Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Spell checking blog comments and posts

I like to use spell check before posting comments on other blogs.

My quick way to do this, is to copy the text into an e-mail, sending it to myself. Since I have a domain name for this blog (, I send it to an e-mail address called "spelling" at that domain name. I created an e-mail filter to whisk away the result to an email folder called "spelling".

Before I had the domain, I would send the e-mail to myself, with the word "spell:" in the subject line, and set my filters up to catch those messages.

I could just delete the e-mail without sending, but too often my fingers hit the send key out of habit. Having something in the "to:" field prevents me from sending it to other people by accident. It also saves me time, because without a valid address in the "to:" field, I'd have to click "cancel" a couple of times to close the windows and discard the changes.

I like this method because it gives me a bit of a record of what I said, when. I've added the habit of putting the link to the website in the subject line, in order to find the post in the future.

Works for Me Wednesday header at post is part of the Works for Me Wednesday group writing project.)

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Jennifer said...

I use Live Writer and it has a spell checker in it. I also use this program called IE Spell which will underline miss spelled words in any form I input which includes comment forms like this one, this maybe an easier solution for you. The e-mail method is a great way to record your blog though without having to work extra hard....

Juggling Frogs said...


I downloaded Live Writer last week, but haven't installed it yet. I have FrontPage for editing blog posts, but it is big and writes messy HTML. Often I just use notepad on a text file.

I like the e-mail method, because I can use it anywhere, on anyone's computer, without installing anything.

I've heard good things about LiveWriter. I hope to check it out, once school lets out and our schedule exhales.

Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

I use Firefox which has a built in spell checker. Or it might be the Google Toolbar that I installed. I can't remember. But it works just like Word; words that are misspelled are underlined in red and you can right click on them to see spelling suggestions.

Juggling Frogs said...


You are my NEW BEST FRIEND. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have had the Google toolbar for over a year now. I didn't know that feature had been added. I can't begin to imagine how much time this is going to save me!

(I'll still use the mailing plan on other peoples' computers, if they don't have the toolbar installed, or to keep track of comments, and probably sometimes out of habit. But THIS COMMENT is the first I've used the Google toolbar to check, and I'm in love.)

Thank you. Yay!

Unknown said...

Hey, thanks for the post! I was googling this because I wrote on the same topic ( and then I found you. Keep up the good work!

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