SharpReader RSS Aggregator
http://www.sharpreader.net/ was recommended by Preston for reading RSS feeds (blogs) on a Windows platform, if you don't want to use FireFox. I'm trying both out. SharpReader is DonationWare.
I am also using FireFox to read blogs. I haven't decided which is better.
I have FireFox open all the time, but subsctribing is a little clunky (unless the icon shows up in the lower right corner of the frame) and I haven't figured out how to update all blog contents in one command (yet).
SharpReader does auto-update, once an hour by default, and when it finds a new posting, it pops up a little reminder in the lower right corner of my screen, not unlike Outlook's reminders when a new message arrives. Subscribing to a new blog requires learning the URL of the blog itself, unless there's a shortcut I haven't found yet, and pasting it into the address bar.