For my readers, this is a cool tool to try (courtesy of Ringgit, Ringgit is my walking Technical Consultant).
This standalone program, called NewsGator, offers an online version. It is free! Just sign up for a free account and add your favourite blogs as a feed , it is Explorer like navigator on the left, showing in brackets, how many unread posts. At a glance you can see whose blog has new updates! The URL for my blog (as a feed) is to add /atom.xml to my blog URL for example: http://bahija.blogspot.com/atom.xml