Posted by Kathryn Lagden...
It seems every day brings a new widget. In typepad (the service we use for the AIMS blog) there are currently just over 100 widgets available.
Some of these widgets are incredibly helpful. They're relatively simple to implement (ie. no coding required) and add interesting content and/or functionality to the blog.
However, as a blog reader I seem to be bumping into some frustrating widgets these days. In particular, the ones that pull content from other sources and package it up to display nicely on your site. When it's implemented the content is fresh and the links/sources relevant.
As with many things, time wreaks its havoc and the links can quickly become outdated, broken, or just not relevant to your readership. For example, If the widget is pulling content from a source outside your site and that source stops publishing
One of the widgets we use at AIMS is the blogroll. It's a list of internet marketing blogs AIMS members might be interested in reading. The blogroll is managed by one of our expert volunteers, Katharine Came, and she puts up new blogs as she finds them or people send them to her (more details here). I'm not sure if we follow-up and make sure the list of blogs we're linking to are still publishing content that is relevant to our community. It's definitely something that should be on the to-do list!
Bloggers - do you review the content being pulled into widgets like blogrolls and revise regularly?
Are you a blog reader? What is your experience with widgets on the blogs you read?