Okay, generalization time. In blogs, women are looser with the rules of capitalization than men. This is not laziness or poor writing (at least, not in the writers I’m about to cite), it’s technique used for emphasis. Check out Dooce or Finslippy or Halley and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s a bit from Dooce:
My mother took Leta for eight hours yesterday WITHOUT BEING ASKED TO DO SO because she no longer cares whether or not I live or die. This doesn’t bother me at all. I mean, FREE BABYSITTING. And, finally, I have leverage in our relationship.
This is less reliable, but I’ve also observed that
some more female bloggers eschew proper capitalization (and punctuation) altogether.
I’m not criticizing this technique when it’s used on a personal blog. Blogging can as free form or structured as you like. I’ve just noticed a real discrepancy between the genders in this breaking of the rules. I’m sure everybody can cite lots of examples of men doing so, and plenty of women who don’t, but I definitely think there’s a trend. The same was true, I think, in my creative writing classes at university.
Are women are seeking broader modes of expression because they are, on average, more emotional writers than men?