I can see why RSS feeds are useful. You can get compilations of your favorite news and blog sites all in one tidy package. You can do the same by simply marking these in your browser Favorites, but the RSS feed lets you know if a site has updated information. It can be a timesaver if you have many favorites, but the favorites don't always update often. Sort of winnows out the less active from your tour du jour and gives you the good stuff.
I signed up for Bloglines first. I selected a few sites from their favorites list and then listed a few packages to see what would happen.
The site came back with an error message saying it couldn't process the request right now.
Off to Google Reader. I already had an account with them thanks to this blog. This seems a little more bare bones in that I did not see the sort of recommendations that Bloglines had. You're on your own finding sites to add as far as I can see. On the other hand, after a bit of searching, I found a few sites to add, and it is very easy to do.
I wish both sites had better RSS site recommendations or ways to search for them. Maybe its all right there and I just don't see it. Or these aggregate sites work on a simpler level that I thought they should.