December 3, 2009
A proofreading tool is very useful to get rid of things like passive sentences, bias, jargon and poor phrases. Ms Word can do this task for you but so can WordPress (although it may slow down your system a little)
To enable proofreading and grammar checking open you dashboard by logging in. Go to ‘My Account’, ‘Edit Profile’. Here you will find many useful settings, including proofreading.
You can create a list of cultural exceptions relevant to your part of the world under ‘Phrases to ignore’.
Grammar checker in WordPress
June 6, 2009
Reliable facts, background information, quotes and analogies are all part of writing a good website or blog.
Therefore you need to build up a library of reliable websites that you can use. Remember to bookmark them and use the ‘Organise Bookmarks’ menu option to group them into logical categories.
Here is a list of useful and reliable sites to get you started . . . .
Wikipedia. This online encyclopedia has 3 million articles in English and covers everything from events and facts to brands and opinions.
Dictionary. The Free Dictionary (thefreedictionary.com) has over 200 000 entries but beware of American spelling.
Business. BizCommunity (bizcommunity.com) is an excellent South African site for media, marketing and advertising news.
Scandals and scams. Noseweek (noseweek.co.za) like all other newspapers and magazines has an online, searchable version. Is very useful when it comes to property scams. If you would like to search their archives however you need to be a paying member.
Slang dictionary. (urbandictionary.com) Urban dictionary attempts to define slang terms and has over 4 million definitions of phrases and words. Although a safe reliable site it has adult content!
Thinkexist (thinkexist.com) This website has all the quotes you need with searches by word, phrase or person.
Internet Movie Database. (imdb.com) This database of actors, movies and TV has all the information you need to make a movie reference or analogy.
Lyrics (lyrics.com) A searable database of lyrics by word, title and singer.
News – local and international. Well take your pic!!