Warning: entirely a novice. Trying to give that perspective on using these tools.
requesting faculty emails, and newspapers and TV stations soliciting financials. (The financials are public info - no worries. The emails - creepy.)
The W|A gadget was pretty easy to manufacture, following their steps. After entering a request, you'll see options for sharing. The far right W|A sigil starts the widget builder.
The thing that took me the longest to get was just me being dense. To get at component properties, select a component in your proto-widget. And then the settings will show in the bottom left.
Then to get the embed code to paste in your blog (will work directly) or to put in the gadget to put in a google site, click on the code button in the embed box on the finished widget.
The (sort of) finished project is here: Facts and More: How does GVSU stack up?
And, of course, I'd happily take any suggestions for improving that page.