Happy New Year! Well, 2017 is almost upon us, and while no one knows what craziness it will bring, we can reflect on everything good that happened in 2016.
The Scribendi blog has had an awesome year of providing advice about writing, grammar, and language, so we thought we would share a list of your favorites from this year. Some of these picks are expected, but others might surprise you. Either way, we are happy we could provide you with some value.
So, without further ado, here are our top 10 blog posts of 2016.
10. Which Literary Job Fits Your Personality?
It seems that a lot of our followers were considering career changes this year. Literature lovers were eager to know what literary job would be best for their personality.
9. The 27 Best Writing Websites of 2017
Every writer needs a toolbox. This is a list of writing websites that offer tips, advice, and other resources to writers. Also, good news! We've just updated the post to reflect the best writing websites currently online.
8. Scribendi Reviews Microsoft Word: 10 Hidden Features to Make Your Life Easier
This post has made hundreds of students' lives easier this year. Not only does this blog post give a thorough review of Microsoft Word, but it also helps you to make the most of these little-known features.
7. Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes You Missed Even After Proofreading
So you gave your paper a final proofread, and now it's perfect . . . or so you thought. As professional editors, we see these common grammar and spelling mistakes all the time. They are easy to miss but can derail an essay or assignment. Thankfully, with the help of this post, people now know exactly what to look for when completing their final proofread.
6. Illustrated Misplaced Modifier Examples to Make You Smile
Sometimes, grammar is just downright funny. Clearly, our followers found these misplaced modifiers and their accompanying comics as funny as we did. As humorous as they are, they give a great demonstration of how a misplaced modifier can change the meaning of your sentence.
5. When to Spell out Numbers in Writing (Guide + Examples)
When a style guide isn't available, how do you know which numbers to spell out and which to write as numerals? This is a question many of our followers had this year, and to avoid absolute anarchy, we created a post to answer exactly that question.
4. 12 Comma Rules for the Comma Obsessed
It’s reassuring to know that we aren't the only comma-obsessed people out there. This list of comma rules clears up any confusion about why, when, and how to use commas in writing.
3. 30 Quirky Collective Nouns for Animals
A flamboyance of flamingos? A parcel of deer? This adorable infographic lists 30 odd and intriguing collective nouns for animals that are sure to impress and amuse. It's no surprise it was our third most popular post of 2016!
2. How to Email a Professor: 11 Tips from Real Professors
Sometimes when we need an answer, the best idea is to go straight to the source. That's why we asked actual professors what they expect in emails from students. It's no surprise that this post ranks so high on our list of the most popular blog posts, as we know emailing professors has been something students have struggled with since . . . well, since email was invented.
1. 34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books
The first line of a novel is an opportunity to captivate the reader. These 34 famous books do more than just captivate—they ensnare readers' attention and thrust them into the story. Our infographic had thousands of views and shares. Some people used it as a to-be-read list, while others simply enjoyed revisiting some of their favorite first lines. Either way, it is hands down the most popular post of 2016!
As 2016 ends, it's great to look back at the good times we had this year, and we're excited for all the new ideas to be explored in 2017.
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