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A. Horbal

[...] and enable us to communicate faster and more efficiently with our readers.

I'm going to start using this format, and the above quote pretty much cuts to the chase of the "why." The bold font functions as a sort of synopsis within the text: these are the films I'm writing about here, it says...

Squish

Interesting thread you introduced me to there Thom. I don't know what to make of it however. I'm TORN!

Thom

Thanks, A. Let's hope it catches on.

Squish, if you already italicize film titles at your site, it's just one more step. :-) Seriously though, I've noticed that most of the film titles on your site are hyperlinked anyway and you wouldn't have to bold those.

Squish

I'm writing a review right now, and using the bold. I'm trying it out, and you know, peopel resist change but I think I like it! And the hyperlinks are only to films I've reviewed, and yeah, there's a lot of them :D

Thom

Right on, I'll look for it Squish.

lucas

thom,

i think this is an all-around good solution, and so very nice of you to share the credit/blame

Thom

lol. Anything to help the film blogosphere become even cooler, Lucas. Hey, I just added Un Homme et Une Femme (1966) to my queue in Netflix based on your review. Thanks.

Maya

Interesting thread. I'm going to accept and reinforce these stylistic guides. What about television, however? I tend to italicize but not bold. Or book titles? I bold but don't italicize. Or song titles? I apostrophize.

Thom

Glad to have you aboard, M. Wow, this is working better than I'd ever hoped.

re: other media. I guess my opinon would be to just italicize books, tv shows, (I don't know what to suggest for songs--help), because we really only need be concerned with attracting attention to the film(s) being discussed on film blogs.

Sounds like you're proposing a whole stylebook, Michael.

Maya

In my last incarnation I was a judicial assistant for the California Court of Appeal and was tethered to the California Style Manual, which undoubtedly accounts for this morbid fascination for detail.

Thom

Wow, really? The Court? Does that mean we should refer to you as "your honor" or anything? :P

A. Horbal

Hosting this discussion has increased my site traffic: I get people from Google all the time now who are apparently looking for answers to general writing style questions...

Thom

Glad that there's so much interest, A. It's sometimes fascinating to see what people Google for that leads them to our blogs. I think it's clear that the discussion is about blog style and not print style.

A. Horbal

I also get a lot of hits from search strings involving "Turner Classic Movies" and Michel Gondry's next film Be Kind Rewind...

Thom

You're getting some TCM traffic! I like that. I thought about posting a call for lists of frequent searches once just out of curiosity. A lot of hits come in here from searches for Pathé, Lumiere, A Trip to the Moon and, my favorite frequent search, "rarebit fiend."

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