You learn new things all the time. One thing I've learned today, is that prepositions should not be capitalized. Have I known this before? Maybe it's slipped my memory as time passed. If you read the blog (you are now, so maybe you do, but then again maybe it's your first visit; if it is I'd urge you to frequent because sometimes I rarely post) you'll notice that all titles have uppercase letters for all words included, prepositions too. Out of habit I had all words capitalized in a title I'd written, no big err. For the course, of course I'll oblige my teacher and change it to the recommended format, but I doubt I'll be changing my blog title structure any time soon.
How do other blogs do? What's right and wrong? Are you free to choose or does the uppercase 'Of' in 'Wings Of Uncertainty' really make it seem structurally wrong? That's my title btw. I can't tell, because that's how I've always written titles as far back as I remember. If the little middle word is not capitalized, it feels like you don't pay attention to it. You read Wings of Uncertainty differently than you do Wings Of Uncertainty, don't you? Of course; of course the 'of' in the title really isn't very important, and doesn't deserve added attention, but still... hmm... how do other blogs do?
I checked Technorati's top 100 blogs to find out. Well, that was what I planned on doing but it started getting boring after a while so I settled for just 50. Just the first page of each one, a quick overview. I noticed that the overwhelming majority either do as my teacher recommended, capitalizing all words but the prepositions, or capitalize only the first word and other highlights, such as names, brands, places, topics, among other things. Four blogs do as I do; use uppercase on all words, and an additional four user lowercase for all words except the first one (which I don't like at all btw). One blog had uppercase words on everything, not just the starting letter. I know this is rather common, and it eradicates the problem of having to chose which words to highlight or case completely. All words can be automatically uppercased or lowercased by script btw, it's a simple fix for all formating errors on any one site. Anyway, here's q quick overview of the blogs I checked, arranged by number:
Lowercase on prepositions only: 24
Lowercase on all words except highlights: 15
Lowercase on everything except first letter on first word: 4
Uppercase on all new words: 4 (like this site)
Uppercase on all letters: 1
It certainly seems that lowercasing prepositions in titles is the most common approach. Also, that ??? represents one blog that didn't seem to have any defined rule for titles, capitalizations were a big jumble there. Some lowercase, some uppercase, some whatever. I wonder how many blogs actually have title structure in mind? How many have a scheme worked out for this sort of thing? I've thought about it earlier, but I've never had a standard. Not until now at least, not it's Uppercase For All New Words. That's the way it'll stay OK.
Oh btw, another thing I learned: there is no lowercase ok... it's supposed to be OK or okay. OK? Good day.