As I was typing up yesterday’s post, a thought occurred to me: Should I capitalize every [major] word in my post titles, or just capitalize the first word? It’s funny, but I had never really thought of that before. If you look at some of my other posts on this blog, you can see that with some I’ve capitalized every word, but with others I’ve only capitalized the first word.

Below is a list of the web’s to 20 blogs (according to Technorati) and whether or not they capitalize every word in the headline.

  1. The Huffington Post – YES
  2. Mashable – YES
  3. TechCrunch – YES
  4. Gizmodo – YES
  5. Gawker – YES
  6. Engadget – NO
  7. The Daily Beast – YES
  8. TMZ – YES
  9. Boing Boing – NO
  10. Hot Air – NO
  11. ThinkProgress – YES
  12. Mediaite – YES
  13. CNN Political Tracker – NO
  14. Jezebel – YES
  15. LifeHacker – YES
  16. ReadWriteWeb – YES
  17. Deadline – YES
  18. The Caucus – YES
  19. Kotaku – YES
  20. Deadspin – YES

So the verdict?

  • 16/20 blogs DO capitalize every major word in their headlines.
  • 4/20 blogs DO NOT capitalize every major word in their headlines.

(On a separate note, is it bad that I’ve never heard of nearly half of these blogs before??)

Ok, so there’s some pretty good data there. But let’s niche down a little bit. After a cursory glance at the front pages of Technorati’s top 20 small business blogs, I can report the following:

  • 17/20 top small business blogs DO capitalize every major word in their headlines
  • 1/20 top small business blog DOES NOT capitalize every major word in its headlines
  • (2/20 top small business blogs had their headlines in all caps)

And to round out my little survey here, I’m going to go check out four of my personal favorite top blogs about blogging:

  • Copyblogger – YES
  • ProBlogger – YES
  • – YES
  • – YES

Well, that settles it then. From now on, I’m going to capitalize the major words in my post headlines!

And one final note: I find it odd, that the article headings in most print newspapers are NOT capitalized… Check out Newseum to see for yourself.