“I just don’t write well enough to start a blog.”
“I’ll make mistakes in spelling and grammar when I post. I’ll look stupid.”
“I was never very good in school. The genealogy blogs I read are well-written and I could never do anything like that!”
Have you heard or even made these statements yourself in the past? Do these statements prevent you from starting your own genealogy blog? If so, realize that many genealogy bloggers had the same fears when they started writing. These fears include the inability to spell.
Below are some tips and resources for handling spelling issues when writing, whether it be for blog posts or any type of writing.
No automated spell check program can replace your eyes or another set of eyes reviewing your draft blog post. Many bloggers will set a draft post aside for a few minutes or hours and do a final pass later on.
Blog Platform Gadgets and Plugins
- After the Deadline: WordPress plugin that checks spelling, style and grammar.
- Blogger: if you use Compose mode to enter your post text, there is a Check Spelling icon on the toolbar. However, bloggers have complained that many words which should be recognized are not.
- WordPress Spell Checker: easy-to-use plugin to check spelling.
These sites can be accessed through your web-browser and do not require any installation of programs on your computer.
- Google Docs: free word processing application with spell check.
- SpellCheck.net: check up to 20,000 characters of text pasted into the screen; includes suggested words to correct text.
- Zoho Writer: part of the Zoho suite of applications, the online word-processor checks spelling.
- Microsoft Word: many bloggers opt to compose their posts in an application like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works to take advantage of spell check as well as grammar check.
- Q10: minimalist, full-screen text editor with spell check.
© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee