The I/i dilemma is not alone. I also struggle with the capitalization of proper nouns, stylistic > proper punctuation, the list goes on.
i don't know what it is exactly, but there's something about the look of a dotted line that i just adore. maybe it's the fact that i can get away with using it on facebook without any direct outlashing of disappointment (now, private shameful nods are another story entirely). maybe i'll call it some strange distorted version of therapeutic release for all this pent-up writer's paranoia.
On the other hand, there is something so beautiful about a crisply-constructed sentence that I cannot get enough of. I secretly pride myself in my ability to present my thoughts clearly, and I think that the proper use of a capitalized "I" is a major player in that grammatical game. I love knowing when I've published a "pretty" sentence. I HAVE FAVORITE PUNCTUATION MARKS FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE (the dash and the semi-colon, for those wondering).
2/27: After reading this post, my good friend Tyler suggested THIS BOOK to me. Now I really do want it. Who wants to buy it for me? I'll sign it. With or without proper capitalization, that's up to you.