There is no need for bloggy/writing/conversational paranoia.
I get a lot of, "I'm not an English major, and I don't know grammar. You'll totally freak out reading my blog . . ."
But here's the thing: I won't. And I don't.
When I say that certain gaffs make me twitch, it's almost always in professional publications or other places like that. Blogs and other casual settings, including daily conversation, aren't a big deal to me. Really, truly. There are places where the editor hat and the mental red pen go into a drawer and stay there.
Rest assured, I don't freak out over typos or grammar errors on blogs. I know they're not perfect, and they're not supposed to be.
Which is why I reserve the right to have typos and grammar errors on my blog as well. I have them frequently, and I figure that's okay.
- The first and last words, no matter what they are.
- All nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.
- All verbs. Even the really short ones, like BE and IS.
- Coordinating conjunctions (AS, ALTHOUGH, BECAUSE, etc.)
- Really long prepositions (BENEATH, THROUGH, WITHOUT)
- Articles (the, a, an)
- Conjunctions (and, or, for, nor, yet, but, so)
- Prepositions (into, from, for, to, on, etc.)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (ON, THE, OF, AND too small/unimportant to cap.)
"A Rose for Emily" (FOR not capped, but A is because it's the first word, even though it's an article.)
Lost Without You (First and last words capped, of course. WITHOUT is a long preposition.)
All the Stars in Heaven (STARS and HEAVEN are the only "big" words, but ALL is first and needs caps too.)
See? It's really simple when you know the basics.