Grammarly has become the go-to app for my first round of document editing. I learned about it one day when I was perusing Heath and Alyssa’s blog. I came across their post entitled, Our Most-Used Tools for Project Management and discovered Grammarly. Heath and Alyssa are living my dream life. They’re traveling around in an RV and earning money online (BTW, if you’re interested in earning money, listen to their podcast: Learning How to Make $5k/Month in Blog Revenue. It’s very informative).
Anyway, in the blog post, Alyssa summarizes tools that have helped her organize her business and improve her writing. She mentioned a few tools, but Grammarly was the tool that caught my attention. I think of it sort of like an editor in app form. More than the spell check function in Word or Google Docs, Grammarly corrects spelling but it also corrects punctuation, word usage and grammar. Documents that have passed the Word and Google Docs spell check, didn’t fare so well with Grammarly.
How Grammarly Works
Currently, Grammarly offers four options as follows:
- Download the app to work within the Windows environment
- Download the app to work within Microsoft Word only
- Install the Chrome extension to work with almost any input field
- Upload (or copy and paste) documents to your account
Since I’ve installed the Chrome extension, I’m using the extension to check my online writing. The odd thing is though, Grammarly is not yet compatible with Google Docs, where I do 99% of my writing. So, if I type this blog post within the WordPress interface, Grammarly will check my document as I type. However, not all of my online work ends up on a WordPress blog. For those documents, I copy and paste the text into my Grammarly account for checking. Once checked, I remove it and place it where it’s supposed to go.
For larger documents, there’s an upload option. Copying and pasting a 20-page document might not be practical. In such cases uploading the document into the Grammarly interface is a better way to go. So far I’ve not found the need to upload documents.
Grammarly: Free versus Premium
As with most useful apps, there’s a free and a premium version. I’ve only used the free version. It does a great job of correcting my spelling and especially adding or deleting commas as necessary (I really do have a problem with commas). The premium version offers more corrections, checks for plagiarism, improve writing skills (enhanced vocabulary suggestions) and purportedly helps your writing get better results. For these improvements you can choose one of the following payment options:
- $29.95 per month billed monthly
- $19.95 per month billed quarterly
- $11.66 per month billed annually
There’s also a business team plan for $10/month per member with a minimum requirement of 3 members. The business plan is billed annually.
My Relationship with Grammarly
For my purposes (and pocket) the free plan is more than enough. While it works well most of the time, there are times when the program’s corrections are incorrect for the document’s subject matter. Actually, that’s something to be expected when technology takes on human tasks. Either way, running a document check through the program is like having a second pair of eyes. An extra pair of eyes performing a grammar, spell, usage check is always good. Although, it is humbling (if not embarrassing) to see the errors Grammarly picks up when I use it to check my old posts. Talk about cringe-worthy! I guess it’s better to correct them now than never correct them at all.