Today’s post is sponsored by Grammarly, but I promise that all opinions are my own. I’ve been a paying customer with Grammarly since March and am only promoting it because I really do think it’s great. Check my disclaimer for more information on sponsored posts.
I am always looking for ways to save me time, especially when it comes to blogging. Any fellow bloggers out there will understand that writing posts is the easy part, it’s all the other stuff that takes up your time! The staying on top of social media (I’m looking at you Pinterest and all your challenges), finding and creating images, reading and commenting on other peoples posts, and ALL the editing.
Like most bloggers (I’m assuming), I started my blog because I’ve always enjoyed writing and I wanted my own little space to put down my thoughts and be more creative than what my day-job offered. I love it, most of the time, but it really is a lot of work and does feel like a second job that I only sometimes get paid for.
Coming up with things to talk about and the actual writing process has never been a problem for me, but proofreading and editing posts drives me crazy. You don’t even want to know how many partial posts I have just sitting waiting to be edited…I hate it. There’s nothing worse than writing the last word on a post and then knowing you still have to proofread before you can happily click that publish button. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but it wouldn’t be the first time.
One thing that has really helped me out when it comes to editing posts is Grammarly. It’s an automated proofreader that catches common spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes and also provides suggestions for better vocabulary and sentence structure. Even better, it actually works! I had been using the free version of Grammarly for a few months before upgrading the full version, and I don’t see myself going back. After upgrading, I went back through all of my old posts to clean them up, and it caught a lot of things I wouldn’t even have noticed (apparently I’m not as good of a writer as I like to think) and simple to use. Here’s a screenshot of some of the recommended changes Grammarly gave me for this post:
It is still an automated program, so it won’t completely eliminate your need for proofreading but using it has significantly limited the time it takes me to edit a post. There are a couple of options to get Grammarly proofreading your work. You can simply copy and paste your work into their site, or you can install their browser extension and get editing on the fly on any websites you type into. I use it for blogging (obviously) but also on my email, Twitter, commenting on other blogs, and anywhere else I’m writing. It’s also really easy to turn-off the browser extension if you don’t want to use it for a specific site. Just click on the little icon beside your search bar and unclick the box.
Is Grammarly Worth the Cost?
For me, yes. If you really enjoy editing and proofreading your own work then likely not (but also, you’re crazy). The annual plan (lowest monthly cost) is $139.95 but if you’re not in a big rush then maybe wait for a deal. I was able to get the annual plan for $69, which was why I finally bit the bullet in March. Before that, I had been using the free plan, which works great but has limited features. Definitely, give the free version a shot and see how you like it. It is still an automated program, so it won’t completely eliminate your need for proofreading but using it has significantly limited the time it takes me to edit a post, and that time-saving is worth it to me.
How do you handle the editing process for your writing? Have you tried Grammarly before?