Writing is a skillset some people just have a native feel for, I do not. I am happy to admit that my writing skills are far from ideal. I wish I could attribute it to English not being my first language, but let me be perfectly honest: I suck even in my native language.
One thing you will probably feel right off the bat is my lack of commas and punctuations or in some cases, I put way too many in there. I actually don’t even like writing. Then you might ask yourselves “hmmm why did you start a blog then” if you did then faaaaaair point. I do it because I have continued to have things on my mind that I want to share with you.
There are a lot of people out for which reading a text which is not correctly structured or has spelling mistakes, would turn right around and stop reading, again that’s fair and I can’t argue with that.
It’s important to be able to admit your shortcoming as this is the best way to turn right around and figure out a way to fix it. So I started researching. Yes, I am the type of person researching everything all the time in order obtain my goals. Now what I found were two tools that I want to mention to you guys. These tools are awesome even if you are not a content marketer as such, it can be used by anyone, even for private use or as a small time blogger.
I first noticed Grammarly through one of their ads on youtube, they do quite heave advertising for their product, which makes sense it is super cool. Grammarly which is now a huge company has gain insane traction the last few years, they are using the power of AI to create a service which will read through your text and find any issues like grammar issues, spelling problems, missing punctuations and commas.
Grammarly works standalone as an editor where you can write your content directly, but you can also install a chrome plugin which will work with tools like WordPress, facebook twitter and many many more. Grammarly is not perfect, but it will help you with common mistakes. For instance while writing this article Grammarly until now saved me from around 30 mistakes.
Grammarly is running on a freemium model which means that you can sign up and use the tool for free however for between $11 and $30 per month you will be able to use their premium model which offers to catch twice as many mistakes and which includes plagiarism checker. If you are a team or a company you can get a team plan for down to $10 per user per month.
Go visit: Grammarly.com
Hemingway app is another great tool you can use to validate the readability of your content, in fact, the editor will grade your content on a scale from 1 to 10 and suggest changes depending on your text. The Hemingway Editor is completely free of charge and consists of an online editor as well as a newly released version for the desktop.
Using Hemingway allows you to create content which is much easier for your readers to get through the text. Hemingway will give you suggestions on how to improve readability in general. I found it awesome, however running this text through the editor found so many errors that I did not have the energy to change it all. So you will just have to deal with the poor readability of this article :).
Go visit: Hemingwayapp.com
Summarized these two tools are fantastic and are a game changer if you as a private person or company want to improve your communication, its a pretty quick win.