Regardless of how skilled of a writer you are, you know that you cannot rely solely on your language proficiency and expect your writing to be flawless. One can never be 100% safe from a typo here and an unclear antecedent there. It is not such a big deal for a book writer or a journalist who always has a second pair of very inquisitive eyes to point out all those small details and to perfect the writing before it makes its way to the reader. A blogger, on the other hand, is in a more vulnerable position. We cannot always afford to have our texts edited and proofread by professionals – not even because it costs extra, but because it takes extra time that we cannot always spare.
The outcome, however, may be critical: when a reader spots so much as a typo in our blog post, it doesn’t only compromise our credibility as writers, but more importantly, it irritates the reader, sometimes without them even noticing it, thus lowering their opinion about this blog post in particular and the blog in general. Clearly, we want to avoid such a situation by all means, and we need all the help we can get. So, we would like to present our selection of editing tools to polish your blog writing.
Grammarly is a well-known proofreading tool. Most writers and editors can hardly imagine their jobs without it. There are premium options, but most essential functions are available for free. These include much more than just checking your text for typos and basic punctuation errors. Grammarly not only points out all the possible issues with your text. It also provides an explanation of the grammatical phenomenon along with some variants how to improve it. In case you have never tried Grammarly, you will be surprised at how sophisticated their algorithms are – they are much smarter than those of other similar services or Microsoft Word.
As a bonus, Grammarly will check your texts for plagiarism. This is especially handy to avoid instances of accidental plagiarism where you just happen to use the same sentence word-for-word that has been used by someone else before, which the search engines still recognize as plagiarism.
Everyone who has ever been to college is aware of custom essay writing services. Perhaps, some of us even resorted to them once or twice. Others may have written for them. The point is that some of these services have evolved far beyond offering good narrative essay topics for college students. Services like EliteEssayWriters have built such a flexible and comprehensive “assembly line” that today they are ready to take on any writing-related job at any stage and have it ready quite promptly.
We have mentioned that many blog writers are reluctant to inviting third-party editors and proofreaders because it extends the time between the text being written and making its way to the reader. EliteEssayWriters have successfully minimized this prolongation, and you are welcome to give them a try. Since they still mostly market toward studentship, they keep their rates quite reasonable, too.
This is yet another tool loved by blog writers worldwide. Basically, it performs the same functions as Grammarly. The key difference is that it is 100% free, which is the biggest factor making AfterTheDeadline so popular, especially among beginning bloggers.
Still, keep in mind that being a free product, AfterTheDeadline does not provide the same sophisticated analysis as Grammarly. So, you can use it for a final proofread, but its suggestions should be taken with a grain of salt.
This tool goes beyond simply pointing out the drawbacks of your writing. It doesn’t just analyze the texts. It can analyze your writing as a whole, producing comprehensive reports highlighting your stronger and weaker points as a writer – such as overused words and repetition, grammar and punctuation, sentence length, etc.
Like Grammarly, this tool is mostly free, but there is a premium subscription with an extended functional. Its only drawback is that the free web version could be more user-friendly and less overwhelmed with ads. As for the performance, there is nothing to complain about.
This tool comes in both online and desktop versions. Unlike the previous tools on this list, it does not check your grammar or spelling, it works differently. It focuses on the readability of your writing. Just paste your text into Hemingway, and it will highlight the parts that may be hard for your reader to understand upon skimming through your post like most blog readers do. To be exact, these readability issues that Hemingway is aimed at are overly long sentences, the extensive amounts of adverbs and other modifiers, etc.
The correlation between the readability of our posts and the popularity of our blog is evident, making Hemingway an irreplaceable tool for polishing your blog.
This is an add-on for Microsoft products like Word and Outlook – the ones that have to do with texts. Although it only has a paid version, it is extremely useful for making your writing briefer and to the point. When you run it, it highlights the words and phrases it deems unnecessary. Of course, it will not delete them automatically, it will only suggest removing them, and it will be up to you whether or not to take this advice.
Apart from not having a free version, the only drawback of WordRake is that it slows down your word (or Outlook). But you will only feel the difference if your computer is generally a slower one.
An experienced blogger uses a variety of tools to make their blog content shine. These are merely several picks that make this job easier on various levels. Be encouraged to try out these tools, as well as any other ones, and share your experience with fellow bloggers.
Author Bio: Christina Battons is a creative writer and content strategist from LA. Currently, I write for various sites. My posts address the topics about self-education, writing, motivation, professional development. In my spare time, I prefer to read novels and crime thriller stories. Feel free to follow me on @battonschristi to ask questions or see my works.