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Trying out Grammarly

July 30, 2023
Christopher Vilches

I've been thinking about writing more blog posts, but one thing that always bugs me is that I'm a bit too perfectionist when proofreading an article before posting it. One of the reasons why I feel a lot of resistance towards writing is that it's too cumbersome to make a post ready to be published.

Instead of doing it myself manually, I figured it'd be nice to have Grammarly do it automatically. I know there are other tools (especially with the recent AI boom), but this one is fine. It is also pretty stable and mature.

I went for the Premium free trial, which costs 144 USD annually. It's a lot more expensive than I thought, but it may prove worth it if I plan to create a lot of content.

After using it for a while, my initial impression is that Grammarly changes some of my intention and style of writing, but it still keeps most of it. Sometimes I end up removing entire phrases because Grammarly keeps complaining about them.

When is a Blog Post Ready to be Published?

One thing that keeps musicians, writers, and other content creators from creating lots of content is deciding when the product is ready to be published. Leonardo Da Vinci once said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned."

The book Simple Rules suggests defining rules that tell you when to do or stop doing something in a way that's easy to recognize and follow. The counterpart of this idea is to have a lot of complex data and use all of that to make decisions.

One good way to leverage this concept is by getting Grammarly to tell me when the article is polished enough and then call it done, even though I may not be delighted with how it's written. It's better to publish imperfect content than indefinitely trying to perfect something already good enough anyway.

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About Christopher Vilches

Software engineer and passionate about personal development.