I’ve written a lot about how to update your old blog posts, how to get new readers with your existing content, how to improve the design of your blog and make your visitors feel more welcome. But here’s one thing I’ve never really mentioned. There’s ONE absolutely FREE tool that saved my blog posts from a complete misery and it’s called Grammarly. Here’s how it saved my blog and can help you grow yours as well!
I’m a Latvian which for many is something you might have never heard ever before. I’m from Latvia, Baltic States, Northern Europe (I could give you some more coordinates but it’s actually not that important). My native language is Latvian but my country is really small, we have only around 2 million people living here, so once I was willing to start blogging, I realized that I have no market to write for unless I do it in English.
Luckily, I’ve been studying English since the first grade and the number of my English lessons were growing rapidly over the years, up to 6 per week in high school. Yay! At the same time, I’m still not a native speaker. But I LOVE writing in English. So that’s exactly what I did.
Awakening: my blog posts were terrible
I started this blog around 3 years ago (oh, dear, time flies!). At that point, I wrote about all kinds of stuff – traveling, blogging, my daily life. I just loved writing and wanted to continue doing that!
Over the time I actually found a niche where I could belong and where I could succeed with my writing which is freelancing & digital nomadism. It was an exciting turn in my life! I’ve always been one of those folks who have “writer” in their dream job list. But I never had enough patience to write something BIG (like a book, for example) so blogging for a specific niche, for people who are interested in what I have to say, was a nice deal!
Once I found the niche I could get successful in and that I loved, I started to work for higher standards. I knew there are people following, reading and I wanted to keep them coming back for more. I came up with more and more amazing topics, researched, learned. And I really did my best to provide the value!
Up until the moment when I had to evaluate what I’ve done so far and I decided to take a critical look at my blog posts. At that time, I accidentally heard about this free tool Grammarly that’ll correct my mistakes and suggest other options.
Benefits from using Grammarly
Grammarly is an extension to your web browser that spots & suggests corrections for your English writing mistakes. EVERYWHERE. Facebook, email, WordPress. It also provides a platform where you can write and save your articles. So here are several benefits I got in an instant from uploading this extension:
Spotting my mistakes
I knew that my writing isn’t perfect but to face the truth was unbelievably hard. Turns out, I’m not as a bad writer as I thought but I’m a sleazy one. I’d made SO many silly mistakes. Missing letters, missing or wrong articles. It made me devastated to think how much more my blog could’ve grown if I’d provide the content without those mind-wrecking errors. Now, that’s something Grammarly warns me about right away and that I can change in an instant.
Learning on the go
But it’s more than that. Now, when I’m writing, I can learn on the go. For example, Grammarly is the only thing that had the power to teach me how to actually use articles. Up till that, all those hours in school gave me only a vague understanding of what exactly is the difference between “a/an” and “the”. Now I not only trained myself to use them in general but I actually used them RIGHT. That’s something I never really expected. Besides that, at first, I wasn’t using articles AT-ALL. Since I always missed the point where they’re necessary. Now it’s absolutely changed!
I can’t even start counting how much time I’ve saved with this app! Instead of doing re-reading of what I’ve written, I can spot all of my mistakes right away. Yes, I still read my posts twice before publishing, it’s just common sense. But I’d be reading them much more if I’d have to find my mistakes myself. Besides that, as for non-native English speaker, it’s really an amazing way how to save my nerves.
Yes, sometimes Grammarly suggests some wrong edits. For example, “spots” changed to “sports” although both are words in English (RIGHT?! Well, I hope, haha). Nobody is perfect! But my blog has grown rapidly ever since I started writing with Grammarly taking care of me.
Although their free version is totally fine for starting out (and it’s a never-ending deal!), Grammarly premium offer is even more amazing and provides even more specific edits and suggestions. Sign up and add Grammarly extension today to make sure that your blog posts are proofread for you!