that you hate to write because you are never sure if you sound businessy enough? I feel the same way. That is when I turn the Grammarly from the creative writing checker to the business checker. That’s right, Grammarly premium can check different kinds of writings. When I blog I have it turned to the creative writing thinge and when I have to write a business email or sales letter I turned it to the appropriate writing checker. Take THAT MS Word!
One of my favorite parts of Grammarly premium is that it will suggest a better word for you when you are using the same word over and over. That can get annoying to readers. And it can suggest a different word when a different word will fit the text better. I do have to warn you that Grammarly IS just a computer program, so you have to use your common sense, but overall I have found this function to be extremely useful.
It has to be said some people on the internet like to copy others stuff word for word, and that is a no-no. Sometimes it can be unintentional. Like if you see a blog post that you think is a good idea then you try and put your spin on it but accidentally cross into the plagiarism territory. Grammarly has an excellent plagiarism checker. It has saved my butt on more than one occasion. So I think the upgrade is worth it for that alone. You don’t want to find yourself suddenly is a dispute over “stolen” work.
All in all, I feel that Grammarly Premium is a worthwhile upgrade. It has many features that you won’t find anywhere else. And in this age where you NEED to look and sounds as good as possible a tool like Grammarly Premium will help you in whatever endeavor you choose to do.
What editing program do YOU use? Tell me in the comments!
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