I'd love to know what hubbers think on this topic. I started writing my titles mostly lowercase after writing on a site that directed writers that way. However, does it matter -- and how do you decide?
Do you mean the beginning of the words capitalized or all of the letters? I generally capitalize each beginning letter as a newspaper or magazine article does and follow basic grammar rules. There are a few different styles.
I think not using proper capitalization makes a person look illiterate.
In the 1930's the design school Bauhaus, in Germany, tried to start a trend to eliminate capitals from covers and posters. They were focusing on graphic design. It never actually caught on; but, the Nazi's chased them out, so I am not sure how things would have turned out. I think someone tries to do something along those lines every decade. My opinion is that this action is best suited to posters and billboards; however, using lowercase letters will only catch people's attention if everyone else is using capitals. If you are doing something you want to be permanent, or long term, just use capitals.
What a great question. I have always wondered this and never asked!
Pretty much seems to be a writers own style of writing titles: For me, I think using caps on the important words and lowercase for words like a, and, or and to....
Ideas: Planning a Purple and Gold Wedding Theme
reads better to me than: Ideas: Planning A Purple And Gold Wedding Theme
Just my 2 cents - I go by what I think looks better.
WRITING IN ALL UPPERCASE ONLINE IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING.
And really, people can read you just fine and there's no reason to shout.
I've heard and read different takes on it.
However, if you look at my titles, you'll see which way I went.
I often find that if a hub title is all lowercase, I am less likely to read it because I assume it is poor quality. I think titles should follow title capitalization rules.
Yes, that's how I meant to put -- following title capitalization rules. That's certainly what most readers are used to.
Great. After looking at your titles, I'll start writing mine like normal titles unless I hear a compelling reason not to do so.
When I'm searching for something on Google, titles with all caps seem to catch my attention first. In fact, those are the ones I usually click on first.
I appreciate the input here. I'll have to go back to that site and find out why they suggested more of a sentence style. Of course, I don't think it's worth my time. So I guess either way doesn't catch the attention of search engines. I've already started reworking some of my titles to look more like magazine titles -- capitalizing the important words.
At http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/2006-pubc … e-reviews/
Matt Cutts said:
"Google doesn’t really care much (at all?) whether your titles are uppercase or lowercase. Personally, I’d still use the “correct” case, e.g. capitalize place names, but that’s just to make the site better for users. "
Just my personal opinion, but I hate all caps. They are so difficult to read. And as Relache already pointed out, all capt is considered shouting.
Hi, Don, I'm really glad you started this thread because I've been wondering why some writers do this. All of my write for hire and ghostwriting clients require proper title case, so it was enlightening to learn that some companies would direct writers in a different fashion. Thanks for stimulating a lively conversation on this subject:)
Wow! Interesting. Glad i read this. very helpful for all of us trying to improve Hubs. I think you have given me reason to review my hubs. I always though caps were used when ou wanted to make a point.
I'm with Cags on this one.*
Initial caps for titles.
I am not as consistent as I should be with my subheads within hubs, tho.
I try to at least use the same strategy within the same hub.
I tend to prefer l/c words in subheads. Now I will need to go and look at my AP Style Guide (notwithstanding writing for a living, daily, it seems that for every rule I think I've memorized, when I double check I often find I've got it wrong ).
Thanks for a great topic, Don.
As a former reporter, I use caps where I feel they are needed. I find it strange to read titles in all lower case letters, and I am tempted to skip the article unless there is something there to grab my attention. Yeah, and it better be good! This is a trend (only lowercase letters in titles) I will not follow.
I've always done first letter of each word Capitalized.
I think that writing is like other art work...it's what YOU feel at the time. Will the reader feel you? If some kind of emotion is felt by the reader, does it matter?
Yes, I'm sure it would work best for poetry or perhaps an article that lends itself visually to using all lowercase ... like a topic related to children or small animals, etc.
EE Cummings certainly broke convention for a reason. Thanks for participating.
I don't read some of them if they all all lowercase titles. It just looks like someone who doesn't know how to write or just doesn't care. I only click on them if I'm especially interested in the topic.
I'm changing my titles to typical capitalization ... following magazine and newspaper titles. I appreciate everyone's feedback.
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