The number of blogs that I am trying to keep up with has been growing considerably. Originally, I would just ping blogs occasionally. Mainly since the people I tracked were people who blogged occasionally just like me. However, I found that I could learn more from blogs than I could from news.
Then I started using RSS feeds through Yahoo or Google, but those became too cluttered. Then I tried using a combination of Technorati and Bloglines, which really required me to go check those web sites.
Lately, I have been using Feedreader. It seemed counter-intuitive to use thick, client-based software to track a very web-based phenomenon, but Feedreader has really provided me with what I was looking for to keep up with all the stuff going on in Web 2.0. I can use .opd files to synchronize all my feeds between Bloglines and Feedreader, so I still get web-based access. However, now I can be aware of new feeds when they happen. And it's free.
This has led me to add even more feeds and probably get more distracted by what's going on in the world. I can also see how the hell all these people were more informed than I was about all the new stuff going on.
What do you use to keep track of blogs? How do you avoid getting distracted by what's going on?
Is there a client-based blog creator that makes publishing to Typepad easier? That would certainly make it easier for me to keep up to date on my blog.