“I like bacon, ham and egg sandwich.”
“I like bacon, ham, and egg sandwich.”
“I like bacon, and ham and egg sandwich.”
Above are three declarative sentences that mean the same thing. Or do they?
In an online world where communication is vital, never has grammar been more crucial.
Content is more than just blog posts and articles nowadays. There are different content types ranging from videos to images so users can consume information in more than one way online.
To create a useful content, the message videographers and graphic designers are communicating in their videos and images, respectively, is clear and on point.
For the written word, the communication breakdown lies in the poor use of the English language in general.
From the sentence examples above, a misplaced comma or faulty use of the forms of speech draws the line between effective communication and miscommunication.
As bloggers and publishers, you need to ensure the correct use of grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and others in your written content. This way, the message you are sharing with your audience is infallible and irrefutable.
For non-writers, it is time for you to geek out for grammar.
It does not matter if you are good at writing. If you want your blog to perform much better with your audience by communicating the right thought, then you should be sensitive enough to apply proper grammar at all times.
If you feel that you are, below is an infographic by Grammarly that profiles a self-professed “grammar nerd.”
If you fit the mold above, then great! However, you do not have to be a grammar enthusiast to observe the correct use of the English language in your writing. You can use the online tools below to make your posts tighter and clearer.
To ensure the consistency of the tone of voice and terms used in your articles, you may need to refer to the different readability formulas. These help you determine their quantitative scores and allow you to edit the posts as you deem fit.
Readability-Score.com is your one-stop shop for calculating the readability index of your content using different formulas.
The site divided the scores into two: Reading Ease (using the Flesch-Kincaid formula) and Grade Levels, which computes the level of education best suitable to read the content.
Consider analyzing your articles using this tool first before publishing them. Doing this makes sure that the content caters to the intended audience in mind.
For bloggers who want to automate the editing process so they can focus on publishing more content, they need to take a good look at Grammarly Premium. This tool allows them to write articles as the tools identify the critical issues on the fly. Grammarly also has a built-in plagiarism checker and vocabulary enhancement feature so you write error- and plagiarism-free articles.
For a deeper insight about the paid account of Grammarly, head on to this article to read my review.
A free alternative to Grammarly, Hemingway is a tool that breaks down your articles on the level of sentence construction. It informs you of the confusing and hard-to-read sentences in your article for editing. It also has its Readability Scale so you can find out how easy (or difficult) your article reads.
From the tools mentioned above, being a grammar nerd does not require you to become as anything else but a blogger with the intention of publishing blog content that reads well. As long as you strive to communicate your ideas effectively, you can provide content on your blog that converts!