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When I started to think about this website I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.
Don’t get me wrong, I immediately liked the idea of collecting and organizing all the information about side gigs.
As a Dutch developer, being used to read, and listen, in English a lot, I was confident of my English skills.
Using Grammarly, I can only conclude that I severely overestimated my English spelling and grammar skills.
Why Grammarly is Important to Me
As a developer, the idea of creating and maintaining a website didn’t scare me either.
Being somewhat of an introvert the social media aspect is a bit of a challenge, but one I love to engage in and I am dealing with the first growing pains already.
I have been a developer in an online team long enough to have a basic understanding of SEO and online marketing
And then there is the writing. Apparently, websites need content…
I knew upfront that content writing is a skill that takes a lot of practice to master, but boy o boy… It is even harder than I thought.
Also, if you have read some of the posts I have written so far, then it is probably clear to you that English is not my native language.
How Grammarly can help
Given these two challenges, I could use all the help that there is.
Of course, I could use some of the proofreading services posted on this blog, but for now, that seems a bit over the top. Besides, I would like to try to improve my writing skills first.
So I need two things:
- A tool to keep my punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors to a minimum
- A way to learn something about the style and tone I write in
Grammarly definitely helps me with the first.
I am sloppy with my spelling and punctuation and sometimes I don’t even know the correct spelling of a word.
As an example, I had 4 versions of the word ‘probably’ in my personal lexicon. Grammarly keeps telling me that there is only one.
For the second challenge, I rely a lot on both Grammarly as Yoast.
Yoast is an SEO plugin for WordPress, but it also warns me when I use too much of a passive voice or when I make my sentences too long. It also informs me if my sentences have enough variation and if they are easy to read.
Grammarly’s Tone Detector tells me if the tone of my text is friendly, confident, optimistic, formal, etcetera.
It is Free (with Premium Upgrades)
Yes! What is even more awesome is that it is free!
They do have a Premium upgrade and I am very, very tempted because the features of the Premium version will definitely help me improve the style, tone, and clarity of my text.
So, according to Grammarly the tone of this post is friendly, optimistic, and formal. I’ll go for that!
I Tried It
Grammarly has become an important tool for me. It helps me spot a lot of the spelling errors but also corrects some of the mistakes in grammar that I make as a non-native English speaker.
The Tone Detector feature gives me a lot of information about how what I write may be perceived.
I believe that Grammarly offers a valuable tool for bloggers, even with the free version.
I Like It
I will definitely keep using it and I will probably switch to the paid version as soon as this blog starts to pay off.
Other costs have a higher priority at the moment.