A couple of pretty quick and easy ways to keep track of your favorite weblogs, for Jim and Esther:
You can sign up with Blogstreet.com, and they’ll set up an IMAP email account for you on their server, so you can just use (about) any email client to read posts. Adding subscriptions is a bit awkward: the easiest way is to look for a white-on-orange “XML” icon somewhere on the blog’s main page, copy the link, and paste it into Blogstreet’s subscription form.
If you don’t mind remembering to visit a web page instead of using email, Bloglines.com makes subscribing a whole lot easier. Sign up, then go to the EasySub page, drag the link to your “Links” toolbar, and when you’re at a blog you want to subscribe to, click your “Subscribe with Bloglines” link and if the blogger’s done the right thing, you’re signed up. Then when you find a post on your “My Blogs” page at Bloglines that you want to rant about later, click the “Bookmark This” link under the post, and it’ll be copied over to the Bookmarks folder in the left frame.
If you just want to have a list of links to your favorite blogs, sorted by when they last updated, sign up with blo.gs, use the teeny tiny search box in the upper right to search by name or URL (or use my bookmarklet), then click the link thing at the end of the link to the blog (a plus in a circle in Mozilla, something broken in IE as I remember) to add it to your favorites list, and next time you come back click the “just my favorites” link to clear out the chaff, and you’ll have a list in last-updated order.