Well, it’s been one week since I debuted the first two widgets. I have since debuted a third widget called Amazon Latest and Greatest that displays a selection of new releases or bestsellers in a chosen Amazon category. This widget has proven to be the most popular so far, due to a large part to good folks at Widgetbox, who decided to feature the widget on the front page. That publicity boosted my overall widget subscriptions on Widgetbox from < 20 to over 130. I’m quite pleased with the symbiotic relationship between widget developer and widget host. Having not ever experienced the feedback loop afforded by a web application, I’ve been quite happy and a little surprised at all the encouragement and positive feedback I’ve gotten. To all who have reached out to me, thanks. I welcome suggestions and feedback of any kind, as the whole point of a widget is to appeal to as many people as possible.
This week, widgizit.com experienced its first production problem. The outbound e-mail stopped working, making it impossible for people to register on the site. It took awhile to get it up and running, but to those who were waiting, you should be able to register again. Just another lesson in the realities of maintaining a web application, and I suspect it will not be my last scare. I can only ask any widget users to be patient and let me know if something goes wrong.