In the previous post we covered all the ways spelling and grammar have an impact on your blog. Most people who blog and have spelling and grammar issues with their content can’t afford an editor. But there are ways to properly edit your blog content yourself. It takes a little bit of time and effort if you don’t know the basic rules of spelling and grammar but it’s worth the time investment.
‘I’ Before ‘E,’ Except After C
You may remember this rhyme from school:
‘I’ before ‘e,’ except after c.
Or when sounded as ‘a’ as in ‘neighbor’ and “weigh.”
This is a proper spelling rule. Words like “believe” and “achieve” are pronounced with a long ‘e’ but have a silent ‘i’ placed before the ‘e.’ But if the word has a long ‘a’ sound, such as “neighbor” and “weigh,” the ‘i’ goes after the ‘e.’
Confused? Don’t be. It’s just one of those things you have to learn if you’re going to edit your own work.
Or, if you don’t have time to go through your third grade spelling books, you can use free spell check tools to check your spelling for you.
Blogging in WordPress allows you to check your spelling and grammar before you post. Just click the ‘ABC’ button on the top of the visual menu. If you write your entries in Microsoft Word, your spell check is done automatically. Any word you see with a red line means you should check the spelling.
Another tool that helps is the free online spell checker at SpellCheck.net. Funnily enough, the first words on their site are:
In this day and age, there’s no excuse for producing work that is riddled with spelling errors.
SpellCheck.net can be used as a primary or secondary tool.
Checking Your Grammar
Microsoft Word has grammar checking abilities as well. But it can’t catch everything. Grammarly.com (not an affiliate link) is one of the best grammar checkers in the industry – but you do have to pay for it. It is a very thorough checker however. If you have the money you may want to consider investing in it.
There are free grammar checker tools as well. Paper Rater is used by college students the world over to check their grammar. You can search online for a few more free grammar and spelling tools if you just type “free grammar checker” in your search engine.
Final Editing Tips
- Read your content out loud before you post it, even if you ran it through grammar and spelling checkers. Programs aren’t perfect, and can easily miss things.
- Have a colleague or a friend look over your content before publishing it. A fresh set of eyes can sometimes catch mistakes that we glossed over.
- If someone points out a mistake in your content in a comment on your blog, politely thank them and correct it immediately. A humble attitude will give a good impression, and in blogging, you want to make the best impressions that you possibly can.