Mignon Fogarty Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is Grammar Girl. She hosts an award winning podcast, makes board games, codes video games from scratch and runs the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. What else can she do? We discuss her journey from academic to nationally known grammatical powerhouse.

Below is a summary of our interview:


“80% of success is just showing up” – Woody Allen

Her Journey

We talk about how Mignon went from left a PhD program to pursue her career as Grammar Girl.

Low Point

Mignon talks about the resistance she got from listeners when first starting the Grammar Girl podcast.

Aha Moment

We talk about the moment that allowed Mignon to quit her day job.

Mignon’s work now

Mignon goes through all awesome things she is involved via Grammar Girl.

What Exciting Mignon

Mignon is crowd funding Peeve Wars, a brand new grammar based board game. Support it now.

Lightning Round

Book Mignon Recommends: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Helpful Habit: Check her Twitter feed every morning

Helpful Persons: Guest Writers Bonny Trenga and Neil Whitman

Internet Resource: Twitter lists

What’s her purpose? Helping People through her work

How to follow Mignon

Quick and Dirty Tips

Twitter: @GrammarGirl

Facebook Page

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Parting Words

If you are enjoying your work, keep trying and don’t give up too soon


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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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  • I learned so much about Mignon in this interview. She wanted to make an impact through cancer research after her mom passed away from emphysema then found her true calling with Grammar Girl. It shows how much it’s worth to take first leap even if we don’t know where we will end up.

  • Monica Roy

    This wonderful podcast was interesting, fun, and informative! I am so excited to play Peeve Wars (I beat Grammar Pop in one sitting!), and that shout out was an unexpected highlight! Derrick and Mignon are both awesome!

  • Mignon Fogarty

    Thanks, Monica! It makes my day to hear that you enjoyed the interview and are enjoying my games!