Raise your hand if you cringe when you look back at your old blog posts. I know I do. My older content is full of spelling and grammar mistakes, misuses of punctuation, and far too many smiley faces.
Looking back on my old content is a reminder of why I always tell aspiring bloggers to launch their blog regardless of their fear of their writing not being good enough. Your writing won't be perfect in the beginning, but it will improve over time.
While my writing is still far from perfect, it has significantly improved, and I owe a lot of that to Grammarly.
Grammarly is a free grammar checker. Grammarly has improved my writing by checking my content for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. Although Grammarly is free to use, I opted for upgrading to a premium subscription. With a premium subscription, Grammarly will check your writing for 250+ points of grammar, help enhance your vocabulary, and check your work for plagiarism.
Here's a breakdown of Grammarly's individual subscription pricing:
- Monthly Subscription: $29.95/month
- Quarterly Subscription: $19.98/month (billed as one payment of $59.95)
- Annual Subscription (the plan I chose because it's the best deal): $11.66/month (billed as one payment of $139.95)
If you're not using Grammarly to improve your content, or if you're on the fence about using Grammarly, here are three reasons why you should be using Grammarly as a blogger.
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Grammarly
1. Grammarly is Free
If you don't want to upgrade to the premium version of Grammarly, you will definitely benefit from using the free version of Grammarly. On the free plan, Grammarly will check your work for 100 points of spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes.
If you use Microsoft Word to check your content for errors, I've found that Grammarly works much better than Microsoft Word when it comes to pointing out mistakes in your writing. Plus, unlike Microsoft Word, Grammarly explains why you've made a mistake.
2. Grammarly is Easy to Use
Grammarly offers a free extension for the Chrome and Firefox web browsers. On top of that, they also provide a free add-in for Microsoft Word and Outlook.
Whether you're writing a blog post, sending an email, or posting on social media, Grammarly makes it easy to check your writing for errors.
3. Grammarly Helps Enhance Your Vocabulary
The Vocabulary Enhancement feature is only available with a premium plan. This feature is one of my favorite features with Grammarly. When I write, I tend to use the same words over and over again. With the Vocabulary Enhancement feature, Grammarly scans your content for words that are repeated too often and suggests to your different words you can use that have the same meaning.
Grammarly not only helps me fix the mistakes in my content, but it also teaches me why they're mistakes. If you want to write error-free content, I strongly recommend using Grammarly.
Do you use Grammarly? Has it improved your writing?