Resources – Spell Check for Blogs

spelling

“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.

Your Eyes

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

  • 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.

Web-Based Applications

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.

Installed Applications

  • 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

Print Friendly

This entry was posted in GeneaBloggers and tagged by Thomas MacEntee. Bookmark the permalink.

About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

Comments

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...