What’s one thing that can totally turn readers away?
Did you hear that? Yes, I said typos.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we all make mistakes, and nobody is immune to the dreaded typo that will be on the internet forever. It happens to the best of us, and usually, it’s the tweet you’re most excited to post for the day, right? Thanks, karma.
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But here’s the thing, if your followers know you to normally be on-point with your proofreading, they’ll most likely look past the occasional typo so it won’t hurt you too much. There are some failsafe tools out there, though, to help you out a little.
My go-to app is Grammarly. Grammarly is absolutely fabulous and has saved me and my quick witted fingers quite a few times.
Grammarly is a free browser extension (and downloadable app) that will proofread anything you write in the web browser, and will automatically underline items it thinks needs editing, and offers suggestions. You just click on the word and a popup comes up where you can accept or decline the edit. In most cases, the suggestion is, in fact, something that needs correcting. The times the suggestion isn’t accurate is when I’m talking about a brand, or using a slang term or hashtag, and it’s not understanding the type of word or tense.
Grammarly checks for common spelling and grammar mistakes including punctuation, word usage, sentence structure enhancement, and even plagiarism. I’m a very fast typer (80 wpm, thank you very much!), and sometimes my fingers get a little ahead of my brain, so it’s great to have a helper up in the top corner of my screen.
Here’s an example of Grammarly working right there beside me. Notice that it picked up on different types of errors, but it’s pretty hip with the internet, and could detect a website so didn’t flag that as incorrect.
So if you are a blogger, use social media, or are an avid emailer (that basically covers everyone who uses the internet, right?), Grammarly is a must-have tool that is totally worth it! Plus, I also suggest following them on social media. Their posts are fun, intriguing, and often make me smile. Like this one:
What is the biggest typo culprit you’d like Grammarly to help you fix? Mine is misplaced commas. Sometimes I get a little comma happy, but don’t get me started on the Oxford comma. The Oxford comma is an absolute must in my book!