I was an English major in college and the managing news editor at our college paper, which means that I was a fairly good writer when I graduated. Over time, however, I’ve found that all of the writing rules I used to be able to recite at the drop of a hat have flown by the wayside. I’m obviously a big fan of over-using idioms. Sometimes I find myself wondering something as basic as whether or not a sentence needs another comma. I rarely use semi-colons because their usage has long escaped me. The em dash has become my favorite writing tool because it’s so darn versatile, even though I know there are better options out there.
This is all to say that as I’ve gotten older, my writing has needed a substantial amount of help.
A few months ago I decided to give Grammarly a whirl to see if it would help with any of the grammatical issues I’d been experiencing and let me quickly sum up the remainder of this post for you: EVERY blogger needs Grammarly. Period.
Grammarly is a FREE browser extension that will “proofread” any writing you do online, for example, on your blog or Facebook. It will let you know when there are errors, and even make suggestions for how you might fix said errors. 9 times out of 10 they are correct in pointing out my error, with the only “fails” I’ve experienced being a word that’s not in their dictionary, such as a product name.