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Blogosphere: A series
Part Twenty-Seven: Grammar Royalty and Spelling Knighthood
If your Blog Hosting Service supports a Spelling and Grammar check and you’re not making full use of it… why not?
If you believe your work is beyond reproach, well, congratulations on your high level of confidence, I rather think you are fooling yourself. Even if you know the rules of grammar and spelling inside out, typos happen. Mistakes occur.
A full-time Blogger, someone who Blogs to a daily set of deadlines—no matter if they are self-imposed—is likely to make mistakes as he or she rushes to complete a post. Fortunately, most blogging systems allow you to fix an error as soon as you find it
Allowing the Spell Checker to let you know of a bad spelling—and making the fix—is an obvious step in keeping your Blog posts professional. Doing the same with a Grammar checker is a bit trickier. For one thing you may not always agree with the Grammar Nazi, and want to go ahead and say it your way. That’s well and good, but as I used to tell a non-conformist friend, if you understand the rules, breaking them has greater meaning.
The Grammar checker on WordPress has a number of switches. It will check for the standards, Passive Voice, Complex Expressions, and the like, but you can also turn on a check for “biased” language, among other options.
As a Spell Checker will help you improve your spelling if you use it that way and not as a crutch, the Grammar Checker can make you a stronger writer.
You can make a game of it The coolest thing you can see when you click the Spelling/Grammar Check button is “No Errors Found”.
Bottom line, make the check. Even if the post is short and you are a master. It only takes one lazy keystroke, a distraction, or a legitimate error to rob you of the professional look and feel you want.
Make the check.