Well, widgetizing your theme, that is. Sounds pretty neat – I need to try this out on an unsuspecting theme/site. (preferably one of my own, first). Here’s the official directions from WordPress, though theirs doesn’t include “make a fist and howl at the monitor”. But it should. On a side note, whenever I get started on a home repair job, I – and I am totally serious here – include some time in the plan to go and stare sadly at said item in need of repair. Just sort of, I dunno, be at one with the broken door or the clogged drain hose for a while. Also contemplate the various ways I can screw up this repair and the extra items I should buy at Home Depot to ameliorate the coming screw up. My husband laughs at me but I consider it a vital part of any maintenance project.
A great starter theme is usually the latest WordPress issued theme, and people make their livings creating custom child themes out of them. Why not give widgetizing a try? I plan to!