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Resources – Spell Check for Blogs


“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.
  • WordPress Spell Checker: easy-to-use plugin to check spelling.

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.
  • 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

7 thoughts on “Resources – Spell Check for Blogs

  1. I would love to be able to compose my blog posts in Word, but I read somewhere that you shouldn’t do that because it brings in formatting behind the scenes so to speak. I tried once, but blogger didn’t seem to “like” it – I got error messages when I tried to post. Not being an html expert, I wasn’t really sure how to correct.

    Any hints on how to use Word – is there something I should be doing in the copy/paste that I’m not aware of??

    Thanks – Diana

  2. > “I’ll make mistakes in spelling and grammar when I post. I’ll look stupid.”

    BTW, on this topic, there is a good spell check program Spell Check Anywhere (SpellCheckAnywhere.Com). It works in all programs, including blogs– and it also has optional grammar check.

  3. Diana

    I use Word all the time even but I don’t use formatting – when I paste the text into Blogger or WordPress, I make sure I am on the HTML screen – that strips out Word formatting. Then I change to the Compose mode in Blogger or WordPress and apply formatting. Seems like a lot of work but it is the only way if you want to use Word.

  4. Thanks Thomas! See, I was NOT on the HTML screen when I was pasting…so that will solve that problem. Actually, it doesn’t seem like a lot of work at all for the benefit of using Word. I’m going to try this on my next post!

  5. Hi Thomas
    As of recently I have been unable to see spell check on my tool bar when composing a post. I do like to use Word as well to compose. But wondering what happen to my spellcheck application. Must be something I’ve done. Can you shed some light.

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