I often see things on other websites and blogs and think, “Huh, that’s interesting. I should write about that.” But then I think, “Nah, I wouldn’t have more than a couple hundred words to say.” At the end of the day, though, I doubt anyone really cares how long my blog posts are. So…

This is the first of a new type of blog post here at The Backlight. If I think something is interesting, and if I think you’ll find it interesting and helpful, I’m going to talk about it regardless of how few hundreds of words I have to say about it.

Cool? Cool.

So a few days ago I was looking at a site called Semi-Rad. It’s a blog that chronicles the adventures and musings of a nomadic climbing/ski bum. It’s great. Anyway, I was scrolling down the front page when BAM. I saw this massive RSS subscribe button in the sidebar (and this screenshot captured the full width of my computer screen):

Super huge RSS button

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it on a blog before, but I kind of love it. It’s obvious that the bigger something is on the page, the more attention it’ll grab. So if you really, really, reeeeeeally want someone to subscribe to your blog via RSS, why not stick a humungous RSS icon in the sidebar?

So what do you think? Is the super massive RSS subscribe button good or bad? Is it an abominable, unpardonable design transgression? Or is it a smart wakeup call to the jaded eyes that we have calibrated to ignore everything in a website’s sidebar?

And while we’re at it, can you give an example of other websites that have super-sized features of some kind (they don’t have to be RSS icons)? I’ve got one more in mind, and I’ll leave it as a comment below.