Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Blogging tips: How to increase the quality of your writing


I read a lot of blogs... And yes, I am more likely to read one if the images are on point. However, I will only continue to read them on a regular basis if the writing is also of a good level (combined with some form of humour/personality). I don't mean that I expect everyone to have a degree in literature just for me to read their blog, but I think just keeping track of typo's or grammatical mistakes can make a big difference. I still make the odd mistakes, but I've put together a list of software that help me monitor my writing and that others may find useful!




Ginger is a software which is available for free or for a nominal yearly subscription. I use the free version on my mac (also available on windows) to help with my grammar.  It monitors what you are typing and suggests ways that you could have phrased it slightly better, or tells you to put a comma in. You are able to click the suggested alteration and it will change it for you automatically. The free version does limit the amount of times you can do this per week. However, when the limit is hit, it will still show you the suggestion but, you would just need to type it in manually yourself. It has definitely been useful for me whilst I am writing my blog posts! (It does work online, it's not limited just to word). Find Ginger here.


Grammarly is very similar to Ginger. It is another piece of software that monitors what you are writing and suggests alternatives. It will even pick up some grammatical errors that word does not. This software also works across many different platforms and is not just limited to word processing software. According to the website, it is the worlds most accurate grammar checker! I'd say have a play with Grammarly and Ginger and see which you prefer. Find it here.


If you aren't a great typist, or you feel like you are able to express yourself better verbally, dictation might be for you. This requires Google Chrome in order to run. This is a link that you can use to write using speech, you can speak to your computer and get any thoughts and ideas down quickly. You can then save it or simply copy and paste the text over to your blogging platform and alter it (put punctuation in/format it, etc). Find it here. There are also paid versions of dictation software, these are expensive but if this is something that works for you, you may find it useful! Just google Dragon Dictation Software and have a look :)


This is an app available for both iOS and Android. There is both a free version and a paid version, the free app does have a lot of the features the full app does. Once you have searched for a word, it will show you synonyms and antonyms for it, as well as the definition and hear the word said out loud. If you don't have an internet connection at the time, it is still able to search for words.


Text-to-speech is great for those who are rubbish at proofreading (like myself). It will turn text to audio which will help you to pick up any errors you might have missed. It does reformat the page in order to read some of the text, if you don't like this, just select the option to use it as a floating toolbar instead. This means you can just select the text you want it to read out to you. There are paid versions like ClaroRead and TextHelp Read&Write but these are not cheap! Find a link to Natural Reader here.
It is worth checking that your computer does not have text-to-speech built in. I use a mac book pro and I can highlight text and right click to access this feature.


This is a software that is basically a computerised, on the go, scrap book. It allows you to make a quick note of information, this can be webpages, photographs, voice memos, text notes etc. You can organise everything into folders and even share them with others. Find more out here.

For more useful information for reading and writing head over to DnA Matters. I heard about this website through my full time job and it's great for students but might also be useful for a lot of bloggers.

xox
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11 comments

  1. Love Grammarly. It's such an amazing app. So easy to use and incredibly helpful. Will check out the other apps too though. I think grammar and spelling is so important for bloggers.

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

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    1. They really are so easy yet so useful! xx

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  2. Ooh amazing tips and resources here! Great post, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  3. Aw these look great, thanks so much for sharing! It sounds weird but I always get so upset when I read a tweet from a celebrity and there are so many typos, I don't understand why they don't check their spelling xD I love the idea of Dictation, I always get stuck when a word is on the tip of my tongue but I can't remember what it is, I end up spending forever on Thesaurus.com! Loving your blog, following you on GFC! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. I'm like that, if I see a meme or tweet that I would of re-tweeted etc but it has an error then I refuse to share it haha!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these links! Super useful!

    Bella Pummarola

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  5. This post was so useful, I've never thought about using a grammar app or piece of software before but it really is a great idea as I get SO stressed about typos etc! x
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