Keeping up to date with blogs, easily!
It can seem to be a hassle to check blogs for new content. Luckily no work is really required to keep up to date with blogs. One of the great advantages of blogs is that usually they support RSS. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Bloggers use RSS feeds as a means of distributing the content of their blogs to automatically update their readership once a new post is made. People who read many blogs save the trouble of visiting each blog one at a time by using an RSS aggregator or “reader.”
RSS-readers can be software applications or Web-based services that collect RSS feeds from different sources to present them to you in one place. Once you identify which blogs you want to stay up to date with, your RSS aggregator will periodically check those sources for new content and provide descriptions of the most recent entries and links to them. You can read a little more in this article which also describes good RSS readers for Linux. Below I've tried to make a similar list for programs on Windows.
Mozilla Thunderbird resembles OutlookExpress very much. Actually if you use Outlook Express, you should stop immediately, and switch to Thunderbird. It is much safer from virusses. A thorough introduction on how to use thunderbird for RSS reading is here. Thunderbird is a normal Windows application. From version 2 it should run in the system-tray, and will notify you when new posts have been made.
SharpReader resembles OutlookExpress, it is a normal Windows application, and once installed it runs in the system-tray, and will notify you when new posts have been made.
The Sage extension for Mozilla Firefox, becomes a part of Firefox, once installed, and integrates very well with Firefox. It is easy to use, and to check for new posts you just have to press a button (maybe two).
Google reader is a web application for reading blogs. It is very smooth and functional, but you have to visit the page to see if new posts have been made on the blogs you subscribe to. However, you can add the reader to your "personalized google homepage", and then it is easy to see whenever you use google. Further functionality from Google reader, is that you can mark the blog-posts you read as "intersting" (if they are interesting) and you can have the list of blog-posts that you found interesting recently put on you homepage (or blog). Very convenient if you blog yourself.