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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5 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.

  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!

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