I haven’t posted anything new in almost two months, but behind the scenes, I have been working a lot on improving this blog.
In 2017, I set up the Grammarly plugin. It is a godsend. It catches so many mistakes I make in my writing. Spelling errors, punctuation, and grammatical suggestions. It isn’t always 100% accurate, but that is fine. Since 2017, the quality and number of suggestions I received have greatly improved. This of course is wonderful for new posts, but what about my archives?
In the process of removing some broken links, I discovered numerous grammatical errors on older posts. Each time I saw what Grammarly caught, I cringed and then fixed it immediately. I’ve gone through almost 200 older posts. Counting this post, I have 1,590 posts. This could take a while.
Back in 2012, I became inspired (obsessed) with removing double-spaces following periods and question marks after reading a persuasive article on Slate. You can read that story here: Spacing Out on Extra Spaces Note that in 2012 this blog had 1700 posts and 1590 today. I did a huge purge in 2017 of posts that I deemed worthless.
Back then I said:
Whenever I went back into the blog archives to collect a link, I’d cringe a little seeing all those extra spaces.
I have that same feeling again. I’m also updating the grammar for articles on INeedCoffee, some of which are more than twenty years old.
I use the free Grammarly plugin, which is perfect for my needs. I highly recommend it. If you tried a long time ago and didn’t care for it, I encourage you to give it another try.
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