I've gotten religion!
Thanks to Atrios I know swear by RSS feeds. He turned me on to FeedReader, a great little free program that can monitor RSS enabled blogs and other sites and keep you informed when they change (to within five minutes). I'm following about 25 blogs on it now and I highly recommend everyone get RSS feeds working because I know I will be more likely to read your stuff if you use them. I'm going to re-organize my blogroll to show which sites have RSS feeds.