These things bother me and I feel compelled to mention them.
- Using “colophon” instead of “about”
There’s just something about this that irks me. It’s a book-based idea, and is generally a short blurb that describes relevant edition notes. If this section were used like an actual book colophon to describe typography, the company, kind of code, accessibility features, etc. I might not have as much of an issue with it, but it seems like more often than not people are flat-out using it in place of an “About” page like they’re very clever. I’d imagine a website colophon could be useful, but in addition to an “about the author” page, not in place of it.
- Giant RSS icons
I like icons, I like RSS, and I like oversized visual elements, but ye gods I have seen some giant RSS buttons. We get that you want people to subscribe. Please do not attack us with your giant, shiny, orange buttons. Particularly offensive are the ones that are not only giant, orange, and shiny, but also 3D-esque like they are looming over you. Scary! I am always curious about people that use that as their main design element.
- Eleventy-hundred social networking links on every post
Seriously. How many options do you need? Especially if your blog is not particularly noteworthy? I can’t really foresee a time when I would put social networking links on my website, but if I did, I’d start with Alex King’s ShareThis plugin. It’s simple, clean, and relatively unobtrusive.
In my admittedly short search, I didn’t come up with any examples but you know the ones. All the icons are not particularly well designed, people forget to remove the image link border, and they are lined up in two rows because there’s 20+ of them. Argh!