Grammar Tip: Titles of Blogs & Blog Entries

Today’s tip is going to be short and sweet comes to us from CMOS 8.187 concerning blogs and blog entries. This is a topic that wouldn’t have been needed ten to fifteen years ago, but times have changed, and here we are.

Just in case you come across a blog title in a book or reference, know that according to Chicago Manual of Style:

>Titles of blogs should be written using italics.
>Titles of blog entries should be placed inside quotation marks. Untitled blog entries should simply be referred to by date.

Easy enough, right? I think so.

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7 thoughts on “Grammar Tip: Titles of Blogs & Blog Entries

  1. As a former editor, here’s one I’m pretty embarrassed to admit I don’t know: I never know how to handle going from a sentence straight into a quote. Ex: As we were walking, he said “maybe you should…” Should there be a comma after said? Should the M be capitalized? It’s a rare thing, which is probably why I don’t know how to handle it, but I’ve come across it editing for friends and never know what to do.

    • I would say it depends on the context – terrible answer, I know! I think for dialogue, a comma and capitalisation dependent on the sentence being spoken. For a quote, I would punctuate it as if it wasn’t even part of the sentence. Eg:

      As we were walking, he said, “Maybe you should …”

      “Maybe you should,” he said, “but don’t ask for my help.”

      According to the Telegraph, though, “maybe you should”.

      BUT I’m no scholar — grammar is just a hobby for me!

      What do you think? Looking forward to Amanda’s possible post on the matter!

  2. I love reading your tips. So, in high school I seem to remember my English teacher saying it was time to stop indenting paragraphs and to use line breaks instead. This is how I write now on my blog as well as work e-mails. My question is – is one right or wrong? Is it just personal preference? One of the women I work with indents everything and doesn’t use line breaks and it drives me crazy. Please tell me I’m not alone.

    • Great question! Honestly, I think it’s largely a matter of personal preference. With blogs, I recommend starting a new paragraph with line breaks. But in essays and such, indenting is probably better. Although for emails I usually use a line break, so you’re not alone on that one!

  3. Hi, I’m very new to this entire subject of grammar but I have always been interested in it and I seem to have an eye for errors. I am retired and play many word games thus my question or observation. If I am comparing two like colors I can correctly say , ” Jan’s eyes are somewhat bluer than Hal’s.” Or redder, or greener, etc. However, if I have two friends with orange cars I cannot say it the same way. I don’t think “oranger” is a word. Why do you think this is ? Why are some colors subject to this rule and others are not?

  4. could you weigh in, in a future blog, on how to handle

    1. two-way conversations between two people who share the same consciousness.( from the Matryoschka.com novel cycle.)
    a) are internal, but also verbalized, sharing the body’s voice. I currently set this up as normal dialog with quote marks.
    b) are internal, but are NOT verbalized because of fear of being overheard (schizophrenia anyone?) I currently set this up with italics, and non-italicised speech and action tags to keep the ‘speaker’ clear.
    2. A third, unseen entity, that slowly gains sentience over the length of the book. Interfering with the other two, but not knowing that. I clipped the demi-god approach of using Small Caps. (no dialog)

    cheers!

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