I finally made it! I wrote that freaking 1000 words post. I reviewed it. Twice. Actually, I have made 12 revisions to the post. After one week working hard, I am decided to click Publish. But wait! Maybe I need to read it one more time. After 13 revisions, I finally published my master piece How to reach your wildest dream, but just to realize 2 minutes after that I have a grammar mistake in the first paragraph and a typo on the second one. I go back to the editor and fix it in less than 2 seconds. But the damage is done. Thanks to that awesome feature I found *ironic breathing* once I have published the post, the editor is configured to automatically sent an email to the world, just to let them know how silly and non-native speaker I am!
Ok, let’s face it. The email only reached my subscribers and most likely they already know I am not English native speaker, but that is enough to destroy my confidence and to think about reviewing my next post 48 additional times. I can be spending that “reading again the same single post until you are completely sure” time on writing at least 6 posts. But no. Confidence is gone.
Since I started blogging I joined several Facebook groups for blogger communities. I have read advises in many topics. There are tools to make your Pinterest images look great, websites to perform a health check of your Instagram account theme (does that even exists?), plus a hundred of new tools to increase your traffic. But nothing to help non-native speakers to write a decent post or to heal a perfectionist soul.
So you go to Fiverr and search for a cheaper proofreader, she bills you $30 to proofread 3 of your posts, you are confident now and boom! Your English native speaker friend calls you just to tell you there are what she calls ‘pretty basic mistakes’ on your work and that you may want to hire a proofreader. You whine ‘But I already hir…’ never mind. If there was any confidence in your immigrant-writer-to-be-soul, now is really death.
And then I found Grammarly. I have been using the free version of Grammarly since June and to my shame, it had detected about 30 critical issues on each post on my first month blogging. Now I only have about 5 or 6 critical issues per post, meaning thanks to Grammarly I have improved my writing. These critical issues include grammar, typos or spelling mistakes. Yeah, I know I still have a lot to improve but Grammarly has been useful in my journey as an immigrant blogger.
These are 6 reasons why you have to use Grammarly if you are:
a) a non-native English speaker writing a blog or any piece in English;
b) a perfectionist who doesn’t want your perfectionist tendencies hold you back from finishing your work;
c) a random guy who wants to reduce the time spent reviewing and proofreading your work.
6 reasons why you have to start using Grammarly now:
- Grammarly checks if you have missed commas in your work. Let’s face it, a comma can completely change the meaning of a sentence. A comma gives your reader time to breath while reading your work. Grammarly even checks if you have unnecessary commas. “We’re going to learn to cut and paste kids!” versus “We’re going to learn to cut and paste, kids!” Commas certainly do make a difference. Thanks Grammarly for checking the commas!
- Grammarly checks if you have used the right word in the right context. It actually checks if the words fit the context of your paragraph or if you are using a possibly confused work like ‘your’ versus ‘you’ or ‘you’re’.
- Grammarly checks grammar mistakes like ‘a’ and ‘an’ and use of wrong tenses of verbs. Oh, my! It saved my life when using irregular verbs!
- Grammarly checks for the proper use of adjectives modifying verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. As a non-native English speaker, this was so confusing to me and I have improved a lot thanks to Grammarly.
- Grammarly checks if you are using proper articles on your sentences, which I always have found confusing!
- Grammarly helps you to stop losing your mind trying to figure out when you need to use ‘in’ or ‘on’.
As a blogger beginner and as a non-native speaker, I may need the paid version of Grammarly as it has advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, and other cool features, but for now, the free version of Grammarly is meeting my needs.
I feel my writing has improved after using Grammarly, if you think it can be useful for you, please click the link below to grab the free edition.
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