Love the WordPress.com widgets but I wonder if they’re taking their toll on the WordPress.com servers?
On three or four occassions I’ve tried to log into my dashboard, only to be greeted with a “server down” message (cute, little message it is, too). Or faced really lengthy waits on every click. Once I tried to serve up Squash and there was my blog template with no content. Eek.
WordPress.com must be serving up a good many pages these days. I’ve noticed my traffic from people clicking through the WordPress rankings keep growing. It’s got to take more processing power required to serve up these new dynamic pages, especially those that are now pulling RSS feeds.
And while I might grumble when I can’t reach my dashboard, I’m prepared to live with the early day hiccups because I think the widgets are an order-of-magnitude improvement for WordPress.com.
I’ve said before that bloggers need to be able to do more to make their websites, stickier destinations rather than just content repositories. As much as I can see the benefits of RSS feeds, reading content in a reader, really is a very sterile environment and it kills much of the magic that is publishing. So the more widgets, the more power that you can give to the blogger, the better.