I finally signed up for a free account at www.netvibes.com and entered most of my favorite photography blogs onto a page that also includes Google search, weather, Flickr comments, and Technorati links to my blog. The time savings over my.yahoo.com are immense — netvibes is much more elegant and customizable.
If you’re using bookmarks to keep track of your favorite blogs and news sites, the time savings of using a feedreader are even more substantial. Choose a 1, 2, 3 or 4 column layout. Set the number of visible posts based on the frequency of posts on that site. Once you’ve read a post, it’s grayed out. If you read a lot of blogs, you can create separate tabs by subject.
For a quick content assessment, simply hover over a post to see the first few lines of the text. When you click through to a post, the blog is displayed with a left hand table of contents navigation for the previous posts. You can view the blog in a streamlined feed view with plain text on a white background, or quickly switch to the website view. When you’re done reading the post, click the X in the upper right, and you’re back at your netvibes page.
Taking a cue from Musings, I’ve eliminated my blogroll, and will just keep linking to other photography blogs any time there’s some interesting content!