How then do you make sure you don’t come off looking as if you failed third grade spelling class? There are a number ways:
- Use Microsoft Word or other document-editing software. It’s a bit tedious to run your content through Word, but that’s one way to do it.
- Use Dictionary.com. If you’re not sure of the correct spelling of a word, type the spelling you think it is into the form field on this site. If the word is spelled incorrectly, the site will offer some alternatives. To make this easy, Dictionary.com offers a toolbar for use on your Internet Explorer browser. I use it all the time. Oh, and there is an onboard thesaurus as well.
- Install the ieSpell plug-in. ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. Firefox users can download a plug-in called Spellbound.
While misspelled words on personal blogs might be acceptable, blog content used for business purposes needs to be held to a higher standard. My advise is to spell check your content before you post.
(BTW, this entry was run through Word before posting. Sometimes I even take my own advice.)