Why you should be using Grammarly.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a Grammarly Affiliate through Shareasale. If you become a Premium Grammarly user, after clicking one of the banners on this page, I receive a small commission. That being said, the reason I was happy to become a Grammarly Affiliate is because I was so happy to have Grammarly as a resource during my Master’s program. It was a life saver. I was so happy to have Grammarly as a resource during my Master's program. It was a life saver. Click To Tweet
I have never been a fan of the spell check and grammar check that came with my word processing program. It missed things and struggled with scientific and philosophical terms, my areas of academic study. Grammarly is also clearer on grammatical rules and offers contextual optimisation.
During my Master’s program there was an enormous amount of writing and having a safety net for spelling etc. was nice. While writing my dissertation I had, not one, but two laptops with hard drive failures. After the total nervous breakdown and hysterics, I rushed out and bought a new laptop.
Having a safety net was a relief.
I work on two screens. I have research documents open on one screen and the writing and notes open on the other. I bought a new laptop with the biggest screen available. I still love the big screen. What I did not realise was that the keyboard had been stretched to fit the available space. It is designed for bigger hands than mine. More like the composer and pianist Listz who’s little finger was supposed to be as long as his ring finger. This makes his pieces diabolical to play and made the keyboard a typo disaster. I still hate and struggle with this keyboard.
Grammarly saved me. Correcting typos takes fewer keystrokes than the word processor spell check and Grammarly does not struggle with the commonly used scientific and philosophical terms. I’m still using the overlarge keyboard and still thankful for Grammarly.
I decided, several months ago, to take my blogging more seriously. I moved to Siteground and WordPress. I joined several Facebook groups to promote my blog and Pinterest group boards. As I am hoping for more traffic and those people who visit to read what I write, I have been more conscientious about my treatment of the blogs posts I go to. I read them carefully and I have noticed that those blogs with spelling and grammatical errors do not generate a positive reaction. I feel that the if the author could not take the time to correct their errors then I don’t want to read their post. There are numerous options for proofing one’s writing and they are easy to use. Poor spelling and grammar may reduce an author’s credibility, reducing traffic and return visits. This can be easily avoided by using Grammarly.
The other problem that has come to my attention is plagiarism.
The definition of plagiarism is “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author:” (“Plagiarism.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.)
This is not an issue solely for academics and professional writers. Anything that is published electronically, which includes blog posts, is subject to copywriting rules. It is too easy to cut and paste and not give proper credit. Rephrasing or paraphrasing does not excuse one from the need to properly cite the source. The ownership of the idea still belongs to the original author. Citing the original publication is not only a legal requirement, it is ethical blogging and respectful of people in the same position as you. Citing the original publication is not only a legal requirement, it is ethical blogging and respectful of people in the same position as you. Click To Tweet
It may seem that correctly citing another’s work is difficult but in fact, there are numerous citation generators available, for free, on the internet. I recommend Grammarly’s, which is part of the Premium package you pay for because it is seamless with the other parts of the package. It walks you through the citation styles, which can be confusing, and basically does the work for you. It also checks millions of web documents against your document so you don’t miss anything.
Grammarly has a free version to download to your PC and a version that runs in the background of your browser (I use Chrome) and looks after everything you write. Try them out then try the Premium and really step up your game. I also highly recommend Grammarly’s blog (https://www.grammarly.com/blog/). It’s informative and entertaining.